Walter took us to the airport and we got on an earlier flight. It was sad to say goodbye to our new and good friend. We had a very smooth flight to Lima and had no problems with our luggage except they ripped a big hole in my suitcase. We hung out for a while and then walked out to find Walter Isse. He found us right away and got us in a cab to go to his church. The name of Walter's church is Iglesia del Salvador, which is Heart Cry's main church in Lima, which Paul Washer founded. We dropped off our luggage and and talked about what areas we scouted and the work we planned to do. Walter told us all about the work that Heart Cry was doing and where. We talked about how to partner together. Walter is such a great man. He is originally from Argentina and came as a missionary to Peru. He speaks perfect Spanish and great English.
He took us all over Lima. We started down at the beach, which is the rich part of the city and is mostly American stores. It is like someone plucked an American city up from the roots and planted it in Peru. We didn't really like this part of town. After all that we have seen, this afluent part of town kind of disgusted us. We ran into some IMB missionaries that were college students. They told us all about the work they did in Lima this week and how many made a decision for Christ. This embarrassed us and we were disgusted. America is importing the same feel-good, watered-down, decisionalism that has destroyed the American church. We parted ways fast. We were actually ashamed to be from the same country.
|Scott and Walter sharing gospel in Lima|
We talked with Walter for a long time about everything and we found that we were so like-minded in absolutely everything. It was such a joy and privilege to find someone like Walter and Heart-Cry in this world. We talked about the problems in Peru and America and found so many things we do in America are embarrassing to Christ. The way we spend money and the way we live so selfishly without losing nothing for the gospel. The gospel has cost us nothing.
I shared the gospel in downtown Lima with a guy on the street in Spanish. Walter helped and then took over into a deep conversation with this man. The guy had a shirt on that said death to god but he said that he was not guilty of sin. Walter pounded him with the biblical gospel and then we parted ways. We went to the main plaza in front of the Presidents palace next. A guy came up to me and wanted to hear the gospel, or for some other reason I don't know, so I shared the gospel with him and Walter took over when I couldn't understand the man. The police came over and yelled at the guy but we told the Police that he was not bothering us but just talking but the Police told us to leave. We walked away with the man as Walter continued to share the gospel.
|Witnessing in front of the Presidents palace|