I once again find myself overwhelmed with the burden of having an immense amount of need and very few laborers. We traveled to Espinar today to visit, encourage, and talk about how we might help a new church about five hours from Cusco up in the mountains.
With a population of around 30,000, Espinar sits at 13,000 feet in the Andes. It is a very difficult town because half the town is involved in cults. There are 10,000 Seventh Day Adventists and 1000 Israelitas, not to mention the stronghold of the Mormon church. We heard a very disturbing story about the evil of the Israelitas in Espinar, which is in the video below.
This little church started when Jorge Trujillo and his friend left the Iglesia Evangelica Peruano (IEP) that they were part of because it started compromising their doctrine. The IEP made an alliance with the Presbyterian church USA to promote gay clergy. They started learning sound doctrine with no other books other than a Bible, which is sufficient. They have learned a lot and desire fervently to learn more. Jorge, who is 26 years old, asked us a lot of questions about the function of a church and preaching. We talked a long time about expository preaching and church government. Even though they preach the gospel in the midst of great opposition, they only asked us to pray for more laborers to bring in the harvest.
Our church will be getting to know these guys a lot more over the next few years and helping them with resources and maybe some training. Again, we beg God for laborers. I could put 14 families in greatly needed places tomorrow if we had churches that were willing to send, and Christians who were willing to go. The video below is of our trip.