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Peru 2016

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Buenas Noches!

We have had a wonderful first full day of ministry here in Bagua! The day started out with breakfast as usual as the team prepared to begin drama ministry. Once we had finished eating, we returned to our hotel to put on our costumes and head out.

Our first site was located at a school just around the corner from where we are staying. The students were very young (babies through four-year-olds) so once the drama was completed, our students enjoyed playing with the kids. They taught them songs, hand motions, and even got to hold and hug a few of them. Ministering to kids always helps the team feel re-energized, as it is an awesome reminder to see someone so young hear the gospel and know that God can use that moment to shape their lives. It was also a good opportunity to encourage the teachers who were already Christians to continue to pour the love of God into the children.

The next time we set up the drama in a street where few people were driving. As we performed, mototaxis began to stop, people began to stay and watch, and soon, we had caused a full-on traffic jam! The Lord quieted the horns of those who were impatient to get through, and many were able to watch the drama. Afterwards, the students gathered groups of people around them and began to share. One group was able to proclaim the gospel to about 30 people, many of whom accepted Christ.  The MTL (Ministry Team Leader) for this group was able to bring back a stack of response cards to the pastor to contact. We know that it is not about the numbers, but we are so thankful that God is working in such a big way here in Bagua!

After this site we performed in a marketplace. Here, a Christian couple used their truck to block off the road yet again for us. We know that God is the one who send those people of peace our way. Again, we were so excited to see the crowd that gathered around by the time the drama was over. The students went out in their groups. One group was able to encourage the Christian couple and thank them for what they did for us. The couple was so thankful that the Lord’s name is being proclaimed in Bagua that they offered us some of their own yucca, which they would typically sell to make a living. Another group spoke to a Catholic man who was initially very angry with us because the Virgin Mary is not included in our skit. The students explained to him that Mary cannot save him – only Jesus Christ. They left the conversation feeling discouraged; however, the man returned while the team was praying together. He asked if we had anything else he could read about what we believed and was very gracious to the students. Please join us in praying that God would continue to mold his heart into one that trusts in Him alone for salvation.

Next, we came back to the hotel for lunch and because it is so hot here in the afternoons, we were given time to rest and rehydrate before going back out to do our evening drama. The students took much-needed naps and then went into MOM/POP time to discuss their quiet times. Afterwards, the team had a time of worship to refocus for ministry.

For our last site, we returned to the streets to perform. One of our students was able to speak with some Mormon missionaries and tell them about our mission here in Bagua. They asked if there was a time they could return to see the drama. We are praying that God would open their eyes and soften their hearts to the infallible truth of the gospel. Again, God brought crowds of people to watch us and many came to know Him.

After we had eaten all we could at dinner, Jordan brought a great message to the team. He spoke on testimonies and how we are witnesses to the grace and mercy of God. We are not sent out to “claim” in His name, but to “proclaim”! He shared his own testimony as an example of how we should be proud of the story God has given us, even when it isn’t always easy to share. The team was challenged to ask God what His purpose was in sending them to Peru and how He is shaping their testimonies even now.

Please pray that we would continue to see God’s faithfulness in our own walk and in the lives of those here in Bagua. Also, pray for Pastor Justo, our contact in this city, that his ministry would flourish as a result of God’s revival in his hometown.

Your CCs,

Jordan and Hannah

Hola from Bagua!

We are praising God for long but safe travels from Cajamarca to Bagua. Yesterday we got on a bus right before lunch and left Cajamarca to travel the six hours to Chiclayo. It was a long, winding trip on mountain roads, but the students endured it like champs! In Chiclayo, we had a few hours to rest before boarding our next bus to Bagua. We had the chance to eat one of our favorite meals, chifa. This is basically Peruvian Chinese food. It is very similar to fried rice, but the students love it because it tastes great and comes in huge portions! Once our bellies were full we began the eight hour trip to Bagua. Because this was an overnight bus. The students were able to get some rest; however, they were more than excited to arrive at our hotel early this morning. They were given time to shower, go back to sleep, and do their quiet times before lunch.

After our favorite PB & J sandwiches, complete with extra bottles of water (it is much hotter in Bagua than it was in Cajamarca), we went into MOM/POP time. The students went through our next ManUp and ReignOn lesson and were able to come together and discuss what they learned. Today, we also had the opportunity to spend some time doing something every team loves – The Boy/Girl Switch. This is a time when all of the girls get together and ask the women CC and TD questions, and the guys do the same. After a little bit of time, the students switch so that the girls can ask the men CC and TD questions and vice versa.This is always a fun time where students and leaders are able to connect on a more personal level as questions range anywhere from favorite color to relationship advice to spiritual discussions. Of course, as leaders, we do not claim to know everything; however,this time is always very unifying for the team in general because it shows the students that their leaders are real, relatable people who experience the same struggles and difficulties as they do.

Before dinner, the students received their freshly washed costumes to start off Bagua ministry on the right (clean) foot. We walked to our dinner location and had a wonderful meal of chicken, French fries, beets, and Ahi/Mayonesa sauce. They were then sent to put on their costumes and prepare for our very first drama here in our new city. The drama was performed to a small crowd and God was glorified in it. There was a boy who approached one of our bilingual students and began telling her that he had seen the drama three years ago, which was the last time Awe Star traveled to this city. He had a tract that was signed by one of the students (who is now a leader on another team) and could remember many of the other students’ names. Two of our leaders (Razi and Hannah) were on that trip and have great memories of our friend, Diego, who was just a little boy the last time we saw him. It was very eye-opening for the team to see the impact that our work can have on a person. The last time Diego saw the drama was three years ago, but he could not stop telling us of the ways the Lord has changed his life since then. Thinking back, we know that we were young imperfect students (we still are) and that we are not the ones who changed this boy’s life. Only God has the power to impact hearts and alter lives the way He did for Diego.  We are so thankful to have been present for that work three years ago and for today’s team to see what great things God can do! Gloria a Dios for every good thing!

Please join us in praying for the city of Bagua, the team as it is much hotter here and it is easy to feel tired more quickly, and that many people would be won to the Kingdom of God over the next week we will spend in this city.

Your CCs,

Jordan and Hannah

P.S. We deeply apologize for the lack of pictures today. Our circumstances simply did not allow it. We promise to post more tomorrow! Thank you for understanding.

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Feliz Día de la Independencia!

We hope you all have had a wonderful 4th of July! We sure did because today was our free day! The students enjoyed a day full of fun activities here in Cajamarca. This morning they were able to sleep in until 9:00 a.m., when we met in the dining room for breakfast. Our lovely hosts served us a great breakfast and the students were dismissed to go back to sleep, pack, read, or do whatever other activity their hearts desired. We met back at noon for a delicious lunch consisting of rice, flank steak, pork chops, and sausage. We are being well fed here in Peru!
Once our bellies were full, we loaded onto the bus and went to the mall. This mall is very similar to what you would see in the USA complete with shops, a grocery store, and a Cinemark! We surprised the kids by taking them to see Buscando a Dory (Finding Dory) at the movie theater. They have been talking about this movie constantly since the beginning of the trip, so they were more than excited to get to see it! It was in Spanish, of course; however, they enjoyed it regardless.
After the movie the students were free to walk around the mall in groups until dinner. They replenished their snack supply and even made a stop at Starbucks! We all met back in the food court for dinner where they were able to enjoy the meal of their choice. They chose from KFC, pizza, Chinese food, chicken, or burgers. They were in heaven!
Once everyone had eaten their fair share of chicken nuggets and pizza, we headed back to our hotel for our annual 4th of July Awe Star talent show. We can say without a doubt that we have some of the most talented students on our team! There were acts ranging from spoken words, songs, dramas, stunts, and comedy shows. In the end there was only one winner, but it was a very difficult decision. While the show was going on, we passed out chocolate cake to celebrate the three birthdays we have during the trip.
While this day of rest was much needed, the team is excited to get to our next city and resume drama ministry. Please be praying for safe travels as we have two long bus rides tomorrow, continued health, and that God would begin preparing the hearts of those we will encounter in Bagua, our next city.
USA forever,
Jordan and Hannah

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Hello friends and family!
Today was our last day of drama ministry here in Cajamarca. God had some great things in store for us! We started out our morning by visiting a church we have been working alongside this past week. We had the opportunity to present the drama to them and attend their service afterwards. It is always exciting to be able to worship with other believers here in Peru. Two of our students shared their testimonies and the entire team sang two songs before the service was over. After service, the church was gracious enough to provide us lunch and lemonade! We were able to enjoy even more time fellowshipping with each other, the pastor, and his family. We are so thankful for people like Pastor Samuel who have made our stay here in Cajamarca so great.
After our stomachs were full, we headed out to our next drama. We traveled through el campo (the country) until we reached a school nestled among farms and fields. Once we arrived, we discovered other English speakers (from the UK) who were also working with this school! We performed the drama and were able to minister to Peruvians and gringos alike. God had a plan when he sent us all to the same place at the same time. Many came to know the Lord and in the end, we were able to practice engaging once again when the students of the school challenged us to a USA vs UK soccer match. Our students put forth a valiant effort; however,the UK pulled ahead in the end with a tie-breaking penalty kick. Even during the game, God opened doors to build relationships and show His love through our actions.
Once we returned home, we had a fantastic dinner of meat, potatoes, and rice with ahi and mayonesa sauce. Afterwards, the students had time to practice their acts for our annual 4th of July talent show which will happen at the end of our free day tomorrow. They also discovered that their costumes are actually going to be washed before we arrive in our next city! They were more than relieved to hear this. The students absolutely love doing drama ministry, but after many days of hard work, they are so excited to have a day to rest. Please be praying that ministry would continue even when we are not doing the drama. Also, please continue to pray for the city of Cajamarca which is experiencing such a revival now. May God’s glory ever be proclaimed here!
Your CCs,
Jordan and Hannah

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Buenas nocches!

We are so thankful for another day of ministry in Cajamarca! We began our day with breakfast to prepare for the full day of hard work ahead of us. We performed four dramas today in various parks and street corners, and God was glorified in it all!
One of our dramas was performed in the street of a neighborhood. A person of peace came out of his shop and parked his truck so that the street was blocked off for our performance. He then came back to the site and began talking to us. He asked what we were doing here in Cajamarca, where we were from, and how long we would be in Peru. After hearing the answers to all of his questions, he was so excited for us. He welcomed us to his country before running back into his shop which was nearby. He emerged holding two big bottles of orange juice, saying that he wanted us to have them as a gift. We thanked him, and he went on his way. We had hoped that he would stay for the drama; however, he left before it ended. We are praying that this man of peace would know God’s love in abundance.
Right before eating lunch, we performed in a soccer field where many children attended and heard the Good News! Many families were present and many came to know the Lord! The students had the opportunity to engage with the people at the park by playing soccer, dancing, and talking with them before and after the drama. We are daily reminded of the importance of seeing those we minister to as people and not just numbers. Engaging is just a crucial aspect of sharing the gospel.
At another site, one of our groups spoke with a group of people who claimed to be Catholic. They asked many questions and our students were able to answer many of them. In the end, the members of the group chose not to accept Jesus Christ. However, we can be confident knowing that questions were answered, seeds were planted, and we were obedient to what God had called us to do.
Our final drama was located at a church plant that was started by the church we have been working with. This plant is situated in a part of town that is very poor. We so enjoyed this site because we were able to minister in a way that we don’t always get to. The wonderful ladies of Parkview Baptist Church in Tulsa, OK handmade some beautiful teddy bears, hats, and blankets for us to give to people here in Peru. Because this was a poorer part of town, there was a great need for these things. The looks on the faces of the children who received warm hats, hand-quilted blankets, and their very own teddy bears were priceless. We are so thankful for women like this who have spent their own time to serve Peru when they can’t be here themselves. They touched the lives of those here, even from their homes in Tulsa.
This evening we revealed to the students that we will be having a free day on Monday, and to say they were excited about the plans would be an understatement. We can’t wait to tell you all about the fun adventures we have on our Fourth of July here in Peru! The students don’t know it yet, but tomorrow they will get a break from the usual PB&J. A pastor we’ve been working with most of our time here in Cajamarca wants to treat the students to lunch after church tomorrow morning. After lunch we’ll be off for to do some more dramas as we conclude our drama ministry in Cajamarca. Tomorrow may be the last time we have drama ministry here, but we look forward to using our free day as another opportunity to continue sharing the love of Christ with all those we come into contact with.
Please continue lifting up this team in prayer! It’s always hard to leave a city you’ve been ministering to so please pray that the students would reflect on all that God has done and that they would place their faith in God, the Lord of the Harvest, to continue watering the seeds that were planted and growing those who accepted. Also, continue praying for rest and energy as the high altitude takes more out of you than usual. We also ask that you pray for the many churches here in Cajamarca that are making a great effort to impact their city for Christ.

Your CCs,
Jordan and Hannah

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Good evening from Peru!

Today was another day full of wonderful ministry. We started our day with our always-nutritious breakfast and headed out to our first site. We arrived at a school and had the opportunity to share the gospel to over 100 students ages 3-15! One of our MTLs spoke to a group of kids who ended up asking lots of questions about what happens after death and at the end of the world. The MTL did not have a translator, but God spoke through her to the children and she was able to explain in her little Spanish that no matter what, in the end, Jesus wins every time. Praise God for that good news! At the same site, another one of the MTLs ministered to a boy who was confined to a wheelchair. The boy accepted Christ and our student was able to encourage him that no matter his situation, God does not make mistakes. He loves that boy whether he needs a wheel chair or not and He saw his future before his life even began.
For our second site, we visited the school associated with the church we have been working with. Many of the students attend the church, but our kids were able to encourage them to continue going to church and growing in their relationships with Christ. Also, we had time for the students to engage by playing soccer, teaching songs, and playing games with the children. This shows those we engage with the love of Christ, not just through our words but also through our actions.
We had lunch in a park where we have performed previously. Our National Contact, Pastor Tito, even bought the team ice cream bars! After eating, we had the opportunity to visit one of Cajamarca’s biggest tourist attractions – the ancient Incan Baths. These baths are heated by geothermal energy, producing water that is extremely hot, almost to the point of boiling. Ancient Incans used to use these to bathe, and they are still usable today. We were able to walk through to see the pools and also some ancient artifacts before moving on to our next drama.
The third site of the day was located in the same park that we had eaten lunch. When the drama began, there was no one around, however, God brought people to see the message he had for them. One group tried to minister to a group of teenagers who ended up mocking them. We know that Jesus constantly had mockers but even still, we pray that the gospel would pull on their hearts and that Christ would become known to them, even in their denial. Another group spoke with a group of vendors who had watched the drama from their makeshift shops. These people heard the gospel and accepted it as truth! They are now members of our family in Christ!
At the final drama, we asked God to give us strength to finish a long day, and He was faithful to answer. The drama was held inside a park that was surrounded by chain-link fence. One group spoke to a man who had watched from the other side of the fence. That man has now been saved from eternal death! Another group explained that they had experienced a fairly rough day up until the final performance. They had been rejected multiple times. But our god knows when we need to see Him at work. The two girls this group spoke to were so earnest in their decisions to follow the Lord. They asked questions and were excited to be connected with the church. That mission team was able to rejoice with their new sisters, but also with each other being reaffirmed that God has a plan and is faithful to bring His children to Him.
Please join us in praying for those who choose to reject the gospel. You can also be praying for rest for the students as they work so hard each day and the high altitude adds to the effort they need to make to get through the day. We are so thankful for the way they have persevered and the Lord has sustained them, but prayers are welcomed nonetheless. Thank you for standing by and lifting up our team. The Lord hears your prayers!
Your CCs,
Jordan and Hannah

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Hello family!
We hope this update finds you well. Today started out very early, having breakfast at 7:00 a.m. and leaving the hotel for a town called Jesus at 7:30 a.m. We headed to a military facility, but unfortunately once we arrived, we found out that all of the troops had been called away to work security at a parade. Despite this setback, God opened a door for us to perform in a plaza. We know that our disappointments are God’s divine appointments! At this site, a lady holding a Bible walked up to one of our students and began asking her questions. We discovered that this woman was a Jehovah’s Witness and was asking questions about our beliefs vs hers. She did not come to know the Lord, but we are praising God that the student was able to speak truth into her and that a seed was planted.
At the second site, we traveled to the city of Jesus’ “coloseo”, a big stadium-type building, to perform for a group of students there. We had the opportunity to play soccer with some of the older students and then present the gospel to over 200 children! Many of them prayed to receive Christ and now we are praying that that seed would be cultivated and that they would continue to grow in their relationships with God.
After lunch, we performed in another plaza where students experienced for the first time what it is like to be rejected outright for sharing their faith. Almost every group came back to the bus with stories of people standing up and walking away from them while they were sharing the gospel. When they returned, they got into groups and prayed for those who were unwilling to listen. We know that in their rejection, they were not rejecting us, but Jesus Christ. This means we should be praying even harder that God would soften their heart to His message.
Our final drama was held in a park where we had previously performed. When the groups went out to minister, one group spoke with a vendor and a janitor. They discovered that both were Christians and in fact, one was a missionary in the city. She worked part-time as a vendor to provide for herself, but spent the rest of her time ministering to those she came in contact with. Another group spoke with a Catholic couple. In Peru, Catholicism is full of idolatry and works-based merit. This couple heard the true gospel, accepted Jesus Christ as their only Lord and Savior, and were connected to an evangelical church where they can learn more about their Christian walk. We are praising God for overcoming religious barriers. He is the only true God and is worthy to be glorified.
We finished the day off with a time of worship where we gathered together and listened to music on the speaker while we spent time in the word, journaling, and praying. This really helped rejuvenate and re-energize the team for tomorrow’s ministry.
We only have a few more days here in Cajamarca. Please be praying for rest for the team, continued health, and for a renewed urgency to get the gospel to the people of Cajamarca.
Also, we would like to remind you that you can send messages to your students through the comment section on each post. Just click on a specific update and leave some encouragement for the team! The CCs check the comments often and will do our best to relay messages to your students whenever we can.

Your CCs,
Jordan and Hannah

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Buenas Noches!

Hello to all our friends and family out there keeping up with us this summer! Today was full of God’s grace and blessings and we are so excited to tell you about it. We began the morning with a great breakfast served by our awesome hotel staff. We were treated with some tea that we and the team like to call ‘pledge tea’ because it tastes a lot like lemon pledge smells. It may sound weird, but it’s a hit with the students!
After breakfast we headed out for our first drama in a small plaza next to a school. Students of all ages poured out of the school to watch the team’s performance. Even though it was early, the team poured themselves out as they went through the drama and transitioned into their ministry teams to share more about the truths within the drama. The youngest student on our team gave a perfect net and then went out as one of the ministry team leaders of the day. He led their group over to speak with two teachers who had been intently watching the drama. He was able to explain even more to them and answer the questions they had about the second story of the drama. By the end of the conversation, both were ready to accept Christ. We are reminded that there are no barriers when God is involved and working in a situation, not even age. Another student felt called to speak to a woman but did not have a translator. She decided to go anyways and do her best to speak to the woman in Spanish as she waited for a translator to help her. She kept the woman’s attention long enough that another group finished ministering and one of our bilingual students was able to help her lead the woman to Christ. We are constantly reminded that there are absolutely no barriers when God is involved and working in a situation; no difference in age or language can thwart God’s redemptive plan for His creation.
We then traveled to a small park near a market to perform another drama. Students went out and invited people to come and see the drama. Many followed the students down to where our stage was planned to be set. Then we were told that if we moved our drama further down the street to the other side of the park, there would be more people. We decided to pack up our things and move. We were so happy to see that everyone who had followed the students decided to move with us down to the other location. There was even an older man with a cane who quickly walked behind us with such an excitement to see what we were about to do. At the end of this drama, many people came to know Christ and one of the students was able to use his own testimony to soften the heart of a man who was an unbeliever but whose wife was a Christian. That family is now being led by two parents who are our siblings in Christ and we could not be happier!
Our third and final drama site was at a park that we have been to several times during our time here in Cajamarca. The students ate lunch, rested, and engaged the locals by playing soccer and talking about their lives. After a while, the team squared off to begin the presentation. Some of our newly made friends, including three college aged guys, came to see the drama. At first the crowd was small, but by the end of the drama, there were so many people ready to be talked to! This drama site was one where everyone could feel that the Spirit was present and moving. One of our students got to minister to a woman and her children. She had no translator and no one in her group knew any Spanish, not even herself she thought. God spoke through her and she was able to have a full conversation with the woman and lead her to Christ! One of our bilingual students was ministering to a group nearby and heard the woman start to ask questions. He said he was worried that the other student was not going to be able to communicate and that he was about to come and try to help. That was until he was shocked to hear her answering the woman in almost perfect Spanish! She is still amazed that God showed up and spoke through her like that. Another group got to talk with our three friends who had come to see the drama. They had many questions about God and Christianity, saying that they were confused because of all the different denominations and religions preaching different things. Our students got to shed light and truth on the situation and pointed them to the ultimate truth of God’s Word. After a lengthy conversation, all three guys were saying they wanted to follow Jesus! They wanted to know how they could build and strengthen their relationship with God and were so happy that we were able to connect them with a local church where they would be able to be discipled.
We came back to our hotel for the night where the students were able to rest, play some volleyball, and shower before dinner. After dinner we entered a time of worship and fellowship through games as we gave thanks and rejoiced in God’s steadfast love and faithfulness for us. Tomorrow we will have an early start to a busy morning! Please pray that the students will get good rest tonight to prepare them for what’s in store tomorrow and also that the Lord would show up and move in mighty ways not only in the hearts of the people of Cajamarca, but also in their own. We are so thankful for all your prayers, and we look forward to all that is yet to come!

Your CCs,
Jordan and Hannah

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Hola a todos!

Today was a day full of joyous memories that our team will never forget! After waking up from a wonderful nights rest, we enjoyed our delicious Peruvian breakfast and headed out for a day full of ministry. On the bus ride to our first site our students began praying for God to work mightily in whomever he would place in our path. Little did we know how many people we would be able to minister to!
All of the sites we visited today were schools. We believe that this is a great way to reach children at a time in their lives where they are seeking to find out who they are. We want them to know that they are children of the King and that they are loved before the world has a chance to convince them otherwise. In our first site, one of our MTLs spoke to some women who claimed to be Catholic but upon hearing the gospel, accepted Jesus into their hearts for the first time! The MTL was reminded that we are not here to teach religion, but a personal relationship with Christ.
At the second site, the students of the school were wildly enthusiastic for our arrival. The students had some time to play basketball, soccer, and even sign some autographs. When it came time to minister, one of our groups had the opportunity to speak with a woman who revealed that she was Mormon, but had never heard the story of the gospel presented this way. She was very interested in our message and in learning more about Christ’s love. Please join us in praying that God would continue to work on her heart and that she would become a true follower of Him. Another student was able to gather a very large group of students and share the gospel with them. Many of the students prayed the prayer and our students explained that he could tell there were many who were sincere about their decision.
Finally, our last school for the day matched, if not, exceeded the enthusiasm of the second school. We were able to share with many students and teachers alike. One of the MTLs noticed that the analogy of salvation being a free gift is often lost or disregarded by adult, but that with children, it is very effective. The children hear that there is a gift and know that gifts are good. They are able to connect better with the gospel when they realize that God is giving them salvation because He loves us and not because he is obligated to. We saw many saved at this site and are praising God for the work He did today in the hearts of the young people here in Cajamarca.
After dinner this evening, we had a short time of worship and then had a lesson over the five love languages. This is a time where we are able to learn each others favorite and least favorite ways to give and receive love. This helps us bond so much more because it gives us insight into how we can make each other feel most loved. The students enjoyed hearing more about their teammates and the team is definitely closer from it.
Please pray for continued health within the team, for God to continue to teach us how to trust Him better, and for the team to continue to grow in unity. We are so thankful to have you interceding on our behalf from home.

Your CCs,
Jordan and Hannah

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Hello friends and family!
This morning the students started the day as always with a nutritious breakfast. They enjoyed peeling farm fresh boiled eggs and making their very own breakfast sandwiches! After eating, we got onto the bus to head to our first drama site. We arrived at the University of Cajamarca and set up to perform our first act of the day. The students of the university came out to watch so that by the end of the drama, we had people gathered on all sides of us. One of our MTL groups spoke to a group of guys and as he spoke, more and more gathered around to hear. As he finished his presentation of the gospel, 27 of them prayed to receive Christ! Another group spoke with a man who had never heard anything about Jesus. Now, not only does that man know OF Jesus, but he has a personal relationship with Him!
The headmaster of the school was so impressed with the reaction to the drama that he asked us to perform a second time at a different location on campus. In this spot, many more gathered around to see the gospel presented. There were students climbing on statues, looking out over balconies, and crowding around our stage. As the students went out in their teams afterward, many were able to hear the gospel. One of our guys spoke to a group of about three men who all found life in Jesus Christ! Another MTL was able to share with a man who admitted that he believed in God but didn’t understand the idea of being a Christian. The MTL was able to pour into him and connect him with one of the churches that we are working with here in Cajamarca. The man was very enthusiastic and thankful to be able to continue his walk with the Lord more deeply. One of our MTLs shared with another group of guys who did not seem very receptive or interested in our message. However, there was one man who was very earnestly listening. When it came time for the MTL to ask the question “Would you like to accept Jesus Christ?”, that man replied that yes, he would! Unfortunately, his friends told our MTL that they needed to get to class and pulled the young man away. Our team was initially disheartened by this but we rejoiced when we remembered that we are not the Lord of the Harvest but that our God is faithful to reap what we have sown! We are called to plant seeds, and although we may not always see the fruits of our labor, the Lord knows the hearts of those we come in contact with.
Following these dramas, our team headed to the same park we ministered at yesterday in order to eat lunch and have time to rest before going back out into ministry. Today, they were treated to chips and Oreos to go along with their PB&Js and when they had finished, challenged each other to multiple rounds of “Ninja”. After they had sufficiently rested/played, we were granted access to perform in the Plaza de Armas. This is a huge park that is located in front of every cathedral here in Peru. We are not allowed to perform without a permit because of the affiliation with the Catholic church, however our God is bigger than any law or permit that could hinder His mission. Many people came to know the Lord at this site. We (Jordan and Hannah) were encouraged when a fellow English speaking believer approached us to give thanks for bringing the gospel to his city. He shared his testimony with us and revealed that his life had been difficult and he had not always followed Christ as he should. He admitted that being a Christian is not easy and because of this, he had fallen away at times. We were able to encourage him that yes, it is true being a follower of Christ is not easy. However, God has loved and continues to love us even when we fail. Our conversation was a great reminder that we as believers should be encouraging one another, praying for each other, and lifting each other up constantly.
Our final drama of the day was held at a park that was completely empty when we arrived. The students went out to invite people to come and then returned to the site to worship until it was time to perform. By the time the drama was over, the park was filled with people and families who were ready to be ministered to! Many people came to know the Lord at this site and it just goes to show that God brings His children to Him in His own timing.
We are loving our time here in Cajamarca. We are praising God for the salvation that has been found here, for the health He has continually granted our team, and for the work being done in His name. He is daily being glorified in Cajamarca, Peru! Please join with us in praying that his work will continue to be done.
You CCs,
Jordan and Hannah