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Peru 2017

The Panama and Peru teams have both landed safely in El Salvador and will soon be on their way to Houston. Thanks for your continued prayers!

–Awe Star Staff

In a few hours, we will be leaving Peru. How wonderful our time here has been! So many precious memories have been made with people we will never forget. We are all excited to share what the Lord has done this summer. 

After our flight from Lima, we will be landing in El Salvador then continuing from Houston to Dallas, Texas. See you all soon! 

Your Country Coordinators,

Steen & Rebecca

The Peru 28 Team has made it to Lima and will try to update as soon as possible on their way back to Dallas, Texas. 

-AweStar Ministries

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Today we started out our last day of drama ministry here in Peru. The girls kicked off our last morning here by cooking the boys a delicious breakfast of “sublime” pancakes and chocolate milk! Following breakfast, we performed the drama one last time in the local market. It was one of the best dramas we have done. New people came to know the Lord, and people we had already met stopped by to say hello! It was bittersweet, as we performed the drama in this place which has come to feel like home. Every day, we met new people regardless if it was a site where we had ministered before or not. God has done so much here in Huanuco, and as we say goodbye to Dolly and the church, we can see the work that will go ahead of us through them. What an honor and inspiration it has been to lock arms with them as we have been here in Peru. Their joy has never once ceased as they relentlessly work for the kingdom reaching the people of Huanuco. 

After another drama in the main plaza, we ended the night with celebrating the birthday of one of the children we have met through Dolly. Her ministry is to reach the children of Huanuco who come from especially difficult home situations. It was so sweet to be able to love on them and see the giant smiles on their faces. 

As we pack up to leave for Lima, we are sad to be leaving these beautiful people. The memories we have made here will forever be treasured in our hearts. 

We will be driving to Lima tonight and arrive in the morning. Please be praying as we travel tonight. 

Your Country Coordinators, 

Steen & Rebecca

 

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As we finished breakfast yesterday morning, we received an invitation to go perform the drama at a rehab center. We were excited for this change of plans and quickly headed towards the bus. When we arrived, all the men of the center gathered chairs around in anticipation of what they were about to witness. As the students performed the drama, all eyes were glued on them in deep attention. After the Net was cast and the students went out to speak to them, many prayed to receive Christ as their Lord and Savior! Though going to the rehab center was not initially planned, God opened this door for us to go, and oh, how rewarding it was! The men there were of all ages, one as young as 15. It was great to see lives changed there before us and to be able to pray and encourage those as they are in the process of getting physical help.

After the rehab center, we headed to do another drama in a plaza before lunch. The timing could not have been better when we arrived. As the students unloaded and set the stage, across the street a line had begun to form waiting for the bank. We had been to this plaza before at the start of our trip and had not seen such a large line there before. As the people stood there waiting for the bank, God had them ready to listen to the drama as the students performed.

Following lunch we headed to a nursing facility, where many of the patients have been forgotten. We brought food to give and were able to love on them. One student was able to read to a woman there whom Dolly said would never let anyone approach her in the entire time she has been visiting. This student read her an entire chapter from Galatians as she sat there, still and attentive. Ministry of this kind is of equal importance to doing the drama. The theme for this summer has been “iServe,” and we were happy to be able to serve the residents and nurses who work there in this way.

As part of the Man Up teachings, the men are learning how to speak into women. So last night, the men graciously cooked all the women a nice spaghetti dinner before individually affirming each of them. We could not be more proud of each of the men on our team as we have seen them step up in multiple ways over the past few weeks.

Today will be our last official day of ministry here in Peru before heading back to Lima tonight and then back to the United States. We are all sad at the thought of this trip coming to a close, but are joyful in the sweet memories we have made together though the people we have met and the adventures we have had.

Thank you for always keeping us in your prayers. Please be praying for each of the students today as we finish strong for our ministry here in Huanuco.

Your Country Coordinators,

Steen & Rebecca

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Our first day back in Huanuco was filled with such joy! We got to spend time with the church family we have been working with while here in Peru. We went to a large park area outside of town where the students got to interact with (chase) alpacas and llamas, hike up a big hill with a beautiful view and swim in the river. Our main purpose for going to this area was to celebrate the time of baptisms with the church. Three of their new believers got baptized, and Steen even got to help! The pastor gave a devotional and explained the significance of baptism in the life of a Christian. As each new follower declared their devotion to Christ, we sang the hymn “I Have Decided,” a very fitting song as we celebrated with them on this very special day.

 After the baptisms, the church served us a delicious lunch; the students were very excited that it wasn’t the traditional peanut butter and jelly. After we left the park, we headed back to the hotel to clean up and dig in to another rewarding Man Up and Reign On evening. We are thankful for the day of rest we were able to have yesterday, fellowshipping with the church here in Huanuco. As we leave this morning we are recharged for all that is in store for today.

Your Country Coordinators,

Steen & Rebecca

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Yesterday was such a special day! Before leaving Tingo Maria, we were invited to a baptism held at a natural waterfall. There, not only were we able to celebrate the commitment of fellow believers, but also the declaration of one of the students on our team! This student wanted to take this next step in following Christ here in Peru. What a special moment to share together. 

Our time in Tingo Maria has been wonderful and through it all we have seen God work in the lives of many in that city. What an honor to have been able to witness all that He is doing there and in Peru throughout our time here. 

After the baptism, we headed on a bus back to the city of Huanuco. We will be finishing our time of ministry here in this city we have begun to call home before heading back to Lima. 

Thank you for all your prayers and support for us as we have been traveling and doing ministry. Please continue to be praying for us as we finish our time here in Peru. 

Your Country Coordinators, 

Steen & Rebecca

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We ended our time in Tingo Maria with a great day! Many came to accept Christ throughout the many dramas we were able to perform. Even though we were restricted to just one main area in the center of the small town, at each drama, many came to listen and stayed after the Net was cast. The people are hungry for the truth. One after another, people would ask, “what must I do to have Christ in my life?” What a joy it is to answer this question! 

Though our time here in Tingo Maria has been brief, it has been very fruitful. At first glance with the difficulties we faced with being able to perform the drama here, it seemed as though few would be able to hear and see the drama. But God had a different plan! Even through the difficulties, He used the drama to reach so many people. All the glory goes to Him! It is evident that the Holy Spirit has been moving in the hearts of the people here. We are honored and thankful that God brought us here to be a part of the work He is doing in Tingo Maria. 

This morning, we are heading to a baptism before heading back to Huanuco. Thank you for keeping us in your prayers. Please continue to pray for the students as we head back to Huanuco and finish our time of ministry there. 

Your Country Coordinators, 

Steen & Rebecca

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Yesterday was a filled day! At our first drama site, we met the pastor of the local Baptist Church here in Tingo Maria. He gave us Spanish New Testaments to hand out as we continue doing ministry in Peru and invited us to the missions conference that is being held at the church. Due to the extreme heat during the day here in Tingo Maria, we came back to the hotel for a time of teaching as we waited for the temperature to cool. In the late afternoon, we had a time of worship and prayer for the people we would encounter before heading out again. We have found that the majority of the people come out to the plazas during the late afternoon and evening hours.

An issue we have encountered here is with the police and the limitations they enforce on where we are allowed to perform the drama throughout the city. However, when we were able to finally set up, a woman who was in the crowd later told us she was actually good friends with the captain of the police here in Tingo Maria. She offered to help us with the problems we have been facing! We are hopeful for what today will bring because of this encounter.

Thank you for always keeping us in your prayers! Please continue to pray for each of the students as we are here in Tingo Maria.

Your Country Coordinators,

Steen & Rebecca

Good morning from Tingo Maria!

Yesterday we arrived safely in the town of Tingo Maria after a several-hour bus ride. The first thing that is noticed here, besides the beautiful scenery, is the heat and humidity. Compared to the colder climate of Huanuco, it is quite a difference. But we are all excited to get to see the different environments of Peru! Back in Huanuco, the mountains are very tall and rocky. Here in Tingo Maria, the mountains are smaller and covered in lush green vegetation. 

After relaxing for a bit from our journey here, we heard Walker’s teaching on the orphan heart. Even those who have heard this teaching  in past years said that they still learn something new from it every time they hear it. Following the teaching, we headed to dinner before doing our first drama here in Tingo Maria. As the sun went down, the air cooled wonderfully, and the people began to come out to the plazas and streets. Many already heard the truth and prayed to accept Christ, and it was just Day One in this town! Gloria a Dios! We are all excited in anticipation for all of what the Lord has planned here in Tingo Maria. 

Thank you for your prayers as we traveled yesterday. Please continue to be praying for each of the students as we are here in Tingo Maria and for the ministry that will be done. 

Your Country Coordinators, 

Steen & Rebecca