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Peru 2017

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Yesterday we had a fun day of adventure and games. In the morning, some of us went on an adventure to hike up one of the mountains that surrounds Huanuco. At the top of the tallest mountain, there is a giant white cross which overlooks the city. We climbed the mountain near it, and the view from the top was breathtaking!

After our hike, we all headed into town for lunch at the mall with Marco, one of our main contacts and guide here in Peru. When we arrived back at the hotel in the evening, we put on our annual Awe Star talent show. The talent show for the Fourth of July is always one of the highlights on Awe Star trips. Each performance was so entertaining; all were laughing nonstop. We ended the night with delicious sublime ice cream before packing for the journey tomorrow to Tingo Maria.

Please be praying for the students as we travel today and for the people of Tingo Maria with whom we will be soon sharing the gospel.

Your Country Coordinators,

Steen & Rebecca

 

We have experienced internet issues here in Huanuco and so a more in-depth blog with pictures will be uploaded as soon as possible. 
 
Yesterday we had our MOMs and POP be “TDs for a Day.” It was a great to see each of them step up as leaders of the team in this way. It was a fun day of ministry and several made the decision to accept Jesus! 
 
With this being the Fourth of July, we will be enjoying a day of rest and fun together as a team, which will include a talent show. 
 
Thank you for your patience as we deal with the internet availability. Pictures will be uploaded soon. 
 
Your Country Coordinators, 
 
Steen & Rebecca 

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Yesterday we were blessed with a day of rest. It had been raining all throughout the morning here in Huanuco and so when the rain let up a little we went out to prayer walk about the nearest plaza and market. In the evening, we were able to attend the Baptist church here in Huanuco where we met Dolly at the start of our trip. After a time of worship in both Spanish and English, some of the students were able to share their testimonies with the congregation. Dolly introduced us to the new members of the church and the students were able to also encourage them in their walk with the Lord and their next steps in baptism. Even though there was a language barrier between us and the church members, we were still able to have a great time of fellowship together as one body in Christ.

Thank you for your prayers and support. Please continue to pray for each of the students as we continue ministry here in Huanuco.

Your Country Coordinators,

Steen & Rebecca

Good morning! As we woke up yesterday morning, our beautiful mountain view was changed by the clouds that had descended. Our first stop this morning was at a local street market. There we got to see first hand the local culture here in Huanuco. As the students walked about the market inviting people to the drama, some noticed a lady selling live guinea pig, which is a national delicacy here in Peru. 

As we started to present the first drama, the crowd grew and grew. Within a matter of minutes, the crowd went from a single family to at least 80 people. Even those who had been selling items at the market came to watch the drama. After the drama, when the students went out with their groups to talk to the people in the crowd, many people asked to receive Christ! The response we had was so good that we performed another drama at the same market and again, many people came to know the Lord afterwards. Gloria a Dios! 

After lunch, we went out further into the city of Huanuco. We stopped by the side of the river that runs through Huanuco where we saw many people resting on the grass by the water. It was as if God had placed that crowd just for us, because when we arrived, all we had to do was set up, and they already had perfect seats to watch the drama. “What are the odds? – 100 percent with God.” As the students performed the drama, the crowd was glued to every movement the students made, and afterwards, so many prayed to receive Christ! Several then came up to us asking where the church was so that they could attend tomorrow. We left that site not just saying “goodbye” but also saying “See you tomorrow!” What a joy that was to receive that response! 

Even though the weather today was cloudy and the rain was looming, God still had a good plan for today. For we serve a God who controls the storm and brought many to come to know Him despite the outside circumstances. 

Thank you all for keeping us in your prayers throughout our time here. We have seen God move in amazing ways here in Huanuco and anticipate what else God has planned for the remainder of our time here. Continue to be praying for the ministry here and the students as they go out and continue to walk in the command that God has called for each of them. 

Your Country Coordinators, 

Steen & Rebecca

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 Yesterday was an exciting day as we started out going to a large park. There, the students got to minister to many people, young and old. At this drama site, we saw so many people come to know the Lord! Gloria a Dios! It was great to see the students get to minister to so many people who were eager to learn about the gospel.

Our next drama site was another park filled with just the same amount of excitement. Many people also came to know the Lord at this drama site, but what really made it great was the amount of engaging the students got to participate in. Some of them got to enjoy a game of basketball against some kids while others interacted with people just sitting in the park. Engaging with the culture is one of our favorite ways to spread the gospel, because it puts us in their shoes.

After some much-needed worship and rest time, we headed back out to finish our day of ministry. The third drama site we went to yesterday was another park (we really like parks here in Peru). We drew another large crowd and got to perform the drama for many more open hearts. At our last drama site for the day, we ended up in front of a Catholic Cathedral. Performing the drama in front of this beautiful cathedral was definitely a satisfying way to end our day of ministry here in Huanuco.

After a delicious dinner from our host, we enjoyed a fun night doing our Man Up and Reign On teachings and spending time fellowshipping with one another.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support!
Your Team Directors,
Lelia and Caleb

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It was another beautiful day here in Huanuco as we went out throughout the city to do ministry. Something that we have come to notice here in Huanuco is the prevalent Mormon community. Already, the students have been able to share the truth with multiple Mormons whom we have encountered. Throughout our time here we have had already so many notice the difference in us and have asked where they could either be plugged in or know more about the Baptist church in Amarilles, which is a section that joins Huanuco. The only Baptist church for this area of Huanuco is that one of Amarilles, which is where we met Dolly. It is a small church, but their congregation is quickly growing!

We ended the day, after a delicious dinner of chicken and potatoes, with a time of games, worship and sharing our testimonies with one another. Each of the students has been doing so well. It brings us such joy to see on each of their faces the look of excitement each day as they go out to do ministry and the love that they show one another as a team.  

God is doing amazing things, and we are excited for what He has next in store for us today. Thank you for keeping us in your prayers. Continue to pray for each of the students and the ministry that will be done today. 

Your Country Coordinators,

Steen & Rebecca

Blog updates will be posted in the mornings from now on. Thank you for your patience! 

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What an exciting and full day! After breakfast, we quickly boarded the bus to head to the first school of many that we would be visiting. The children would all pile around us, giggling and playing as the teachers tried to maintain some level of order. Children are one of our favorite audiences because they become so captivated by the performance, and their expressions are priceless. As always, when the dragon appears, they all scream and then laugh. Children are also one of our favorite audiences because when they are asked if they would like to receive Christ into their hearts, hands from all over the room will be raised. As they pray aloud to ask Christ into their lives, one can clearly see that they understand and choose Him. We are reminded how precious children are in the sight of the Lord and how we as children of God are equally precious to Him. Psalm 139:17-18 says, “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand;…” Leaving the schools are always the hardest part as all the children gather as a mob about each of us and cling to us with their tight hugs. 

Following lunch, we headed back out on the bus to different plazas around the city. We had a busy day but it was nonetheless good as we got to see many people of all different ages, from the schools to the plazas, come to accept Christ! 

Today we will continue doing ministry around the city of Huanuco. Thank you for your continued prayers and support. Please be praying for each of the students as they go out to do ministry today and for the divine encounters that God has planned. 

Your Country Coordinators, 

Steen & Rebecca

After multiple attempts, the wifi is still not cooperating. Pictures will be posted later today when the wifi is up and working again. 

 

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Today started off with us taking a bus to the opposite side of the city of Huanuco. Nestled between the mountains, Huanuco is actually a fairly large city that stretches throughout the valley. In total, we performed four dramas in different plazas. The crowds that came out to see the drama grew with each passing moment leading to many hearing the Word of God and the plan of salvation. Many prayed to receive Christ!

Even when faced with difficulty, still people came to accept Christ. At our last drama site, we were in a large plaza filled with people. Before arriving, we were warned by our contact here that there could be some issues with the police in letting us perform the drama. But God made a way for us! After some convincing and lots of prayer the police officer allowed a short presentation of the drama. Even though there was not enough time to perform the entire drama, God still used it to reach those who had gathered there. 

After a delicious dinner of spaghetti and chicken, we gathered together with Dolly and shared all our encounters from today. Dolly shared with the team more about her ministry here in Huanuco and then encouraged the team to continue giving their all to the Lord. At our third drama site, a group of teenage girls approached Dolly and told her that they had noticed that the students were not like other people their age. They were inspired by the students willingness to give of their summer to come all the way to Peru to tell others about Christ.

We ended the night with a time of fellowship and fun before heading off to bed for what is in store tomorrow. In the morning, we will be traveling to different schools and we are excited for the many students that we will be encountering. Thank you for your continued prayers for us! 

Your Country Coordinators, 

Steen & Rebecca

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Today, the Lord has done amazing things here in Huanuco! From the four ministry sites that we have been to today, we have seen many come to accept Christ into their lives. After meeting Dolly from the Baptist church here in Huanuco yesterday, she has volunteered to come with us to the majority of our ministry sites during our time here. She has been a great help to the ministry here, and as soon as the students help lead someone to Christ, the new converts are immediately plugged into the local church by Dolly. The students have greatly enjoyed working with her and the church as we partner together in spreading the gospel. The students already have so many stories from just the few days we have been here, and it makes us all anticipate what the Lord has in store for the remainder of our time here in Peru. 

We had an excellent dinner followed by a teaching from Walker’s “Jesus of Nazareth” lesson. Walker discussed how Jesus being called “Jesus of Nazareth” means that as He was given all power and authority, as Christians we are given that same authority to go and proclaim the gospel. For  just as Jesus said in John 15:5, He is the vine and we are the branches. And as branches of Him we are empowered to go forth unto the ends of the world to share the truth. 

Tonight’s title is inspired by Pastor Tito’s favorite hymn, “How Great Thou Art”, which we were able to sing with him the other night. Truly God is a wonderful and great God for His love that He has poured out on us. Today was a special day as we have seen lives changed as people have willingly made the decision to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior. We serve a Great God! 

Tomorrow we will be traveling to the other side of the city of Huanuco. Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we travel there and for the people that we will be encountering. 

Your Country Coordinators, 

Steen & Rebecca

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Buenas Noches!

This morning we were joined by a new friend, Vanessa. Last night Vanessa met us at the hotel and greeted us in English. After she asked what we were doing here and we explained about our ministry, she told us she would love to see the drama and even volunteered to help us translate! We started out by walking across town to a local church that we are working with here in Huanuco.  While walking across this quaint little town, we got to see some of the holiday parade and Sunday festivities. The students enjoyed getting to see some of the local culture as the people celebrated in the streets.

When we arrived at the church, we got to engage with the children and some of the women of the church. The students loved getting to sing and dance with the “chicos” as well as playing the familiar game of “pato pato ganzo” (duck duck goose). After engaging with the children, they performed the drama, and then continued to minister and interact with the children.

Finishing the drama, we headed back to the hotel for lunch and Tampico, a Peruvian fruit drink that the students love. Afterwards, the students enjoyed a short time of rest before we headed back out to continue doing drama ministry throughout the city. Many came to know the Lord today–“Gloria a Dios!”–making this a great start to our time here in Huanuco.

Dinner tonight was a classic Peruvian dish of grilled chicken, potatoes, and a whole lot of white rice. Following dinner, we headed back to the church we visited this morning to perform the drama for the night service. It was a rewarding experience as we all worshipped in English and Spanish. To finish off the night, Pastor Tito, our main connection here in Peru, preached the gospel, which resulted in more people coming to know the Lord! It has been a long day here, but a very special one for each of us.

As we continue our ministry here in Huanuco, we ask for continued prayers for each of the team members and the people here that we will encounter during our time here in this city.

Your Country Coordinators,

Steen & Rebecca