Hispanic women embark on a transformative mission trip to Peru | Baptist life

An important trip for a team of women was a transformative deck experience.

Six women from the Iglesia Bautista Nueve Jerusalem in Little Rock, Arkansas and the Arkansas Hispanic Woman’s Missionary Union, traveled to Peru to assist in the Ministry of Iglesia Bautista Gracia y Verdad, along with International Mission Council missionary Amy Fisher.

Diana Rodriguez, the Hispanic University of Arkansas president, led the trip. She was accompanied by her 14-year-old daughter, Natalie. sisters Janeth Pacheco (19) and Sissy Venegas (17); and Elizabeth Lozano, Consuelo Rosales and Sarai Martinez.

The team spent time at Michelle’s house. She was a student, and her mother Celia had health problems. Share with them and encourage Celia. As they shared a Bible with the two women, the three teens pulled out their violin and guitar and exchanged chants.

Diana said the girls were most affected by these cult experiences. As they led the songs they sang many times, the words took on a new meaning.

Janeth Pacheco told Rodriguez that this was a “learning moment for her”.

“We’ve sung this song so many times,” Pacheco told Rodriguez after he sang a song called “God, Use Me.” As they sang to a Peruvian woman suffering from an illness and in desperate need of hope, “These words [we] They were singing, they really made sense. They have become real.

“We were serving. Not only me, but my music was being used in that moment to provide comfort to these people,” Pacheco continued. “I realized that the message of music could really affect, and God was using me at that moment.”

For Rodriguez, I was most impressed by the way people worshiped with joy without the modern conveniences they enjoy at worship services in Arkansas.

“From the first moment we stepped in, you could tell the difference – the culture and the country,” she said.

Rodriguez noted that citizens are “absolutely willing to worship anywhere,” whether it’s in a park, home or communal building.

But the most lasting effect of the journey was the eternity that changed when the faith was recognized among the Peruvians.

Tatiana became a believer after the ladies shared the Gospel with her. She’s appeared at every service the team has set up and stayed after, asking questions, hungry to learn more about her new faith. The team deliberately spent time appreciating her.

Throughout their stay in the country, they saw more than 10 women and young men coming to Christ. As they did with Michele’s family, they followed home visits and Bible studies while the teens from the church performed spontaneous worship at home. Initiating the discipleship process was a major component.

The team also spent time in the community – holding services and making balloon animals to engage the kids. Another special time for them was investing in the youth of the area by making them authentic Mexican food, learning about their stories and sharing the gospel.

IMB missionary Amy Fisher was thankful for this team that came along with her church in Peru.

“This is the first time a Hispanic church has come in,” she said. “It was completely different, as there was no need to work through translators.”

It has also been helpful for the teens to come and interact with the young people she works with, Fisher said.

Additionally, having an all-women team has given way to a focus on the women who work with the Fisher Church. Rosales’ testimony resonated with the women she spoke to, as she shared her story of domestic violence. Many listeners have found themselves in similar situations or know someone in a similar situation.

Fisher said the team’s resilience and willingness to fill where they needed to be was a sure blessing. It encourages any church seeking short-term mission opportunities to be such a team — flexible and ready to serve anywhere.

For short term assignment opportunities through IMB, visit imb.org/trips.

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