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Get To Know The Real Jesus

by | Mar 12, 2012 | Missions Articles

Powerful insight from Shaun and Amanda Wissmann

Peru is a country ripe for the harvest. People believe there is a god, and some even worship one. Unfortunately we as followers of Jesus Christ are not the only people that recognize the harvest is ready. Our enemy has eyes too. Here is a little testimony from one of the shanty town communities we have become a part of in southern Lima.

This year we started our first “official” Sunday celebration time for 2012 with a prayer walk through Pacifico.  We sang praise songs and prayed for each little pocket of the shanty town.  God moved in powerful ways that day. He also opened our eyes.

As we walked though Pacifico that Sunday we saw a multitude of Jehovah’s Witnesses knocking on doors.  We saw the New Israelites cult, evangelizing about Jesus showing up in Peru and how animals bring us closer to God.  We saw the two Catholic crosses on the mountains that people pray to.  We saw drunk men out on the corner knocking back a few beers at 9:30 in the morning. The list could continue.
That day God opened our eyes to the fact that in Pacifico, we are just another “nut” in the bag of mixed nuts.  We are yet another group to these people.  A group to gossip about.  A group to shun or laugh about.  A group of people that can carry a tune, and will pray for the drunk guy.

So, in response, we asked God “what will set us apart?” Well, the Sunday School answer is Jesus.  It’s the right answer.  It’s the perfect answer.  However, for people that are being presented with at least four different versions of Jesus, it is a very confusing answer. Glory to God because He has been clear with us as a team.  What will set us apart is our love, and it must be a love with no purpose to be the change.  In other words, we must spend our time with the people in Pacifico, living life together, and accepting them where they are at without looking at them like a project. 

All of these other groups come for conversions. The drunk guys come together to feed an addiction. The cult comes… well, to kill, steal, and destroy. We come to show them the Father that calls them. We come to show them the One who can break their chains. We come to reflect the One who gives eternal life.  

The impact has been amazing; not only for the people, but also for the leaders.  The worship time is so loud that the little speaker we have is background noise. We have a new generation of leaders that we are discipling on Friday nights.  We have even moved to a new location, a home, which has been a blessing for a family that is completely broken.  We have become their family and we are proclaiming that God’s love will win, and His grace will visibly abound in their home as we celebrate the Giver of that Love each week.

On a personal level, to see these people faces light up with deep revelation moments, spiritually and emotionally…. our souls soar.  These are people with a grade school level of education, who are considered to be cultural outcasts or servants, in a society that wants to leave them behind. 

Yet their identity in God their Father has never been more secure.  
Day by day we as leaders hug them and pray them through their deep hurts, asking God for peace, as tears fill our eyes.  It’s all very emotional to see God breaking through in this way.
Please pray for these wonderful people of Peru. The harvest truly is ripe. These people are ready to know the real Jesus Christ.

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