A gift that keeps on giving
Oscar Ugarte (first picture) contacted pastors who wanted to change the situation of violence, poverty, family breakdown, and drug addiction in Chimbote, where the pastors felt isolated in their own churches. After the Samaritan Strategy (SamS) training, the churches adapted Harvest lessons to teach wisdom for children and the role of the church in society for young adults. In 2017, a flood affected Peru causing 102 deaths. The churches donated clean water, hygiene items, clothes, and cleaning supplies to the neediest villages. They held prayer walks, heard the Holy Spirit instruct them through His Word, and learned to do “wholistic evangelism” preaching the message of salvation with practical demonstrations of God’s love. They also did a police appreciation day and distributed ice-cream to street cleaners and taxi drivers. There were 45 participants in the SamS project and 8 were commissioned as new trainers. When the project finished, they celebrated God’s power creating unity and collaboration in Chimbote.
PERIOD OF THE PROJECT
Praise God for churches ready to serve during the severe flood and alleviate people’s suffering.
May the Holy Spirit continue to remind people of His healing power to restore relationships.
People trained in Chimbote shared what they learned in Tumán, Chiclayo (220 miles away). The pastors trained in Arequipa are planning to multiply the SamS program in Cusco (310 miles away). Both groups are praying to multiply the SamS program in Cuba.
ESTABLISHING SELF-SUSTAINING SAMARITAN STRATEGY TEAMS IN NEW AREAS