October 2011

Gary Fallesen
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October 2011

Jaime Servat, Climbing For Christ’s missionary to Peru, said God changed our plans to His plans and showed us a village in the Cordillera Negra “open to receive His name.” Jaime went with Edwin Milla, a guide and C4C’s sponsored climber, and Edwin’s brother Marco. The original plan, scheduled Oct. 10-13, was altered by agricultural protests — farmers violently trying to reclaim land in the region. “They attack with stones any public or private transportation,” Jaime said. “But one day after the radio stations said it was quiet, we prayed and started the trip the next day.” They traveled into the Cordillera Negra (a smaller range opposite the Cordillera Blanca) on Oct. 16 and 17.

Jaime (foreground) and Marco trekking in the Cordillera Negra. (Photo by Edwin Milla)

Here are edited excerpts from Jaime’s detailed report:

Sunday, Oct. 16

Pampacancha with Cordillera Blanca in the background. (Photo by Jaime Servat)

God added brother Marco Milla, a member of C4C Peru, to the missionary exploration trip and we started to Antacocha at 6 a.m. We arrived at 8 a.m. and got to see a beautiful lagoon, where we could view part of the Cordillera Blanca (including the Huascaran Mountain). We took a breakfast and prayed and then began walking to Pampacancha. We came upon an Assembly of God church and God put in my heart to visit a Christian family and ask for a place to get new people for the C4C ministry.

We were informed to go visit brother Leoncio in his house, but we met his daughter — called sister Vecxa Chavezso — and she told me that the day before they were praying to God to be visited by Christians who can evangelize in a village called Ranraucro. “And you arrived like a miracle of God to visit that village,” she said.

Ranraucro. (Photo by Jaime Servat)

We asked her how long it would take to arrive at Ranraucro village and she said approximately 40 minutes. When we reached Ranraucro village we decided to stop to take a break and eat a snack at the side of the road. The village looked uninhabited. But just then a man came and we greeted him and asked for a little time. He told us who he was and that there were about 120 people in Ranraucro. He said many would be willing to come back to the Lord (apparently a pastor who had been in “disobedience” had driven many away). We talked about those who wanted to be reconciled with the Lord and the possibility of land in the village for a church. He said he needed a Bible so we gave him a New Testament. We said we would be praying for this new opportunity.

Magnificant Cordillera Blanca panorama. (Photo by Jaime Servat)

We went on and arrived at Antacocha lagoon. Brother Edwin, who joined us there, was exited to hear our testimony. We lunched and after that we decided to start to explore another village through the hills. We talked three hours, but God was showing us nothing. We had passed some villages with people who were anti-Christian so we continued exploring. Evening was coming and we stopped and camped on a hill. We prayed for His protection. There had been some farmers who wanted to frighten us away.

“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.” — Psalm 4:8 (NIV)

Monday, Oct. 17

Handing out tracts and Bibles in Puyuhuampampa. (Photo by Edwin Milla)

At 6 a.m. we gave thanks to God and planned what to do next. Brother Edwin said we would be going to the Wilcacocha lagoon area, which was a four-hour walk away. We started at 8 a.m. and arrived at 12 at a place called Puyuhuampampa. There was a family living there that came to greet us and they told us they were believers but without Bibles. We gave them five New Testaments and we prayed for them. Then we followed our trip one hour more to get Wilcacocha lagoon area, where we visited some houses. The people were working in the fields and tending their animals. We were informed that they are unbelievers and anti-Christians, too. We camped by the side of the lagoon, ate lunch, and then decided to return that night to Huaraz. We called our friend and C4C Peru member Frank Beteta, who came with his van to carry us back. We thank God for this journey, His love, and to see His will in our lives one more time.

“Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.” — Psalm 5:12 (NIV)

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