Well, I am back and thank God I am alive and well. For about an entire month before I traveled to Peru I was sick. Real sick! I think I had a case of dengue fever followed by a severe stomach virus that hung around for nearly two weeks. I took some strong antibiotics a week before traveling which barely made me travel-ready. Nonetheless, I made it to Peru and back. 15 of us (Americans, Peruvians, Dominicans, and Brazilians) met up in Lima, Peru and took an 8 hour bus ride to Huaraz, a city northwest of Lima in the Cordillera Blanca region. We stayed in Huaraz a day and a night to acclimatize to the altitude before taking a bus another 10 hours to Pomabamba. We stayed the night in Pomabamba before hiking to the first Quechua village the following day. The leaders of AWI, the mission we were working alongside of, had never been to these villages so distances and trek times were pretty uncertain from the onset of the trip. We hiked through passes at an altitude of 15,000 ft. It was epic, dangerous, but extremely rewarding because of the privilege to share the Gospel message with people who most likely had never heard a clear presentation of the Gospel in their lives. We trekked to three villages through unbelievably harsh terrain over the course of 4 days. All in all, we had an excellent public turnout in each village, and we were able to distribute 800 Bibles to Quechua families. Each family waiting in line, in the cold, in the dark to receive their very own copy of God's Word. If it weren't good enough to just be a part of this great work, God changed me, and every person on the trek, in the process. I mentioned in my last post that two Brazilian guys were going with me and that my prayer was that God would work in them as He worked through them, and it is safe to say that He did that and much more. Pray for the Quechua who heard the Gospel and who now have a copy of the Word of God in their own language. Pray for the missionaries who remain there to follow up on this work, and pray for every team member of the 2015 Andes Trek who are going home different than when they came.
"How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?"