Christmas in Peru
We did it! With your contributions we made Christmas a reality for over 1,500 people this past December. We want to extend our gratefulness to your for your faithful support and giving to the Peru Project of 2014.
From December 4, 2014 to December 8, 2014, Empower Dreams worked alongside Pastor Rich Ferguson, students from Master’s Commission in Lima, Pastor Gabino Aquirre in Cuzco, and four Cusco area churches. Our team worked together to conduct four Christmas outreaches in small communities throughout Peru. Together we made a huge difference in the lives of the Peruvian people over the holiday season.
Peru is the fifth most populated country in Latin America, yet the standard of living is only ¼th of Mexico’s standard of living. As a result, thousands of people are impoverished and have little to no access to resources and support. The outreaches we conducted were designed, through the sharing of the Gospel, to bridge the gap and provide Christmas festivities for people whom are usually unable to celebrate the season.
The outreach celebrations took place in Pomate, Ccorca, Cusco and Mayahuapampa. In each town, we invited residents to attend the celebration at the local Assembly of God church. There was dancing and singing done by all and the main event was the gospel presentation. This part of the outreach led over 340 people, mostly children, to dedicate their life to the Lord. We were able to give out over 1,000 gifts during our time in Peru. Each person was also given hot chocolate and traditional Peruvian Christmas bread, panettone.
None of this would have been possible without Pastor Gabino Aguirre (in Cusco). He worked with the pastors of each village to arrange for the celebrations. These communities bonded closer together and the children were positively impacted. People were blessed, encouraged, and loved as we joined them in thankfulness for the birth of Christ our Lord.
Through your gracious giving, you made it possible for us to help change the hearts of the people in Peru. We know that seeds were planted. We ask you now to pray that those seeds grow and blossom.
Thank you for your generosity. We, nor the Peruvian people, will forget it!