In South America there is a thriving work in Lima, Peru.
Peru has a population of 28 million and 25% of the country’s population lives in Lima. The population of Peru has tripled over the past 50 years. Though Catholicism has been the predominate religion in the past, “evangelical” churches are making major inroads with the people.
The local congregation in Lima is strong in its faith and the people are eager to study the Word. Pastor Beder Ucanay who had pastored the church for over 10 years died in the spring of 2008. His brother, Gaston, is now pastoring the church. Gaston was discipled for many years by his Brother, Beder, and he is also attending a seminary in Lima. The wife of Pastor Beder, Maria, and their 5 children are active in the church. Another brother of Pastor Beder and Gaston, Joaquim is also active in the church assisting with the music.
In addition to Sunday worship services, children’s classes are held on Saturdays.
The spring 2005 Church Builders appeal raised funds for a permanent meeting place for the congregation in Lima. The congregation is extremely grateful for our prayer and financial support. They are encouraged to know that we care about them and their ministry.
A number of visits have been made to Lima over the past few years by Bill Wachtel, David and Lynne Krogh, Judy Myers, John and Rachel Carr, and Alice Badillo.
The Church of God now has a church group in Uruguay in South America. Uruguay is the second smallest country in South America with a population of 3.5 million. 1.7 million people live in the capital city of Montevideo.
In April 2008, Bill Wachtel and David and Lynne Krogh traveled to Montevideo to meet with Mauro Gonzalez and members of his Bible study group. Mauro had been in contact with Anthony Buzzard, Bill Wachtel, and other Church of God members for the previous two years. He shares common beliefs with the Church of God and he had requested baptism so that he in turn could baptize those whom he has taught.
On April 10, 2008, Bill Wachtel baptized Mauro in the Rio de la Plata (large river separating Uruguay from Argentina that flows into the Atlantic Ocean) and then Mauro baptized two members of his Bible study group, Bruno Laborde and Doris Correa. These three people form the nucleus for a new church in Montevideo.
Mauro has contacts in Argentina and Chile and he plans to travel to these two countries to baptize several individuals. Mauro has a passion to advance the cause of Christ and the Kingdom of God.