After a devastating 8.0 earthquake in 2001, I arrived in Peru to work at a local church in the city of Tacna. After a couple of short-term trips and two internships, in 2005, God led me to stay long-term and became a full-time missionary with IberoAmerican Ministries (IAM). IAM's vision is to plant churches and develop Latino leaders and pastors who may ultimately go into the Muslim world.
Our programs take a holistic approach in ministry. We carefully assess the needs of the communities surrounding our church. Our results indicate that the biggest need of our community is health and education. In reaction to this need, we developed the Nuestras Semillas after school program. Through this ministry we are able to provide school supplies and open a children's center. Activities of the program include working with elementary school-age children, providing them a healthy meal, tutoring, exposing them to music and worship arts, and teaching them how to play a multitude of games.
In 2014, we opened our community medical clinic. We provide health care and information classes on preventive health care. Through our partners we have been able to make this clinic a reality. It is because of their support we have been able to reach thousands of families.