lima, peru

Justin & Alison Thompson

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Missions Sunday

November 2018



Team Lima Newsletter

February 2019


Spiritual Growth and Leadership Development

By Justin

Hello from Lima! We have had an excellent start to 2019. The last Sunday of 2018, I met with a core group of leaders in our church body, and together we planned six months of sermons, while also delegating responsibilities for our prayer ministry. It’s exciting to have individuals from the congregation stepping into their calling to teach and preach the Word of God. Mark and I have long awaited the day when we would see Peruvians step up! Over the next six months, we will walk together through Esther, Colossians, and a series on the family. It’s certainly a change to only be preaching three Sundays over the next six months, but we eagerly look forward to helping them improve in the craft of teaching and preaching. We also started a formal process of sermon preparation in the form of a workshop. Last Saturday, three of our four teachers gathered as we looked at expository and contextual preaching. Although we will not get to our series on the book of Colossians until the end of March, we took this opportunity to dive in together. It was a rich experience.

 

I ask that you rejoice with us as we witness this church grow and as we see individuals step into various leadership roles. This process of discipleship is pushing us to grow and is giving us many opportunities to share life and faith with those around us. Just as we have hoped, God is maturing us and moving us to be more intentional and faithful with each passing day. This, my friends, is wonderful to witness!

Team Lima Newsletter

February 2019

 

Spiritual Growth and Leadership Development

 

By Justin

Hello from Lima! We have had an excellent start to 2019. The last Sunday of 2018, I met with a core group of leaders in our church body, and together we planned six months of sermons, while also delegating responsibilities for our prayer ministry. It’s exciting to have individuals from the congregation stepping into their calling to teach and preach the Word of God. Mark and I have long awaited the day when we would see Peruvians step up! Over the next six months, we will walk together through Esther, Colossians, and a series on the family. It’s certainly a change to only be preaching three Sundays over the next six months, but we eagerly look forward to helping them improve in the craft of teaching and preaching. We also started a formal process of sermon preparation in the form of a workshop. Last Saturday, three of our four teachers gathered as we looked at expository and contextual preaching. Although we will not get to our series on the book of Colossians until the end of March, we took this opportunity to dive in together. It was a rich experience.

 

I ask that you rejoice with us as we witness this church grow and as we see individuals step into various leadership roles. This process of discipleship is pushing us to grow and is giving us many opportunities to share life and faith with those around us. Just as we have hoped, God is maturing us and moving us to be more intentional and faithful with each passing day. This, my friends, is wonderful to witness!

Omar (pictured) will be preaching the next two Sundays.

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Missionary Kid Camp

By Justin

Last week, my daughter Cailyn had the opportunity to attend a camp for missionary kids, or MKs as they’re called in the mission’s world. I had the pleasure of going with her. By now I’m sure that you’ve heard that both the Thompsons and Clancys will be returning to the States in 2020, in February/March and August respectively. The mere thought already evokes a myriad of emotions. This MK camp was just what she and I needed. She met other kids her age and older, and for the first time in a while, she came to see that she’s not alone on this journey. There are lots of other kids on similar journeys, kids whose experiences are rich and weird, delightful and painstaking.

I became more aware at this MK Camp about the journey that lay ahead. I was listening to Cailyn yesterday after I asked her to tell me her three favorite parts of camp. She said her new friendships were her favorite part. She, too, talked about the lessons on faith, the book of Daniel, and TCKs (third culture kids). She pointed out several times, “I learned that all MKs are different.” In explaining what this meant, she talked about the uniqueness among her new friends. I heard her tell stories about the beauty of uniqueness, and in many ways and without realizing it, she taught me. I understand (or at least I’ve been told) that my children will go through hard transition when we move to the States in 2020. I imagine some of the difficulty will come in being surrounded by new friends who won’t understand their uniqueness or even their experiences. I am thankful, however, after last week, for the experience and memories the Lord gave to Cailyn to be reminded of her uniqueness and to be shown that she (and all of my kids) are a part of a big family of MKs and TCKs (third culture kids). God is good!

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Serving our Street Guard

By Alison

In December, Justin and I received word that one of the guards who works on our street, Celso, lost everything when his house burned to the ground in the middle of the night. I put the word out on Facebook, and we were incredibly blessed to have the chance to purchase home goods, Christmas gifts, and more for his family because of the generosity of many of you!

 

Justin got the chance to visit Celso at his home and see that his community had provided him and his family with a structure that will serve as their home now. As you can see in the pictures, they needed to build a wall around the structure so that their small children wouldn’t fall off the side of the hill/mountain they live on. The money that was given also purchased the supplies to build their wall, and it is now there to help protect sweet Yajaira (4) and Bernardo (18m)!

 

The week before Christmas we were able to invite them over for a meal so that we could share with them all that had been given. Our kids loved hosting them, and it was so fun to watch them receive so much with humble spirits.

 

This family has truly been touched. What was given to them was more than they ever dreamed of receiving. Thanks to all of you that prayed or gave money to help this family!

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We do not yet have pictures of the completed wall. These were all taken prior to construction.

We do not yet have pictures of the completed wall. These were all taken prior to construction.