We then went to Holy Trinity school and Church. This Church was originally planted by missionaries from Ireland. The current incumbent is the Archdeacon of the Diocese, the first Peruvian native to ordained and is also Rev. Anderson’s father in law. Rev. Juilo and his wife Norma have had a very fruitful and blessed ministry here. They opened their home to local children and established a school. They now only live in a small part of the school, but as the numbers grew the building has had to be extended. There is no more room to build out, so the only option has been to build up. There are now three floors in the school and over 120 pupils. The original house was not designed for this, so cracks are now appear on the ceiling and the walls. Norma is petrified that the ceiling is going to cave in. The roof on the newest part of the school was paid for by Fivemiletown Church of Ireland who are coming out to Peru next summer dv. The principal Isobel is Rev. Anderson’s wife and as Tuesday is Independence day and a national holiday in Peru, the school children had their festival of dance, music, art, food and parade.
Yesterday was an exciting and historic day for the Church of Peru, and I had the privilege to be part of it. The first Peruvian natives were ordained bishops in the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd. It was and honour and privilege to be asked to attend the service and represent Bishop Fanta and SAMS Ireland. The whole service was in Spanish, so I sat beside Rev. Anderson and he translated most of it for me. The service lasted three hours long. There where Bishops from America, UK and Africa all present for the consecration. There was a real sense of worship and praise amongst the congregation. Afterwards we were all invited to the cathedral hall for a reception. At the consecration and the reception I was blessed to meet people who I first met at GAFCON in Nairobi in 2013. We shared stories and memories from that influential conference, not only for the church but also on my life.
Today we have our final day in Rev. Anderson’s church, and I am preaching this morning on Ephesians 3. Tomorrow Anderson is taking a group of young people from his church on a youth camp, so today is the last chance we will get to spend time with him.
Please pray for:
- Rev. Anderson and the youth camp
- For me as I preach this morning
- For those we will meet to day
- For the three new Bishops – Jorge, Alexander, Juan Carlos
- For Rev. Julio and Norma
- For Holy Trinity Church (which needs a new roof as there is holes in the present one)
- For Holy Trinity School, the teachers and Isobel