Update—March 20, 2017
Since December 2016, heavy rains in Peru have created the country’s worst flooding in years. On March 14, 2017, the city of Trujillo experienced its greatest rainfall in 50 years. In 80 minutes, 7/10” of rain fell. While this amount is not unusual in the US, it’s larger than the Trujillo’s annual rainfall. Trujillo and Lima (Peru’s capital) lie in the Atacama Desert—the driest place on earth. The cities have no drainage systems for their streets, and homes have flat roofs with open sky ducts or cane and mud roofs in poor neighborhoods. Adobe walls collapse in such conditions.
So far, sandbags have kept Jon and Julie Stilwell’s church dry after a foot of water rushed through their street in Trujillo. A family of believers is now living in the church building after part of their home collapsed. Baptist Mid-Missions’ World Relief Fund has forwarded monies to help people repair damage, clean mud from their homes, and replace furniture. With food prices escalating, World Relief Funds will also help supply food and provisions.
Helping a Lima ministry
Thankfully our missionaries in Lima have not experienced major damage, but those serving at Fetzer Christian Academy have been helping BCM, a children’s ministry near Lima started by graduates of BMM ministries. Most of BCM’s buildings are filled with several inches of mud and will require extensive clean-up. World Relief Funds have already been forwarded to help in this effort.
World Relief efforts
Our missionaries continue to assess damage to homes and churches. The BMM seminary in Trujillo also suffered some light damage. The missionaries expect overall repairs and replacements to total thousands of dollars. Other ministry organizations have also suffered considerable damage. Medical needs will likely arise in the coming weeks.
We value your prayers that the Lord will enable our missionaries to help the hurting people of Peru and to see the gospel extended into their lives. Our missionaries’ desire is to exalt Christ and make Him known through their efforts. Please prayerfully consider a gift to Baptist Mid-Missions’ World Relief—Peru fund through any of these options:
Online—In the Projects pulldown menu, choose "World Relief," then "World Relief—Peru."
By check—payable to Baptist Mid-Missions Foundation with “World Relief—Peru” on the memo line. Mail to Baptist Mid-Missions, PO Box 308011, Cleveland, OH 44130-8011.
Thank you for your faithful partnership. We greatly value it at all times, and especially when tragedy strikes.