When BMM’s Bible college in Trujillo, Peru, changed up their traditional ministry week in 2020, they saw ministry expand beyond their city and reach into 12 countries.
Every September, the seminary sets aside a week for student teams to minister in 25 to 30 churches. None of that was possible because Peru was still in a severe lockdown. Instead, the college switched to online ministry the week of September 21–27, 2020. Students ministered virtually, and professors taught several classes and held special women’s lessons and evening services.
Ministry on three continents
BMM Emeritus missionary Stephen Stilwell preached on marital problems, and by the second night of his series more than 9,000 watched online. Viewers tuned in from all areas of Peru plus Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, the United States, Spain and Italy. The college estimates 50,000 people heard the Word of God during the ministry week—and to God be the glory.
Family member saved in online meeting
Throughout Peru, students and others have used Zoom to keep in touch with family and to hold Bible studies. The first convert in Stephen and Evelyn Stilwell’s church plant in Lima, Peru, was a girl who won her younger sister to the Lord. Life was difficult for them as they faced ridicule from their parents and six older siblings. They began to pray for their family, and they won their mother to the Lord. Both girls attended the Trujillo Bible college, married pastors, and are now serving the Lord in Trujillo. Last month, during their online family meeting, one of their older brothers received Christ as his Savior—after 36 years of his sisters’ praying for him.
Service opportunities abound for working independently or in team ministries with Peruvians in the areas of church planting, theological education, camp ministries, radio and more.
The Red Radio Integridad radio network is covering Peru with God's Word even when the pandemic keeps people from attending church.
Ministries of Tim and Barb Whatley, Stan and Ruth Templeton, and Fetzer Academy