.I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a
mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, 'Move from here to
there,' and it would move. . . .” Matthew 17:20.
PGBC Peru Trips
In January 2004 twenty-four people traveled to Peru for our first
mission trip. What they saw changed their lives. Since then many in
our church have returned to Peru to see the wonders and grace of
Our Story – Cucso, Peru
(Music as you read--by Larry)(Song
Members of the first mission trip visited a boys orphanage (ELIM
meaning Oasis) in Cusco, Peru. The director, Nilda Escobar and son,
Jeremy, had been praying with the children that God would help them
and bless them. Each day Elim was open to any child who needed food,
care, guidance, homework help, a bed, etc. Girls and boys were
welcomed. Many of the children were orphans and lived on the street.
(Cusco has over 1000 street children who fight for survival every
day.) At night the girls were turned away to return to the streets
because there were no facilities for the girls. This burdened the
members of this mission trip. They returned to Port Gibson with a
heavy heart. Many prayed, “How can we help these girls?”
God spoke and in September 2004, two members from our church
returned to Peru with money to purchase a girls’ house. Talitha Cumi
(little girl get up) was founded and now has 15 girls. The 5-story
building has dorm rooms for girls and 3 apartments for volunteers
and mission teams. Each apartment has 3 bedrooms, bath, and common
In 2009, our church voted to fund a new boys’ orphanage. The
conditions in the old orphanage were unsatisfactory. Our money
would only fund the demolition of the original building and the
construction of one floor of a five-story orphanage. Jeremy Cuba,
director, designed the new building with a vision that could only
come from God. Goodwill Industries of North Carolina heard about
Jeremy’s plan and saw God’s hand in the plans, so they funded the
construction of the other four floors. The boys have recently moved
into the orphanage.
Just a quick view—bottom floor, chapel; 2nd floor, classrooms,
library, kitchen, and medical clinic; 3rd floor, boys dorm; 4th floor, 14 volunteers rooms/baths;
and 5th floor, two extended-stay apartments. This
building will also serve the children and adults of the
area. Each day after school the neighborhood children can come to Elim to find refreshments, help with homework, and tutoring. On
Sundays, the chapel will open for Sunday School and Sunday morning
worship and serve the people of the neighborhood, Zarzuela. The
Zarzuela neighborhood is on the mountain above Cusco, Peru. Many are
intimidated by the people of Cusco and hesitate to travel down the
mountain to church.
Members of our church have traveled to Cusco about 10 times where we
have done small construction projects and led neighborhood Bible
Schools. One member went for an extended stay, lodged in the girls’
orphanage, and taught English. This past March, four PGBC church
members returned to Peru to help guide a medical/construction team
of 22 Michigan people from three different churches. The medical
team served over 500 people. Because of this mission, a contact was
made with a local doctor for a medical surgical team to return to
Cusco and perform surgery in a Peruvian medical clinic. In addition,
they are dedicated to return often.
God is so good. There is no limit to his goodness.
Our Story Continues – San Ramon, Peru
each mission trip to Peru, our guide, Jack Santos, has been there
every step of the way. After a few mission trips to Cusco, God lead
us to Jack’s home in San Ramon, which is in the jungle of Peru.
Jack’s father began the first evangelical church in that area. Their
services are a delight and joy with a spiritual uplifting that is
truly a blessing. On the first trip our team noticed the children’s
Sunday School was held in a "stable". After that trip, our church
funded a building for the children. The building has Sunday School
rooms, bathrooms with showers, and a kitchen. Close to 100 children
worship each week. Vacation Bible School attendance is more than 200
This church in San Ramon is vital
to that area. Pastor Paul and his ministry team accomplish much for
the Lord. This church supports two men's soccer teams. This
outreaching ministry not only provides a Christians fellowship for
the team members but gives them an opportunity to share the Good
News to many who have never heard about Jesus Christ.
Sunday School Rooms
Our church is dedicated to serving these two Peruvian missions. We
travel there, we have fundraisers, we support them monthly, we
communicate regularly, and we pray for them. We marvel at what God
has done for them and us. Jeremy and the orphans, and Jack and his
family (our guide) are our extended family. We love them. Even more
amazing, they love us and pray daily for our church. They call us by
name. Their love for our Lord is so faithful and trusting. God is
working in our church and in our Peruvian missions. We give all the
glory to Him. Our tribute is to the Lord and as the hymn says, “. .
. and should I gain any praise, Let it go to Calvary . . . to God be
the Glory for the things He has done.”
Peru is in our blood and deep in our hearts. As soon as a team
returns from a mission, we are thinking about the next mission trip.
Our faith has expanded and we marvel at what we have seen
accomplished in Peru. If you would like learn more about the
Peru mission or would like to go on a mission trip, contact the
church office. We love to share what God has done for us.
Our God is an Awesome God!