Dear Mission Peru Partners,
I hope that you are well, and that God has been encouraging you over this past ministry year. Some of you I do not know because I have been out of the youth world for a while. My name is Graham Buchanan, Community Connections Pastor at West London Alliance Church, and I am one of the youth pastors that started Mission Peru. Over the past number of years, I have been in a behind the scenes role focusing on vision and overall impact. I have not been down to Peru with a team since 2012 as Dave DeSmit, our youth pastor, has led teams since my role changed out of youth ministry. In the past number of months, I have taken on the role of directing Mission Peru. I have talked with Travis Lacey and Dave DeSmit and the district office. It made the most sense to us that for the time being I would oversee Mission Peru and build a team over the next number of months.
We exist to provide high school students a first time oversees missions experience. We want to partner together here in Canada to partner with local churches, CCD youth ministries and Inca Link International to see God’s great work in another country. We want to serve, pray and encourage those churches in Trujillo, Peru that we are on mission with them. And in doing so we want to see God’s truth explored and experienced in the lives of youth in our churches. It has been a privilege to witness how God has used Mission Peru to transform the lives of the youth as they begin to explore what it means to live in a world where the majority of their brothers and sisters in Christ live below the poverty line. It is incredible to see youth coming home knowing with certainty that they can no longer continue living the way they had been - with a new passion to take seriously the gospel's command to take care of the poor among them.
We have had 14 churches participate in the past years. Our hope is that more churches will join us. We typically have one team go down to Peru per year, with churches alternating the years they serve every two years. We strongly encourage high school students to be in their last two years of high school to get the most out of their experience.
This next year we are offering two trips for churches to sign up on. We have 40 spots confirmed for both and as you can imagine those spots fill quickly.
Here is what you need to know:
We are so excited to partner with you and trust that God will continue to use Mission Peru to build up His global church. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns you might have, we are happy to connect with you!