Lima, Peru Mission Trip 2018
Nick and I went on a ten day mission trip to Lima, Peru in June with Ten Days Missions! It was a life changing experience that I will never forget. We went with a team of around 30 missionaries from across the United States. Part of our team did medical outreach in different areas of Lima, holding free medical clinics. The remaining team members, Nick and I included, did campus outreach. Both outreach efforts were done through partnering with local churches. Each church was affiliated with Every Nation, and so is the church we attend in Greenville, so it was cool to connect with people in the same organization who live halfway across the world.
A Heart for the Campus
Nick and I are both heavily involved with the Every Nation Campus at East Carolina University. Every Nation Campus is a worldwide campus ministry organization with a mindset of changing the campus to change the world. The college campus is a unique place, many different people with different mindsets, nationalities, and ideas uniting together under one purpose: education. When people graduate from college, they go across the globe for their careers. If college students are changed by the Gospel, they will take it with them for the rest of their lives.
ENC at ECU!
While in Peru, we got to work with the Every Nation Campus on the University of San Marcos Campus. We got to do exactly what we do at ECU in another country, another culture. They had a main campus and a medical campus, so our team divided and conquered. We were both selected to go to the medical campus.
We set up a table in the heart of campus serving free coffee and cake, and ministered to people as they came by. We did The God Test with them to start a conversation about faith.
Talking to students in Peru
We had over 200 gospel conversations throughout the week, and over 80 people gave their lives to Christ. There were countless testimonies of healing and God moving in people's lives throughout the week, both from Peruvians and from people on our team.
Doing The God Test on campus
Our medical team saw over 400 people throughout the week. They went to different areas of Lima, partnering with 5 different churches. Our clinic was free, and gave out medicine, clothes, and medical treatment to people in need.
Want to go on mission?
This trip was life changing for our team and for those we shared the Gospel with in Peru. If you would like to go on a mission trip, I highly recommend going with Ten Days Missions Organization. The trip was well planned, and well worth it. You are doing more than just going to another country to hand out Bibles, you partner with local churches so that those you share the Gospel with won't fall away from God. They get plugged in to a local church that will help them grow and disciple them. Most of Ten Days' trips are centered around campus ministry or medical mission, but there are trips to orphanages and trips to build homes as well. Nick and I want to go to South Africa with Ten Days next time!
Funding our Trip
A lot of people hesitate to go on mission trips because of funding. Don't let it scare you away from going on a trip! Everyone on our team from ECU was fully funded for the trip through donations from friends and family. Nick and I raised money by teaching calligraphy classes and donating the profits to our trip. One girl sold bracelets to raise money. Some people sent out letters to friends and family asking for donations and got funded that way. There are plenty of ways to get funded, and if you are fulfilling God's mission, He will provide a way to make it happen.
How far will you go?
In Matthew 28:19, Jesus tells us "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them what I have taught you. And behold, I am with you until the end of the age." We are called to share the Gopsel with people all over the world. Everyone deserves to hear the good news, no matter where they are, where they are from, or what they look like. We went 3,304 miles to share God's word with people, and I can't wait to go again. How far will you go to share the Gospel?