When tragedy strikes, we are often tempted to believe that God doesn’t love us, but World Challenge’s partners in Peru are working to show the Lord’s love to widows through the care of the church.
Rosa married young and with hopes of building a vivacious family. In her community high in the mountains of Peru, a good home and many children were considered signs of divine blessing or the spirits looking upon you benevolently, depending on who you asked.
God is redeeming and restoring lives among Peru’s widows through a ministry that is dedicated to loving them and celebrating their wisdom and servant-hearts.
Pictured above are the women who have received Christ this year. World Challenge’s partner in Peru, Calvary La Semilla, is producing fruit; and we are excited watch these beautiful ladies grow in their faith.
The church is stepping up to care for society’s most vulnerable and often overlooked people groups, especially during the pandemic.
In a COVID-19 report, BBC News noted, “The latest figures out of Peru mean its death rate per capita is now one of the highest, if not the highest, in the world.”
A ministry to widows is seeing the fruit of souls saved as well as great dedication and service by the very women they have come to help.
World Challenge’s partners in Peru faithfully work to serve widows in their community, despite pressure in the neighborhood to leave because the community leaders are afraid that Christianity will efface local traditions.
Major challenges are facing the church in Peru as they look for ways to serve their society’s most vulnerable.
This spring, Director of Mercy Ministries Mark Buzzetta traveled to Cusco, Peru to connect with a local church doing great work caring for widows.
The trip was eye-opening to Peru’s great natural beauty and local struggles, coming almost as often from floods of global tourists to their region as well as stifling animist traditions.
Heavy rains in Peru recently triggered deadly mudslides, destroying entire villages. Many villagers watched helplessly as their lives were completely washed away in mere minutes. The disaster could have meant total devastation and despair. But thanks to your gifts of support, World Challenge (WC) was able to bring hope to a landscape of despair. Here’s a look behind the scenes at how your support worked to help those facing total disaster.