Thursday, June 22, 2017
Peru has been a very blessed place of ministry for ORH medical teams. The 2017 team was no different. God gave us great blessings although the trip itself was very difficult.
Buddy and Loren Fitzgerald once again were the missionary hosts who made our team work possible. We also were blessed to meet Tim and Barb Whatley who are the parents of Flor Herrera, wife of Alex Herrera our pastor in Pilcopata.
The mission started by flying into Cusco at about 11000 ft in the Andes. From this lofty height, our team traveled to the jungle floor of the Manu region where our work with Alex and Flor has been on-going.
The trip took 10 hours by bus down the mountains. The highest point on the trip was about 12,600 ft. The road was one lane dirt and gravel. The trip from Cusco and return will be for all of us one of the most challenging of our lives.
The team held the first and second day of clinic in Salvacion where our new missionary friends, Bob and Becky Bass are conducting ministry. This is a blessing because they have arrived since our first clinic there to establish a church. We are excited about future ministry with them.
The second site of ministry was Pilcopata where Alex and Flor have been conducting ministry and church services since our first clinic in Pilcopata. They have a church building now, and are hoping to purchase another building which will be better for ministry.
There were 1000 patients who attend our clinic, and a total of fifty-seven received Christ in both locations. Now with missionaries in each location, we hope to make this area a focus of ORH ministry for many years to come.
Pray for God’s blessing on the work in this very remote area of Peru.
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