A Prayer for 2017

O God, make it so that we could see your family experiencing reconciliation and going viral here in southern Peru.

¡Hola! from Team Arequipa! In 2017, we’re two families living and working in Arequipa, Peru, a developing city of 1,000,000 people. Some friends of ours moved here in 2008. They started two house churches and founded CUDA, the Christian Urban Development Association. They invited us to work alongside them for a time before they moved away, and in 2014 the current team moved here. 

We believe the great news that God is rescuing, healing, and transforming the whole world. God acted decisively through Jesus of Nazareth’s life, death, and resurrection and invites everyone to participate in a new way of living. This new reality looks like hope, joy, peace, grace, salvation, reconciliation, justice. It’s what we think Jesus meant when he talked about God's reign coming near.

Since God is on a mission to rescue the world, we work alongside Peruvian Jesus-followers to learn, serve, and share faith and hope. We are a small network of churches that meet in homes and parks. When we get together we share a meal, bread and wine, we sing, pray, and read the Bible together. We share faith with friends, neighbors, and family and invite them to experience reconciliation in community. 

When God is reigning in the city, people experience justice, joy, and wellbeing. We work with CUDA (a non-governmental, non-profit faith-based organization) to empower vulnerable communities to overcome cycles of poverty. We believe development is about the people and the process more than the project and product. We’re working with several public schools to better reading comprehension and with public health centers to prevent diabetes and take care of diabetics.

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