HCM Partners with Missionaries to Peru

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2013-05 Peru 03_web photoBy Randy Bardwell

One of the objectives of HealthCare Ministries (HCM) is to come alongside and help AG missionaries accomplish their dreams and calling. HCM recently responded to the request of one AGWM missionary couple working in Moquegua, Peru. Chris and Deb Bowser worked hard for six months to plant a church but were growing discouraged. Despite all the hours they invested, only one adult had been saved and they were ministering only to the children in the area.

The Bowsers asked HCM to join their efforts to plant the new church. God assembled a great team to help the Bowsers. Along with the 20-member HCM medical evangelism team, missionary Lena Shrader, missionary associate Matt Cullipher, and local Peruvian AG church members gathered in support. God was ready to show what He could do in one week’s time!

On the first day of the clinic, I led a mother and her 21-year-old daughter to the Lord. They both cried tears of repentance as they were reconciled to God. When introduced to the Bowsers, they hugged Deb, who cried with them because they had attended the Thursday night Bible classes previously for several weeks without giving their hearts and lives to Christ.

That day more than a dozen new converts were brought into the Kingdom. By the end of the week, Chris and Deb were encouraged to see what God had done to help boost the new church through the HCM team and those who worked with them. They counted over 200 new converts, and the church has new acceptance in the community.

The Bowsers also have new respect in the area, beginning with the mayor and his wife, who both attended the closing banquet. They were so impressed with the love and compassion shown to them and their city and saw teamwork at its best. All of the community saw what God can do. Best of all, the Bowsers have a follow-up team to visit new converts and the new church has the boost it needs to move ahead!

 

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