In July, volunteers, Christa Wesley and Libna Destin from Martin Luther Chapel in Pennsauken, New Jersey, traveled to Peru. Their goal was to enhance the normal routine of the children with a week long music camp.
LCMS involvement in Peru began with flood relief efforts in 1997. Ten years later, an 8.0 magnitude earthquake reinvigorated the LCMS’s involvement in disaster response, both in Lima proper and in surrounding villages, and opened the door to church planting. La Misión Luterana del Perú was formed in 2010 and received governmental recognition in 2016. Today, the ministry is comprised of three sites: a three-story building in the upper-class community of San Borja that serves as office space and short-term team housing; a church in the northern suburb of Los Olivos; and a church in the poverty-stricken district of La Victoria alongside a mercy house, Castillo Fuerte, that offers after-school care for children six days a week. Mission pastors and a dedicated Peruvian staff, alongside short-term team volunteers, seek to make continual strides when it comes to both mercy work and church planting.