Greatest Lessons Learned from My Peru Mission

The single greatest lesson learned from this experience: 

  • Age is not a factor when sharing Jesus. Hospitality comes from sharing what you have with love, not fancy food and table settings – Deanna Waters
  • Once again I see how God works in ways you would never imagine.
  • I can teach English to others. – Claus Essendrop
  • You need to step out of your comfort zones more often and see what God has in store for you.
  • We can be missionaries in our home town.
  • I’m God’s empty cup, let Him fill me. – Amanda Johnson
  • To be less judgmental about everything. (My job is always evaluating things) – Daniel Dreher
  • If you surrender all to God, He will use you. – Alissa Dreher
  • Many times, people just need to be asked to make a decision for Christ. – Lorna Dreher
  • People all over the world need missionaries like us to bring them the gospel of Jesus. – Denise Sumner
  • God has the power to work through someone like me, in all kinds of interesting situations, to bring light to the world. – Carol Bovee
  • I need to change my life now and stop waiting for some big thing to happen. – Andrea Griffitts
  • To rely on God to have everything work out. – Gregory Ringering
  • God always comes through no matter what the obstacles. – Greg Griffitts
  • God’s work is not easy, but very rewarding. – Caleb Parker
  • Adaptability. It’s probably not going to go exactly as I’ve planned, but according to God’s plan. – Hannah Roberts
  • Building the Kingdom is hard everywhere and yet God works when we pray and go in faith. – Bill Roberts
  • We can always grow and do more in the Lord’s work. – Jason Canfield
  • The importance of helping people to make commitments when it’s their time. – Millie Canfield
  • God loves everybody, He wants us to Share Him. – Enjoli Canfield
  • My need for personal devotion. – Jeff Wesslen
  • Respond to God’s call to go, whether next door or across the globe and He will bless your efforts. – Patrick Earl
  • The Holy Spirit is able to work best in our lives when we give Him complete control. Additionally, in order for my life to be balanced, I must plan and manage my time with God’s help. – Betty Carolyn Crayford

The things I liked best about this experience are: 

  • Getting the experience to preach in two churches this year – Betty Carolyn Crawford
  • Visitation in the homes of the local folks. – Diana Pierce
  • Meeting the Peruvian people. – John Pierce
  • Testimonies of people (youth especially) during morning meetings. – Caryn Earl
  • Support within our group. – Patrick Earl
  • The food, going to someone’s house and getting to know the people more. – Lindsey Earl
  • Getting to see other churches outside the US. – Kaelyn Earl
  • The time given with our pastors and members to get to know those we are working with. Visitations made us being here more effective. – Mollie Canfield
  • The cultural experience. – Jason Canfield
  • Organized leadership. – Ed Dunn
  • The student participation. – Brian Harris
  • Kids experiencing real ministry and being in the battle for souls. – Bill Roberts
  • This is a great opportunity for our kids to grow spiritually, please keep doing it. – Arturo Ledezma
  • Going to the school and seeing all the kids. – Kaleigh Bing
  • Seeing the decisions for baptism.
  • Gained more confidence in speaking abilities. – Hannah Roberts
  • Driving in Trujillo traffic. Thrilling! – Greg Griffitts
  • Making new friends. – Gregory Ringering
  • Morning meetings (singing and testimonies). – Andrea Griffitts
  • The enthusiasm of the church brothers and sisters! – Carol Bovee
  • The methods of soul winning I’ve learned. – Denise Sumner
  • The warmth and friendliness of church members. – Lorna Dreher
  • Originally, I was disappointed with one week at each church, how can you give our whole message in one week? But now I am glad because we got to experience two pastors, two churches, more people and more growing. – Daniel Dreher
  • The children in my church. – Olivia Zaharie
  • The people at the hotel.

When I return home here are some ways this experience will affect my relationships at: 
Home: 

  • Small group in my home with my neighbors. – Diana Pierce
  • Prayer for the precious people of Peru. – John Pierce
  • We have rejuvenated our prayer time together. – Caryn Earl
  • More reaching out as a family (small groups!). – Patrick Earl
  • Less TV, more family time. – Kaelyn Earl
  • My Sabbath activities (less sleeping). – Jeff Wesslen
  • I would like to show that Jesus lives in me. – Vicky Wesslen
  • I want to spend more time with God. – Enjoli Canfield
  • My daughter will be preparing for baptism. – Jason Canfield
  • Giving priority to God every day, first thing. – Maria Avellaneda
  • Seek God for answers, trust more. – Cheryl Dunn
  • More spiritual discussions. – Ed Dunn
  • With my kids, letting them know their decision for Jesus should not be put off. – Brian Harris
  • Sing in the car. – Bill Roberts
  • Quality personal devotionals. – Arturo Ledezma
  • Be patient with my family. – Kaleigh Bing
  • Focus more on local witness as a family.
  • I have a better attitude about adapting. – Hannah Roberts
  • Be able to share my experience in Peru with my parents-in-law. – Melody Parker
  • Take time to round my life out and fill it with better activities (less laziness). – Andrea Griffitts
  • I want to help my children find more outreach opportunities that are real. – Carol Bovee
  • Home visiting much more, finding deeper connections. – Denise Sumner
  • Pray for those we’ve met here. – Lorna Dreher
  • I already bring Jesus into my business, but can hand out more literature. – Daniel Dreher
  • Be not afraid to share my faith. – Amanda Johnson

Church: 

  • I want to preach my first non-ShareHim or NPUC sermon. – Betty Carolyn Crawford
  • Small groups, small groups, small groups equipped with Bible studies and materials. – Diana Pierce
  • More proactive about public evangelism. – John Pierce
  • I will encourage my church family to not be afraid of risk and to step out of their comfort zone. Experience life! – Caryn Earl
  • Greater effort to integrate new members into some type of evangelistic activity. – Jason Canfield
  • I will meet with pastors and leaders and explain how to be more effective in visitation. – Maria Avellaneda
  • Inviting students to share their experiences and get involved in Bible studies. – Arturo Ledezma
  • Be able to participate in youth Bible study. – Melody Parker
  • Start being a witness to all my unchurched friends and keep inviting them to come. – Andrea Griffitts
  • Bring the fire home that people have here. – Philip Duclos
  • Praying with people in our neighborhood door to door. – Lorna Dreher

School and/or work:  

  • Ask if those at work would like Bible study.
  • Look for more opportunities to share Jesus with our clients, literature. – Lorna Dreher 
  • Search for ways to help our staff find time to share what God has done! – Carol Bovee
  • Always be positive even when everyone is grumbling and having a negative attitude. – Andrea Griffitts 
  • Seek out others needs and try to help. – Kaleigh Bing 
  • Work to see the kids lead in our spiritual program. – Brian Edge 
  • New passion for spreading the work to those around me. – Jeff Wesslen 

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