Central Amazon Jungle, Peru
Home to grand panoramas full of color and vibrancy, Peru is a harvest field of vast complexity. While you are here you will get to serve God while being in awe of your surroundings. 32 million people call this place home, while only around 12% of the population live in the Amazon jungle.
Meet Our Missionaries
This team’s focus is to serve a native people group in the central Amazon jungle. This people group was reached by Wycliffe missionaries in the 60s, but the spiritual awakening experienced during that time has since faded and the church is older and dying. The focus is now on the younger generation as few are engaged in the church and there is still freedom to share the Gospel in their schools and on the soccer field. As this generation becomes increasingly connected with the outside world with the arrival of electricity and internet, this team desires to see them prepared to take on these changes with the truth of the Gospel.
Extreme poverty is real and while they focus on church planting and reaching the youth, priority is also given to projects focused on bringing clean water and building a training center for future camps and a Christian agricultural institute.
Meredith and Carlos B. - Carlos is Peruvian, and Meredith has been a missionary in Peru for over 20 years. They will be your Peruvian parents while you’re here! Carlos grew up here in Peru but spent 22 years in California as a Hispanic pastor after leaving his lawyer life behind when he met Jesus. He dreamed of being a missionary for years, and finally got to live it out in 2012 when he returned to Peru to serve the Lord in the jungle….and ran into Meredith and dragged her with him:)
Meredith grew up in Texas and went away to school in Chicago, studying Spanish and secondary education while wondering if she could survive overseas. Apparently, she can and loves orienting people to Peru - its coast, mountains, and (now) jungle. Meredith loves working with youth, women, and teams, and helping execute all of Carlos’ great ideas.
Brooke H. - Brooke grew up in Iowa and wanted to be a missionary since high school after going on a short-term trip with her church. She became a registered nurse and headed off to Peru for two years…She liked it so much, she decided to stick around and is now back in Peru long-term! She loves administrative stuff, using her awesome Spanish abilities, and serving behind the scenes.
Morgan and Caleb B. ; Both grew up in North Carolina and after getting married in 2019 they started working towards moving to Peru to work in the jungle. The Lord burdened their hearts for the great commission at different times with the realizations that there were so many people around the world living and dying without ever hearing the name of Jesus. Morgan and Caleb were compelled to go and share of the great love that had saved them.
How is this site strategic?
It is a pivotal time in the lives of Yanesha students. Their lives and their worldview vary distinctly from that of their parents and grandparents as they have become increasingly connected with the rest of Peru and the world with the arrival of technology. These rapidly advancing changes have left them vulnerable to the influence of outsiders and the local church unable to reach them. We long to see the message of the gospel transform the lives of students at a young age and inspire them to live into the plans God has for them with complete abandon, and to see revival in the local church. Your help is key! We need creative, passionate students to share their stories of God’s grace and work in their lives and to speak Truth into the lives of Yanesha students. We need YOU to engage with students using the unique skills, gifts, and interests God has given you to further His Kingdom. There is no time to waste!
To engage the next generation this team teaches English and religion classes at several local high schools. In the mornings you will join them in sharing at one of these schools. This includes not only English and religion, but also topics related to community health like water hygiene. After school you will seek to build relationships through soccer training, volleyball, and other outlets. Whatever your skills and passions, they can be used in some way to engage with Yanesha youth in order to reach this next generation! These efforts seek to engage, disciple and build a strong core of young believers…the future for the youth in these communities. The vision of the team is to see an indigenous movement of healthy churches resulting in Gospel transformation in the next generation, for the glory of God in the central Amazon jungle of Peru. Come join us in Peru!
How You’ll Serve
- Teaching English -super simple but fun classes in three Yanesha high schools, and possibly elementary schools too, to connect with the kids.
- Sharing in Religion Class - we’ll share testimonies, the Gospel in different ways, and youth-group Bible studies in the same three schools.
- VBS - We’ll have some focused time with children while adults are attending a training event…so the team will help put together games, lessons, and fun for Yanesha kids to share the Lord with them, allowing their parents to focus on their training.
- Other Events - after school soccer, volleyball, crafts, maybe even a lock-in!?! Having fun, building relationships, and sharing Jesus with the students as part of our long-term vision. We want to use your skills and passions!
If the group is more than 2 people: In San Ramon (3 nights)-in a 3-star hotel close to our house, with one of our leaders staying there too. There’s hot water, fans, basic internet, etc. If just 2 people: they can stay in house of someone on our team. We all have hot water and internet too.
In Iscozacin (2 wks) we stay in the Albergue Celestial. All the rooms have 2 twin beds, sheets, pillows, towels, electricity, nice big bathrooms, but no hot water (but it’s the jungle! You want a cold shower!). We will all stay on the same floors, in rooms next to each other. We can wash clothes while we’re there too.
What’s included in the price:
- On-site ground transportation
- Most ministry expenses
- Orientation and Debrief
- Travel Agent
- Apex Shirt (we knew you want one!)
Not included in the price:
- Visa fees
- Passport fees
- Plane Tickets
$75 application fee due when you submit your application.
the fee will be put toward your trip when accepted, and returned if not accepted.
First payment of $450 due April 1st, 2022.
Full trip cost is due May 12th, 2022.