January 25th, 2012 at 2:31 pm
(This letter has been translated. It’s from Dora Isabel Alvarado de Collantes, National Coordinator of PEPE in Peru.)
Beloved brothers and sisters,
Once again, I share great news about the PEPE ministry (Programa de Educacion Pre Escolar)/Preschool Education Program in Peru. This program was started as a means of providing faith-based education to children that live in extreme poverty and whose access to education is very limited. By the grace of God we now have 38 PEPE units, more than 80 missionary volunteers who serve as educators as well as coordinators, 836 children, 554 families that have been ministered to, 166 adults as well as 454 children that attend Sunday school, 25 in discipleship, 9 baptisms and we hold a regional training every month.
Our Peruvian missionary brother, married to a Brazilian sister in Christ, received the vision and began to work in the Peninsula – Piura; there they strengthened the church and new churches are being started. They then went to the Polvorines region, where they implemented the PEPE ministry, on a piece of land given to them by the community. They recently celebrated their one year anniversary. It all began with the mothers of the children that participate in this program. These mothers are dedicated to making sure their preschool children receive teaching and training through the PEPE program. Many of them continue to believe and obey the Lord in baptism. Praise the Lord!
A local pastor shared with me that they are now preparing leaders for their church. Their plans are to leave a self-supported church in a period of three years, the PEPE ministry functioning well, and if the Lord allows future plans to add elementary education to the PEPE program. They are now praying to start the PEPE project in other places.
The local church that sponsored the PEPE ministry in the province of Ferrenafe – Lambayeque had a change of pastors and decided not to continue with the sponsorship of this program. However, the mothers of the children did not want see this ministry close. Thanks be to the Lord, one of mothers who had made a commitment to Christ, has offered her home for the PEPE ministry to continue. We believe that through the PEPE program new Baptist churches will begin request that the Association of Baptist Churches adopt the PEPE ministry.
At the PEPE ministry in Ferenafe, we have a little boy by the name of Carlitos. He does not have parents therefore lives with his elderly grandmother in a small shack. Carlitos was taken to our program by a little girl that was already part of the PEPE program. In the mornings she would see Carlitos in the streets on her way to class. When he first came to the PEPE ministry, his body was full of scabies; he lacked nutrition and was in need of much love. He now has a life that has been rescued from ignorance and knows the love of Christ.
There’s a missionary movement that God is using to transform the lives of hundreds of children and their families. May God continue to bless all those that support us in various ways. Let’s continue praying for more missionary projects, may all the praises and glory be given to Him only.
Dora Isabel Alvarado de Collantes
National Coordinator of PEPE – Peru
Thank you so much for your support and prayers to the PEPE project. Your generous support will allow us to continue making a difference in the lives of children and families in Peru. As a new feature you now have the option of giving online by clicking here.
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