PERU – We began a partnership with Julio Serrano and his wife Rosario in 2019 when we were introduced by the staff at our partner organization, Base Ministry. Julio is director of Base-Peru a ministry dedicated to the advancement of the gospel through training and equipping local church leaders to actively share their faith in the communities where they live and serve.
The vision of Base-Peru is to equip national leaders to engage in mission, in Peru and abroad. We are training native believers to empower them in church planting.
Julio is intent on bringing some sustainable resourcing to the church planting and leader training process in the coming years. He understands the ever-pressing need for long term planning, and preparing the next generation demands in-country funding models to produce longevity.
“We want to equip national leaders to engage in mission, here and abroad. We are training native believers to empower them in church planting.”
Julio, though the national director, has trained extensively with the Shipibo Konibo natives in the Amazon region of east-central Peru. There he has established a center for training leaders in the jungle who then take the gospel and the leadership tools to their respective tribes and communities.
Base Peru trained a tribal group in the Amazon with a project named Hope Mountain (montaña de esperanza). After three years they had a seminary, hydroponic garden, and leaders trained and ready to care of the work themselves.
MissionConnect is planning a May 2023 business as mission (BAM) training with Julio to help bring platforms for mission sustainability to the jungle region.
The ministry in Peru faces a significant amount of persecution. One of the regions Julio works in is the “red zone” for drug cartels, the deforestation mafia, and the fish mafia (illegal logging and illegal fishing). In cooperation with government authorities, the ministry leaders have worked to create a partnership in the communities focused on caring for the environment. Unfortunately, this has attracted the attention of the mafias and now Julio is followed by thugs as he travels. Three friends and students at the seminary have been killed by gangsters recently for not cooperating with drug traffickers. The government of Peru is also corrupt and unstable. Crime is rampant, inflation is spiraling out of control, and there are rumors of a potential coup against the president.
In spite of all the challenges, Julio continues looking to the cross of Christ and asks for prayers for his beloved country. In a recent email update he said, “Thank God we are still united as a missionary family and waiting for the coming of the King of Kings, Jesus Christ.
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
We need more support to help fund this training effort. We are working to create a sustainable ministry through agriculture. But in order to get it up and running, Base Peru needs about $3,000 to be able to run 4-5 trainings a year. Would you prayerfully consider supporting this ministry?