Welcome to Amigos del Peru, a 501c3 that supports the missionary Anglican Diocese of Peru. The people of Peru are hungry for God’s word and our Anglican tradition is well positioned for continued growth. Peruvians are diligent people, willing to work and anxious to learn. However, they live in an emerging economy and the church needs assistance with basic infrastructure in order to thrive. Many resources are required; clergy must be trained and sustained, churches and schools constructed, Bibles and study materials purchased and basic operational expenses covered. For this to happen, those of us with greater means have an opportunity to help our Christian brothers and sisters in need.

Bonds Built while "Doing Life" During Short-Term Mission


San Mateo student loving her new hand-made doll from Vermont church.

Two years into its relationship with San Mateo school and chapel in San
Juan de Lurigancho (a northern district of Lima), members of the
short-term mission team from New Grace Anglican Church (Fleming Island,
Florida) spent the week of July 14 doing more than building benches and
wielding paint brushes. They built bonds.

New Grace (Fleming Island, FL) Paints and Builds at New Chapel in Lima


July 2014 New Grace mission team in Lima (with Fr. Ian Montgomery and Pdr. Carlos Quispe).

The week of July 14, a 5-member team from New Grace Anglican Church in
Fleming Island, Florida worked at the new chapel at San Mateo school in
the San Juan de Lurigancho district of Lima. This is the second year of
New Grace’s relationship with San Mateo, and 3 of the team had been on
last year’s inaugural trip.

Shining Light into a Dark Place; Talking (God) with the Animals

Padres Luis and Justo.

What distinguishes the city of Juliaca, other than its proximity to the
famed Lake Titicaca with its floating islands of reeds? Unfortunately,
nothing very good. According to guide books and Peruvians alike,
Juliaca’s heavy involvement in the black market, a strong criminal
element, a general unattractiveness, and an unmistakable feeling of
oppression make it a city best bypassed whenever possible. (Click here
to take a ride around town: www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_3wbSy8W3I.)

Luckily, our Church has chosen not to bypass but to illuminate this
dark city with the light and love of Christ.

An Answer to Prayer: Christ Church (Plano, TX) Men's Construction Team in Juliaca

Christ Church Men's Construction Team


“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they
should always pray and not give up. . . . [B]ecause this [persistent]
widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she
won’t eventually wear me out.”
Luke 18:1-5

Like the persistent widow in Jesus’ parable, Padre Luis Vizcarra Quispe was
unrelenting in raising prayers for help for his church in Juliaca! For
four years, Padre Luis prayed that the diocese would send a mission
team to work on the premises of Santa María Magdalena.

And his prayers were answered in the form of the hard-working men’s
construction team from Christ Church, Plano, Texas.

Two Hills, Two Churches: Church Planting in Puente Piedra


Padre Benjamin with Father Clay Lein and Stuart Nibbelin of St. Philip’s, Frisco, Texas and some of the children from a recent summer program.

Padre Benjamin Salas planted–and continues to serve–our two churches in the Puente Piedra district of Lima. He was ministering in another district of Lima when he was approached by a group of families from the “Cajamarca Hill” in Puente Piedra, so called because its residents had come to Lima from the northern Peruvian city of Cajamarca. The families wanted the Anglican Church, and Padre Benjamin in particular, to care for them and to baptize their children. The baptisms took place in October 2007 at the beautiful Good Shepherd Cathedral in Miraflores, and the church plant of San Andrés Anglican Church began to take root.

St. Philip's (Frisco, Tx) mission team works in Puente Piedra


The last week of February, a seven-member mission team from St. Philip’s (Frisco, Texas) worked at Santisima Cruz church in the Puente Piedra district of northern Lima. Long-term SAMS missionary Kathy Decker joined her sending church to work alongside Padre Benjamin Salas and his lovely wife Livia.

Love and Joy and Worship amidst Dirt Hills and Difficult Lives

What does an Anglican church look like? In some places, it looks like this:

Or for a more modern twist, like this:

For the people of Puente Piedra, a northern district of Lima, it looks like this:

San Andrés Anglican Church, Puente Piedra.

And this:

The open land of Santísima Cruz Anglican Church, Puente Piedra.

Summer Youth Camps

This summer (winter in the U.S. and U.K.), the Anglican youth ministry hosted weekend camps for its teenagers (“adolesentes,” ages 12-17) and young adults (“jovenes,” ages 17-25) throughout Peru.

At a camp for teens in Lima, the theme was “Adoradores en el Espiritu y Verdad,” or Worship in the Spirit and Truth.

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The Youth Ministry: Its Vision and Leaders

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The Anglican youth ministry in our churches throughout Peru serves nearly 300 teenagers (“adolesentes,” ages 12 to 17) and young adults (“jovenes,” ages 17 to 25).  A bold vision directs the ministry:

Young people and youth leaders connected to Jesus, the true vine, bearing abundant fruit.

This vision is scripture based:

Compassion International Summer Programs

Compassion International works through some of our churches in the San Juan de Miraflores district of Lima. It’s summertime in Peru, and the children in the CI programs are not forgotten during their summer vacation. At Santisima Trinidad (Holy Trinity Church), the CI children enjoyed a summer-school program that included English classes.
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