Embracing the Yanesha

YaneshaA few weeks ago Mercy Hill sent three of our community group leaders to Peru to begin laying the foundation for our church’s strategy to catalyze church planting among an unreached people group called the Yanesha. Living in the remote jungle of central Peru, the Yanesha are unreached because they are hard to reach. Our three leaders were joined with a member from Summit Denver – a partner church in the Summit Network – an IMB missionary, and two interpreters.  Once landed in Lima, we drove 430 miles in 12 hours to reach the first community of native Yanesha (Traveling 270 miles would take less than 4 hours in the States on an interstate). The next village we visited was a three hour bus ride in which we forded the river 19 times. You can check out a snippet of this journey by following this link to a video shot by Mark from Summit Denver.

But the big question is “Why do we go?” Why do we go to hard to reach places? We go because God sends. Not only has Jesus commissioned the church to “Go and make disciples of all nations (i.e. people groups)” (Matthew 28:19), but God first sent Jesus to us (Galatians 4:4-5). Our Father’s love is a seeking love because He desires that none would perish (2 Peter 3:9, cf. Luke 15:1-10). The love of God which fills us as Christ followers compels us with this same desire (cf. Romans 5:5).  We go as an expression of the Father’s seeking love to share the good news that Jesus gives new life.

Reaching the hard to reach – whether living in a remote jungle, a hostile country, or even those who are hardened to the Gospel in our own city – is why we exist as a church. It’s also why we do Generous December. This December we hope you will take part in helping us raise $35,000 above and beyond our normal monthly giving.  $35,000 which we will give away to missionaries, church planters and organizations for the sake of advancing the Gospel.

“And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17:3)

 

 

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