We have good news from our mission communities in Peru. On Sunday, October 21, I officiated at the worship service in Iquitos as William Quispe made his affirmation of baptism. He has been proudly wearing his Luther rose pin ever since.
On All Saints' Day, Juan José Bravo and Ligia Paredes, the parents of the children I had baptized earlier, were confirmed in Cusco. Other participants in the mission "Tierra Nueva" (this name signifies "newly tilled earth" ready for planting) are requesting confirmation and are eager to have a permanent pastor. For this reason, we are more than happy that our candidate for ordination, Ofelia Dávila, has accepted the call to this mission and will begin her ministry in January, 2002. Moreover, we are anticipating that Juan José and Ligia will begin studies at the seminary in Brazil in the new year.
Back in Lima, Andrés Palencia should be starting his internship in December. We are working to incorporate his community of faith, "Emaus," as well as "Marcos" in Huacho and an independent congregation, "Christo Salvador," into the Peruvian Evangelical Lutheran Church (ILEP).
Another achievement we are proud of is the publication for the second year of a "Manual para el Culto Infantil," a guide for worshipping with and teaching children using lectionary lessons from Advent 2001 until Christ the King in 2002. Much like Sunday-school lessons, these lessons were prepared by the pastors of ILEP and published with funds donated by the ELCIC. There are very few Lutheran resources in Spanish and the manual has gained praise from leaders of other Lutheran churches in Latin America. The United Evangelical Lutheran Church in Argentina has ordered 200 copies for use there.