There are several congregations and a few hundred members in this growing church. Rev Adita Torres (far right) is the ILEP President. ELCIC missionary Rev Katharine Bergbusch (back, 3rd from left) accompanies the National Church Council in policy development. Rev Paul Johnson, ELCIC Assistant to the Bishop (front 2nd from left) visited in 2004.
Katharine Bergbusch has served as a Long-term Missionary in Peru since 1994. She has provided guidance and theological education to pastors and lay workers who are leading and guiding the ministry of ILEP congregations.
During Katharine's varied ministry she has also assisted small development projects and traveled outside of Lima to assist with new ILEP missions.
In recognition of her significant contribution to the Lutheran Church in Peru, Katharine was presented with an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in 2004 by the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon.
ILEP maintains a strong social ministry in the community like this after school program for children and youth at the Emaus congregation in north Lima.
Other programs provide nutritious meals for children and community kitchens where victims of poverty can pool their efforts and resources to prepare food for themselves.
Lima is a very large city which receives hardly any rainfall and has few trees.
At the beginning of 2004, Katharine moved from Lima to Iquitos where she was called to a new ministry. Iquitos is in the Amazon region of Peru where it is hot and humid, with lush tropical vegetation.
In this new ministry, Katharine serves two mission points. Fiel es Dios, which means God is Faithful, is the name of the community of faith located in Iquitos.
The second mission point is Triunfo, a rural area some 50 kilometres outside of Iquitos. Katharine had this house built which she uses when she is working there.
A few families are gathering to form a community of faith at Triunfo. Katharine's work is now focused on fostering these communities of faith so that they may grow and one day become ILEP congregations.