Our family is in Peru for two years to serve with Extreme Nazarene. We are living in the jungle city of Puerto Maldonado supporting our team of 8 missionaries as 12 churches are planted here in 18 months! Please keep checking in to keep up on our our ministry and adventures in Peru!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

What We Will Be Doing

Our position with Extreme will be in the role of Cluster Support for Puerto Maldonado. The official job description says:
"Responsible for all local logistics, communications, accounting, safety, goals progress and results, security of 40/40 site work. Serves as pastor, mentor, motivator, protector, teacher, counselor to the 40/40 missionaries at this base of operations."

Let me give you a little background of the vision of Extreme Peru so this makes a little more sense. The vision of Extreme Peru is to plant 120 churches in 3 years. There are 7 different cities that they will be sending clusters to and there are multiple communities and areas within those cities that the 40/40 missionaries will be going to to share Jesus with.

First, what is a 40/40:
"40/40 is a revolutionary new missionary strategy created by Extreme Nazarene in a partnership with Nazarene World Mission that seeks, trains and deploys pairs of single volunteer missionaries. These missionaries are sent to share the good news of Jesus Christ through planting community centric churches using Jesus Film and other evangelistic tools, compassion projects and aggressive and personalized discipleship. The 40/40 pairs will consist of one single Peruvian National and one single North American (or other non-Peruvian). The pair will proceed through six months of accelerated job training followed by eighteen months of evangelism, compassion and discipleship to plant three churches."

Puerto Maldonado will be the first cluster deployed and we will have 4 sets of 40/40s (4 Americans, 4 Peruvians). We will live in a house with them, downstairs will be our home, the middle floor will be a place for short term teams to stay and the top floor will be where the 40/40s live. We are excited about our role because we get to mentor, support and love these missionaries as they spread the love and hope of Jesus Christ as well as work alongside them and take care of logistical details so they can better serve their communities.

This is a very rough and brief idea of what we will be doing. I'm sure things will change and adapt as we get there, especially since we are the first cluster so everything is new to everyone. But, this should give you some idea of how to begin to pray for us...

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