Anthony DiLiberto Globally Engaged in Outreach Missionary, Perú 1 800 433 3954
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Vicarious Atonement in Peru
Katie, Jamie, and I at the Huaca del Sol temple.
Sunset at Huanchaco, small beach town outside of Trujillo, Peru. They killed him by hanging him on a cross, but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. Acts 10:40
The richness of Peru’s history and culture hasn’t stopped wowing me since the day I arrived. Just recently, my teammates Jamie, Katie and I were able to visit the ruins of two pre-Columbian civilizations in Northern Peru, the Mochica (100-800 AD) and Chimu (9001470 AD). Both of these agricultural societies created impressive irrigation systems allowing them to transform the otherwise barren, dry desert of the Peruvian North coast into fertile, productive land. Recent huaca (sacred temple) discoveries have revealed that both were theocratic civilizations led by a class of priests that represented the people before their pantheon of gods, the most prominent of which were the sun and the moon. What my teammates and I found to be most interesting as we walked through the Huaca del Sol y la Luna (The Temple of the Sun and the Moon) ruins was the platform that served as the place of sacrifice for the sins of the pueblo. Imagine our shock when our tour guide pointed to the area in which the sacrifice was chosen from amongst their own people. The concept of vicarious atonement (the belief that the shed blood of one man or animal acts as the payment for sins of an entire community) can sound at best primitive, and at times downright ludicrous to modern ears. Many New
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Athiests (like British columnist Christopher Hitchens in his best selling rant against religion, God is Not Great, to just name one) discount the validity of Christianity by wrapping it together with the religious beliefs of ancient civilizations like the Mochica and Chimu. They poke fun at the proposition that the entirety of sins racked up by humanity throughout all of history were paid for 2,000 years ago in a remote corner of the world by a carpenter’s son on a cross. I too, would probably share the same view of Christianity if it wasn’t for one thing: the Resurrection. Sure, the message of the cross may sound like “foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18). The historical veracity of the Resurrection separates Christianity from primitive religious belief and every other reglious claim since the world’s beginning. It takes Christianity out of the realm of philosophy and places it into the realm of verifiable truth claims. It proves that not only did the one, true God of the Universe require an atonement for the remission of sins, but that He himself gladly provided it in the death of His only begotten Son, who “bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin, and live to righteousness.” (1 Peter 3:18). He is risen. He is risen indeed!
Mission Update Community Bible Study in Condoray My teammates Jamie and Katie continue to lead weekly Bible studies in the small community of Condoray. Attendance has remained consistent and some participants have expressed interest in diving deeper into God’s Word. Jamie will begin to teach potential future leaders Catechism based classes in the near future! Eisolds Complete Language Training Pastor Mark Eisold, his wife Sandi and their children, Annalise and Erik had their last day of language training at El Sol Language School in Miraflores last Friday. Please pray that God would bless the entire Peru Mission Team with the dedication and perseverece necessary to effectively communicate the Gospel to Peruvian unbelievers in their local language. Trip to St. Louis th
From Wed., May 4 through Sun. May 9 , I will be visiting with mission partners at Faith Lutheran, Oakville to share good news about God’s work in Peru and to invite even more along for the ride!
Please Pray… for the safety of regional director for LA, Pastor Ted Krey on May 14th as he travels to Peru to meet with our team for strategic planning meetings. that God would bless my support-raising efforts for my third year of service as a GEO Missionary in Peru. for my safety as I travel to St. Louis to meet with mission partners and invite believers there to join in God’s mission in Peru.
for the Community Bible study group that continues to meet every Thursday in Condoray.
The GEO mission team at a Caballo de Paso ranch, after enjoying a Marinera (tradition Peruvian dance) show.
Support I’m running way behind with support-raising for my third year of service as a GEO missionary. There’s absolutely no way I can continue to serve without the support of mission-minded Christians like you! Please prayerfully consider partnering with me in mission. To support my work financially, you may send a tax-deductible gift to: LCMS World Mission, 1333 S. Kirkwood Rd., St. Louis, MO 63122-7295. Make checks payable to LCMS World Mission. Mark checks “Support of Anthony DiLiberto.” Gifts can also be given securely online through the LCMS World Mission web site on my project page: www.lcms.org?13583 or www.lcmsworldmission.org www.lcmsworldmission.org/prayercards
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Many sceptics of Christianity discount the validity of it's truth claims by placing them in the same category as those of primitive religiou...