Anthony DiLiberto Globally Engaged in Outreach Missionary, Perú 1 800 433 3954
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Fiestas patrias celebrations in Miraflores.
The festive spirit is almost palpable as you walk through the bustling streets of Lima the week of Fiestas Patrias (Peru´s Independence Celebrations). The vendors scattered throughout the streets selling flags, hats, and pins hardly seem to notice the grey, dreary weather that accompanies them. The capital city´s gloomy sky is almost forgotten as red and white paraphenalia fill the streets in preparation for the freedom celebrations scheduled for July th 28 , 2011.
Singing to God with the Amiguitos de Cristo (Little Friends in Christ) group during our latest visit to Lunahuaná.
On that day 190 years ago, Argentinean liberator Don José de San Martín declared Peru´s independence from the Viceroyalty of Spain.
But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code. Romans 7:6
Peru´s Independence Day may not be nearly as significant to me as it is to a Peruvian, but you can be sure I´ll be raising my glass (of Pisco Sour) in celebration of this country´s freedom. And you can be sure that I´ll be raising the banner of freedom of a different kind th on July 28 , and long after, too. Freedom from oppressive Spanish rule is certainly cause to celebrate, but freedom from sin, death, and the devil is reason for a celebration that lasts forever. The independence our great liberator Jesus declared for us on the cross almost 2,000 years ago not only frees us from the yolk of slavery to sin, death, and the devil. But, because Jesus has declared us righteous, we are free to serve the one true God and all of His children as well. We are free to reach out to others with the Good News of the Gospel without Volume 2 ● Issue 8 ● Anthony.Diliberto@lcms.org
fear that the salvation of those we are called to invite to the celebration depends on us. Because of the all-sufficient work of Jesus on the cross (Hebrews 10:10-12), we are free to celebrate our freedom we have in Him, and free to invite the whole world to join us.
Mission Update Here I am, Send Me! It´s official! Our Synod´s Office for International Mission has extended me a call to serve as a career missionary in Peru! As with every other missionary (all baptized members of the Body of Christ!) my primary calling is to boldly proclaim the Good News of the Gospel (the free forgiveness that our Savior won for all of us sinners on the cross!) with the whole world. I will also have the privilege of leading the new believers of the Lutheran Church in Peru in sharing the Good News of the Gospel through acts of mercy/ human care. I will be traveling to California on August nd 2 for a three week break before beginning my transition into career service. The first step of the process will be raising a more permanent network of support amongst individuals, congregations, organizations, and schools in the United States. Please join me in thanking the Lord for calling me to serve in His harvest fields. Please, also, prayerfully consider supporting my mission financially. Sending a career missionary to the field is significantly more costly than sending a GEO (Globally Engaged in Outreach) missionary. In order to be faithful to my calling, I depend on Christians like you that desire more than anything to see
the lost come to a saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ!
for my safety as I travel to the United States nd on August 2 .
In order to raise the amount of support I´ll need to serve as a career missionary, I plan to travel across the United States, sharing about God´s exciting mission in Peru. Please contact me if you´re interested in hosting me at your Church Bible Study, worship service, or special event!
that the Holy Spirit would continue to work faith in the hearts of those the team ministers to in Lunahuaná.
Mission Accomplished! Thanks to the flexibility of a wonderful program supervisor and the endless support of so many, I have finally completed my Director of Christian Education Internship! This means I am now a certified Director of Christian Education and a rostered church worker with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. What an incredible honor!
for the Wall family and the newest addition to their family, Elijah. for discernment as the team searches for an office/worship space in our new mission headquarters, San Borja.
Worship in Lunahuaná th
Wednesday, July 6 marked the culmination of almost four years of LCMS mission work in Lunahuaná as we held our very first official worship service! Our team is living and working out of Lima now, but will return to Lunahuaná every other Wednesday to lead believers there in worship, catechism, and children´s ministry. Please visit my blog to read more about this momentous event (www.godgraceandguineapigs.blogspot.com ). Welcome to the World, Baby Wall On July 12, 2011, Peru Mission Team members Bruce and Sarah Wall were blessed with the birth of their third child, Elijah Arnold Wall. Last Saturday, July 23 the celebration continued as our Father in Heaven put His stamp on the newest member on the team through the waters of Baptism. Praise God for the beautiful gift of life!
Please Pray… a petition of thanksgiving that the Lord of the Harvest has called me to His mission fields!
First family photo following the arrival of the newest member of the Peru Mission Team, Elijah Arnold Wall. From left to right: Bruce, Benjamin, Stephanie, Sarah, Elijah.
Support 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/diliberto www.lcmsworldmission.org www.lcmsworldmission.org/prayercards
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Published on Jul 30, 2011
July 28, 2011 marked the 190th anniversary of Peru´s independence from the Spanish Crown. Freedom from oppressive rule is certainly cause to...