Testimonies from July 2013
Hi there Thank you so much for your prayers for our family and for the things that God has called us to here in Peru. In the midst of a cold and grey winter in Lima, God has kept us healthy and He never ceases to amaze us with the ways in which He provides for us as a family. Kai is also doing well. He will be four months old tomorrow and is a source of so much joy to us as a family. As my main ministry this last month has still very much been taking care of my little one, I decided to dedicate this newsletter to a very dear friend of mine who passed away last Wednesday, Ingrid Ruiz. Many of you will remember her as part of the Reverse Mission we organised in 2009. Ingrid always spoke of how much the time she spent in South Africa influenced her life and ministry. Many of you helped to make that trip possible. In a way your partnership with me, impacted her life too. Thank you for your faithfulness in standing with us as a family in our desire to see God’s Kingdom come to this nation. Jaime and I so value having you as a part of our lives and ministry. Much love, Kim
Ingrid Ruiz, a tribute…. In 2007 God used a woman by the name of Ingrid Ruiz to open the doors for me to the nation of Peru. I had hoped to go on a mission trip to “somewhere” in South America and was put in touch with her by a mutual friend as she was the missions director of the church in Peru at the time. Ingrid promptly invited me to come to Peru and serve alongside her reaching out to students on the University of San Marcos campus. For three months she slept on the floor while I slept in her bed. And for three months Ingrid modelled for me a commitment to serving God and reaching the lost that I have seen in few others. It marked my life to such an extent that one of the reasons I returned to Peru in 2008 I was to continue to build on my friendship with her. During those three weeks we travelled to the Andean town of Cajamarca on a mission trip where we ministered together.
(It was on this same mission trip that I also got to know a certain dreadlocked young man named Jaime, but that is another story.) Upon returning to Lima, we continued to do outreach on the University of San Marcos campus, where she dreamed of planting a church. In 2009 Ingrid was one of the two Peruvians who travelled to South Africa as part of our “Mission in Reverse” to attend the campus harvest conference (and which many of you helped make possible). This was a life-changing experience for her, as after so many years of endless giving she was finally able to “receive”. She returned from this trip so encouraged and always remarked that it was during this time that she received her call to be a “pastor”, a call which came to fruition this year as she planted the church she had dreamed of close to the San Marcos campus. Once I moved to Peru in 2010 our friendship continued to grow and she became a close confidante and source of wise counsel in a nation where there are few “strong women in ministry”. On Wednesday we received the sad news that Ingrid had passed away while leading a mission trip to a community in Iquitos in the jungle part of Peru. God’s timing and His reasons for certain things are impossible to understand sometimes. But one thing I do know is that without a doubt Jesus was Ingrid’s most heartfelt joy and desire. I always commented to Ingrid that when we get to heaven, hers would be a front-row seat. This month I wanted to take the time to honour her life and example in following Christ. It was one of much sacrifice, but also one that left an indelible mark on countless lives. I thank God for the privilege of having served alongside her and being her friend.
Training and equipping…. From the 7th-10th August Jaime will be travelling to the town of Pisco in the south of Peru to help translate for a Christian NGO from Australia called Misfit. Pisco is one of the towns that was worst affected by the earthquake that shook Peru in 2007. The NGO will be travelling in Peru to see whether there are any opportunities in which they can serve in community development. Please pray for safe travels for Jaime and the team as they drive south. Please also pray that God will give me the extra bit of strength I need in looking after Kai by myself while Jaime is away and that He will keep us safe and sound too.
Please trust with us…. Please keep Ingrid’s family in your prayers. He brother passed away just 6 days before she did and two of her remaining siblings are wheelchair-bound. Pray especially that God will give strength to her mother Olga and make His love and comfort tangible in her life at this time.
This coming month I am hoping to start a bible study for other missionary ladies in my home. So many missionaries are permanently giving to others, but seldom have time to receive. I am really trusting these studies will be times of great intimacy with the Lord. Please trust with me for this.
Please continue to pray for Jaime and me as we seek God as to where He would have us serve next year. May He clearly make His will known to us as a family.
Jaime and I would love to hear from you: please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you could call on +51 990 50 1552. My skype name is kimmysol.