In 2013, we followed the Lord’s leading to use our gifts in computing and teaching more directly for Christ’s kingdom. Following a 20-year career in software engineering, David started a tech ministry in Peru to reach the Spanish-speaking world online. Providentially, the Lord led us to Daniel Elias, a young seminarian involved in student ministry with skills in Web development. We now employ Daniel full-time as the translator and publisher of TeoGracia.com, a Web site devoted to publishing gospel-centered resources in Spanish.
In 2015, we moved to Colorado where David is again working as a software developer while continuing to support TeoGracia, which is now an official project of Entrusted Word Ministries sponsored by Southside Bible Church of Denver.
During our 15 months in Arequipa, we enjoyed many opportunities for personal ministry besides the work of getting TeoGracia launched. Once a week, Vicki and I taught Arequipa English, a two-hour English conversation class using Bible study led by the Jeyachandrans. We estimated that about half the students came specifically because of their interest in the Word, not just English conversation practice. This was a great opportunity to build friendships and teach the Word. Vicki used her gifts in teaching elementary students to help with English conversation practice at our kids’ school. I offered free programming classes and planned to employ a few students as interns in the tech ministry (indeed, Daniel Elias was one of those students). As we became more fluent in Spanish, we were able to participate more in the children’s ministry and church planting work of the Peat family from the UK. In addition, for our last several months in Arequipa, we had the opportunity to read the Bible weekly with our landlords.
Even though we didn’t stay as long as we had hoped originally, we are very thankful for our time in Peru. We trust that the Bible studies and ongoing ministry of TeoGracia will have been well worth the effort with eternity in view and we are deeply grateful for the prayer and financial support of those who made it possible.
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