World Gospel Church of Peru
The state of Cusco, Peru, has more than 1.2 million people, but only 3 percent consider themselves evangelical Christians. Despite that low percentage, Cusco is home to 25 evangelical churches, including Agape Church.
Iglesia Evangelica Mundial, World Gospel Church of Peru, became an official organization on May 7, 2009. Agape Church, which is currently the only church in the denomination, was started by Eduardo and Maritza Vera, who were also instrumental in inviting World Gospel Mission missionaries to Peru.
“We thank the Lord that we have missionaries here,” Maritza shared. “We started the work alone with a lot of battles, and it gives us great encouragement to have WGM Peru here with us. It gives us more courage to do the work we are called to.”
Working under the mission statement “Nurturing people towards fullness of life in Christ,” WGM Peru is sharing the truth of new life in Christ in and around the historic city of Cusco. Although the city is rich in tradition, many of the customs are centered on pagan rituals and idolatry. These indigenous beliefs make it difficult for Peruvians to accept the truth of Christ.
However, the national church, Peruvian Christians, and missionaries are committed to building relationships and helping individuals experience the love of Christ. Agape Church holds regular Sunday services and Thursday evening prayer meetings in addition to Sunday School classes, youth meetings, and ministries for women and children.
There is also a strong pastoral association in Cusco. Ministry can be difficult no matter the location, especially in Peru. Most pastors must work full-time secular jobs in addition to pastoring a church. This interdenominational group meets weekly for Bible study, prayer, and fellowship.
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