From the rugged desert coastline to its majestic Andean mountains, God is at work among the people in Peru. Presbyterian Mission Co-Worker, Jed Koball (former pastor in Hudson River Presbytery and current resident of Peru) is our link to the Peruvian people, supporting and connecting us to ministries among God's people in one of the must culturally rich and ecologically diverse nations in the world -- the land of the former Incan Empire.
A new partnership is emerging through which we will engage the PC(USA)'s Peruvian partners who live out the gospel of Jesus Christ by combating poverty in its most vicious forms through courage, perseverance and coordination in the face of corporate greed, political corruption, climate change and the remnants of a violent past.
Our objectives: to dig deeper into a globalized world, political and economic systems in order to understand the root causes of poverty; to dig deeper into ourselves in order to hear God's calling to dig deeper into the role of the church in world mission today in order to understand our role in international church partnership.
As we build this partnership, we will engage with
an urban youth-run radio station addressing local issues of poverty and the environment;
coastal communities recovering from an 8.5 earthquake;
Andean alpaca farmers and artisans responding to the urgent crisis of global warming;
and La Oroya -- the most polluted place in the Western Hemisphere where 99% of the children have lead poisoning.