A Prayer for Lima For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord... Lord of all creation, thank you for your provision. Please heal the slums of Lima, please The Journey to where I am now last two summers in Lima on short-term missions raise up leaders in your church that know you with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. I will be Ever since I went on my ﬁrst international trip to are a God who works justice for the oppressed, returning to Lima this June to lead this short- Mexico eight years ago, I have known that the term trip again, but I am excited to take the next heals the sick, cares for the land, and comforts Lord meets me in unique and powerful ways step on this journey by spending the next two the lonely. Lord Jesus, whose love knows no when I cross cultural, linguistic, socioeconomic, years serving God among the people of Lima. I bounds, we invite you to use us to accomplish and national boundaries. I have also seen that hope to begin my two-year commitment in Lima what you came to earth to do--to give abundant God has given me a gift of being able to build before the end of 2008. life to all people. We are grateful for the relationships with people from different cultures, opportunity you have given us to fulﬁll the to adapt to a different lifestyle, and to think globally. Throughout this journey, God has purpose we were created for. Renew us and use us made it increasingly clear to me that He is as agents of transformation in our day, in Lima especially concerned about the poor, the and throughout he earth.. Amen. marginalized, and those who are suffering from injustice. When Jesus began his ministry, he preached the good news that the Kingdom of God is at hand. In his ﬁrst recorded sermon in the book of Luke, Jesus says: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the God has opened up the doors for me to go to prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to Peru with the Latin America Mission (LAM). release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." The LAM is an international community of men and women who encourage, assist, and For me, this scripture has special signiﬁcance participate with the Latin Church in the task A rare rainbow in Lima, and has become my “thesis statement” for my of building the Church of Jesus Christ in the a reminder of God’s promises life. The Lord has called me to seek the Latin world and beyond. Kingdom of God, and has sent me to share about the good news of this kingdom. Speciﬁcally, the This mission agency has over 160 missionaries PERU FACTS Lord has grown a deep conviction in my heart to serving all throughout Latin America. The • The population of Peru is serve those who live in poverty in the slum 27,925,628 people, and an estimated associate ministry that I will serve with in Lima 10 million reside in Lima communities of Lima, Peru. God has shown me is called Paz y Esperanza (Peace & Hope). This that urban poverty is one of the most pressing is the organization that I worked with last • More than 1/3 of the population of injustices of our day and that it will only Lima lives in slums and more than summer when I led a group of students in a 54% of the residents of Lima live continue to grow as we live in an increasingly short-term mission. I love the work they are under the poverty line. globalized and urbanized world. I want to be doing among the urban poor in Lima, and I am part of a compassionate community of followers grateful to be able to join this team of Peruvian • Spanish and Quechua are the of Christ who put their faith in action by national languages of PEru. believers who share my passion and vision. responding to this great need. I have spent the YES, I would like to be a partner in ministry with Gracie Michel. o I will pray for her faithfully. □ Daily □ Weekly □ Monthly □ Other o I want to pledge $____ □ Monthly □ Quarterly □ Annually □ One-time o I would like to make a special gift of $______ to help cover travel, equipment God works through community expenses & start-up costs. In order to make this work possible, I need prayer o I would like to receive Gracie’s prayer letters. and ﬁnancial support from my community in the United States. You may already pray for me regularly, but please let me know if you would like o I would like information on making My objectve: To train and equip to make a commitment to praying for me on a daily, automatic contributions. servant leaders in churches among bi-weekly, or weekly basis. the urban poor who work for the NAME___________________________________ transformation of their communities Financially speaking, I am looking for individuals and churches to support me on a monthly basis. I While in Lima I will be working with Paz y ADDRESS________________________________ need to raise $2,502 each month to cover all my Esperanza. This is a Christian Non-Governmental expenses, including housing, food, international _________________________________________ Organization whose mission is to promote justice health insurance, retirement plan, travel expenses, and sustainable development among poor and visas, administrative fees, personal expenses, and CITY/STATE/ZIP________________________ excluded people. I will be working in their ministry costs. Would you prayerfully consider “Transform Project,” which trains and equips supporting me on a monthly basis in the amount PHONE_________________________________ Christian leaders and churches among the urban that the Lord leads you? Giving in this way is an poor in holistic mission. 'Holistic' means that the investment in God’s purposes, the only investment E-mail___________________________________ mission of the church touches every part of the with an eternal return. person’s life and the life of their community: spiritual, relational, ﬁnancial, educational, If you are interested in supporting me ﬁnancially, Checks should be made payable to environmental, etc. The Transform Project aims to please ﬁll our the attached pledge card and return in “Latin America Mission” or “LAM” form servant leaders among urban poor churches; it the envelope provided. Checks can be made out to and mailed with this form to promotes holistic projects that give dignity to the “Latin America Mission”. All donations are tax- P.O. Box 52-7900 Miami, FL 33152-7900 people being served and that can be implemented deductible. Feel free to contact me any time! using resources from the churches. Projects that Gracie Michel are underway include: 100 Gold St. • Educational reinforcement programs for kids; Auburn, CA 95603 • Microenterprise handicraft businesses; email: firstname.lastname@example.org • Community kitchens; cell phone:323-605-4490 home: 530-888-8098 • Environmental sustainability projects; • Sexual abuse prevention education. Thank you for your prayers and support!
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