This Christmas was very special for a lot of us here in Lima. Since Christmas fell on a Sunday this year, we decided to change service around to a memorable time spent together as a family in Christ over pancake breakfast, worship, and the Word of God. We started out the morning by eating a feast full of pancakes, bacon, eggs, fruit, coffee and juice as we sat around tables talking about how we had celebrated the night before. Then Pastor Rick brought all the children forward to tell them about the true meaning of Christmas in a way they could understand and participate in. Then we opened the Bible and read the Christmas story together as Pastor Rick shared a short teaching. Even though it was tough for some people to come out because of family things and the fact that in Peru, they celebrate Christmas starting at midnight on Christmas eve, we had a larger than expected group at both campuses. It was busy, but it was a very blessed day celebrating the real reason for Christmas and adoring the one who came to save us.
So far we’ve had an awesome week and a half going around Lima Christmas Caroling, using that to spread the story of the true meaning of Christmas and inviting people come come practice their English with us. We’ve met so many new people from all over Lima, had some good times with some friends from the US, and served Jesus in such a fun way. And there is still more to come! Thursday we will be caroling on the train and in a bilingual Christian School. Friday we get to sing at one of the other big English Schools in Lima. Saturday we have our annual Christmas Banquet as a church. And then it’s only one more week until Christmas.
For those of you who live in Lima, who come regularly or who we’ve recently met, there will be no conversation club in San Juan de Lurigancho this week due to Christmas caroling, but all conversation clubs will return to normal next week. We look forward to seeing you this Friday at Bible Study, Sunday at Church, or at any of our conversation clubs in Lince or SJL next week. Merry Christmas!!!
CCESL has changed a lot in the past several years. As the church has grown, so have the dynamics of the congregation. At one time, most of our church was made up of young, single people. But in the last few years, marriages have formed, families have grown, and a lot more couples began to come to our church. Then, this past weekend, God brought Pastor Bryan Michaels and his wife Jeanine to teach a marriage conference. We had more than twenty couples come join us to learn and be reminded of God’s plans for our marriage. There were people from all walks of life—those who aren’t married yet, those who have been married a few years, and those who have been married many years. And as we studied the Word of God we were encouraged to be marriages that reflect Christ in a dark world. Hearts were encouraged, broken pieces were healed, and the families in our church were strengthened.
English camp proved, once again, to be a very special time of year for us and for the whole church. Despite lots of spiritual attack such as sickness and lightning striking the teams plane on the way here, God brought so much fruit out of this years camp. Twenty people were baptized including several girls who got saved at last years camp or at coffee shop night and have been a part of our discipleship program this past year. Several students, who have been coming to conversation club this past year, gave their lives to the Lord. Even those who still haven’t chosen to follow Jesus yet, were challenged by this year’s camp teachings – “What We Believe and Why We Believe It.” This year because of the extended lengthen of our camp, we added a special class, “Following Jesus” for those who had recently started their walk with Christ. We look forward to all the new discipleship groups that will start and the continued fruit we know will keep coming out of this year’s camp.
English camp is coming up fast! This year’s camp will be July 26th-30th, 4 nights and 5 days in Cieneguilla. The cost is 150 soles (which includes your food, transportation, lodging, and camp materials) and sign-up’s begin THIS SUNDAY JUNE 19th and continue during Sunday and Wednesday services until we are full. Since there is only one camp this year, space will fill up fast, so come out sign up.
For the first few weeks, we will only be signing up people who it is their first or second time at camp, to give new people a chance to go. If there is still space afterwards, we will open up sign-ups to all. If you have any other questions, feel free to write us on Facebook or at email@example.com.
One of the most common questions we get is if there are any activities on the weekends. While we don’t have conversation clubs on the weekends, we do have several different opportunities for you to practice your English. On Saturdays in Lince, we have whatever night, where people get together to play games, sing, read the Bible, and hang out. The third Saturday of every month, which happens to be this Saturday, in San Juan de Lurigancho, we have a movie night all in English with English subtitles, soda, and popcorn. Then on Sundays, at 10:30 am in lince and 6 pm in San Juan de Lurigancho, we have a church service all in English with music, a Bible teaching, and time to hang out after and before. We hope to see you at one of our activities this weekend!
This week, CCESL is blessed to have a group of youth from Viera, Florida joining us to partner with us in ministry and to do a couple extra special events for the English Speaking community in Lima. If you live in Lima, we’d like to invite you to come join us this week at any of our normal events, and to come out to these special events.
Wednesday June 8th
CCMV along with our own worship band will be hosting a special worship night from 7 pm to 9 pm. Come join us for a night of music and testimonies, and learn more about who God is and why we worship Him.
Friday June 10th
Once a year, we rent a building in San Juan de Lurigancho and have a coffee shop night for all the people who live in and around this part of town. There will be English music, American desserts, games, and tons of opportunities to practice your English! Invite your friends and come join us at Recepciones Canoa Av. Constelacion 2501 sta Elizabeth 1, San Juan De Lurigancho, just one block from our church in SJL and a few blocks from paradero 20 de Proceres de la Independencia.
Saturday June 11th
We are also inviting everyone to come join us at our church building in SJL for a movie night this Saturday night at 6 pm. The movie will be in English with English subtitles and the team will be there to hang out and share with anyone who wants to come join us.
The team will also be joining us this week for conversation clubs and our normal Sunday services. Make time to come out and join us! We hope to see you there!
Last Saturday, we were blessed to put on a conference called Pure Life. God put it on our hearts to spend a day studying what it means to live purely, especially in the area of dating and relationships. We had over 50 people attend and saw many people make decisions to dedicate themselves and their future relationships to purity and to the Lord. God was faithful to work in peoples hearts loving, forgiving, and teaching them how to live for Him. And everyone was refreshed and encouraged by the Word of God.
As you may already know, God has directed us at CCESL to dedicate this year to prayer, to increase and grow our prayer life both as a church and as individuals. We’ve been spending more time praying during service, encouraging people through social media to pray for different needs, and holding prayer days. Now we have another simple way to remind you to pray not just at church or for meals or at night, but all day long. We’ve created a few new wallpapers for you to download and put on your phone or tablet to remind you every time you pick it up to pray. You can download them right here for now, or you can find them at any time under the resources tab on our webpage. Enjoy!
One of the hardest area’s of our life to wait on God, the area where we are tempted and struggle time and time again, is the area of relationships and sexual purity. Saturday, April 23rd, we will be hosting a conference to study what God’s plan is for our lives in this area, and to pray for and encourage each other to trust in and wait on God’s perfect timing and plan. The conference will be all in English. Anyone is welcome to come join us whether you go to CCESL or not, but we do ask you to come sign up so we can plan for how many people will be coming. The cost is 5 soles and includes your materials and dinner. Invite your friend and come this coming weekend to sign up. If you have any questions feel free to write us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you there!