Our goal is to connect North America and South America and together work in compassion and construction ministries. We are firm believers in building relationships with the nationals at building projects and ministry sites. All these work projects are nicely mixed with cell group ministries, Compassion International opportunities with children, evangelism, and church growth. We like to refer to Short Term Missions as a Spiritual Transformation Ministry because it is more than a “tourism missions trip.” It is a chance for God to work in one’s life and continue building the Kingdom of God. Learn more about Peru.
Located in western South America and bordered by Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia and Chile, Peru is rich in tradition and diverse cultures. Most of the Peruvian people are Mestizo, a combination of European ethnicities. Their complicated history is deeply ingrained in Peruvian philosophy, from family structure to religion.
Garbage Dump Where some of the most impoverished people in the world are living, working, and dying, is the garbage dump in Trujillo, Peru. This is what makes our heart drop but at the same time moves us into action. Our initial goal was to help get the children, whose parents are working in the dump, out of those conditions, but after spending more time there, adult cell groups have been formed along with children’s ministries. Our vision here is to reach all of the children and families in the garbage dump.
Day Care Center Since 2007, we have been working with Inca Link Peru in Trujillo to help provide for the daily needs of the children whose parents work in the garbage dump. The Day Care is located on the fringe of the garbage dump, so it is easily accessible to the children. For just $32/month, the children are able to attend 3 days a week and receive a hearty meal, a Bible study, help with homework, and a fun activity. click here to find out more >>
Pasitos de Fe (Children’s Home) Inca Link asked the pastors in Trujillo what were some the greatest needs. They all agreed that an orphanage was definitely one of the greatest needs for their area. So we started looking for land and in March 2008, God blessed us with a huge piece of property, 30,000 sq meters, which is approximately 7 city blocks. By June 2008, the plans were made and we were able to break ground with a team from Lexington, Kentucky. The first project was to build a wall around the property, then start on the home and other needed buildings. There has been a lot of progress on the property in just one year, and we are still moving full speed ahead!
Victor Raul In the neighborhood around the Children’s Home, live several abandoned children under the age of 13. Even though most of these children live with their parents, during the day these children are unsupervised while their parents go to work. With this lack of supervision, the children could find themselves in trouble. Inca Link Peru has now started an outreach for these children and their families once a week, ministering to over 80 kids. This is the heartbeat of the neighborhood now and is a thriving outreach! Our goal is to eventually plant a church here.
Inca Thakhi (the camp) retreat and training center that provides ideal space to foster a deep relationship with Christ to people and organizations through training, personal development and adventure in nature.
Church Ministries partnering up with the local Alliance Churches in Lima and Trujiilo, Peru, and training youth leaders is one of our primary goals in Inca Link. Inca Link provides scholarships for youth leaders who are interested in gaining a broader Biblical knowledge, sends key leaders to conferences to receive tools to increase the effectiveness of their ministries along with serving in their local communities.
Cory Acri was an Inca Link intern in Trujillo, Peru, during the summer of 2010 and God had put on his heart to live and work in the garbage dump. Watch this video to see the incredible story of what God did through Cory and is doing through Inca Link.
Reporter Chris Huber, from the greater Seattle, Washington, area writes about his experience in the garbage dump. click here to read article