Summer appeal: the river pastors training centre
Will you invest in the future of the Church in Peru’s Amazon?
BMS World Mission believes that the Church is at the heart of transformation – that’s why it's investing in Peru’s river pastors - asking you to help us.
This summer, partner with isolated Christians living in river communities along the Amazon by giving a gift to the BMS World Mission river pastors training centre appeal. You can meet two of the Christians who have already benefitted from the centre, which is run by BMS workers from the UK and Peru, in this two-minute video.
The Nauta Integral Mission Training Centre (NIMTC) is the fulfilment of a dream of river pastors to receive theological training and Christian support. Many of these Christians discovered the gospel thanks to missionaries who visited their villages. When those missionaries moved on, they left a handful of Christians with no support, living in communities only accessible by boat. Christians with no theological education – and in many cases little primary education – pastoring small, isolated churches.
Through NIMTC we’re providing Biblical education, training in areas such as hygiene and health, as well as Christian fellowship for pastors from these isolated rural communities. By supporting Peruvian Christians and connecting them with their brothers and sisters ? in Peru and, through your giving, around the world ? we’re showing them they’re not alone. They’re part of the body of Christ with us.
Will you give today to help them?
Give to the river pastors training centre
£15 could enable two pastors to travel to the NIMTC to attend a community-shaping training course
£35 could cover the costs of two pastors taking part in a week of theological training
£69 could cover the cost of one day of boat travel for BMS workers to visit remote Amazonian churches and invite pastors to the training
Being a pastor is tough – even in the most comfortable of circumstances. But for pastors in Peru’s Amazon who may not know any other Christian leaders, it is so much harder. Some live a ten-hour boat ride away from the nearest town, they have to work full-time as farmers or as a fishermen in order to survive, and have never had any training.
We want to see communities in the breathtaking Amazon region of Peru thrive, and the pastors we’re training can help make that happen. It doesn’t cost much to enable a pastor in Peru’s Amazon to train at NIMTC. Will you stand with us and invest in the future of the Church in the Peruvian rainforest today?
NIMTC runs six week-long training courses over the period of a year for pastors and invites a new intake every year. You can find out more about what it’s like to live and work at NIMTC from Laura-Lee Lovering, one of our workers at the centre, in this fun video.
This article first appeared on the website of BMS World Mission and is used with permission.