Sports, aid and evangelism in Manchay, Peru
A tool to freely share the gospel in Manchay, Peru
"No more excuses." That's all the local church in Manchay, Peru could say upon receiving the gift of a backpack of Jesus Film equipment that Cam and Brett brought to the church they were working with on their recent trip in March. They were filled with pure joy and thanksgiving,
In the past, they would hurt their bodies toting around extensive equipment and run into various road blocks such as having to pay someone for electricity to run the gear. Now they can simply carry the small equipment where they need to go and power it off the battery. In the weeks since Cam and Brett came back from the trip, the local church has already shown the film to hundreds of people, including many commitments to Christ that will be discipled going forward.
Church planting training
We were able to make a connection with a local Peruvian that has been planting churches for over 20 years with Campus Crusade. After accidentally purchasing two flights for her to come to Manchay, she was able to not only join us, but also return a few weeks later to teach the MC2 training (which is the very training that Iconium is creating in the digital online learning platform, called Nuvo Series).
Sports. It's a doorway to sharing Christ with young students.
Going forward, the local leadership will be able to adopt this church planting strategy, assisted by the Jesus Film equipment, and saturate the valley with the gospel. Sport also appears to be an incredibly valuable resource. The three day soccer camp directed by Trinity Western coaches and players was the best three days of some of the kids' lives. This is the start of a soccer program and other sports that will keep kids off the streets and teach them qualities such as leadership built on Christian foundations.
NUVO series: digital church planting training
In the past 2 months, the Iconium team has been actively writing scripts and online church planting training lessons. The project has been tested by countries all around the world. The online connection for learning as well as the face-to-face meetings with the digital training have been successfully reviewed.
The Campus Crusade International team are pleased with the pilot results and eager to continue the development. It's been such a privilege to partner on a project this significant. This image shows some of the locations where training is currently taking place. This will only be accelerated as the training becomes available through mobile resources. To think that 7,000 people were trained in the last year, and that this online training tool will help them train 70,000, and then 700,000 people in the next few years. What a privilege to be part of this
Your partnership enables us to work with several key organizations to help further the gospel. In some ways, we serve the role of being a "Barnabas", where we come alongside with our giftedness, both in media and networking to help organizations accelerate their vision and mission.
Iconium Strategies operates as a registered charity (in partnership with The Great Commission Foundation). The donations go directly to help us subsidize the ministry of evangelism and transformation. Because of your support, we were able to help launch a church planting initiative to plant 100 churches in Peru, create online church planting training and various other projects.
We are so thankful for the opportunity to continue to partner with you in ministry in this way.
Cam & Karen Schenk
p.s. On May 2 - 3, Iconium Strategies is partnering with Embassy Connections to host an Ambassador Tour. Please pray for this event. We look forward to telling more about it.