I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
Peru is a country worth being discovered by every one. RAMAS is based in Lima, the capital of this multicultural and diverse country. From one area you may see luxury living, yet in the distance see small homes built on the hillsides. People moving to the city from the Amazon Jungles and Andean Highlands are creating over-crowded slums and hillsides. Though the areas are beautifully modern, the people bring their cultural diversity to remind you of their history.
Outside of the city, Peru is rich in Amazon Rainforests with wooden thatched roofed homes, and Andes Mountains with adobe style homes. Each area has high poverty percentages due to the lack of access to the areas in rain seasons.
Peru is etched with Incan heritage, and Spain's influence. The people are welcoming, and love where they come from. They have many things to teach the Western world about hospitality, country pride, love, and perseverance.
RAMAS has a desire to fulfill God's will that His Church unite for His work in the world. When we cultivate land, it brings growth and crop production. Cultivating speaks of time; it is about creating that time and space to build a bond and growth in the connection between churches. When serving the people of Peru, we are able to spend time watering a bond that will last an eternity. We remember that God's people are all over the world, in every tribe, in every nation, and in every tongue. Every time you cross the border into Peru, we pray a desire to cultivate the relationships built time and time again flourishes as a light shining God's glory. It is through cultivating that one can truly discover the people of Peru.
Love God. Love People.
It is something that we are commanded to do in Scripture. When we allow ourselves to love fully we are allowing the Holy Spirit to move mountains that are unattainable in man alone. When we come to discover and cultivate, we are able to love on a new level. Sometimes to love someone can be difficult, however when we surrender our time and service to people, love is not just command, but an overflow of our hearts.
It is the overflow of God's glory manifesting in our lives. To love people like Christ is to show people who God really is, as His Word reveals to us.