Students Experience Evangelism Firsthand in Peru

Several Auburn Adventist Academy students presented their first health talks and sermons in Peru during an evangelistic-mission trip organized by the North Pacific Union Conference in March.

This spring break mission trip included 85 Pacific Northwest participants, with students from Northwest Adventist academies, including AAA from Auburn, Wash., forming 11 of the 20 evangelistic teams.

The presenters and mentors attended mentoring sessions, visited in the community and presented two sets of meetings at churches in close proximity each night. The mentoring meetings covered Peruvian culture, home visitation guidelines and preaching pointers.

The AAA team included two pastor's daughters, Hannah Roberts and Kaleigh Bing, brothers Roger and Eder Reynoso, and Derrick DosSantos. Arturo Ledezma, AAA vice principal for finance, served as a translator and Jeff Carlson, Auburn City (Wash.) Church associate pastor, presented a series of meetings. Doug Bing, Washington Conference vice president for administration, and Bill Roberts, AAA Church senior pastor, served as mentors.

"Smiles really are universal, even if you don't speak the same language," says Kaleigh Bing. "We made some new best friends."

In all, more than 800 people were baptized in Peru. On the final weekend, thousands of Adventists from Trujillo gathered in a downtown coliseum for a celebration rally and to say goodbye to their missionary friends.

June 01, 2010 / Washington Conference

Heidi Martella, Washington Conference communication director