ICA, Peru (BP)--The answer to a 10-year pursuit was revealed in a moment for Spanish teacher Rachel Colonna.
She knew God was calling her to do mission work in southern Peru -— her husband Luis' native country -- but she didn't know how to begin. But when she and Luis began attending Life Church in Mandeville, La., in 2002, it became evident that God was showing her the way.
Since 2003, the nine-year-old Life Church has been part of the International Mission Board's Rapid Entry Advance Plan (REAP) in southern Peru. REAP encourages stateside partners -- known as strategy coordinator churches -- to plant indigenous, self-sufficient bodies of believers among specific people groups. As a strategy coordinator church for the Candarave segment of southern Aymara, Life Church has helped plant more than 20 churches and mobilized them to start others in the South American country.
"When we launched our international missions project in Peru," lead pastor Paul Smith said, "we unfurled a Peruvian flag ..." Read More