Frequently Asked Questions

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What are your programs and activities?

Our program is three parts of evangelism. The first part is our Bible worker program, which itself has three aspects. The first is church planting. A Peruvian family relocates to a new village for one or two years with the goal of planting a new church through public and friendship evangelism. A second aspect is conservation, in which a Bible worker team will leave their families in the city to travel for two months from village to village where established congregations already exist. They encourage and provide further training and nurturing to the church leadership and brethren. The third aspect is making disciples. The same Bible worker pairs (Jesus sent His disciples two by two and we follow the same model) go to a village with a strong church leadership to make “disciples,” encouraging and training established leadership to “spread the Good News” to their own neighbors. They then take the gospel to a neighboring village without Adventist presence. What did Jesus command? “Go, therefore and make disciples of all the nations” Matthew 28:19 NKJV God calls us ALL to be disciples and active in making disciples of our neighbors and loved ones. Our goal is to set in motion the evangelization of the jungle, like the spokes of a wheel, with each new body of believers leaving the comforts of the pew and going to “make disciples of all” Peruvian jungle dwellers, whether Shipibo, Ashaninka, Bora, or of mixed ethnicity.

Another part of our program is the medical missionary launch, the Auxiliadora Peruana III. With a crew of seven, the launch travels the rivers that make up the highways of the jungle, providing free medical care and dental extraction, while her evangelistic team presents Jesus Christ and Him crucified to the spiritually diseased. As Mrs. White tells us, “The medical missionary work is to be regarded as the pioneer work. It is to be the means of breaking down prejudice. As the right arm, it is to open doors for the gospel message.” {6MR 310.2} While the Auxiliadora is best suited for the work of planting new churches, as the opening wedge, she also spends a considerable amount of time supporting the work done by Bible workers with short term medical help. This shows the people that for Jesus, health is the WHOLE person: physical and spiritual.

The third part of our program is the air program. The Lord has provided two airplanes for Peru Projects, a Cessna 182 and an amphibious Lake Renegade 250. The Cessna is very comfortable in the few short jungle landing strips, while the Lake Renegade is especially suited to the many rivers and lakes that make up the jungle’s highways. She can land anywhere as long there is a clear body of water. The air program provides many services, including transportation of Bible workers, personnel from the local church conference, volunteer missionaries, as well as emergency medical evacuations from remote villages. In addition to transportation, the air program provides conservation for existing churches in the jungle by taking Peru Projects personnel, and conference personnel to conduct evangelism and trainings.


Where are you located in Perú?

We are situated in east central Peru in the Lower Amazon Basin. Our headquarters is located in the village of San Jose, along the lake Yarinacocha, just outside of Pucallpa, one of the largest cities in the jungle. Our work zone includes over 200,000 square miles of the Peruvian Amazon jungle where the Seventh-day Adventist church is not logistically able to go. Take a look.


What is the climate and weather like?

The Amazon jungle has basically two seasons: the winter (Oct – April) is hot (80 – 85º F), humid (80 - 90%) and rainy; the summer (May – Sept) is hotter with intense sun (80 – 95º F), but less humid (40 - 70%) and rainy.


Do you accept volunteers or groups?

We thoroughly enjoy hosting mission groups. Learn more by visiting our volunteer section. We also enjoy a couple of volunteers annually. Remembering that the national language is Spanish, it is very helpful to at least be conversational in Spanish to be able to interact with the local population.


Do your facilities offer clean drinking water?

Yes. On the launch, rain water is trapped and treated to be used for drinking water. Clean drinking water can also be purchased for mission groups.


Are malaria and dengue fever problematic there?

Malaria is still very active in some areas; however, we have not seen any cases where we work for quite some time. That being said, if you plan on working in the remote jungle, you will want to consult your health care professional. Dengue fever, a serious but rarely fatal disease born from clean water mosquitos, is a different story. While no medical vaccination or prevention exist, preventive methods such as garlic, insect repellant and long sleeves are workarounds. We do have epidemics of dengue every year in San Jose and Pucallpa.


Would you be able to speak with my church using live video?

Absolutely! It is an inexpensive and fun way to get acquainted. E-mail us to set up a live interview with our air base personnel.


How can I tell others about you?

We would love for you to tell others about us. Of course the easiest way is to tell them about our website and Facebook page. We also have flyers available we can send you. For those who are really serious about promoting this work, we can send you a video to show to your local church or group of friends.