By Julio Chiang, Director of Lima Initiative
Peru is one of the most influential and culturally rich countries in the world. Lima, our capital city, has almost 10 million people. It’s a beautiful city, but full of great brokenness as well. Many people have come to Lima to escape poverty or terrorism in the countryside. We know that God is at work in our city, and we believe that City Church is part of God’s plan to transform Lima.
City Church started as a home church with about 20 people. The average attendance increased to 50 on our monthly open worship gatherings. We plan to move to weekly, public worship services by March 2017.
City Church is committed to social well-being. This pursuit is not about charity, but about justice, and it's an essential part of our commitment as an extension of the reign of God in our city. We have developed a mercy ministry, supporting two children’s homes in Lima: one for orphans and one for sexually abused young girls.
In May we participated with Redeemer City to City to initiate a network for church planting in Lima. Forty pastors attended the event. As a result there is now a network of eight churches working together to plant churches in the city of Lima. This network, the Lima Initiative, is about the multiplication of dynamic churches for the redemption of lives and the transformation of communities.
In July the Lima Initiative organized a meeting with city leaders and Bob Moffitt, author of If Jesus Were Mayor: How Your Local Church Can Transform Your Community, to discuss possible partnerships between Christian organizations and local governments for holistic transformation. Also in July the Lima Initiative organized a meeting for 120 pastors and church leaders. We discussed how we might live our lives in community, providing encouragement and discipleship to each other as we initiate and lead ministries in order to impact our city.
We are grateful to God for these opportunities to reach our great city, and we are excited to see what God will do through our church and the Lima Initiative.