This is the time of year for making plans, and especially in our case. We are finalizing our plans for our next term on the field, and getting ready to go back to Peru in February!
Many of you have already heard about our plan that we're calling 2020 Vision. We now have expanded that plan and added details.
Peru is a large and diverse country. Like the United States, it is multicultural. One big difference is that many of the ethnic and cultural groups are native to Peru. Many Peruvians would identify themselves according to their region or tribe or language. They would not identify themselves as Peruvians. Any nationwide strategy to train leaders must adapt to different regional cultures. We are planning to establish regional training centers. Each one will have local ownership and its own distinct regional flavor.
That's why we are calling this 2020 vision.
We want to see
20 Biblical training centers (Bible Colleges)
Established in 20 locations throughout Peru
By the year 2020.
Peru is a country with significant challenges. It is a multicultural society. Believers in one place may face the threat of Marxist and atheist philosophy. Another church close by may struggle with witchcraft practiced in the church. Yet we've determined to reach out across the regions. We want to provide churches with leaders able to meet their local challenges. Our goal is to have the 20 Bible Colleges organized and operated by qualified Peruvians.
We plan to do this in two phases.
Phase 1 (2016-2017) we will set up the infrastructure of the ministry. We will maintain and develop the existing training locations. We will begin to teach a three year series of seminars in selected locations. We also will be implementing a distance learning program via Skype, DVD, and webinars. This program targets church leaders among the urban poor and the rural communities. This phase will need a lot of investment and recruiting.
Phase 2 (2018-2019) we will expand the seminar ministry to new locations. As the initial seminar locations complete the conference series, some will become Bible Colleges. There will be many more startup locations at that time. Much less investment will be necessary.
We'll be keeping you updated as we go along. Obviously there are a lot of needs for such a large project. There are both prayer and financial needs. There will be obstacles to face. We'll be letting you know about those and our progress on those, too!
Please pray: For God to help us through the many goodbyes necessary. Partings are always difficult!
That we are able to get flights at a good price on the day that we need.
That we can take care of all financial and tax affairs before we leave.
That a few niggling medical problems- a sore on Mike's leg and Tammy's aching neck--will get cleared up before we leave.
Mike and Tammy Riggs want to live in a world full of healthy, growing Christian churches that are centered in the Bible.
As missionaries they've been featured as conference speakers and teachers throughout the country of Peru, giving them a lot of time traveling the mountain roads in buses.
When they're not teaching in Bible Schools and seminaries or speaking in churches you can find them hanging out with their family in Peru or the United States, as God has blessed them with children and grandchildren who live in both countries, or rooting for The Ohio State Buckeyes.
Their next ministry project — 2020 Vision, a plan to have 20 Bible Colleges operating in 20 cities in Peru by the year 2020 — is already gearing up and Phase 1 will be starting this year.
You can find out more about how to participate in their ministry in Peru on the website riggsreport.org or at Facebook.com/missionarymike.
The Gomez family (Miguel and Becky) have been accepted by World Outreach Ministries and you can now contribute to them directly at World Outreach Ministries. Select Gomez, Miguel and Becky.