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. In order to reach the urban poor and the rural communities, we also will be implementing a distance learning program via Skype, DVD webinars. This phase will need a lot of investment and recruiting.
Phase 2 (2018-2019) we will expand the seminar ministry to new locations. Upon completion of the three year series, some of the initial seminar locations will become Bible Colleges. There will be many more startup locations at that time, but much less investment necessary.
We'll be keeping you updated as we go along. Obviously there are a lot of needs--both prayer needs and financial needs--for such a large project. We'll be letting you know about those and our progress on those, too!