Teacher - Lima, Peru
Walter moved to Peru from Argentina after studying at a Bible Institute in Buenos Aires, and is currently serving as a teacher in a church in Barranco, Lima. He has also helped translate material from Paul Washer’s study manuals and various Puritan authors.
Testimony and Calling
At the age of 20, in 2003, a friend of mine invited me to go to an evangelistic campaign at a city located 75 miles away from my house. That morning, I went out totally lost, but at night, when I got to my bed as I laid down without feeling sleepy, a deep terror came over me as I saw my condition of ruin and condemnation. I came under deep conviction of my sin and my necessity of a Savior. The certainty of the flames of hell scared me in such a way that I understood that unless I came to Jesus I could not be saved from condemnation. Looking back, I understand that God was calling me and though I was resisting, God made His calling effective.
The following morning, there was an evangelistic campaign in my city with a group of people who came from the United States, and I decided to attend. I started seeking after God through His Word. The Lord put a love in my heart for what I saw in the brothers of the church, so I told my family about the meetings and invited them to come also. The week went by and I attended the church on Sunday to keep learning more about the Lord, and the pastor asked me to share about what Jesus had done in my life. He started a discipleship class with me and I began to grow in the knowledge of the Scriptures. Temptations came to my life soon after my conversion, but the Lord was chastening me to change me into the image of my Lord Jesus.
Two years later I finished college and God allowed me the opportunity to study the Scriptures at a Bible institute in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I was there for two years studying God’s Word, and as I was finishing, somebody invited me to go to Peru. I didn’t want to go and I was resisting, but God’s will is strong and He is Almighty. He showed me the nature of my doubts and my lack of obedience to His will. I left my home in January of 2007 with a conviction of God’s calling on me to go to Peru. I spent two months in Peru serving and working with the youth, and I started to consider Peru as a place to serve the Lord.
I went back to Argentina, but with the hope of returning to Peru again. After 8 months in Argentina, God brought me back in December of 2007, and I was invited to the HeartCry conference at a church in Lima. God showed me by the preaching of Paul Washer, Randall Easter, and Paul Walker, that mucho of what I knew about the Savior was what I concluded according to my own limited understanding, but it didn’t agree with God’s Word. The true Gospel was displayed before me and the Scriptures were illuminated before me like a light in the darkness. All the passages that were previously hidden to me shone in the face of the Gospel and I came to understand doctrines such as the radical depravity of man and God’s election.
God’s grace had worked in a tremendous way, showing how wrong I was. When I later returned to Argentina it was with the desire to eventually serve the Lord in Peru. There were many opportunities for service in Peru, but I was beginning to understand the need to do all things for His glory and according to His will. I wanted to trust the in the Lord’s sovereign providence according to His eternal plan. After many conversations with the brothers in Peru, meditations on God’s Word, and prayer to the Lord for His confirmation with regard to His calling on my life, I left my country to serve the Lord in Peru.
I am so thankful to God for His goodness and provision, and I must give all the glory to the Lord. “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen”. Efesios 3:20-21