During these past weeks I have been sharing the gospel with some of the youth in our neighborhood and inviting them to come to the church. This past Saturday we had our first formal meeting with the youth and there were 9 total present. The sector where the church is located has been known as a zone with a lot of youth gangs, where many young people are immersed in alcoholism and drug addiction. They have told me that the corner where the church is used to be very dangerous, but since the church opened there hasn’t been a single assault or any of the other things that used to happen there. We know that in all these things the Lord is in control and it is only because of Him and to Him that we give thanks. We ask that you pray that the Lord would continue doing His work and that more young people would find Christ as the reason and purpose for their lives.

After three weeks of living here in Huaycan, we began visiting the families of the children that we work with. Along with my wife we went into their homes, and we found some very difficult things there, brothers and sisters. The people are needy not only spiritually, but also materially. Many of the parents told us that they would attend the church service, but they are inconsistent with their word. We know that we have only been here a month and a half and that we have only recently begun the work here, but even so it is discouraging to see the inconsistency of some of the people we’ve spoken with. We are going to continue visiting these families in their homes.

We do some of the visits with our brother Carlos who speaks Quechua. He has been willing to set apart time to carry out these visits with us and also to evangelize publicly with us.

Luke began working for HeartCry in 2012 after graduating from Virginia Tech. He was raised in Harrisonburg, Virginia and now resides a few hours south in Radford, Virginia with his wife Meghan and their three children. He is the coordinator for the work that HeartCry is involved in throughout Latin America.

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