What Led Us to This Point?
We are excited to be able to share with you what God has been doing with our family and what will be happening in the coming months! As many of you know we had been in northern Peru living on campus at Calvary Chapel Bible College as students during 2015 and 2016. Throughout that time, not only did our family grow a love for Peruvian culture, but God grew in our hearts a love for Peruvian people. He used that year not only to draw us closer to himself, but also to make us aware that the people of Peru are ready and willing to hear His Word. We hear all the time as believers, “The time is now!” but as we had countless opportunities to share His Word, the truth of that statement sunk into our own hearts. The fields are ready for the harvest in Peru, the people are ready and willing to hear the gospel of Christ. After one particular missions trip, we saw how true this was. We began to pray that God would send workers to the field. A short time later the question arose, would we be those workers?
I would be lying if I said that I was jumping for joy at the idea of staying in Peru at first thought… or second, or third. We had prayed for God to send workers, but hadn’t imagined that we would be those workers. This was a stepping stone for us, finishing the schooling that we started years ago. We had no intentions of becoming full time missionaries to South America at all in fact. But after many months of praying about it, it became abundantly clear that God would have our family serving in Peru full time. For how long you ask? For as long as the Lord has us here!
We prayed long and hard over our decision to move our family to Peru. Though we loved Peru, our hearts were still longing to be serving the Jewish people. But after many months of prayer, God reassured my heart that He still has plans for us to eventually be working with Jews, but for now these are the plans He has for us. After months of praying, in the same night the two of us both felt strong confirmation that we were to get rid of all that we owned in the states and return to Peru as full time missionaries. God transformed my heart and created in me not only a heart of submission to His will for us, but a joyful heart, absolutely eager to serve in Peru. As we returned to the states, our family was homesick for Peru, in fact, we still are. Our kids continue to ask when we are going home. How incredible is our God, that not only did he confirm in our hearts, but gave our kids the same longing and sense of “being home” that he gave us. When we first got to Peru, our kids were frustrated by Spanish, and not excited to learn it. Now, our kids can’t wait to learn and become fluent in Spanish. Praise God for His work in our family!
What Will We be Doing?
God is doing a great work at the Bible college as well, transforming the lives of many young people. The ministry exists to equip students to serve the Lord and grow in their relationships with Him. As staff, some of our jobs will include teaching, building relationships with students, helping in administrative capacities, and leading missions trips. Our desire is to be doing all that we can to facilitate the development of the students into men and women of God, and to be a support to all those on staff. We aren’t going out with any intentions to start a new ministry, or to build a new church. We are going out to be a support to the existing ministry of Calvary Chapel Bible College. We have the hearts to serve in whatever capacity is most useful, whether that means keeping shelves stocked or tending to sheep (we’re talking actual animals here, no metaphors intended, we do after all live in the farmlands of Peru! haha) or teaching classes, we pray that God would use us as He sees fit wherever we go.
How You Can Partner With Us!
Please prayerfully consider how you might be a part of our sending team. We are forming three teams, Prayer Support, Communication, and our Financial Support Team. Please view the links for more information on how you can be a part of those teams. Our desire would be to have a minimum of thirty-one individuals or families to commit to praying over us on a specific day each month. Lord willing our communications team will consist of at least twelve families/individuals who will commit to sending letters and/or packages three times a year, this is a great ministry to those of you gifted in encouragement or communication. Finally, our financial team for those who would like to get behind our ministry with monthly and/or one time donations.
The question is always when. When will we be leaving? What is our time frame? These are great questions! Many people would like to know the answer to this question that they might start supporting us once we have left for Peru. So I would like to petition with you, please don’t wait. As you prayerfully consider joining our sending teams, won’t you consider partnering with us now, as we prepare to leave for the field? Those who will commit to a day of prayer, won’t you begin now that we would be covered during this time of waiting? Those who would like to participate in the ministry of communication, would you consider beginning this ministry as we are here preparing? (Trust me, we would love the encouragement through the process!) To those who are called to give financially, won’t you begin now to send in those gifts, so that by the time we leave we will have not only the monthly commitments needed to cover our bills once we arrive, but also those funds needed in advance to cover our plane tickets, costs of applying for residency, ect. Our answer is this, we will be leaving once we are covered in prayer, have a team ready to write and encourage us, and we have a minimum funding level of 80% of our full budget.
We praise God for each of you and are thankful that regardless of miles, we truly have a support system of iron sharpening iron. We are so thankful for the support team that He has already begun to weave for us through our precious friends as well as some of you that we haven’t even had the pleasure to meet. May the Lord continue to grow our friendships despite the distance, as we each serve the Lord in the areas and capacities that He has called us.
To Him be all the glory,
The Buescher Family
Featured Family Photo Credit: noelwalkerphotography.pixieset.com
Teaching in the Jungle Photo Credit: Gonzalo Noriega, Peru