Forgiven for Murder

Amazonian Wednesdays 🌴

A neighborhood outreach in Iquitos, Peru, circa 1998

Today’s post is another story from my first year as a missionary, written in May 1998. (Three years after this writing, the pastor’s wife mentioned here became my mother-in-law):


“When Pedro was a little boy, he was around here a lot, a regular attendee of Sunday School,” explains Carmen, the pastor’s wife.

But as Pedro started to grow up and face the pressures of being a teenager in a poor neighborhood with little family support, he became involved in a gang. Just sixteen years old, last year he spent a short period of time in jail for killing another gang member.

But thanks be to God for His indescribably gift! A few weeks ago, after watching a baptismal service from outside the church’s doors, he came timidly inside and prayed to accept Jesus into his heart.

The following week he Continue reading Forgiven for Murder