“Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” (I Cor. 4:2)
Chances are that when you think of missions work in far off places, office space isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Let’s face it: cubicles and conference rooms seem more emblems of corporate kingdoms than of Christ’s Kingdom. Nevertheless, office buildings are places where Kingdom work happens every day, all over the world, as Christians use the gifts with which the Lord has blessed them to be creative and to take dominion.
Peru Mission has recently been in moving mode, and cardboard boxes have been stacking up for weeks as we have prepared to move to our new offices. This week, we are settling in to the new space, and while quarters are tighter, the change has been refreshing in many ways. We are so thankful for God's provision through it all.
Why the move?
Our previous office building originally housed not only our administrative offices, but also SUSA (our university ministry), Cristo Rey (Christ the King) Presbyterian Church, SALI (our ESL ministry), our fellowship program, and dozens of other small groups, Bible studies and other meetings, formal and informal.
As many of these ministries grew or changed, their needs for space also changed. Gradually, our once-full facilities became less used. Cristo Rey Church rented space elsewhere downtown, SUSA outgrew the space it was using in the office and relocated, and our fellowship program was put on hold (and SALI along with it) due to our need for a fellowship program director. With all of these changes, we ended up with a much larger facility than we needed at the time. This led to the need for a new office. (For more on these changes, please read the article in the forthcoming issue of the Bulletin, due out in November.)
Where are you located now?
Our new offices are just around the corner from where we were before, still centrally located and accessible not only to our missionaries and administrative team, but also the community we serve. Our new address is
Jr. Alfonso Ugarte 306
What is the office like?
The new space is just big enough for our administrative team to work comfortably, and for the mission to be able to host meetings. There is also a small reception area, a kitchenette, and bathrooms.
Good bye, yellow house!
We are thankful to the Lord for our time in our previous office building, to which we affectionately referred as the casa amarilla (yellow house). Much was accomplished in that space to spread the Gospel and encourage the brethren, and we look back on our time there fondly. We ask you to pray that God would continue to be merciful to us during this time of transition and adjustment, and that He would provide everything we need in order to do the work to which we have been called.
We want to hear from you! Be sure to add your thoughts in the comments section below.
What is your office like? What does your office say about you or your company/church/organization? How can we think about office spaces as places for ministry and Kingdom work?
(Our thanks go to Sandi Smith, who took the photographs included in this article.)
Sun, October 16, 2011
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