A Letter from Chenoa Stock, serving in Peru
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“How did Jesus live?” my son, Leandro, asked me during our bedtime pillow talk on Ash Wednesday evening. With ashes still on his forehead, placed by the priest in the Catholic preschool he is attending while we are in the U.S., our family Lenten reflection began. As I devote myself to Lenten practices, my son’s question calls me into a deeper examination of Jesus’ selfless life, his faithful ministry, his “how he live(d),” and also his sacrificial death. I remember and live in the hope that those ashes, the dust from which we came and to which we will return, are signs that, through death, through the ending of what was, lead us to discover new life and new possibilities.
On January 30, alongside our partners of the Evangelical Church of Peru (IEP), we contemplated these endings and new beginnings when we mourned the passing and celebrated the life of our sister and partner in faith, Jesusa Chavez Lima. Jesusa was diagnosed with cancer in August and was undergoing chemotherapy when she was diagnosed with COVID-19 over the Christmas holidays. Her body was unable to recover, but her spirit lives on in her ministries.
I, too, am planning to share about Jesusa’s ministries and those of all our Peruvian partners in the months to come, as I officially will be on Interpretation Assignment (IA) in the U.S. from May through December. IA is a time for us, as mission co-workers, to intentionally dedicate more time to connecting with PC(USA) churches to share more deeply about the ministries of our partners in whatever way is best for your congregation. As of now, all events will be virtual until the PC(USA) employee travel ban is lifted. Once the ban is lifted, I will be able to arrange in-person events and travel to your congregations. If you are interested in sharing a space together to learn more about Peru and our partners’ ministries, please let me know.
Let’s get creative, even amidst the virtual restrictions! Perhaps a Peruvian partner could join us to talk about their ministry. Perhaps another mission co-worker could join us to share about another region. Maybe we could focus on a particular topic or issue relevant to both Peru and your congregation and community. The possibilities are endless!
So, as we walk together through this season of Lent, reflecting with Leandro on how Jesus lived, let us not be afraid, as we also contemplate how and why Jesus died, allowing our ashes and our darkness to call us to discover together new life after many years of isolation, new ministries that build on those who pioneered the way, and new possibilities to connect and share about God’s abundant and hope-filled ministry around the world, especially in Peru.
I give thanks for your partnership, and I am very excited about the possibility of connecting with you after so many years.
God’s Peace in this Lenten and Easter season,
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