Hi there! We are Mark, Anna, Daniel, Joel, and Kaleb Burgess and we have been overseas missionaries in Lima, Peru, South America since leaving Sheffield, UK in September 2007.
TOM is still very much developing in Latin America, having a limited number of permanent and temporary members, therefore the focus of this article will be our work here in Peru.
Oikos ministries was planted in April 2010 and is now based in Lima Peru with missional communities in 2 shanty towns and also in the Amazon jungle. We meet as a central church community in our house but are in the process of buying a building in our community which will be used not only for Sunday gatherings, but also our school of ministry (currently in its fourth year), a 24-7 prayer room, offices, and with the potential to build rooms for overseas visitors, visitors from the jungle and returning Oikos missionaries. This building is all part of our vision to have a modern day Peruvian family orientated monastery. We also plan to have an adult and kids library, as well as a place to grow and teach people how to grow vegetables and potentially animals.
In addition Ronald and Nancy part of the Oikos team and leaders of Oikos Pacifico (based in a shanty town) are in the process of setting up a program similar to the compassion projects providing some of our teenage and pre teen leaders three times a week with a hot meal, a hot shower, discipleship training, alone time with God, homework tutorials, and music classes.
So as you can see God is blessing us here and we are seeing many things beginning to happen that we have prayed for, for many years. In addition we continue to grow in depth and number and are seeing growth personally and corporately both spiritually and socially.
Family is a key value here in Peru and South America and therefore building a cultural of discipleship and extended family has been a slow but fruitful process over the last few years and we hope to see TOM and the values grow more throughout Peru and South America in the coming years.
If you would like anymore details of what we do here please go to our website at oikosperu.com.
Love Mark, Anna, Daniel, Joel & Kaleb Burgess