Monthly Archives: February 2017

Levi Karth–February 2017 VIDEO BLOG!

Hey everybody! It’s that time of month again!!!! Check out my latest video blog episode!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Feb. Video Blog

Also, check out the following excerpt from my the February edition of my missionary newsletter:

There’s a lot of stories that I don’t end up putting in my newsletters simply because the vast majority of my work is with people, and people deserve their privacy. And with that, a lot of the people that I am getting to know here in Peru also can read what I’m writing and posting on my blog (the biggest fans of my video blog probably are the kids in La Victoria, who discovered my channel on YouTube a few months ago, if that gives you any idea of how public what I publish is). So whenever I’m putting in vaguer stories in my newsletter, you can be assured that there’s a lot of other details that also need prayers for…and thankfully God knows the needs, even when I can’t tell you everything via my newsletter or even show you photos of some things.

One of those needs is the increasing outreach work that God is doing through me—outreach work based in our oldest church plant in Lima, in the neighborhood of San Borja. A part of this outreach work has been picking up some work that other missionaries left behind when they left this mission field in Peru for different mission fields. Using the metaphor of the Apostle Paul (from 1 Corinthians 3:5-9), other missionaries planted seeds, while I am now watering those seeds, connecting with different people that those other missionaries had built relationships with. Of course, as Paul himself pointed, God is ultimately the one who is making those seeds grow.

So, God has been using me at our church in San Borja to start spending more relational time with different people, seeking to start up more studies of God’s Word. Right now, as I try to deal with multiple people’s schedules, it’s all about being flexible. Sure, it would be fantastic if I could say “We’re going to meet on Monday night every week” and expect that to always work for people, but that’s simply not how the culture here works. While following the clock and sticking to a plan on one’s calendar is a way of life for many in the United States, people here in Peru simply aren’t as focused on their watch or their day-planner, and are a lot more focused on what is right in front of them. So I can already tell you lots of stories of how I’ve had to remind myself that being flexible is a big key when it comes to doing mission work. After all, this work is all about people coming to know and grow in Jesus, rather than simply about offering programs and classes, and we have to be flexible if we want to connect with people.

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Levi, with some of the kids at the church in La Victoria, acting out a story with puppets during the Saturday night Bible class

Of course, my work (or, I should say, God’s work through me) continues at our Castillo Fuerte (Mighty Fortress) Mercy House in La Victoria (and the church plant that is alongside of it). Since late December to early March is the summer break from school, we’ve taken advantage of kids having their mornings free to offer an extra, hour-long Bible class. I’ve been teaching about two of those classes per week, in addition to helping out with the 15-minute Bible classes that we also offer Monday-Friday.

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My fellow missionary, Deaconess Caitlin Worden, laughing with some of the youth in our youth group after a comical moment during our Bible study

In addition to that, I’ve also continued to help lead our youth group that we have at our church in La Victoria. With the new school year just around the corner, Deaconess Caitlin Worden (one of my fellow missionaries, who has been leading the youth group with me) and I decided just a couple of weeks ago to start opening up the youth group to our kids who are about to be freshmen en la secundaria (“in high school”). We’ve been spending a lot of time just doing life together with these youth, growing our relationship with them, as well as studying God’s Word together. We’re focusing right now on walking through the Gospel of Mark with them, helping them learn more about their Savior and the grace and life that we can have in him.

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Levi Karth, with his fellow DCE interns + professors, at their reflection event at Concordia University Texas

In addition to all of that, I’ve also had a few chances to step back, reflect, and process my experiences here in Peru thus far. One such chance was when I took a brief trip back to my alma mater, Concordia University Texas (in Austin, Texas), at the end of January. Being a Director of Christian Education (DCE) intern, technically my time here in Peru is part of my DCE internship, and this past month at Concordia Texas there was an intern reflection event. I was able to meet up with my DCE professors, as well as my fellow interns who are serving right now in different churches back in the States. It was a great chance to share with each other what God has been doing through us, as well as to be refreshed and get some new ideas for what to do in the future. It was very encouraging to see how God is using his servants all over the world to share the good news of Jesus Christ, and to be reminded that this is his mission, and I’m just one of his many servants in that mission.

Even When You Can’t See It…

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Some kids checking out our Saturday night Bible class at our church plant in La Victoria

Sometimes this missionary work stuff can get a bit tiresome and frustrating…and it can become really easy to think that God isn’t at work simply because some things aren’t perfect. A couple of weeks ago I was at our church plant in La Victoria (which shares the same space with our Castillo Fuerte Mercy House there) trying to run our Saturday night kids’ Bible class…alone. Usually one of my fellow missionaries is able to help me out…but that night she had to be at a funeral. And I totally forgot to call one of our church members who might have been able to help me. So after two hours of not doing a very good job of controlling rowdy kids and also trying to teach a Bible class…I shrugged off that night as not being much of a success in this Kingdom work. I assumed that none of the kids got anything out of the lesson and that it had all been a waste of time. Thankfully I don’t have that attitude every day…but that was definitely my attitude that day.

And then that next Monday afternoon, I was chilling at our Castillo Fuerte Mercy House in La Victoria…working on some Bible study stuff while the kids were in their “talleres” (classes) with our teachers.

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Some of the kids at Castillo Fuerte in one of the “talleres” (classes) that we offer on different subjects, since we want to keep their minds busy this summer as we continue to help them with their education.

Just then, one of the kids who had been at the Bible class on Saturday night walked in (just a bit late!) with her brother…and before she dashed upstairs, she asked me, “We’re supposed to read one page a day from Matthew, right?”

“Huh?” I asked.

“I’ve been reading one page a day from Matthew, like you told us,” she replied.

And that’s when I remembered that, at the end of the Saturday night Bible class, I had given out some Bibles to a few kids that didn’t have their own Bibles at home…and rather than just giving them the Bibles, I had suggested that they actually dive in and read them…and I had suggested that they start by reading from Matthew every day (so that they could start learning the stories about Jesus…’cause everyone should be learning more about Jesus). Ironically, a major point in my Bible class had been the gift that we have to be able to connect to God through his Word and receive his Holy Spirit. So hearing on Monday that at least one kid was actually reading her Bible…I realized that God actually had been at work that night, even if I hadn’t seen it right then. And sometimes that’s for the best…’cause it helps me remember that this is all his work (as he works through me), not my work. He should get the credit, not me.

And here’s a few more photos from the work going on in La Victoria:

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Some missionary kids + Peruvian kids playing board games together while waiting for the Saturday night Bible class to get started
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Some kids at Castillo Fuerte can be pretty camera-shy…but today these two weren’t!
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My fellow missionary, Deaconess Caitlin Worden, teaching in one of the daily Bible classes at Castillo Fuerte
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Kids reading through a Bible passage during the daily Bible class…as they learn more about Jesus and how he came to save us and restore our relationship with God.