Champion church’s mission work in Peru
CHAMPION — With the help of the Champion Presbyterian Church in the past 20 years, successful work has been done in Peru and other parts of the world. The Rev. Dan McNerney, who was a recent guest minister and speaker at the church, said it was 20 years ago when he came to the church and spoke of his mission work in Peru.
“It has been unbelievable how they have helped the church. What I told them during the sermon was that this church did not do this alone but with other churches. They joined a group of churches from Indiana, Illinois and Washington D.C. and went on trips over the years to Peru and helped translate the Bible, with health care needs, educational needs.
They also supported missionaries who were there getting 10 to 15 churches established,” he said.
McNerney joined the Frontier Fellowship in 1996 and serves as associate director. He connected the Presbyterian church to the Moyobamba Presbyterian Church in Peru and the ministry to the Aguaruna Indians.
McNerney said members of the church have gone to Peru to help build the churches.
“Because of what this church and others have done they have been able to reach unreached people with the message of the Gospel. Many of the people have never seen a church or Bible. I lift up this church as a shiny example of what one American church can do to help the people in unreached areas and translate the Bible to them in their own language. I commended this church for doing that job so well,” McNerney said.
He said his mission work involves getting the Bible into new churches throughout the world such as Afghanistan, where work is done to translate the Bible into Afghan and Iranian languages. McNerney said he tries to come back to the church every other year to give an update of how the monetary and material support from the church helps. He said work through Frontier Fellowship is done also in Asia and Africa and the Middle East. McNerney coordinates efforts in Latin America and the Middle East.
“It was in 2000 that we first connected with Dan. We have been able to support him and what he had done in Peru. We have wanted to stay connected to him. He will challenge us with what is going on with missions throughout the world.
He has been working in many parts of the world and we want to help,” church member Les Double said. He said since the 1970s, mission work has been an important part of the church particularly helping missionaries.