Jeyachandran Family

Connects Australian Christians to mission opportunities

27 May 2018
I love seeing innovation in missions. A good friend named Steve has worked on the problem on how we can connect Aussies with mission opportunities across lots of mission agencies. He has worked with Missions Interlink to create a platform called MissionSeek  We’d love to see local churches, who are the ones who will send missionaries, to help to promote this:
Here’s more info on how you can promote this at your church.
 
Here's a short video (1:16) that explains what is MissionSeek.

"The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few." (Matthew 9v37)
 

Kids Prices for Horror Show

02 Apr 2018
Our daughter Annabelle, when she was just 7 years old when she came home upset really wanting to change her name. I was surprised because “Annabelle" is such a beautiful name and everyone seems to like the name. I asked her to tell me more and soon enough she told me that kids at school were teasing her. There was a movie called “Annabelle” and kids were often quoting lines from the movie to her. I looked up the movie and it’s a horror movie about a doll called Annabelle. “Seriously!” I thought, "how many parents would let their 7 year kid watch a horror movie". Here in Peru, sadly it’s not that uncommon.
 
Annabelle Movie Poster
 
Just today I came across a flier for a horror show called the “House of the Demon". I wasn't surprised, given that here in Arequipa the horror genre is extremely popular. What surprised me was that there were kids prices for the horror show.
 
Kids prices for Horror Show
 
We can’t control society and its values. Please pray that we can raise resilient kids that will fill their minds with the right things and stand strong in the face of peer pressure and teasing.
 

Ladies Conference and Ministry Update

18 Jan 2018

The ladies conference went very well and we had about 45 people attend which is a big jump from the 15 who attend the weekly meetings. The theme was “Loved by God” and we certainly think they got the message. We also found they loved the ‘Pineapple story’ which is a challenging story and they could relate to it. A picture tells a thousand stories so below are some photos. 

Group

I made a silly face to make them smile and they did.

We still have a slight generational difference, especially in terms of education but God is slowly breaking down barriers. At the last meeting I asked everyone to comment about what they were learning from God and 95% were confident enough to respond which is a big step forward and an encouragement. Some of the ladies went up to the kids club (at church plant) yesterday to serve Christmas treats and give a small gift. How wonderful is that? They’re serving others.

This is where the seed was first planted in my heart last Mother’s day-  the idea of teaching women about God’s love and empowering them to serve. It is almost full circle… So join me in praying that by Mother’s day 2018 (May) we can see the women’s group leaders teaching the kids club mothers. Now that is my dream… Let us see what God has planned.

Many ladies are from the Quechua speaking highlands. Very different to student ministry with modern youth.

Janet spoke about liberating your soul from past hurts and Nica helped organise the conference.

We presented each lady with a rose to bless them and help them feel loved. Gift giving is not as common as in the west.

We provided lunch and a craft for the ladies.

Ana is a faithful servant with good questions and willingness to learn. Rosa is a great spiritual leader who is now using her own examples in teaching the ladies. Pray for them.

Amanda - a beloved friend, talked about God's love for us and how we can love our spouses and families.

 

6 Tips for Peruvian Christmas

21 Dec 2017
  1. Don't try and to sleep before 11:30 and 12:30 as you will be woken by the continuous noise at surprisingly close proximity - fireworks - they love them here.
  2. Most evangelical churches don't have services Christmas eve or on the 25th. We miss this tradition. This year was an exception because Christmas eve was on Sunday.
  3. You have to learn to love Panetón (fruit bread) and hot chocolate as everywhere you go you will get it or give it. If you have an employee you buy them one.
    Kids with Panetón
  4. Peruvians celebrate on the 24th evening with their families and open presents at midnight, and eat at midnight but each family differs slightly - some eat early, some eat at midnight and some wait for the morning and food varies too between chicken or turkey.
  5. Great tip from a taxi driver - buy your turkey live (though many Peruvians eat chicken) - get the turkey drunk on Pisco (like wine) so it tastes better when you kill it and cook it. (We didn't follow this tip).
  6. Churches and other Christian groups often do charity events at Christmas. This may be a Christmas outreach or play, a gift for children or a hamper basket and of course chocolatada - hot chocolate and Panetón.
    Church Outreach

Merry Christmas from our family

 

Today I met a Mormon

04 May 2017
I just met a Mormon as I walked in the front door of our apartment. My response was to refer to Revelations 22 that states that words should not be added to or taken away from this book. I stated that the extra books of Mormonism were such an addition.
I didn't remember everything different between our beliefs but he didn't respond to this key point. I invited him and his partner to return and chat since he knew where we lived. We can only pray.
To my surprise my exact words were quoted back to me afterwards by Amelia and Annabelle had a lot of questions about Mormons. This experience gave us the opportunity to discuss 1 Peter 3:15 with them.
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have”.
We discussed my manner and looked at some other key differences between Mormons and evangelical Christians in simple terms (though that wasn't easy) and told them they'd always meet people with different views so they need to know what they believe.
The school where the kids attend is Christian but populated mainly by kids of the dominant Catholic religion (nominal and practising). Annabelle said the kids at school sing the Christian songs and read the bible at school but they don't change, not really.
That gave me the opportunity to swing back to us and our response to God. We have the common struggle to live God's way. We all need God's help to change... our children, we as parents, the children at school and the people we reach out to. We all need Jesus and his mercy. Call out to God today: “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin”(Psalm 51:1-2). Humble yourself before the Lord God. Who knew meeting a Mormon today which lead us again to humble confession and thankfulness to God for Jesus.
 
Celebrating Easter with the family at a sunrise service

Studying the Bible in the Darkness

13 Mar 2017

In Peru, expect the unexpected. At the moment, we’re visiting lots of churches to share our about the University ministry and invite students to join. On Saturday night, we visited a church youth group and peering in the front door, it was completely dark inside. I looked back out on the street and there were no street lights on. I looked back into the church and I could vaguely see a small group of young people at the front.

We enjoyed a Bible study from Exodus, led by the pastor. He had someone standing behind him with his phone, slightly illuminating the Bible so that he could teach from it. At the end we shared about our university ministry called "Comunidad Bíblica Universitaria” and I showed a short video from my laptop. After the meeting we chatted with students who were applying to enter university and got their details. Several had their entrance exam the following day so we took the opportunity to pray with them.

Here are two photos I took that night with my phone in the darkness. For the second photo we used the light of a mobile phone.

 

Please pray as we visit churches and connect with students, that many will be keen to study the Bible on campus. Pray that Christian students will be bold and not be afraid to identify with Jesus, in universities where many are embarrassed to stand out, especially with their faith.

 

Reaching the unreached, deep in the Amazon jungle

01 Mar 2017

Javier is a graduate of Computer Science in Arequipa. He volunteers his time to encourage and help students to serve Jesus on campus. Several times a year he travels to other cities in the south of Peru to do the same.

Javier and I catching up at a Cafe after a long time.

Javier is now somewhere I never expected. He’s in the Amazon jungle in the neighbouring country of Bolivia where he will work for a month. He’s helping to create a translation of the Jesus movie in an indigenous jungle language. This will enable people to see the Jesus movie in their heart language - reaching many who may have never heard the name of Jesus before.

This is a huge operation with several specialised teams - voice actors, editors, and linguistics experts. Javier is part of the technical team who work on editing the audio and synchronising it with the video. He got involved in this ministry, following his passion in missions and then doing a course in this type of work. Last year he helped complete a translation into a Peruvian jungle language.

So thank you for praying for the work with students in Arequipa. It’s exciting to see the University ministry having such a strategic impact. Please pray that more graduates from Arequipa, like Javier, will go on to help reach the unreached for Jesus.

Here’s more information on the Jesus film and the local organisation that is facilitating the translation of the film.

Sleeping on the street in Lima

26 Jan 2017

Sometimes you need to go to extraordinary lengths to get something you want. I know friends who have camped overnight to get tickets to their favourite band, but I never expected to have to sleep on the street to get my residency visa.

When moving to Peru we need to do lots of paperwork to get our residence in the country including checks at the Interpol office. We get ourselves fingerprinted and provide a bunch of personal information so that the Peruvian government can give us permission to live here after confirming that we don’t have a criminal record anywhere else. Normally this is a simple process that takes a few hours. However, today was no ordinary day.

Damaris, a lady from our mission, who helps us with the paperwork, arrived at 6:30am to what was already a massive line of people waiting. This was 2 hours before the Interpol opening hours and there were more people than could possibly be processed in a single day. Damaris called us and we got there as soon as we could with just our son Samuel. Damaris was able to get Christine on the preferential queue which is reserved for people with young kids, disabilities or older people. No amount of pleading would get me to be processed along with Christine. It was obvious with the huge lines at 7:30am that there was no way I would get processed today.

It wasn’t hard to work out why there were so many people because basically everyone waiting was from Venezuela. Thousands are leaving Venezuela, a country in crisis, where it’s now impossible to buy the basics like food, medicine and toilet paper. Peru is allowing Venezuelans to stay and unfortunately the systems are not setup to handle such volumes of foreigners entering the country at once. To the credit of the Interpol office, they had increased the number of people they were processing from 60 per day to 100 and some staff were working 12-hour days to cope with the influx.

I was told to come back at 4am the next morning and join the queue. Doing some simple maths it was clear that coming at 4am wouldn’t be enough - given the number of people who missed out today. So Damaris went to the Interpol office at 7pm and held a place for me. I arrived at 10pm with warm clothes, pillow, food and water for the night. Unfortunately the police wouldn’t let me into the Interpol office complex. A police officer told us that if we wanted to wait overnight we couldn’t come into the complex, we had to wait in the street. There were a lot of people already waiting on the street.

I sat down on my pillow for awhile and later curled up on the pavement sleeping as best as I could. I kept waking from dreams where I had missed the line in the morning. I was afraid to drink water as there were no toilets around. The only toilets in the Interpol office were broken. At about 6am there was movement in the queue. No one wanted to lose their place. At 7am some officials arrived and handed us paperwork to fill out.

I was 10th out of 100 people they saw so by 8:30am I had been fingerprinted, someone had checked my teeth and made some notes and we started the process to confirm that I had no criminal record. After the long wait, I asked twice to be sure it was all over and I could go home.

Praise God that our family's residency in Peru is progressing. Thank God for people like Damaris who can help us navigate the complex paperwork required in countries like Peru. Please pray for the people left in Venezuela in a terrible situation.

Less than 2 months to go...

10 Nov 2016

We are here in Australia for 6 months and we have less than two months to go. We have been encouraged to meet many new people and visit many different churches. It is amazing and humbling to meet prayer warriors we have never met before who are praying for us daily.

Christine with Meg

We have reached about 90% of our monthly support but need 100% by December 5th to get the all clear to head back on the 9th of January. Here's a link if you'd like to support us financially

Our final event will be our commissioning on Sunday 18th December at Concord Baptist. This will be our last chance to see people before leaving (assuming God's provision). If you would like a prayer card for your fridge please contact us.

Our kids having fun with friends Avi and Steph

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