Transforming Alto Cayma brings the love of Jesus and His gift of transformation to an underprivileged community in Arequipa, Peru. We make a personal, whole-hearted and life-changing impact on the Alto Cayma community and its leaders.
We purpose to love and promote life transformation among the ‘marginalized’ people of Alto Cayma through the authentic, powerful and transforming person of Jesus Christ in us.
A marginalized person is someone who has been pushed to the margins of their society and community. They often experience abuse, rejection and injustice in their family or community. They come from humble circumstances, are disadvantaged but often very responsive to the love of Christ and His Gospel.
Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ and advance His kingdom purposes through authentic, intimate and compassionate life together. As people are changed by Christ and His Good News, and trained by the Word of God, these new Christ followers will in turn engage their families, friends and community to affect change in new segments of society.
How We Work
1) We model real, vulnerable life in community – Our desire is to engage the people of the Alto Cayma community through authentic, immersive, loving, and saving relationships. We want to identify with the people; and at some level experience the challenges and suffering they face in community together. We believe that an honest, open and trusting relationship is foundational to life transformation.
2) We are family focused – We believe that God desires healthy families and a vibrant church. We desire to ‘go’ to the smallest social unit, which in this context is the family. We want to see whole households come to faith in Christ, and fathers who become godly leaders in their homes with purpose and a mission to see their extended family, friends and neighbors become disciples of Jesus Christ.
3) We endeavor to utilize existing 'structures' to reach the community with the Gospel – We are committed to see Christ's church advance and flourish within homes, businesses, community centers and other places where people gather. Where it may be very difficult to get individuals to enter a traditional church building, the cultural context allows and even encourages dialogue and interaction within these other places.