A note from Paul Stehlik, Pastor of Missions and Outreach
At Hillside Fellowship we long to see thriving, fruitful, reproducing churches from every nation, tribe, peoples, and languages worshipping the living God in Spirit and truth. Carlos and Meredith Block share in our vision as they faithfully minister to the Yanesha people of Peru. Hillside has joyfully supported the Blocks for many years, and it is our prayer the Lord would continue to bless our partnership for his glory and the advancement of his kingdom.
Meet Carlos and Meredith Block.
They serve in the Peruvian jungle with the Yanesha people, spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ and equipping others to do so as well.
Where are they from?
Carlos grew up in Peru, became a believer and moved his family to the US due to terrorist violence in 1992. He knew he didn’t want to be a lawyer anymore and the Lord used that time in his life to call him to missions. Needing more ministry experience, he went to seminary and became the pastor of a Spanish speaking congregation in Burbank, CA. While there, he lost his first wife to cancer, leaving himself and three boys behind. His missionary call came to fruition ten years later as he had been visiting the jungles of Bolivia leading his churches’ teams there. The Lord used those trips to lead him back to the jungle, in Peru.
Meredith grew up in San Antonio, at Wayside Chapel. Hearing about missions and involvement in 5-Day Clubs gave her an interest in using Spanish to serve the Lord overseas. Her college experience included a six-month trip to Peru. The Lord used that experience to bring her back to Peru four years later to work with a Peruvian Free Church in Lima. Later, as the vision of the Peruvian church expanded outside Lima, she led a team to the mountains to start church-planting efforts there. After three years, Carlos (a friend since 1996) showed up and together they felt called to serve the Yanesha people.
What exactly do they do?
The Yanesha asked for theological education. They have a small association of older pastors who haven’t received formal training. As we started theological training events for them, we realized the needs were so much greater. We began to investigate opportunities with health-related issues, microenterprise, and reaching the younger generations who are not a part of the church. Our vision is to see an indigenous movement of healthy churches resulting in Gospel transformation for the glory of God in the Central Amazon Jungle of Peru.
How can you get involved?
We receive 6-10 teams per year and are able to plug them into the ministries mentioned above and more. We have also begun the construction of a Christian training center that will disciple youth, train pastors, and provide training for agriculture and micro-enterprise. This is another great place to serve and get involved with us!
To receive their prayer letters, contact: Meredith.firstname.lastname@example.org
To join a team, contact: Paul Stehlik at email@example.com
To give, contact: www.efca.org or call ReachGlobal at 1.800.745.2202