Greetings to you all from Darkest Perú in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
As many of you know, my name is David Alenskis and I am a seminarian intern at Church of the Resurrection in San Marcos, studying at Westminster Seminary California. This summer, my parish has sent me to Arequipa, Perú for a pastoral internship in the Anglican Diocese of Perú. “San Diego Anglicans” has been happy enough to host something of an account of the tasks of my ministry whilst I sojourn here with the South American Missionary Society. After having been here two weeks, by now I have a good idea of the goals, challenges, and prayer requests for my time here, and so have come to the blog to update you all on the goings on about here.
The Anglican Church here in Arequipa has two main parishes, Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) and San Lucas (St. Luke), and many smaller missions in the outlying areas of Arequipa, as well as a mission in Juliaca, 4 hours away on Lake Titicaca. In addition to these congregations, the church here runs a seminary for ministerial candidates, a primary school, a secondary school, a children’s home for smaller children, and a children’s home for adolescents. Besides Fr. Ron Robertson, a missionary who with his wife Vickie serves in the seminary and the children’s homes, there is only one priest, Padre Juan Carlos Revilla, and two deacons who have been given the task of ministering to this large and growing group of churches!   (read more...)
This year Holy Trinity will hold our Vacation Bible School (VBS) on July 23rd thru July 27th and ending with the Annual Beach Party on July 28th. The Avalanche Ranch theme program will run each day from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon.
See (new!) website for registration and details: http://holytrinityob.com/
Tomorrow, the 1st of July, my two children - Christopher and Alexandra - are being baptized together. They will be surrounded by faithful friends we've called to be their godparents (so, a Catholic, some Anglicans and an evangelical walk into a bar...) and the good people of Holy Trinity, Ocean Beach who have welcomed us into their fold these past six months.   (read more...)