Mark and Anna Burgess planted Oikos church in April 2010, starting with a church plant in a local shanty town, Pacifico. In the last two years we have seen over 30 baptisms of new believers in Lima, and many more have come to know the Lord.
What we seek to do is three-fold:
1) Go into the nations, specifically that of Peru, and make disciples with signs following like Jesus taught in Matthew 28:19 and reaching people with the love of Christ
2) And doing this by relational discipleship, planting missional communities and churches that reflect the covenant and kingdom of God.
3) As we plant churches and launch missional communities, and disciples and leaders are made, they are equipped, and encouraged to reproduce and multiply in the mission and vision that God’s given us (and them) as a ministry.
This is basically our ‘basecamp’, where many of the missionaries and several Peruvian leaders live, primarily in a neighborhood called Los Cedros where many of us live. We have a morning service-like meeting in Mark and Anna’s house, as well as inductive Bible studies and cell groups in Shaun and Amanda’s house, and Steve’s apartment.
Pacifico a shanty town ten minutes drive from Los Cedros which has been in existence for 18 years but due to disputes with the water company has remained poor, with the more affluent moving out to settle in more established areas. Pacifico de Villa currently has a growing number of houses with electricity, but as of yet no running water and also no official title deeds.
Oikos at the moment has 2 cell groups running, one a small women only cell group and a small emerging missional community.
We work in and around a jungle town called Pucallpa (which means red earth) with an indigenous people group the Shipibos who speak their own tribal tongue Shipibo, as well as Spanish. We currently work with several churches from many different demoninations. Our main Pucallpa base is in the village of Nuevo San Juan or km13, which is not surprisingly 13km outside of Pucallpa.
In addition Oikos Selva (jungle) the jungle branch of Oikos has relationship with churches in Calleria, 8 hours north by river of Pucallpa, Junin Pablo 24 hours south, Nuevo Loreto, 2 hours west of Junin pablo, Palestine 5 hours south, as well as a group of churches in Contamana, more than a day away north of Pucallpa.