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By Roger Blevins, South America Director
Communist, was saved and became a linguist
Tom and Carolyn Pace arrived in Peru in July
and Bible translator. Moiséis, heavily steeped
1967—more than 51years ago! After language
in leftist doctrine, was saved and consequently
school the Paces gained experience by helping
abandoned his ungodly beliefs for Bible
veteran BIMI missionaries Doug and Mildred
doctrine, eventually becoming the pastor of
Craig in a new church plant in Chosica. They
the church the Paces planted in Jauja.

moved in 1972 to the small Andean mountain
village of Jauja, located in the Mantaro Valley
In addition to Communism, other common
(altitude 11,000 feet). Tom and
foes of the Gospel—alcoholism,
Carolyn were the only gringos
drug addiction, and false cults—
in town and some residents
were also prevalent in Jauja.

thought they were CIA agents
Word had gotten around that
sent there to keep an eye on
the American missionaries had
growing communistic activity
Bibles for sale. The Paces were
among the people. Little by little
the only ones in town who sold
the true purpose of their coming
Bibles. When Señor Rivas, a
to Jauja began to be revealed as
convert to Mormonism, wanted
they faithfully and consistently
a Bible, the local Mormon
preached the Gospel through
elders sent him to them to buy
words and deeds. It would be
one. As Tom showed him some
impossible to tell everything
Bibles, Señor Rivas shared his
the Lord has done through the
“testimony” about how he had
ministry of Tom and Carolyn
been persuaded to embrace
Pace in Peru, but here are a few Tom & Carolyn Pace Mormonism.

A respected
remarkable testimonies of some of the things
principal of a local school, Señor Rivas spoke
God has been doing the last 51 years—and
about how he had “given up” on religion and
counting! was living a wasted life until the Mormons
“rescued” him. After he had selected the Bible
In those early days in Jauja, three prominent
he wanted, Tom asked if he would like some
men in the local Communist Movement
pointers on reading it. He gladly accepted the
opposed Tom and Carolyn, propagating
help and they turned to the “I AM” verses in
the rumor that they were “American spies.”
the Gospel of John. Señor Rivas was fascinated!
However, by the grace of God, all three of these
When they got to John 14:6, Jesus saith unto
men were eventually saved! Juan P. was a local
him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no
miner and labor union activist. After he was
man cometh unto the Father, but by me, Señor
saved, his activism continued, but instead of
Rivas stopped short and read it over again,
organizing communist leaning labor unions,
then repeated it several times and exclaimed:
he began organizing Gospel ministries in the
“That is it; that is it; that is what I am looking
surrounding mining towns and villages high
for.” The light of the Gospel brought him to his
up in the Andes. Juan R., who had also been
knees in the living room of the Paces’ house as
a radical labor leader and a card-carrying
he surrendered his life to Christ. Señor Rivas
14 BIMI WORLD
Number 1, 2019