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went back to his Mormon Sunday school class
and started teaching the Bible way of salvation,
but the elders soon stopped that and kicked
him out. After that, “Brother Rivas” began to
look up some of his Mormon friends and was
instrumental in converting many of them from
Mormonism to Christianity as he shared the
truth about how Christ had changed his life.
The Paces remained in the Mantaro Valley
until 1985 when the Lord led them to relocate
to Lima, the capital city of Peru, where they
continue to faithfully serve the Lord in an
area of the city called La Molina. The Lord has
raised up a vibrant church that is now under
the leadership of a national pastor and averages
around 650 every Sunday. There is also an
English-speaking Christian day school with
more than 300 students and a senior citizen
literacy ministry using the Bible as a textbook.
The church in La Molina has sent out several
pastors to plant other churches in Lima and
around Peru. All of these ministries continue
to contribute to the growing tally of many
thousands of souls led to Christ over the years
through the presence and influence of Tom
and Carolyn Pace.
Carolyn heads up the adult literacy ministry.
They are working in nine different senior
citizen centers around the city. Unable to
read, most of these people have relied all
their lives on good works, keeping the Ten
Commandments, and receiving the sacraments
of the Catholic church to get them to heaven.
Last year BIMI was able to help pay for large-
print copies of the Gospels to use as textbooks
in the government-run senior citizen centers.
What an amazing door the Lord has opened!
Only the Lord can open the hearts and minds
of these senior adults so that they will be able
to understand that if man can work for his
salvation, then Christ died in vain (Galatians
2:21). These people have lived all their lives
under the shadow of religion; thus, salvation
by grace alone is not an easy concept to accept.
Now, as the seniors learn to read God’s Word,
little by little, the Gospel is dispelling that
shadow of religion and replacing it with the
Light of the glorious Gospel of Christ.
Through the ministry in La Molina, Brother
Tom met Roberto, a world-class high jumper
who had represented Peru in the Olympic
Games in Russia and Mexico. Sadly, Roberto
had fallen victim to alcoholism and drug
addiction. By the time Tom met him, he had
already been saved and had begun the difficult
struggle to overcome his addictions. Tom
began to disciple Roberto, and through the
power of Christ and the fellowship with other
believers, he was able to overcome those vices.
Roberto surrendered to the call of God and
became a pastor while continuing to compete
and win a world high jump championship in
the World Masters Athletics Division.
Today, Roberto, now in his 70s, serves as the La
Molina church’s Senior Citizens Pastor. Having
competed in athletic events all over the world,
Roberto continues to use his athletic ability to
train senior citizens for competitions. Before
each training session Roberto shares the Gospel.
Born to an Arabian family in Bethlehem, Israel,
Roberto now has a burden to get the Gospel to
his own people, the Palestinians.
The church in La Molina is doing much to
extend the Gospel far beyond their community.
Through the church’s strong Faith Promise
missions commitment, they have sent Peruvian
missionaries to Ecuador, Germany, China,
Kurdistan, Iran, Morocco, India, Mozambique,
and Houston, Texas. The Paces were sent to
Peru more than 50 years ago. Now their church
in Peru is sending Peruvians to the uttermost
part of the world! And they went forth, and
preached everywhere (Mark 16:20).
Now in his late 70s, Tom has recently taken on
a new challenge as the missionary/pastor of a
relatively new church plant, designed to reach
English-speaking Peruvians and the English-
speaking expatriate community in Lima.
As we said at the beginning—51 Years and
Number 1, 2019