Advance International Peru
Director of Advance International Peru: Randy Wood

Advance International Peru

Advance International partners with G.R.A.S.P. (God Reaching All Southern Peru) in Arequipa.  They had their first graduation in the summer of 2016.  GRASP is a partnership of a growing number of Southern Baptist Churches.  Dr. Randy Wood, pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Georgia, leads one of the partnering churches and is the director of Advance International Peru. Our local coordinator in Peru is Pastor Cruz Arenas, Jerusalem Baptist Church, Arequipa, Peru.

Peru is among the poorest of the Latin American countries. The 2013 population of Peru is approximately 29.8 million (est.). Lima is Peru’s largest city; Arequipa is second with a population of approximately 1.2 million people. The IMB assesses the percentage of Protestants in Peru as less than 10%. While more than 80% of Peruvians ascribe to Catholicism, active Catholic participation is very low. The Peruvians know the facts of the gospel but have not experienced the grace of the gospel. This creates openness and receptivity to the gospel.

God is using GRASP to make a difference in the lives of the Peruvian people. In the last three years, numerous mission teams have contributed to ministry in Arequipa.  Most efforts are centralized in Arequipa with some around Mollendo. Evangelistic events have resulted in amazing harvest.

Trained leadership is one of the greatest needs.  GRASP has identified potential pastors, missionaries, and church leaders, but they are untrained and unequipped to meet the challenges of Christian ministry. Advance International has been God’s answer to develop God-called men and women for the growing kingdom harvest in Peru. Advance International approved the school in Peru in the spring of 2013. The first course was offered in July 2013. 

Anyone interested in teaching or being involved in missionary work in Peru can contact Dr. Wood at

    This photo partially represents the students taking a course in April 2015.  The school meets at the Central Baptist Church, Arequipa, Peru.








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