Michael and Mercedes became deeply involved in Peru through prison visiting both with CSW (Christian Solidarity Worldwide) where we were visiting wrongly convicted prisoners inside the jail and their families outside and with Prison Fellowship visiting less controversial prisoners.
The first group of prisoners required justice so they could return to their lives, whereas the second group of prisoners needed Christ so they could put their past behind them and live the life God created them for.
While in Peru the first time we visited all the main prisons in Lima, but a prison evangelist challenged us over the fact that nobody visits the jungle prisons and the mountain prisons because they are so much more difficult to get to. He then showed Michael and Mercedes the next time they visited.
These prisons are incredibly difficult to get to but well worth the visit (see comments in Iquitos).
Since them we have been supporting the prison ministry in our absence. At present that is on hold due to the evangelist’s family issues in Peru. We need more evangelists to go into the prisons.