A blog of the Rev. Canon Dr. Ian Montgomery, missionary associate with SAMS-USA.
I am an Anglican Priest who has served in the USA since 1973 (with some interruptions). I am ordained in the Church of England. I am officially retired and our home is Rockingham, Vermont. Polly and I served as missionaries in Peru with SAMS – USA (Society of Anglican missionaries and senders – formerly the South American Missionary Society.
This blog is about what God is doing and the privilege of being part of that.
My email address is email@example.com
Skype me at frianm
US phone number – (802) 463 2175
Amigos del Peru This is the 501(c)3 – our registered charity in the USA
Anglican Diocese of Peru This is Bishop Godfrey’s web site for the Diocese of Peru
Polly’s blog This is Polly’s blog and is fascinating
Finishers This is an organization that helps people of about retirement age to look at mission opportunities
More about our call to Peru
Bishop Godfrey has invited me to mentor, teach, encourage and come alongside his clergy in Peru. The whole country is his diocese! I heard God speak to me very clearly in Lima and we have acted upon God’s call. Polly and I accepted His invitation.
In the last ten years Bishop Bill has developed seminaries in Lima and Arequipa. There are now several energetic, enthusiastic and freshly minted clergy and lay leaders. They are adept at starting new missions especially in the “pueblos jovenes,” or shantytowns, surrounding Lima, but there are no experienced clergy who can mentor these newly ordained clergy. Some have come from other denominations and lack understanding of how the Anglican Church operates. In all this there is need for further training. Along with this mentoring, the bishop will have me teach the seminarians.
Displaced people coming in from rural Peru build the shantytowns. These extend up the valleys and up the hillsides around and above the city. The building materials are initially anything that can be found and later converted to more substantial homes. The sand is held back by either rocks or stacked old tires. The buildings lack water or drainage and electricity lines run from house to house like spider’s webs. Eventually the city may build a street, a water tank and bring in electricity thus recognizing the new development. These “invaders” are coming in from rural Peru, driven by a variety of social circumstances and unrest. They are extraordinarily poor.
Ministry in the shantytowns is both evangelistic as well as socially transforming. In these communities the Anglican Church’s ministry is welcomed and bears great fruit. God had given me a great love for the Anglican clergy in Peru along with a passion to develop the ministry to the “poorest of the poor” who live in these shantytowns.
In April 2013 we returned to the USA where we continue to be involved in mission and ministry. I continue to serve Bishop Godfrey and the Anglican Church in Peru.
We are thrilled to be missionary associates. We are thankful for the prayer and $$$ support given so generously by so many. We would be thrilled to have more folk join out ministry team by praying for us, contributing financially and visiting with us in Peru. All these are ways that people can partner with us in what God is doing. God bless you – to help us please go to the page “How to help.”