Representing the Cru in Peru
Bryan ’07 and Delana Brewer Davis ’08 run a successful ministry in the heart of the Amazon rain forest
Among some of the world’s most pristine Amazon rain forests is the small Peruvian town of Puerto Maldonado, home to a thriving ministry run by two UMHB graduates. Bryan ’07 and Delana Brewer Davis ’08 have called Peru home for nearly four years, and they are using the skills they learned at their alma mater to help change the lives of the people they encounter.
It all started during Bryan and Delana’s courtship while in college. Bryan, a business management major, asked Delana, an education major, to go to church with him. The church, Lifegate Christian Fellowship, was pastored by former Peruvian missionaries Don and Melissa Cooper.
“Their heart for Peru overflowed to ours,” Delana said. “When we got engaged, we knew we wanted to go into the mission field, so we began talking to them about opportunities.”
After finishing a year-long internship designed to prepare them for a life in missions, the Davises moved to Peru with the Global Consulting Group, an organization run by the Coopers. The Davises worked as pastors of a local church during their first year in Puerto Maldonado, but God soon began laying something new on their hearts. They felt led to start a youth center, so that’s exactly what they did.
“The focus of the youth center is evangelism to the unreached youth of our city,” she said. “We work with local schools to meet kids and use strategies such as English, music, and sports to develop relationships. We then work through small groups and one-on-one discipleship to build up leaders among these new Christians.”
The Davises also disciple young couples, lead a mission team that works with native Indian tribes to raise up leaders that can teach their own tribes about Jesus, and own a farm where they grow fruit and raise animals to help support their ministry projects.
And while the couple was growing their ministry, their family also began to grow. They welcomed daughter Eva Grace in May 2012, adding a new level of adventure to their jungle life.
“We love watching Eva grow up here in Peru. One of her first words was ‘hola,’” Delana said.
But although parenting has changed them forever, they feel as though they have also been changed by the people of Peru.
“Bryan and I feel like we have family here,” Delana said. “It’s so humbling that Christ’s love doesn’t have borders of race or culture. We are all part of His Kingdom culture.”
The couple credits the love and guidance of the Coopers and their families in helping them develop their ministry in Peru. But, they also give credit to the university where they met. The Davises remember their time at UMHB as a time when they realized what God had in store for their futures.
“Looking back, college was a time when God fanned the flame in us to reach the nations and gave us a passion for Him.”
-Jessa Grassi McClure ’08