Out of the Dust Story of an Unlikely Missionary
by Avis Goodheart
Scripture Testimony Index stories in this book
When Auden Lujan was asked by Avis Goodhart to go serve fulltime in Peru, she was unwilling to go. But she prayed, asking for a rather difficult sign from God - and amazingly, she got the sign. She left for Peru, certain that God wanted her there.
Avis had a burden for the displaced women and children who fled the fighting of the drug Lords and ended up in Las Palmeras. She not only reached them with the Gospel, but helped to meet their temporal needs; she set up a feeding station to feed them, and eventually trained the women in craftsmaking and provided a home to destitute kids.
Lorene Vickery was nicknamed "the shoebox lady" for her incredible dedication to her work. Wholeheartedly, she gave her time and energy to packing shoeboxes with essential supplies and toys for victims of natural disasters and displaced kids in Honduras and Peru.
When she heard that the new converts she helped lead to Christ were gathered together to pray, Avis Goodhart happily joined them. There she encouraged them; took a 12 hour bus trip to get everyone a Bible, studied the Bible with them; eventually birthing the Las Palmeras Bible study, which later became a church.