William and Lily Silverthorn

About William & Lily

Our names are William and Lily Silverthorn. We've been married 20+ years and moved to San Diego in 2005 with the birth of our oldest grandson, Nico Waning. We have been members of the Branch Church since living here. We have 8 grandkids ages 0 to 20, and 6 children. Our offspring are in LA, Orange and San Diego counties with one son in Arizona.

 

We've both been very active with our faith before we found each other. For the last two decades we have been very active both in LA as well as San Diego leading bible studies, hosting home fellowships, promise keeper ambassador work, intercessory prayer and more.

 

Lily retired from working with the State of California primarily working in architecture and contractor licensing, but also received a Juris Doctorate in Law in her spare time.

 

William retired from 35 years in the computer industry, with much experience in technology systems, sales, management and marketing, with the bulk of those years being with IBM. 

 

For more information regarding the Mission and their efforts there, go to LAMAministry.org 

 


About Ica, Peru

Ica is the capital of the Ica Region in souther Peru. Founded in 1563 by Spanish conquistador Geronimo Lui de Cabrera, it had previously been inhabited by indigenous peoples. The city suffered major damage and loss of life during the 2007 Peru earthquake.

 

 

The vast majority of Peru's population identify as Catholic (81.3%), while 12.5% identify as Evangelical Christian. Amerindian religious traditions also play a major role in the beliefs of Peruvians. Catholic festivities like Corpus Christi or holy week and Christmas sometimes blend with Amerindian traditions which show the unification of the indigenous peoples' impression with the Christian faith. Amerindian festivities which were celebrated since pre-Columbian times are also widespread throughout the nation. Inti Raymi, which is an old Inca festival, is still celebrated. The majority of towns, cities and villages have their own official cathedral or church and patron saint.

Call to Ministry

In 2009 we retired and created a charity (LAMA Ministry) focused on helping the people of Peru, Lily's home country, specifically because of a devastating 8.0 earthquake just a few years earlier. We received a donation of a well-placed parcel of land right in the center of town of one of the most severely earthquake-damaged villages north of Ica. We have gone down there annually (lately twice annually) with outreaches (taking eyeglasses, dental items, clothing, toys, sandals, Bibles, tracts, and more) to help the residents and have had many legal, engineering, and planning meetings on developing the property.

 

In 2012, with a clear breakthrough that could only be from above, we were able to finish demolishing the old property and clearing it for construction the following year. We had two trips in 2013 and on the second trip we succeeded in completing the 1st floor of what will eventually be a 2-floor (with 3rd floor terrace) building. In working closely with a very Spirit-filled church in Ica, we have seen a church plant on site, with the first service being in October 2013.   In 2014 & 2015, with two trips each year, we built out the 2nd & 3rd floors of the property, and this was a significant effort.  What was left for some future date was a soft roof for the 3rd floor.  But we were ready for occupancy and welcomed our full time Missionaries, the Sanchez's (Julio, Yareni & Cecia).  We worked with them for a month before leaving them on their own.  They worked side by side with the volunteers coming up weekly from Ica to run the OANSA (Spanish name for AWANA) youth program, which had 45 active children.  From the USA, we also worked with the Sanchez's to have a fantastic Christmas for the villagers.  We worked with the local government to do a detailed census, coming up with names of 400 additional unchurched children than the 45 we already had active at the mission.  We also knew of another 4-500 in a village only 2 kilometers to our north.  We have no idea how it worked but we were able to touch with a gift or treat up to 900 children that Christmas.  What a great opening for the mission which was newly occupied and running.   

 

We have returned twice in 2016, a total of 5 months, and watched the activities grow immensely at the mission with 4-5 home fellowships going on in the homes of the villagers, active youth program being now run by the Sanchez's, Weekly church services moved to Sunday with an increasing attendance, fantastic relations being planted and growing.  We welcomed the San Diego Hearts and Hands knitting & crocheting ministry in August of 2016 and there has been weekly knitting activities at the mission ever since.  In late 2016, we broke ground on a second building for a youth center and permanent missionary housing.  Also, Irma Reyes joined the Sanchez's as a resident missionary in November of 2016.  Her contribution to the team effort has been significant.  Also, with the Peru floods early in 2017, we funded food and water and provided clothing and sandals for an outreach.  Although 'our side' of the river was spared, many homes, villages and crops were washed away on the other side.  What was most impressive was that the Sanchez's organized this outreach with villagers helping villagers.  Many jobs were lost and homes washed away.  Much more help is needed.  Just an example of the reason we are there.  

 

 

Our first trip in 2017, after two years of meeting with Samaritans Purse in USA, and Lima Peru, we were successful in getting them to look south of Lima for the first time.  This year we reached out to 160 unchurched children with this program, with it's gift box and 12 week witnessing program.   We also did a significant amount of work on the 2nd building in early 2017, opening up the childrens center.  We hope to finish the building in it's entirity later in 2017.  

So much more to do, as we are just starting to get a teenage program underway, we would love to reach out to the large village to our north but will need yet another full time missionary to make this a focus.  The youth are turning into mission volunteers, as they become teenagers and love working and visiting at the mission.  We have become to place to be at when you are not at home.  We promote activities, board games, movies on Friday, knitting, chess, music lessons, english teaching off and on, and far more.  With earthquakes that brought us here, floods and more that keep us busy, evangelism is our number one goal.  The harvest is plenty but the workers are few.  If you can't come, help to send and support those that can.  There is so much to do, so much need, and every bit of support is used most wisely.  Our missionaries are supported by their local churches, some not as well as others.  We all pay our own way as to travel, lodging and living expenses, so that 100% of all resources that are provided can go toward the needs of the villagers.   

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