Life in Peru is quite different from the North American way of living. One way this is manifest is in the utilities: water, power, phone, etc. In our town and in the majority of Peru, most people do not have mailboxes, so a person is hired to go house to house by foot dropping off the light bill, for example, at the gate or door or wherever he deems fit. Sometimes several months go by without us ever seeing our bill (apparently the delivery man can use the bills to light his cooking fire if he prefers). However, if I don’t go to the office, ask for my bill, and pay it on time, my power will be cut off. Regardless of whether I receive personal notice of my debt or not, it still must be paid. I can’t claim that I didn’t know: the lights in my house are evidence that someone is supplying my need therefore I have a responsibility.
Many people, in talking about missions, like to ask: what about those who have never heard the gospel of Jesus Christ? While the answer is not easy, it is clear in the Bible: Every person on earth has a debt that must be paid. He whose debt is not paid will be cut off. Sadly although each one should receive personal notice, many certainly have not. However the very lights shining by day and by night are a witness to the fact that someone is supplying each one’s needs. Each man on the face of the earth is responsible to seek the great supplier and discover how that debt can be paid.
John 3:18-19 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.