(Above) Lucas Kirchhoff displays one of the shirts he designed and is selling as a fundraiser for Genesis Church in Peru.
By Michelle Watson
Like many high school graduates, Lucas Kirchhoff was faced with deciding what path to take following his 2016 graduation from Clear Lake High School.
From his first trip to Iquitos, Peru, in 2015, Lucas knew that the mission field is where he was called to be.
“At that time in my life, I could have taken two different paths,” said Lucas. “I was hanging out with people I shouldn’t have been — and that opened my eyes to choose a life that has eternal impact.”
Lucas went on his first trip with a church group from Zion Lutheran Church, in Clear Lake. It is through Zion that he continues to get support and encouragement. It was also through Zion that he began working with Genesis Church in Iquitos, Peru. Zion regularly sends teams to Peru and also has a micro-loan program in place there. Two other Zion members and CLHS graduates, Brice Wilcke and Riley Brinkman, have also done full-time ministry in Iquitos. Brinkman is currently there now.
“A lot of times people want to be missionaries, but they just don’t find the right spot. It was definitely God, because I knew right away Iquitos was where I belonged. Everything just felt right, including learning the language very quickly.”
Lucas has been spending as much time as he can with Genesis Church, which is usually six months a year. He is currently looking into becoming a citizen, then he can be there full-time.
Lucas is the worship leader at Genesis Church. He is in charge of media, working with the youth, Bible studies, leading evangelism teams and translating. While in Iquitos, he lives with Bethany (Baxter) and Nelton Noriega and their three children. Bethany is originally from Garner and met Nelton while doing missionary work in Peru.
“Bethany and Nelton are great,” said Lucas. “Nelton has been a very good mentor for me. He called me out to be who I am before I even knew who I was meant to be. I love being a part of Genesis Church and making an impact on people’s faith and their growth in God.”
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