(Peru CNSAM). Today at 9:05 AM on June 11, 2014, at the age of 103 years, Dr. Esperidion Julca went home with his Lord.
Dr. Esperidion Julca Cabanillas was born on 14 December 1910 in the countryside of Pan de Azúcar, province of Santa Cruz in Cajamarca, Peru. He received the gospel at the age of 13 and from that day he devoted his life to Christ through the Church of the Nazarene.
In 1933 he married the missionary Rachel Snow, which was his greatest inspiration and who accompanied him throughout his ministerial life. Together they had two children; Elgyn and Jim, who are currently living in the United States with their wives and children.
Dr. Julca served as pastor in Reque, Eten, Chota, Monsefú and Chiclayo. He was professor of Nazarene Theological Seminary, president of the Youth Society, district treasurer, member of the Advisory Board, and was appointed the first National Superintendent of Peru, serving in that position for eight years. During his administration the church was extended to the three regions of Peru and Lima. He was also the Director of the Nazarene Theological Seminary in Chiclayo.
After his retirement, he continued to support his church in Chiclayo in different local ministries, as a local preacher and Sunday school teacher, but very dedicated to the intercession for the leaders of the denomination. Each day, after waking he would read and study the Bible, which he loved, and prayed for all Nazarenes in the country and the world.
Dr. Julca was a man of character, courageous and God-fearing. No doubt he now leaves a huge mark in Peruvian Nazarenes and all who knew him. The story, which we must never lose, reflects an exemplary man with the DNA of holiness that all Nazarenes carry and the inspiring challenge for the next generations to continue sharing the gospel to the ends of the earth.
Today and tomorrow celebration services will be presided by the Seminary whom he served, the local church where he pastored, the district zone that bears his name and the Northern District where he was a member.
Source: Jorge Julca.
Written by: Oscar Benitez.
Translation: Liliana Reza.