The Accidental Missionary: A Gringo's Love Affair with Peru

The Accidental Missionary: A Gringo's Love Affair with Peru

by David Bredeman, David L. Winters


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While sleeping during a missions conference, David Bredeman awakened to a call for everyone to stand. He jumped to his feet, expecting to be dismissed. To his surprise, well-meaning church members surrounded him and began praying. David soon found himself learning the ropes in Lima, Peru. Whether swashbuckling through the jungle or learning the language, his adventures proved entertaining and often funny. Although a carpenter by trade, David Bredeman brought his curiosity and love of Jesus to Peru in hopes of making an impact. Soon after he arrived for a short-term mission deployment, he fell in love with the country and with one of its daughters. A natural adverturer, he quickily fit in with his mentors who evangelized the tribes on the other side of the Andes. Whether traveling up Amazonian tributaries or hiking through Macchu Piccu, David found a home away from home with some of the least-churched people in the world. Dodging dangers like caimans, panthers and malaria, the whole lifestyle centered around spreading the gospel and enjoying the outdoors. Back in Lima, a young woman awaited and wondered if she and David might have a future together. This is the story of a man who accidentally found his passion and the woman who loved him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733924009
Publisher: David L. Winters
Publication date: 06/01/2019
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)

Table of Contents


1 Asleep at the Missions Conference

2 Dodging the Shining Path and Other Terrors

3 A Millionaire Testifies at the Sanhedrin

4 Learning Costa Rica and Invading Cuba

5 Proposing and Wedding the Peruvian Way

6 Jumping Into Peru

7 Finding Miraculous Provision Everywhere

8 Swashbuckling Through the Jungle

9 El Friaje (Without a Jacket)

10 Miracles Sustained Us

11 Flying Under the Radar with Chicken Campero

12 Hunting the Mashco-Piros

13 Tipsy in the Spirit 173


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Phyllis_H More than 1 year ago
A great missionary adventure My rating is 4.5 stars When I first saw the title of this book, I thought "huh?" I proceeded to read the book description and figured it would be quite the interesting tale, assuming it was fiction. But it isn't! Fiction, that is. The Accidental Missionary is the memoirs of David Bredeman, a missionary to Peru. The circumstances surrounding him discovering his calling are humorous. And perhaps a warning against falling asleep in church! On the other hand, considering how God used this man and worked in his life, possibly an encouragement! I was fascinated to learn about David Bredeman's experiences in various South American nations as He served the Lord. Not only did he witness miracles, he saw the body of Christ trusting God in difficulty and praising Him despite living in poverty and oppression. The accounts are humbling and encouraging. Perhaps the most touching of the stories, if I was forced to choose just one, would be the account of the two-week trip taken to find the Mashco-Piro people, an Amazonian tribe seldom seen by outsiders. The results of that journey and the changed life that resulted were amazing! One of the things I most appreciated about this account is that there was no attempt to whitewash the truth or simply make David Bredeman look like a hero. Not only did I read about the amazing things God did, I also saw ways that this missionary struggled in his faith and fought temptation. Praise God for His forgiveness and restoration! The Accidental Missionary almost reads like an adventure story. It is filled with vignettes painting the picture of his travels throughout Peru and other nearby regions and the fascinating people living there. In addition to telling of the mission work, the book ends with some lessons learned and advice for those considering going into the mission field. I recommend The Accidental Missionary for several groups of people. Those who love biographies, those who love missions, those who love travel, and those who love to read about the work that the Lord is doing around the world. Read my review of The Accidental Missionary by David Bredeman, David L. Winters at I was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.