NNU Students Backpack Through Peru

January 28, 2010, 9:44 am

Northwest Nazarene University juniors Ryan Manley (Nampa) and Chad Pearsall (Nampa) are currently in Arequipa, Peru, working with Extreme Nazarene. Through its partnership with the Nazarene Peruvian Leadership, Extreme Nazarene’s aims are to train missionaries and plant self-replicating, community-centered churches throughout Peru. Manley and Pearsall are in Peru to aid the ministry by creating resources that can be used for training and fundraising.

Since leaving in early May, Manley and Pearsall have attended language school in Arequipa. This intense program consisted of four hours of one-on-one study each day. While there, they enjoyed staying with a Peruvian host family. “The people in Peru are so friendly and the food is delicious,” says Manley.

After completing language school, the duo departed for the jungle of Iquitos which will be followed by stops in most of the major cities of Peru. To travel to these remote locations they are carrying only what can fit in their backpacks and staying with different Peruvian pastors along the way.

During the trip, Manley and Pearsall will put together fact sheets for the 120 communities and villages that they will be traveling through, in addition to filming a short video in each location. These will be utilized both as informational tools and to further the training efforts of Extreme Nazarene. Additionally, one of these videos may be seen in your local church as they are shown to demonstrate the great need for aid in Peru.

To follow Manley and Pearsall along on their trip, visit their blog at To learn more about how you can become involved in the efforts in Peru, visit Extreme Nazarene’s website at

Northwest Nazarene University, a Christian comprehensive university, offers over 60 areas of study, master’s degree programs in eleven disciplines, accelerated degree programs, concurrent credit for high school students, and a variety of continuing education credits. In addition to its 85-acre campus located in Nampa, Idaho, the University also offers programs online as well as in Boise, Twin Falls, Idaho Falls, and in cooperation with programs in 10 countries. Founded in 1913, the university now serves over 1,900 undergraduate and graduate students, more than 10,000 continuing education students, and 1,900 high school students through the concurrent credit program.

Photo Caption: Left to right—Chad Pearsall and Ryan Manley are spending the summer in Peru working with Extreme Nazarene.


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