Operación San Andrés fulfills the vision of cardiologist Luis A. Campos and his wife, Ruth. Dr. Campos’ medical practice in Houston, Texas, USA has spanned more than 30 years. While a high-school student at San Andres school in Lima, Dr. Campos recognized the plight of impoverished people living near Lima, Peru and made the following plea:
“Give them Hope! Hope in Him who is the maker of the universe
but ‘had no place in this world to lay His head.’
He knows all about poverty …….”
OSA’s first mission trip to Peru occurred in 2003 with approximately 16 participants including doctors, dentists, nurses, and other volunteers. This team visited several poor areas near Lima including Collique where they found the most extreme poverty conditions. The team distributed shoes (donated by Buckner International) to children in the “Bread of Life” program meeting at Iglesia Cristiana Roca Eterna led by Pastor Rudy in Collique.
Since 2005, OSA mission trips have experienced significant growth. The mission trips in the fall of each year have approximately 50 participants including doctors, nurses, dentists, dental hygienists, optometrist, pharmacist, and pastors. Lay volunteers conduct Vacation Bible School, distribute clothing, and provide support services to the medical/dental team. Somewhat smaller mission trips occur each spring. These trips have included a construction component aimed at dwelling improvement for the residents of Collique.
In 2005, OSA-Peru purchased property in Collique, Peru. An OSA “house” has been built on this property and is the base from which the ongoing medical, educational, nutritional, and spiritual ministry takes place. In 2005, OSA was adopted as a “mission society” of South Main Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, and OSA became a Texas non-profit corporation. OSA has been granted “tax exempt status” under section 501(c)(3) of the USA Internal Revenue Code. In 2008, Christopher and Jessica Rose moved from Houston to Collique where they lived in the OSA-House while serving as full time missionaries for OSA untill May, 2011. From August 2011, Kees and Elizabett Abbring served as full time missionaries for OSA.