Selah is a word used seventy-four times in the Hebrew Bible—seventy-one times in the Psalms and three times in Habakkuk. The idea is to pause and think each time the word Selah appears. The Amplified Bible translates Selah as “pause, and think of that.” The name Casa Selah was chosen for a new retreat center in Peru. It will provide a setting for contemplation and renewal for Christian leaders as well as a place to train leaders for the future.
Ricardo Visurraga, National Director of AFCI Peru, has been working with pastors in the central Andes mountains for several years. Because this area of Peru is remote, there are very few facilities where pastors and church leaders can gather in a central place for conferences and seminars. Because of his pastoral heart for the spiritual health of church leaders, Ricardo has had a longstanding vision to build a Christian retreat center in the mountains to serve as a place where pastors and their wives could come for personal and family renewal.
The vision of a center to minister to pastors came to fruition in 2014 and the first retreat was held in December. It was attended by 13 couples. Three of the couples had very significant encounters with the Lord, experiencing a renewal of their call to ministry. After the retreat, Pastor Ricardo said, “This is exactly why we created this place. We know that even ministers need to be ministered to. Praise God that we can offer them this opportunity!”
Casa Selah is also being used by church groups from the city of Huancayo and the surrounding Mantaro Valley for retreats for pastors, church leaders, families and youth. The project was totally funded by one of the AFCI Peru Board members, Dr. David Visurraga, who is a medical doctor. He contributed the funds for the purchase of the land and the construction of all the buildings. Created by the vision of one person and the financial support of another, the retreat center is blessing many in their relationship with the Lord.