Hi to you all! Hard to believe May is here already. Yes, nights are definitely cooler here now, days are dry sun, which is nice. April went really fast. We had a good Easter program at school and a large attendance in our churches, here in the city and in other towns too. Bob and I went to Camana for 2 days, got to go to the beach but also we had some good visits with the believers there and a meeting with all of them Thursday evening.

Bob has a real ministry in teaching and counseling. So many come and call at all hours, but he is always patient. He cannot solve all their problems though. They seem to think he should be able to. At least he prays with each one, counsels, and gives them over to the Lord.

Tomorrow Bob is going to Sibayo for meetings there for their anniversary Sunday, and ministering to believers in the towns around too.

Here in Arequipa we are seeing the Lord answer prayers for local leaders, though we need to see more. At least our youth group is growing and serving, and this is an encouragement. We have had Pepe with us since he was 5, when we got him from a nun's girls home. We then helped a dear believing Peruvian family to legally adopt him. Anyway, now he is 32 and is probably our main youth leader. He also preaches well and helps share some really moving messages he has been blessed preparing. We thank the Lord for his life and pray God will raise others up too, to lead and encourage His work here.

Some of our believers are continuing to have an outreach to towns around Arequipa, specifically Polobaya, and its annex: Agua Buena, and also Yarabamba (annex Belaunde especially). Jeff and Angela started that work and it has grown, not just the children, but the parents too. Vicente Kacma and family go to Polobaya. Jeff and Angela also have outreaches to their family and neighbors, and in an area not far from their small farm land near Uchumayo. Thank you so much for praying for these outreaches and the ones working on them.

Thanks for praying for the school ministry. It is a blessing to teach God's Word. The children today are quite lively. Some truly want to listen and learn, and they are precious, but others, especially the boys in the 4th grade class, disrupt and are very difficult. It is easy to see the ones who have a disciplined, orderly home. So many don't have this, and we need prayer for our homes and for open hearts in all our students. We are blessed with many Christian teachers this year.

Again, we are able to help at least one Venezuelan, as teachers aid. She is a precious believer, and of course there are many Venezuelans all over here. They are heart broken over the horrible situation in their country and the separation they have to have to be able to survive, so many leaving their country and coming to other countries who will help them. So we pray for these dear ones too.

Again, thank you all for faithfully praying for God's work here and for your sharing as our Lord leads. Our support address is:

Christian Missions in Many Lands, Inc.
P.O. Box 13, Spring Lake, NJ, 07762-0013 with a note saying: for Bob Rich, Peru.

Thank you, and many blessings, and a happy Mothers Day to all you Moms! Noel for us

Well, not quite, but in some parts of the world it is truly April! Anyway, it will be here in a few hours. Our weather here is still like summer! Really nice, and it does still rain some - a lot on the mountains, but some here in the city too. We are thankful we have enough water for the year in our reserves.

Last month I mentioned several who are ill here, and one brother who was in a wheelchair, hospitalized because of a stroke and he had to have a tracheotomy to be able to breathe. Well, he was indeed getting better, but just a couple weeks ago had another massive stroke. Well, he is now with the Lord, and completely well! His wife, though very Roman Catholic, wanted us to do the funeral and truly it was a blessing and a testimony to his family and friends.

We miss Hugo here, he had a real testimony of how the Lord had changed his life and given him a purpose for living. Please help us pray for his family. One of his wife's sisters is very interested in knowing the true Gospel. She has been a few times to a small group Bible study held in one of our couple's homes.

There are other interested folks here now too. Some are from Christian families but have not made their own personal commitment to Christ. Hopefully at least one of these will be baptized April 21, our "Easter". Thanks for helping us pray for these new believers and for growth in all of our churches and believers here.

As to Easter, yes, at school we are preparing for it. We have a program Wednesday of Holy week, where primary and secondary students act out the last week of our Lord's life here on earth, and His crucifixion and resurrection. We pray it will be a testimony to all the students especially, and the families who come too. Our holidays here are Thursday and Friday. We pray each of you will have a blessed Easter season remembering all the Lord did for us.

Bob also had a trip up to the Colca canyon for a meeting of the leaders from the different churches in that area and some other areas too. It was profitable and encouraging. Please do help us pray for leaders in all of our churches, for their personal growth and walk with the Lord and their families, and then the people whom they are responsable for. Thanks!

Our worker, Teodoro, is some better, he still is traveling all he can and sharing Christ, encouraging believers, etc. Thanks for helping us pray for his health. Also for our national workers, Joel and Esther, and their new little baby boy, working in the Asheninka tribe in our Peru jungle area. They have had real heavy rains this season making it difficult for them to go out visiting in the communities of Asheninkas.

Thank you so much for your prayers for us and all you share with us. May God richly bless you this season and always. Our support address is:

Christian Missions in Many Lands, Inc.
P.O. Box 13,
Spring Lake, NJ, 07762-0013 with a note "for Bob Rich" Perú

Thanks again, and many Easter blessings, Noél for us

Hi dear ones! Greetings from Perú!

Yes, we have "marched" back, and are still marching. So much to do and to catch up with. We had a wonderful time seeing many of you and we surely thank you for your marvelous hospitality and generosity. Thanks again.

Bob is now down at the youth congress, just for today. They all should be back tonight. It is surprisingly raining here still. Usually March is getting dryer, but this year they say we will have rain all month. In the Majes valley the heavy rains did a lot of damage, even destroying houses. The brother there who was giving problems to the other believers had his house washed down. The believers got together and are helping him, we hope God will work in his heart to see the truth and how he has distorted it. So please pray for Pedro and the believers there in the Majes valley. 3 or 4 of them are now at the youth congress and should stay for tomorrow's meeting, we are glad they are growing in Christ.

The next elders meeting with the leaders of several of the mountain churches is March 16. Please continue to pray for our leaders, that they may be strong in the faith and doctrine, and able to teach others and win more to the Lord. Thanks.

Then please pray for the school! Starts Monday and I am not totally ready. Also the rains may make the first days kind of difficult. Usually the rains come in the afternoon, but sometimes it is foggy and wet in the mornings too. Please pray for our teachers. We do have some precious believers and some new ones who are very open and respectful. We thank the Lord for each of them, pray for each of them, and for a good year of being able to freely teach God's Word and His values, keeping a Christlike, godly world view here. Thanks so much for praying for this opportunity, and for each of the students too. We desire this generation for the Lord. One good thing is that enough of the Christians in Lima and countrywide protested the mandatory teaching of homosexuality as an "acceptable life style" that this is being removed from the curriculum this year. So we have that victory to thank the Lord for and we continue to trust Christ for freedom to carry on for Him in all areas.

Some of our dear brothers are ill. We found out today that our national worker, Teodoro, has a strange anemia. We pray for health for him. Another precious handicapped wheel chair brother had another stroke while we were gone and is hospitalized. He had to have a tracheotomy to be able to breathe and he is kinda sad he can't talk. He seems to be improving though, being able to move his limbs somewhat. Please pray for Hugo too.

We were saddened to see many family and friends in the U.S. also with serious health issues, some had departed for Glory. Glad they are believers and now with Christ but they leave grieving loved ones down here. Anyway, God's promise of eternal life with His own keeps us going and rejoicing and we again thank each of you for your faithful prayer and sharing.

The address for our support is: Christian Missions in Many Lands, Inc.
P.O. Box 13,
Spring Lake, NJ, 07762-0013 (with a note: for Bob Rich, Peru)

Thanks and many blessings for each of you, Noel for us

Hi and greetings from cool Idaho! Yes, groundhog, keep up the good climate!

We are with Bob's brother, Peter in their northern Idaho home, where Peter and his wife are working on translating Scripture for their Manchenere tribe where they worked for years. God has been so good to us here in our travels. We have had good weather even though parts of the U.S. have had below freezing temperatures. Hopefully the good climate will continue, we have a little over three weeks left here.

We have visited several of Bob's relatives. Some have serious health issues and some have passed into glorious life eternal. We do miss Peru and "our" Arequipa, with our dear brethren in so many areas and churches. We pray for them daily, and hear some good reports, but some disturbing news too.

Please pray for one of our leaders, Vicente Kacma. He needs a couple of surgeries. He and his family have an outreach in Polobaya and its annex, Agua Buena. He has led some to the Lord there and has a small meeting with the believers. These are towns about 2 hours drive from Arequipa and have no church. Vicente is a good brother, please do pray for the correct treatment for him and complete recovery.

Do please pray for these new believers too. Right before we left Peru a lady from there was baptized in our main Arequipa church. We are concerned for some other leaders too in different locations. But God's church is growing and we are thankful.

Please pray for the school too, they are on vacation this month of February, but we are praying for the Lord to bring dedicated Christian teachers. And for the students to be enrolled. We pray the school will be a light to all involved. We should be back in Arequipa the first day of March, Lord willing. School starts March 4!

Thanks so much for praying and sharing for God's work here. Our support address is:

Christian Missions in Many Lands Inc.
PO Box 13, Spring Lake, NJ, 07762-0013 with a note:for Bob Rich Peru

Thanks so much, and many blessings, Noel for us

Hi to you all,

Yes, 2018 is gone and it is now January, and it is going too! December went fast with all the activities, school, childrens home, Bible studies, etc. Opportunities to share Christ and the reason He came.

Bob had some trips in December. One was to Espinar, where Daniel is still making problems, dividing the church up there and basically saying Bob is not welcome there. However there are several who truly want to go God's way and want Bob to continue to help them. So please pray for wisdom and love in these difficult situations.

Another church we have been involved in some in the past also is going through some difficult times with changes and regulations not entirely according to Scripture. For sure God's church is going through difficult times, sometimes it is discouraging, but we need to look up, our redemption draws near. We are glad for the freedom to still teach God's Word. We pray for this to continue, even though there are many diversities among believers.

Bob also attended a meeting for leaders from several churches, mountain and valley groups and from here in Arequipa too. We pray for these leaders, that they would lead their people in God's straight paths.

The closing program at school was good. We feel the Lord was honored, and we are thankful for a good spirit all year among teachers and families. Thanks for praying for the school. Please help us pray for dedicated Christian teachers for next year too. Some may be leaving us, but some will stay and we do pray for God to send us His chosen ones for the vacancies. We pray also for the freedom to continue to teach God's values and His ways. Pray please for the correct discipline required for the students and the teachers to achieve these values. Thanks!

New Year's eve we had our traditional "watchnight service" here in our main Arequipa church. It was well attended and there was a blessed spirit, in testimonies, song, prayer, and a meal - like at midnight! Well, sleep wasn't on the agenda but it was a night worth it for many.

January 15 we have tickets to go to the U.S. for 6 weeks. We hope to see several of you, but sorry we will have to miss many as well. Time is short for us to be away! Our dear granddaughter, Jennifer, (Terri's daughter) is getting married Feb. 23. So we will be glad to be there!! We are so thankful for our grown children, and now their grown and growing children! What a blessing that they love the Lord and now it will be 3 granddaughters with precious godly husbands! The blessing of the Lord maketh rich says the psalmist. Well, the first two of our granddaughters to marry were Rich and are now other last names, but they are rich in the Lord!

To finally end the beginning month of 2019, THANK YOU to all who pray for us and share with us! We hope for you that this year will truly be full of God's blessings for each of you! Our website, done by our dear son Joe is: bobandnoelrich.com. Our support address is:

Christian Missions in Many Lands, Inc.
P.O. Box 13,
Spring Lake, NJ, 07762-0013 (with a note: for Bob Rich, Perú)

Many blessings for all 2019 and on, Noél for us

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