Hi y'all!

Finally it is getting a bit warmer here, but we had a cold spell again the end of August! Spring is supposed to be coming this month, which is nice.

Well, Bob had some good trips last month, to Espinar province (mountains) and to Chichas valley and Salamanca, back into the mountains. He goes up and down on these trips, to cold and hot climates in one day! He was able to encourage and help our workers and little churches in these places. The van behaved pretty well on these trips, but Bob is again thinking of selling it. We spent a lot on the overhaul and it did help, but as the dear van gets older, it is really more difficult for it on the mountain roads. Please help us pray for wisdom and provision for this if it is God's will. Of course Bob would like to sell his for enough to get a newer, even if smaller, vehicle, but one that is really useful for him.

School has been going well too, but really busy. We had a good parents meeting, but several parents were missing. It is encouraging when they all come and show interest in their children's progress and how to better help them at home. We call these meetings: school for parents. A big blessing was when 3 of the students I teach for Christian formation were baptized here in our main church. These are children of believers and have been coming to church and youth group here, but the school has helped them take this step of faith. We do pray for them, and for more to follow this example. The high school had a real good retreat down at a Christian camp the last weekend in August. That also was a blessing. We are really thankful for the outreach the school has and for the influence in lives of students, parents, and teachers. Now we are truly truly thankful that the Lord has supplied for almost all of the third floor high school building construction!! We will lack about $5,000.00 to finish totally, but what a blessing that we are that close!! Thanks so very much to all who help with this. Thanks especially for praying with us for the school ministry!

Here at home Bob keeps real busy with Bible study, counselling, preparing, teaching, etc. I keep busy with school preparation and teaching, Sunday school preparation and teaching, and many other things. This past month we had weddings! Seems this year we have had a lot of weddings. Bob's getting to be professional "wedding man" it seems. This has involved both of us in premarital counselling several times, but it is good the couples want this. Sure seems our society is going downhill as to comprehension of what marriage really means and involves. We do pray for our youth in this, that they will remain faithful to the Lord and to their commitments. Thanks for praying!

Also keeping me busy this past month has been company coming for our guest apt. I do like having folks come and stay with us, though it involves some time. Usually our guests are missionaries working in villages outside of Arequipa, but we have had some who come for short term missions trips, etc. They are a blessing and we are glad to help this way. I visit when I can with Bob as well. Another of our churches just north of the city of Arequipa had a baptism of 8 people in a river outside of the town north of Arequipa (Yura). It was a good time and we are glad to see the churches grow. The new believers need prayer. Thank you for praying with us for them!

Truly we want to thank you all for your part in God's work here in the south of Perú. I don't have a lot of time to look at our web page that Joe (our son) has made for us, but if you haven't seen it and would like to, it is:www.bobandnoelrich.com To share with us in God's work here, the address is:

Christian Missions in Many Lands, Inc.
P.O. Box 13
Spring Lake, New Jersey, 07762-0013
You need to specify that your gift is for Bob and Noél Rich in Perú. Thank you so very very much!

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