Well, April is here. Our summer was so cold that now when it is supposed to be getting cooler we are having summer! My Mom used to call this "Indian Summer" - late but nice really. Our mountains still have snow, but guess it will melt soon enough.

Sunday, April 10, is presidential election day here in Perú. Please help us pray for the outcome. Probably in the first round no one will win, and there will have to be a runoff election in about a month and a half. Anyway, we pray we will continue to have peace and freedom to continue spreading God's Word here. Thanks for praying with us for this.

Bob has had some good trips with his ambulance. We praise the Lord that it worked really well when he took it to the mountains last month. Also on his trips to the coast and Majes valley the vehicle has worked well. There is one thing though that is discouraging. That is that he only has legal permission to take 2 passengers. Seems ambulances should have permission for more, but it came with that restriction. Bob is trying to get this changed, but the burro cracia here is a challenge. Please help us pray that can be changed, as he does need to take more people most of the time. Thanks for praying for this too.

There are always problems with the blessings, and some of our workers have had some problems lately. Please pray for them and for us to have wisdom to help them. Thanks.

Then there are some problems with our health, not too bad, but Bob has had difficulties again with his sciatic nerve. It is not near as bad as it was before, but still a bother. He is walking a lot. Seems when he has had to stand for long periods of time it gets worse. He is taking vitamin B and we trust the Lord will help him get over it. Thanks for praying. Even I am feeling more tired. Getting old. But we are thankful for general good health, really.

The school is off and running. There are around 220 students this year! Wow. I am teaching 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th grades Christian formation. This is a real blessing but a challenge as well. Then I have 5th, 6th, and 11th grades for English. We are starting our first tests and I will have 149 tests to give, correct, grade and register. Hope I don't go blind, some of their writing is really a challenge! Thanks for praying for me in this too. Truly I am finding even more opportunities to counsel the kids in God's Word and it is good.

One of our youth has some connections with a Lutheran radio station here in Arequipa and Bob's Bible studies are being aired by them now too. This is a real encouragement and some have called us that they are blessed and taught by these programs. Thanks for praying and for all who have helped in the radio ministry. Bob's studies go over the radio some fellow missionaries have in Cotahuasi, to that whole province, plus the station we have from Chuquibamba, and now here in Arequipa too, so there is a wide listening audience, for which we are thankful.

Thank you so much for sharing with us and for praying for us, in all these ministries. The world has been shaken by the recent events of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear damage there, plus all the shakeups in Egypt, Libia, and more. Only the Lord will bring real peace, but we pray for the Gospel to continue to reach out while we have the time. Thanks so much for standing with us.

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