Hi all!

Well, it is true! April is here. We are hearing it is quite warm for the U.S. too, and here it is still warm! Has rained, after rainy season, and it may still do that! Anyway, we are glad to be back and into FULL swing of things!

The believers here did an excellent job while we were gone, both in the main church here and visiting outlying areas, etc. Also counseling and evangelizing. A couple has made a profession of faith, and another guy, a plumber who has worked for us and for the school, wants to receive the Lord. He's been bringing his two little boys to church and Sunday School here. Praise the Lord with us for that and please help us pray now that we will be able to recognize a couple more elders here for the main assembly here in Arequipa. Thanks!

Upon arriving, we were hit with a few "tragedies". First, a dear believer, mother of one of our strong believers here, passed away. She had been ill for a long time, was in her nineties, and ready to go. So that was good. Not even a week later though, the cousin of one of her granddaughter's husband, killed himself. His wife had been murdered a year ago, and this fellow just couldn't cope without her and with their one ten year old son.

Now this little boy is traumatized. The believers who live close to this family are really trying to help him and the family to trust the Lord. Please help us pray for this little guy especially, who now has to be raised by his grandparents on the mother's side, and they are not believers.

Also, two of the daughters of believers tried to commit suicide and ended up in psychiatric wards in 2 different hospitals. We visited with them individually, and the Lord has worked. Both are now released, and we pray are really finding purpose in their lives. One of them, Zenia, is baptized, but was a victim of depression for some time. She does not have custody of her little 5 yr. old son because of this, and it really troubles her. The other girl, daughter of believers in a mountain town, was violently kidnapped and raped 3 years ago, and this had left her with terrible depression as well.

She was in a state hospital, and we were not allowed to talk to her about the Lord, nor bring her a Bible or anything like that. Well, we did not exactly obey that. We kind of smuggled in tracts and she hid them. She really does want to follow the Lord now and we think He has done a work in her life. Please pray for Elsa, and Zenia too. Sure shows the terrible situation this city is in, the lack of respect for human life and law.

We need prayer too. God has protected us so far, but even other missionary colleagues have suffered awful violence and theft here. Thanks for praying for us, really. Also, since being back, we are experiencing the civil discontent, now with different strikes and protests. The public transportation was on strike for a day, the post office has been on strike for a couple weeks, helping not at all on correspondence. People never seem to be content with who they elect for government.

Another not too pleasant surprise for us here has been that, as Bob puts it, after coming back from the U.S. we "lost our crowns". (Dentally speaking).One of mine came out of a tooth, Bob broke his tooth again, and now has to have 4 more crowns made. Dentist says I have three crowns which need to be broken and replaced, as somehow there are spaces between them and this retains food particles and causes problems. SO, another $1,500 goes down the dentist's tubes! Oh well, they say it is a lot more expensive in the U.S. Still, it is a pain in more ways than one.

School is really busy for me these days. This year I have over 100 students for Christian formation, (Bible lessons) and English. This is 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grades for Christian Formation. It is also 4th, 5th, and 6th grade English. It means over 200 tests to prepare, correct, grade, and register each month plus 15 hours of class time. We are in the middle of the first tests, for our first month, March.

Now also I am preparing for the Holy Week program, skits for 4th, 5th, and 6th grades to do - acting out the Triumphal Entry, the Last Supper, and Jesus in Gethsemani. Well, time is really limited as how do you juggle reviews, tests, and practices all now before Wednesday when the program is? Thanks for praying. We just want the Lord to be glorified in this and the children, teachers, and parents to really remember Who Jesus is, how much He loves us and what He did to save us! May this be a lasting impact on us all.

We still are praying for the funds to finish the primary school 3rd floor. The base is up and waiting for the walls, doors, windows, and roof. Thanks for helping us pray for this!

Last prayer request for now: Bob still hasn't been able to sell the ex ambulance! We need to see that happen so he can get another vehicle useful and strong for him for the work here and in the mountain and valley areas. Thanks for praying!

Truly, thank you very much for praying for us and for sharing with us in God's work here.

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