Hi again folks!

October is here, bet it is beautiful in the U.S. I really miss the fall season with the colors on the trees. Here it is getting warmer and the mountains around the city have lost most of their snow. We have been very busy.

Bob had a good trip to Culypampa, and found that the believers there had not lost too many animals, nor had had too much snow this year, even though other places in the mountains did. Bob was able to encourage the believers there, this was profitable. He also has continued with Bible studies in the Majes valley and we are seeing the little group there grow slowly but surely.

Here in our main Arequipa church we had a tragedy late in September. One of the believers who worked in Tacna was found dead under a bridge there, they say he had a heart attack and fell on his head and died. His dear widow is from here and she lives with her family. They had two young children, after having lost an older son to bone cancer about 10 years ago. Please pray for the widow, Maria del Pilar, and the two little ones (12 and 10). It will not be easy for them.

School remains a challenge for me, the rowdy classes as the year winds down especially. Sometimes it is discouraging, but I am thankful for the opportunity to sow the seed of the Lord's Word in young hearts. Some do indeed respond, which is a real blessing.

We just had our 10th anniversary celebration, a busy week with contests, sports day, many other activities. It ended last night with the main Thanksgiving ceremony. One of the presentations I had to do with the 3rd grade didn't go well, as the main character did not get onto the platform in time for his part which really confused the whole thing. The teacher who was supposed to help had gotten very sick in the afternoon and couldn't come, which was the problem really, as no one else was there to help. (I was doing another number with 4th grade right before this one), but the other presentations went well, and in the end a good testimony for God was given. Bob had a good and short enough message, we trust it all was for the Lord's glory.

However, the school does have a need, of which we are very much aware each time we have an event, or even phys. ed. and other activities. The patio is too small. Civil Defense in Arequipa has sanctioned us as we do not have the required open space for earthquake drills, or for an eventual quake (which we pray won't happen, but we are in a seismic zone). The middle building on the property only has adequate space for two classrooms, as it is older, is mostly of the volcanic stone -sillar- and does not have all the columns to hold the weight of a lot of students.

The directors, Marino and Lupe, have their apt. there on the top floor. In order to extend the patio, they would need to demolish this older building, which kind of always has been in the way anyway, and build a structure on one side of it, which could hold the required classrooms without occupying the needed patio space. They had started to build the apartment where we are now for them, and as it appears we will be able to return to the apartment above the church where we were early next year, we are praying for the funds to complete this project.

Without help there is no way we could do this for several years. It is very expensive to build now in Arequipa. We do thank you so much for your prayers. We are seeing the Lord supply for our personal needs related to our living situation, and we are really thankful. Please help us pray for real unity and fellowship in the church here, for total restoration in spite of past errors. God is so very very good and we are truly thankful.

Thanks to you dear ones who pray for us an share with us. We the Lord will meet your needs and work through you too, to reach this very needy world with His message of hope and salvation through His Christ.

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