Hi to you dear ones!

Yes! November is going by fast! We have so much to be thankful for, first we thank God for His salvation, constant love, and care for His own. This year has been difficult in many ways, but God's faithfulness prevails, and we do thank Him. Trust you all will have a wonderful Thanksgiving season, all year!

Here we have seen God work in lives. I mentioned before some of our church folks, now not just the youth, but others too, have been going out to the nearby towns of Yarabamba, and now, a bit farther, to Polobaya. They are seeing small groups meeting together to study God's Word. A few Sundays ago some of the brethren from here brought a crippled lady from Yarabamba in to our main Arequipa church. She was blessed, she is a believer.

Then almost a month ago, a new believer from Polobaya came in to our Arequipa church to be baptized here. We think there will be some more baptisms in each of these towns soon. Also, one of the Bible study small groups Bob has been helping with in an outlying neighborhood is growing into a church on their own. One of the elders from the church in Chichas is moving to Arequipa and has his home in the above mentioned neighborhood.

He is Eliachín, and he and his family are leading this new little church. (Chichas is a valley town about 10 hours or more away from here. Bob used to have to walk in over 5 hours to get there, now they have a road except in the rainy season when it can wash out). Eliachin's daughters are here in the university and working, and his wife is here with them too, so they are moving here, only have to go to Chichas sometimes to see to their property and animals there. So we are seeing God's work expand. Thank you for helping to pray for these outreaches!

Bob and I just returned from a trip to Puno, both the city and some high mountain ranches about an hour's drive over dirt road from Juliaca. There are three communities, (really llama ranches with some potato and quinua plantings) that meet together once a month. This time Bob had all day Saturday with the leaders there, and Sunday with the church people. I did some children's classes. There is some discouragement among the leaders there but God used Bob to encourage and help clear up some doctrinal issues with some of them. They are thankful and want Bob to go back in Feb. to help in another one of the communities there. Thanks for praying!

A little over a month ago I had a needed encouraging word! I came home in a taxi and the driver recognized me! He said years ago I had taught him God's Word in the first school I taught in - starting in 1993. Can't say I remembered him! Those classes were big, it was a large school for the poorer people out beyond the airport. Anyway, Michel said he has had some family problems with his wife and daughter, but wants them to return to church. Thanks for praying for these lives who have been influenced over the years.

In fact, a couple weeks ago a brother from our earlier years in Perú came and asked forgiveness for some offenses he and his family had done to us years ago, including of course the unpaid large debt. Well, all is forgiven, the brother has cancer and doesn't know how long God will give him on earth. God is good, we need to forgive as He has forgiven us! More to be thankful to Him for!

School is difficult this last month. Please pray the many activities, programs, classes, and tests, etc. will be glorifying to the Lord. Please pray for the teachers, parents, children and youth, and the stress they are under, guess I need to include myself in this. It is not easy, but there are rewarding moments, and we pray eternity will show results. Please pray for the material needs of the school as well. Please also pray for our adolescents here too. It is a very difficult stage of life in this godless culture. We are working with them and praying for God to shape and lead their lives.

Some of our dear church brethren are in financial and situational needs these days. Please pray for God's provision and wisdom for all of us in this.

Thanks to all of you who are praying for us and sharing with us! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, remembering God's goodness!

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