Hi to you all!

February is here, a short month, but a lot is happening here. We hear on our news that you up there are having too much snow and cold. I love the snow but enough is enough! Here it rained a lot for January and in February we are supposed to have more but it has been sunny and dry so far.

In January we had some more weddings! Two were from our Cono Norte churches and another from the main church in town. Thanks for praying for these young couples. Some of our families are going through conflicts. Our society today is very hard on the family. We teach them God´s Word on this but all around us the world is demanding differently. The children are the most affected. Christian values and Biblical roles of parents are left behind with the desire to earn more and advance in life. Thanks for helping us pray for these families.

Last month I mentioned the Lord working in two nearby towns, Yarabamba and Polobaya. Believers from our main church here go Sunday afternoons to Yarabamba and are meeting with some very interested people. Now from Polobaya a couple has decided to follow the Lord and hopefully will be baptized Sunday, February 9. The brother who was going so faithfully to Polobaya has been with his family to his wife´s home near Urubamba, in a valley of Cusco. They went to share the Lord with Emiliana´s family.

In all these towns the Catholic traditions, idolatry, and liquor are very prevalent. People are afraid to break with these customs. There is persecution and isolation of believers who leave these ways to follow the Lord. There is so much openness now in the big cities of Perú, but in these small towns it is very primitive and these traditions are enslaving and blinding. Thanks for praying for this new couple from Polobaya, Paul Ramos and his wife. Thanks for praying for Vicente and Emiliana who are so faithful in witnessing out there and are seeing fruit.

Bob is in Puno now, with believers from three Quechua ranching communities a couple hours drive from Juliaca (over roads that are not really roads) and later will visit the church in Puno itself. Thanks for praying for these folks, and for the vehicle and trip. It is raining or snowing and muddy up there now.

Thanks for praying for the school too, especially for more Christian teachers for this school year, starting March 10. There is another little guy who really needs a sponsor as God leads. He is Bryan, lives a ways out in Cono Norte, but his mother comes down every day to town as she is working in a laundry place. The father is in jail for attempted robbery but is repentant. The mom, Ana, and little Bryan, are coming to church faithfully and to the home meeting we have with Ana´s cousin and family.

Bryan is very bright and when he visited his father he asked him: "Are you in God´s ways or the devil´s ways? We are now in God´s ways!" Well, we want to help Bryan have the opportunity for a Christian education. He will be in first grade. School fees have to go up as minimum wage has gone up and the teachers have to be paid, but for the early grades 60 dollars monthly is fine. Thanks for praying for the right ones to help this little guy. Please do pray for the final construction need of the school too. God can supply.

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