Hi you all!

Yes, April got off to a shaky start! Northern Chile had two huge earthquakes which we felt here. One, April 1 in the evening, was 8.2 down there and we felt it rocking back and forth for a long time. No real bad damage was done here in Arequipa, but a lot of people were scared! Then April 2 there was an aftershock of 7.6 which was also very large. There are many Peruvians down there, and Pepe's older brother, Angel, is one of them. But God worked it out that he was here on his time off during the earthquakes.

Again we ask for prayer for our homes here. So many marriages are struggling and some give up, this should not happen. Bob has visited and tried to help many. Some accept it and some don't. Thanks for praying. Then another young believer, René, was starting to raise guinea pigs and a plague got in them and several died. René's father came from the mountains where he lives and accused the believers of brainwashing his son and basically kicked René out of the house. Praise the Lord they are reconciled, but even today several new believers suffer rejection from family for the Lord's sake. We pray our faith will be firm, even when there is persecution or misunderstanding. And we ask prayer for these unbelieving family members, that they may be converted and that our believers remain faithful and strong to be a testimony of God's grace to them.

School is going strong. We are getting ready for a Holy Week presentation, and I ask prayer for the Lord to really make His Word and the reason for our Saviour's coming real during this. I am helping 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades act out much of the events during Jesus' final week on earth and after His resurrection. It is really kind of difficult to prepare children these days. They get so excited and make so much noise that they are difficult to control, yet they are sweet and do have faith in God. Thankfully, we do have Christian teachers in the grade school, and several in the high school too. Thanks for praying with us for the school.

Also, we are very grateful that about 2/3 of the funds needed for the first phase of the final construction project for the school have been provided. We still lack around $8,000 but we are trusting the Lord and going ahead with the needed paperwork for the permission and license. Thanks for praying for God to build His kingdom in lives entrusted to us here at school. This is by far the most important building project! Thanks so much to you who are helping provide school fees for some of the needy children here.

Our little Bryan's mother is to be baptized here in church this Sunday. She is really sincere and we are praying for Bryan's Daddy, still in jail. Sounds like he may have to stay there for a while, though he is totally repentant of the attempted robbery for which he is detained. He didn't end up robbing anything, nor hurting anyone, but his intention was wrong. He has been in jail for almost 6 months, of course without a trial. The system here is not very good. Thanks for praying for him. His name is Alvaro Panibra. We are thankful little Bryan is doing so well in first grade with us, thanks for the provision for this. He is a bright testimony for God too.

Another little gal in 3rd grade happens to be the daughter of a little girl we took care of in our home years ago! This was a surprise for me! We thank the Lord for the privilege of having been able to help these little ones in their time of need, and see them in turn wanting to have their own little ones where they can know about the Lord. Thank you for your prayers and help! God bless you!

Bob had a good trip to the Majes Valley last week and especially in the town of Central there is a good little group meeting together. We see the Lord working in the other outreaches of the church here, in Polobaya and in some towns around there, as well as in Yarabamba. Thanks for praying for the interested people in these places and for our folks who are taking God's Word to them.

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