Hi dear friends!

A lot has happened and is happening these days. Mid August there was an earthquake in the Colca canyon area, the towns of Ichupampa and parts of Yanque were severely affected, and other towns around too. Most of the adobe houses fell, even though the quake was not really strong. The problem up there is that the ground is very sandy in most places, and eroding. We need to learn from the children's lesson: "the wise man built his house upon a rock."

Our brothers and sisters up there are all fine, but have lost much of their possessions and many lost their homes. Believers from here have gone up to help dig out and rebuild, and the govt. has helped. This is a big tourist area and tourism has been reduced up there since this event. There have been several aftershocks, and tremors in different parts of southern Perú. We have felt most of them but they have not done damage here in the city. Only 5 people were killed in the original quake up in the Colca canyon, not near as tragic as the one in Italy, but still, God is shaking His earth. For sure He wants us to depend on Him.

Here last week we had another kind of shakeup. As we are kind of "downtown" several folks come to the door wanting to "talk to the pastor". Usually they are professional beggars, with amazing stories of the tragedies in their lives and how much they need a generous handout from the "gringo pastor." (They don't want to talk to any Peruvian "pastor", just the foreign one.) Bob usually lets them in and takes the opportunity to preach to them, but he usually gives them something too, not always a good idea really. Well, last Monday I had to go do errands as Tues. was a holiday and as I was going out a fellow came with that great need: to "talk to the pastor". So I begged Bob not to give him too much, and left.

When I got back Bob was starting his meeting with the leaders of the church here and I just briefly asked how much he gave the guy. Well, Bob always answers: "more than I should have", so I asked quickly: "why?" and Bob calmly answered "He threatened me with a pistol." Well, Bob was fine, not at all "shook up", and truly we are thankful the guy only insisted on S./100. which is like $30. It could have been a LOT worse. He could have killed Bob, (he said he had killed others and was running from the law), he could have taken everything we had in the house and office, etc. God took care of us, please thank Him with us and pray for wisdom for us for who to invite in.

On the holiday last Tuesday there was a special meeting for leaders of the different churches we work with in the city and out in the mountain and valley areas. It was a time for questions and doctrines to be cleared up, especially for the workers in the Espinar area, where there are so many new believers. The workers up there need to be prepared to teach these new ones. Bob had bought a package of water bottles (15 in a package) thinking that would be enough. (It was a time of fasting, so we only were going to give each a water bottle). It started at 8 a.m. and already there were 15 and more - mostly from the Espinar area, who had arrived the night before and stayed with our Cono Norte church leaders.

So during the morning I went out and bought another package of water bottles. When I got back with them there were a lot more men. So I went out again and bought another package, and getting back tried to count, well there were more than 45, so out I went again to the closest store almost 2 blocks away, and they only had a few single bottles so I hauled them home too. 52 bottles were enough, but I felt kind of like Rebecca must have felt after dipping for 10 camels. We are thankful for the new believers and for their desire to learn more of God's ways. The worker from up there, Daniel Sayco is already asking for another meeting like this, it was profitable and we are truly thankful.

Bob now is in the Puno- Juliaca area, in some of the Quechua communities in from Juliaca and will be in Puno tomorrow evening.

Thanks truly for all your praying for us and sharing with us, we appreciate each of you and pray God will meet your needs and bless you.

Many blessings for all of you, Noel for us

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