Hi to you all again,

Sorry! I sure meant to get a letter off for this month earlier, but days go fast and are full. Earlier this month our street had an early morning fire! Really big, in a big machinery shop a few doors down from us. Thankfully there was no wind, so it did not blow our way, but was just straight up, lots of flame and smoke - did million dollar damage to their equipment, walls, roof, doors, everything. There were 2 big firetrucks with their hoses, etc. - quite exciting, but it was controlled by the time most of the neighbors got up. I get up early so saw it out the window, and when I went out a few other neighbors were out too, the lady right by the place had called the fire dept. and they were on their way with their sirens, etc.

A couple weeks ago Bob was in a leaders meeting in the mountain town of Lari, in the Colca canyon. These meetings are encouraging for the local leaders - especially in the mountain areas. They get together and share problems and needs and don't feel so isolated. Bob and other older brothers give them good teaching too. However, getting home, Bob had an attack of sciatic nerve pain. It was really painful for him for several days, even with injections for the pain, anti inflammatory meds, etc.

Well, praise the Lord he is fine now and can walk all over again. We are getting older. We both have had treatment for our eyes, (cysts, Bob's was outside, but mine was inside and though dr. removed it, that eye is still swollen and irritated, hope it gets better soon.) And now, us oldies are in tooth torture. Yes, dentist is attacking our mouths. Bob is a wonderful patient - not I. We have to pay "thru our teeth" for this, but guess it would be ten times more in the U.S. I have to get a new crown. I sort of think I'd rather wait for the one in heaven - to give to our Lord, instead of getting more to be buried with here, but guess these things have to be.

Bob also had a profitable trip to the Majes valley and is encouraged that at least a few are going on with the Lord there, the recently baptized young gals, and some of their families anyway, and another couple. Our national worker, Teodoro, goes frequently to help them with Sunday morning meetings. Here in Arequipa the main church is growing, as is another church Bob helps Sunday afternoons in an outlying area, (Enace). The brothers from here who are going to Yarabamba and Polobaya and an annex near there, Agua Buena, are encouraged that though there only a few in these places, they are receiving God's Word and meeting together. Thanks so much for praying for these outreaches and the brethren who take God's message there. Please continue to pray for some of the marriages here that have had problems. Some still are in problems, some are healing, but it is often a slow process. We spend time counseling, especially Bob, in these and other areas.

Thanks for praying for the school too. We are thankful for this year's dedicated Christian teachers, mostly contented parents and students. Now we are in exams, as well as preparing for the Mother's Day program. Please help us pray for this, that it would glorify the Lord and challenge the Moms to really train their precious children in the Lord's ways from early on, in the home. School construction is going on quickly. Some still is lacking for the finishing, but we are surely thankful for all the Lord has provided so far. Thanks so very much for praying.

We do ask prayer for more who are willing to sponsor some of our dear little ones whose parents just cannot afford to pay fees. We need to charge some, to be able to pay the teachers. The directors keep the fees as low as possible. Thanks so much to all of you who are giving for this, your children here are so very thankful and working hard to merit your confidence in them and help for them.

Another news is that a local brother from here is working on a Spanish website for Bob's messages and Bible studies. I don't know how much is available there yet, but it will be called "De Cristo" Joel Gonzalez and his wife, Esther, are headed to missionary service in the jungle of Peru by next year, with the Ashenika people. Our main church here in Arequipa will support them. Joel does websites for folks here and earns some that way. Thanks for praying for them too!

Many May blessings to you, Noél for us

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