Hi dear ones,

February is here. January was filled with - good news - and bad news. Good news: more baptisms, 3 grown children of believers here. They each thanked the Lord for their parents who taught them about the Lord. What a blessing to see some of the next generation following Christ.

Good news: Bob was able to purchase a newer used vehicle. It is not a 4wd but Bob says he really doesn't need it. Hoping that is true as now he is up in the mountains - in rainy season, and the roads can get muddy and sticky. It is a Rav4 Toyota, year 2013. His older Hyundai was traded in but not for very much. Anyway, we are thankful. Thanks for praying. And, as many have asked, yes, we felt the earthquake mid Jan. but here in the city of Arequipa it didn't do much damage. It was big in the province of Caravelí, the northern part of the region of Arequipa. (6.8 Richter) There are still tremors going on up there and one also kind of sizeable down in south of Tacna and northern Chile. We felt that too, but less.

Our summer vacation program at school finished well, we thank the Lord for the students and teachers we have and still ask prayer for new ones for this year 2018, beginning the school year early March. Please help us pray for the school, its outreach to many here, the Word of God taught and these lives and souls come to know and love the Lord. Please help us pray for more sponsors for the children and youth whose folks just cannot pay for their kids to be in Christian school but really want them to be. Thanks.

Good news: Bob and I went to the coastal town of Camaná earlier this week for 2 days. We visited most of the believers from our little church group there and are glad to see the big extended family meeting faithfully and seeking the Lord and His teaching, even though they are busy with their restaurants and beach stands this time of year. It is "summer" here but it is a cool one. here in Arequipa, very little rain so far, and on the beach too, often a chilly wind - it was nice though, I love the ocean and we did get to go a few more times to the beach there. Mostly we are thankful for the believers being faithful, but there are some problems too, a couple struggling marriages there - thanks for praying.

OK, must tell some of the bad news: Last time I mentioned we had a problem with a former worker up in the Espinar area. This problem is much worse, and Bob is there now trying to see at least a partial solution. Daniel Sayco was supported by the church here - we had to cut that off because of inmorality in his family and his not only accepting it but encouraging it. However as soon as we cut off support, even with the nicest words and call to repentance, he became very bitter - toward Bob and the believers here. He is aiming to divide the main church in Espinar and some of the Quechua communities too. Please pray for Bob, for wisdom and at least a partial solution. Thanks so much for your prayers here.

Also some bad news: here in Arequipa there are some struggling marriages, one of them has broken and the other is near that. We are praying and counseling, but it is not always received. It is sad to see some of the couples we helped with their weddings already breaking up, leaving small children torn between papa and mama. Thanks for prayers.

Now, just news: the big thing in the news mid January was the pope's visit to Perú. Not to Arequipa, but to Lima and the north, and a jungle city mid south. Sure shows the idolatry of his creed and church, and the many deceived people there are in that here. Sad, prayer is still needed for blinded souls.

Thanks so very much for all your praying for us and your sharing with us too.Our support address just for support, NOT for snail mail, is:

Christian Missions in Many Lands, Inc.
P.O. Box 13,
Spring Lake, N.J. 07762-0013 (with a note: for Bob Rich, Perú) Thanks so very much,

Many blessings for each of you, Love, Noél for us

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