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August is here! July was busy for us! We ended with a lovely trip to Tacna where we shared in a church Sat. evening (including a lot of youth they work with) and then on Sunday a.m. Problems, yes! Here the south of Peru is torn up now with strikes and protest marches. They burn tires, block roads, throw rocks, etc. They are protesting against a mining project to be started in the province where our sons, Paul and Mark were born. We lived in Mollendo but the Tambo valley is right up from there. Guess it is rich in copper but the farmers are sure the mining will ruin their farmland. It is not supposed to, but they won't listen to reason.

So getting to Tacna we had some road blocks, but Bob is like a blood hound, he found a way thru the farms on dirt roads and we got there. Coming home Sunday night we got home ok, but rocks were still on the road ready for the regional strike started Monday and still going on. Communists are infiltrating these protesters and they have caused a lot of damage here in the city of Arequipa, not just down in Mollendo and the valley. The regional governor is a radical leftist himself and does not help things at all. This country is becoming ungovernable. The president even wants to call early elections, (I don't blame him for wanting out) but we are not sure if this will happen. Anyway, truly the meetings in Tacna were a great blessing and they say we were a blessing to them too!

Another thing that is going on in the south of Peru is volcanoes blowing up! Ubinas, in the Moquegua province, has had several large eruptions, spreading ash on lands and houses. People there have to evacuate, some don't though. Govt. provides masks, etc. Our coworker, Jeff, with Phil Riggenbach and other brethren have ministered to towns in that area. The volcanoe nearest us is Sabancaya, and it also has had eruptions, and we get some of that grit and dust.

The church here in Arequipa is growing, and we will have a couple of weddings this month, and 2 baptisms this coming Sunday, Lord willing! The youth also had an evangelizing trip this past weekend. It was a holiday for Peru's independence day (July 28) so the youth went up to Pampacolca, were able to encourage the believers there and evangelize in the plaza in the afternoon.

Then they came back through the Majes valley, and were able to do the same. It was a two day trip, and was profitable to also challenge and encourage our youth to evangelize, sharing boldly their faith and true desire to see others won for Christ. Pepe along with others are leading the youth and they are growing. We are thankful for them. Also the two outreaches we have to towns an hour or two away from Arequipa are going on. The brethren doing these need prayer for fruit there too.

We were blessed last month with our granddaughter Dr. Tamra and her Dr. friend Katie visiting us for a few days! Also, we thank the Lord for the freedom we have to share Christ openly. And for the freedom to teach God's Word in the school. This generation needs Christ!

Thanks so much for praying for us, and sharing as God has led you. Visit us! Our support address:

Christian Missions in Many Lands Inc.
P.O. Box 13
Spring Lake, NJ, 07762-0013 with a note; for Bob Rich, Peru.

Many blessings for you all, Noél for us

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