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

Hi again, friends,

Well, Perú has a new president. We trust he will do the country good, and we pray for our governments. We pray for the situation in the U.S. too, which is much worse than here. But God is in control and He wants us to pray.

Bob is on his way to Espinar where there will be meetings this weekend. He will be sharing with the brethren from many churches in the area and working with our national workers there. We are thankful that God's work is growing in this whole area, mostly Quechua speakers, but with hearts open to God's Word. Thank you so much for praying for us and for the many areas where God has raised up believers in Himself. We are just instruments of the Lord in this work, please also pray for our national workers, especially Daniel and Zenon, who works in other areas too.

Bob also is ministering more here in counseling and discipling, seems like everyone wants him to solve all their problems. Bob has seen growth in lives though, one on one, or in small group Bible studies. Some new families are coming, with some young folks searching for the Truth in the Lord. So teaching, preparing, and counseling take up a good bit of his time.

The school is especially active this year. So much going on, we are blessed with many Christian teachers, mostly content parents, tutors, and students. Still, there is a lot of work involved. Marino has been promised the final signature for the Civil Defense license the school needs, though all the required changes sure cost a lot in time and funds. It certainly is worth it to be able to share God's Word with all our over 250 students, and we ask you to keep praying and helping where you can in this effort. There is fruit in lives being formed.

God has given us good health, yet we have had some medical issues this year. We thank Him nothing is too serious and we pray to be able to continue till He calls us elsewhere.

Thanks so much for standing with us, praying and sharing as you can. Thanks, and many blessings for you, Noél for us

Hi dear friends!

Most of you are having a hot summer! Have a happy 4th of July tomorrow and pray for the U.S.! God will work there, but we sure need to pray.

Here we are having a cold winter! And the flu is going around. I got over pneumonia, thank the Lord, but now have the flu, not too awful bad, but need prayer to get over it all! We had a wonderful visit with friends and colleagues, Billy and Donna Hires, for the last two weeks of June. They gave a good marriage conference for all of our Arequipa churches, over 250 present and we had to have it in the school patio, cause there is not room in our biggest church meeting room.

It was very needed. They also spoke to the teachers at the school, and the parents. All this is so needed, the family and home situation here is not good. So many separations and even divorce among so called believers. We were greatly blessed. However, the day before they left (Fri. July 1) Billy got the flu. They almost postponed their trip but it would have been costly, so they went, but that day Donna got it too, and now, I have it. Yuk. It is really going around. We trust the Hires are better and I hope to be soon.

Bob also took them to the Majes Valley and to Pedregal (plains of the Majes) and they had good meetings there too. Bob mostly translated for Billy and I helped a bit with Donna and the school meetings.

We are so thankful for these blessings, and we thank you who pray for us and share with us! Hope you will have a great summer serving the Lord. Many blessings for all of you, Noel for us./p>

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Well, hope your 2016 will be good all year! Thanks so much for praying for us and standing with us! Here we are now with our son Paul and family in Indiana! We had a good family reunion in Florida for our granddaughter's wedding, and a few visits to the beach too! That was a hot Christmas! Now for New Year's it is very cold with light snow in Northern Indiana. God made the gorgeous snow, God made the bright sun, amazing, the changes from south to north, from east to west, etc.

We pray to be used of the Lord these two and a half months with family and some travel and then return to Perú the third week of February. We always pray for our grown children and growing grandchildren, but it is good to see them grown, and most of them following the Lord really. Some, however, do need our prayers and hopefully will follow counsel we have been able to give them so far. All of us need prayer really.

We pray daily for our brethren in Perú. We trust they are doing well and resting on the Lord for guidance and growth and continuing faithfulness to our Lord. We really miss them and look forward to being back with them. Meanwhile, please help us pray for them too.

Again, thank you all so very very much. We need you too in God's work. We pray many many blessings for you all in 2016 and on and on. We pray for you all too!

Many blessings, love, Noél for us

Hi to you all, and happy holiday season!

Well, December is already going too fast! I had my eye surgery and it is healing. I will have to travel with the stitches still in though as Dr. says they should stay in for a couple months. Anyway it is getting better, and we are thankful! Bob had a lipoma removed from his left shoulder and that too is healing we trust. His stitches should come out next week, so soon we should have arms and eyes and all. These surgeries were expensive but necessary. The last of the "family" here to have an operation was the vehicle, which needed the clutch repaired. That wasn't real cheap either but for sure all this would have cost more in the U.S.

Bob had a short but profitable trip to the Majes Valley but has mostly been here really busy in counseling, teaching, preparing, etc. For me, final exams are taking up time but we are glad the school year is ending well. These past two weekends we have done distributions to a Christian children's home, (precious children and directors) and to the state boys home, (a much rougher group, but we had a chance to share Christ, so pray for results.) Our youth from the main Arequipa church dd a skit there and then divided the boys into small groups to discuss and share the Lord and His claims on us. Our youth did really well and we are glad they are serving the Lord.

Bob hears good news from the Espinar churches. Our national worker there, supported by our main Arequipa church, Daniel Sayco, is doing a good job evangelizing and encouraging the believers, teaching the new ones. They have had several baptisms there too. We are thankful for God's Word spreading and glad for open hearts. Other places are pretty indifferent. Some from our main church here are reaching out to the nearer towns and have seen some fruit but it is slower here than in the Espinar area. Thanks so much for praying for us and God's work here.

As to the school, the first phase of the new construction is almost done, and we trust the Lord to supply for the rest - hopefully next year. We are thankful for some good dedicated teachers - please help us pray for more for next year! We are thankful for the opportunities to teach God's Word freely here in the schools. Thanks for praying and sharing!

Our second granddaughter (Mark's second daughter, Jessica) is to be married Dec. 21. The Lord has provided for us to be able to go for this wonderful event in Florida. We have tickets to leave here Dec. 15, and return Feb. 24. So we hope to spend the holidays with our sons and family in Indiana, then later to visit some in the midwest and in Northern Va. with our daughter and family, and some visiting in the east too. Thanks so much for praying and sharing with us,we trust you are all well and will have a wonderful holiday season.

Thanks again, you dear ones, Christmas blessings, Noél for us

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