Hi to you all, and Happy New year!

Here's hoping this year, 2017, will be good for all of us, good to grow closer to God. We are very thankful for all of His love and blessings bestowed on us in the past, and that we can trust Him for every day of the future. The world is getting farther away from Him and we need to stay closer. We had a very profitable New Year's eve meeting, prayer, testimonies, music, and fellowship. We had a mini- meal, but received the new year in prayer, hearing tons of fireworks going off all around us. This is the custom here, both receiving Christmas and New Years at midnight. We hope your Christmas was also meaningful, and Christ full, and we trust all this year will be as well.

Also we were blessed by 3 days by the ocean, shared with our new colleague, Jeff Anderson. Now we are blessed by having another family from Australia join us here until late March. They are Mike and Kerry Fischer. They need to learn Spanish, so will be in classes for a few weeks this month. God is working here and there is much to do, we pray the Lord will continue to raise up leaders and those involved in His work here. Thanks for praying with us for our current Peruvian national workers too. Daniel Sayco, who works for the Lord in the Espinar area and into Santo Tomas, has had some family conflicts recently with his oldest son. Please pray for this situation; Daniel really wants to continue his active and valuable service for the Lord.

On his last trip to the Majes Valley, 3 young girls were baptized. They are daughters of believers there and this is a real encouragement to us and to the work in that valley. These families do seem to really want to serve the Lord. Thanks for praying for them.

Thanks for praying for the ongoing school construction too; on this vacation we hope to get a good ways into the final phase. There is so much legal paper work involved in this, please help us pray for the final permission from the Civil Defense. They have been so very problematic in granting us this. It should happen in the next week or two. We need it to continue. Then please help us pray for the right teachers for next year. We will have a vacation program starting next week, Jan. 9, so we pray this will be glorifying to the Lord as well, and that all the required paperwork can be turned in to the regional direction soon. We truly desire to see fruit for the Lord from the school. It is His. Thanks to all who share with us, sponsoring needy children (and we do pray for a few more sponsors for this year), and sharing in the building too.

Thanks for praying for Albino, the old man I mentioned in the last letter. He is healing, slowly but surely, and it is a miracle. His son Hipolito has been faithful in church and wants to follow the Lord now, this is an answer to prayer, please keep praying.

Finally, please help us pray for the needed rains - this afternoon, Jan. 1, our first shower came - not too much, but it helps!

Thanks for praying, and sharing! May you each have a very prosperous 2017 living for Christ.

New Year's blessings, Noel for us

Hi to you all!

Wow! December is going by so fast! Such a busy time, we do want every moment to count for the Lord. So, where to start? Bob had a good trip to the Majes Valley and I think they are finally meeting together as a little church, this is encouraging. Some of the young teen girls want to be baptized - they need some counsel and teaching - to be sure they are ready, but it is an indication that the Lord is working, they are daughters of believers.

As you know, we live somewhat near the Colca canyon, where Bob Riggenbach started many churches. There is a volcano there that is blowing up. It is Sabancaya, and has been in eruption for some years, but this year it has become especially active, dumping ashes which destroy the crops in the whole area. The people who live up there are suffering, respiratory problems, animals sick, and their crops destroyed. Please help us pray for them and the whole situation.

The volcano has calmed down some just recently, and we hope will go back to "sleep". We even get the fine ash dust all over our patio, garage, window sills, Bob's car, etc. It is a bother, but not at all what the folks up in the canyon are suffering. As to our weather though, it is usually warm and getting ready to rain in December here. But we have had cold spells, high chilly winds, and absolutely NO rain. Please help us pray for these conditions here too, as our water will be rationed and crops around here ruined too, very limited harvests.

God is at work here though. A dear brother, evangelist who has served faithfully in and above the canyon, Espinar, and his town of Sibayo was brought to Arequipa with severe appendicitis. The hospital here was on strike, and all they did was send him back up to Sibayo with some injections and pills. He got lots worse and his daughters brought him back again, but the hospital workers again did not attend him, just were going to observe and study the case.

His daughters took him to a private clinic which is very expensive for them but at least they operated on him at 11 p.m. when he got in there on emergency. However the appendix had already burst so he was put on tons of IV's, drains, etc. and it got complicated with pneumonia. Albino is 80 years old, so this is very dangerous. He was draining dark fluid through his nostrils, on high oxygen, and was hallucinating, and the doctors finally said he was not going to get better, and should just go home - to die.

Well, we did pray, were ready for whatever God wanted, and truly, miraculously, the next day he was sooo much better, could drink some water, etc. He still can't eat, but he is totally lucid, on very low oxygen, and joined us in singing in Quechua, some of the songs he composed. Albino plays the harp and has composed several songs for the Quechua hymnbook we use in our mountain churches. He continues to recuperate, and the churches here are giving some offerings to help pay for his continued stay in this clinic. Please help us pray - for God to finish this good work He has started, and for the provision for it all. His son has professed to return to the Lord's ways if indeed his Dad gets well. Albino's family are really praying for this miracle, and God is answering. Amazing.

This month with the youth from church we have done some Christmas bag distribution in the state boy's home, with the opportunity of sharing the Gospel with these boys, we pray for fruit in their lives, they are a needy bunch. We plan on doing the same thing in the Children's Home we help this Friday, Lord willing. So much goes on this time of year. We are in final exams in school, and preparing for the closing ceremony Dec. 23. Please help us pray for a good end of this school year, and for the vacation program planned for January. Please help us pray for more sponsors for needy children to continue in the Christian school.

And please help us pray for Peru and its education curriculum. The govt. is renewing this and including what they call "equality of gender". That is - if anyone decides to be homosexual they have to be not only tolerated, but accepted and encouraged in this lifestyle. This includes "redefinition of the family". That is, some children can have 2 moms, or 2 dads, not necessarily Mom, Dad, and children. All this to be taught in the schools. It is already imposed in the govt. institutions, where abandoned or needy children are cared for.

The dear Christian directors of the home we help is fighting this but would be put in jail if he refuses to accept this. He can teach God's Word to the children, and pray for the Lord to work. We have total freedom to do the same in our Christian school and certainly this is the whole purpose. We have seen these very things destroy the education system in the U.S. We are so thankful we have freedom here so far, please help us pray this will continue in spite of the humanistic world view coming into being here in Peru.

Thanks so very very much for all you have prayed for us and shared with us this past year. We wish you all a very very merry Christmas, filled with the true meaning of Christ's coming to save us. What a reason to rejoice -- God our Savior has come!

Christmas Joys for you, Noel for us

Hi to you dear ones,

In spite of the political mess the U.S. is in, we can surely THANK our all powerful LORD! He has His plan for our country and for all of His people. May our prayer be fervent for our nation and for God's chosen ones worldwide. We certainly thank God for the freedom we have to proclaim Him and His Word and plan of salvation to all here. We need to continue taking advantage of this!

Bob had some profitable trips in October. He was in the Majes Valley and up in Chuquibamba, the believers there need a lot of encouraging to keep going, but God is working in some of them anyway. Then just a week ago there were two special meetings in the mountain areas of Espinar - Chullupata, and then above the Colca canyon in Tuti. There were over 200 in the Tuti meeting and they were encouraged in the Lord. These are Quechua areas, especially Chullupata.

Bob slipped and fell in the snow getting there and hurt his shoulder. It is slowly getting better, but we do need prayer as the trips are a bit harder on us older folks, at least out where the roads are difficult. It is raining/snowing some now in the high places and at night there was no light - so from where Bob had to leave the car to the meeting place it was kind of slick in the snow. Worth it to reach the dear believers and help them grow in Christ.

This coming weekend I plan on going with Bob to the Puno-Juliaca area. In a Quechua community inland from Juliaca there is a baptism planned for Sun. a.m. Sat. we plan on being there to talk to one of the men who will be baptized, and Sunday afternoon we plan on going to Puno for a meeting with the church there. I will miss Mon. a.m. classes at school, but our monthly tests should be done by then, so I can go.

Bob continues discipling new believers here, counseling, visiting, preparing and teaching God's Word. Many seek him out for help with their multiple problems and just teaching in the Lord. I can visit with him sometimes, but mostly am busy with school. Precious childrem in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades, I love teaching them God's Word and we get thru some English too! Please help us pray for the school construction project, over halfway provided for but still have a need to finish during the upcoming vacation. Thanks so much to those who have helped in this and especially thanks for your prayers.

For the 2017 school year we are also praying for a few more sponsors, to help pay school fees for those who cannot afford a Christian school without help. We are truly thankful for those of you who are helping some of our children here. There are still many who have the need, many broken homes and economic need, even though the news says Peru is progressing! The value of the U.S. dollar is fluctuating, recently was higher and now is dropping. We think the instability of the political situation in the U.S. affects this. Again, prayer is needed!

The main Arequipa church continues to be "overpopulated" in that there is standing room only in our main Sun. a.m. service. We need to see about purchasing more chairs anyway, thanks so much for praying for true growth, not just numbers. Please help us pray for leaders for the church here. Bob has a special meeting for preparing future leaders Monday afternoons. Please pray for this, and for godly leadership in all areas here.

Thanks so much for all your prayer and sharing with us here. Have a very meaningful Thanksgiving time later this month and always! In every thing give thanks, is our command for all year round, 24/7. Thanks so much!

Thanksgiving blessings for you all, Noel for us

Hi to you all,

Trust you are well and enjoying autumn there in the U.S.! My favorite season, i do miss the fall colors!

October is here! And it is definitely getting warmer, our Spring is springing! We are thankful for nice weather and most of all for God's blessings here. New people are coming, some with real needs, like the couple whose 15 year old daughter is in the hospital with leukemia. Their other daughter has Down's syndrome, but can do some things for herself. This couple needs the Lord. Yes, they want their daughter healed, which we are praying for, God can do this. We all know we really want only the Lord's will, and we pray this situation will bring the whole family to Him. Thanks for praying with us for them and for many others Bob counsels with daily. Sometimes I join them, but often I'm in school.

And school just had its 13th anniversary celebrations. For the last couple weeks there were contests, family day with sports and a chicken dinner, etc. Friday evening was the Thanksgiving service and it glorified the Lord. Bob had the opening message, and I had a couple Bible story dramas presented with 4th and 5th graders, they did well. All the other presentations were for the Lord's glory too, and we are thankful for the opportunity to reach these families for Christ. Please help us pray for the rest of this year to continue in this cause.

Lord willing, next week Bob and I will go to Trujillo, in the north of Peru for a 3 day retreat with other missionaries with Christian Missions in Many Lands. We trust it will be a good time of fellowship and refreshing for continuing in God's work here. Bob has some trips planned to the mountain areas of Espinar for later this month. There are new believers up there and they need teaching, an ongoing need, I know I have mentioned it before.

Again, thanks so much for your prayer for us and for sharing with us in God's work here. Thanks and blessings for you all, Noel for us

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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