Hi to you all!

September is here, our spring begins later this month, but we had some terrible wind and dust storms later in August. Then it truly got warmer. Supposedly we will get hit by the "niño" phenomenon later this year and early next, causing drought and cold in the mountains and heavy rains along the coast, destroying much in both regions. Arequipa is in between the mountains and the coast. We could get heavy rains or drought. Or some of both. God is in control and we just have to wait on Him.

Later August brought a real tragedy to the family of one of our elders in the main church here in Arequipa. His parents lived in the mountains, and his Mom was on a bus going to the nearby town to the market. The bus went over a cliff and she and 5 others were killed. Our elder Fortunato and his 6 siblings traveled up there to bury her there. They brought their grieving Dad here. We are very thankful Fortunato had talked to his folks in Quechua and both parents were baptized here some years ago. His Mom prayed for each of her children and grandchildren faithfully. She is with the Lord, but it is hard on the family. Fortunato and his brother Jeronimo and families are faithful in our church here and active in serving the Lord. Their children are in our school, and Jeronimo's oldest graduates this year. Thanks for praying for them.

In August we helped with 3 weddings. Please pray for these young families for solid Christian homes, this is their desire. One of the guys still is not baptized, but he wants to be and is talking to Bob. Hopefully soon.

Bob traveled last month, to the Majes Valley. Unfortunately most of the brethren there are not as committed as they should be. The valleys are often hard with a lot of indifference even on the part of the believers. Next week Bob will go to Cotahuasi, Lord willing, to help encourage the believers there. We pray all will be for the Lord's glory.

Our school construction is really going forward. We are almost out of the funds we have, but we trust will be able to finish the first phase of the new building, getting at least the first 2 floors ready for use next year, and we are thankful the patio is big enough now to meet standards! Thanks so much for praying for this and for those who have helped! We trust the Lord for the rest needed in His time. Please continue to pray for the teachers, students, parents, and all involved in the school. Our prayer is that all may come to know and follow Christ. It is a huge challenge and responsability. We are beginning to prepare for the school's anniversary program early next month, and all the activities involved, this month too.

Hi y'all!

August is here already! We did have a cold, dry spell in July, with my fingers splitting, etc. It got warmer, all got healed and now it is getting colder again. We are still in winter, but it is passing!

This month we have at least three weddings. We pray for these homes forming, we have also had believers here with family problems, they surely need prayer too. The enemy just does not like to see Christians living in God's will. Thanks for praying!

Last month we had some baptisms too, one very elderly lady who had trusted the Lord developed pneumonia a couple weeks after her baptism. She passed away a few days ago, but was very thankful to have obeyed the Lord in identifying with Him. Her husband and granddaughter were baptized with her. Please pray for these new ones to remain faithful to the Lord.

The believers from here who are going every weekend to Yarabamba are seeing growth in the new believers there, and the brother Vicente, who with his family goes to Polobaya and Agua Buena each weekend also are glad for growth in the new believers there, though it is often a struggle as unbelieving neighbors there make it hard for the new believers who want to leave off the idolatrous customs and feasts they have in these towns. They are only a couple hours from Arequipa but still very Roman C. traditional, including idolatry and forced keeping of traditions.

Bob has had some fruitful trips, and is now with our guest Jeff in Puno, Juliaca, and the Quechua communities near there, and will be going, Lord willing, next week to Culypampa, about the highest place where we have believers, for some meetings there to encourage the dear brethren up there in that cold place. As Jeff is from a relatively high altitude in Wyoming, we don't expect he will have trouble with the altitude - that is a blessing!

Today they are roofing the second floor of the construction project at school. Wow, they have been working fast! God has blessed us with all the permissions needed, and seems to be showing us again that His timing is best. Recently the dollar exchange has gone up some here in Perú, really helping us stretch the funds donated earlier for this. If we had had the permits earlier we would have used up all the funds by now and not been able to continue. We may not yet be able to finish, but we will get more done, Lord willing, than if we had started earlier. Thank you, Lord, and thank all of you who have helped with this. We pray the school will always be a place where God's Word is taught, respected, and believed. So important in these days of rebellion and indifference to God.

Thanks so much for your prayer and sharing with us. We trust you will see God working in your life too, as you serve Him.

Our website, done by our son, Joe, is: bobandnoelrich.com and our support address is:

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Thanks! Blessings, Noél for us

Hi in July!

And happy 4th to all "US" Americans. Trust you are having a good summer. Here we are having a mild winter. Nice, not too cold nor too dry, my fingers have not split like usual in June.

Bob had some good trips in June. I did not go with him as planned to Cayarani. He took some national workers instead. I had wanted to go but it did not work out this time. They had 4 baptisms in the new area of Anchayaque and a couple in Espinar. God is working there. Daniel Sayco, from there, really does a good job of winning souls and discipling them. Bob is going again now to help teach some of these new ones. Thanks for your prayers for this area and for Daniel.

Bob also went to the Majes Valley again. The ones that were baptized last year there need prayer for growth. In Aplao there is a little group.We trust they will stay faithful. Teodoro Huayta is helping them. God can work in the whole valley, thanks for prayer. Bob plans to go to the Puno and Juliaca area again the end of this month. We have a guest here with us for a few months, Jeff, who will probably accompany Bob on that trip. Jeff is studying Spanish here, hoping to minister somewhere to hispanics. He is a blessing!

Some of the believers from the main church here are continuing their outreaches to the towns nearby, to Yarabamba, Polobaya and a new area near there, Agua Buena.Thankfully, they are seeing some fruit. Thanks so much for your prayers for the Lord's work here. We have two home Bible studies here in Arequipa. One is a home church. They have a very dedicated leader who was an elder in the church of Chichas where he and family formerly lived. However, there are some difficult cases with believers there. Thanks for praying!

Finally! We are thankful that the building project for the school has been approved by the municipality.That was a long burro-cratic effort! They had worked on it since the demolition the end of Feb. but we needed the legal permit to go ahead full speed, which is happening now even though classes are in session. It makes noise, especially in the 6th grade. The kids make noise there too. Please pray for me in teaching with all the noise. They are good kids, and we are really thankful to be able to teach God's Word freely here and they are learning, but it is not easy in these days of permissiveness and lack of discipline from early on. The "rights" of children are such that children can denounce and sue their own parents if they feel the parents are treating them wrong. Not to mention in the schools. Can't look at 'em crosseyed! Well, we haven't had too much problem here but it is touchy. My fifth graders are great. They have a really dedicated Christian teacher, which makes a big difference!! Thanks so much for praying for our Christian school! May God continue to bless it and really my prayer is that all these students will come to know Christ personally. A big challenge.

For the month of August we have at least 3 weddings coming up! Glad to say these couples are all "doing it right" and giving a good testimony. We trust God will indeed bless them and form Godly homes. Thanks for praying and sharing for God's work here.

Again, Thanks, and Blessings,

Noél for us

Hi y'all!

Seems too soon to be June! But it's here! It is getting colder, and dryer, time of year when fingers and toes split, ouch. I have tons of creams, etc. - so this too will pass away. Hope you up north enjoy summer!

May here was full of civil unrest. There were strikes filled with violence, some were killed, including policemen trying to keep order. It all started in the Tambo valley where a mining project is severely opposed by the labor unions, agriculture unions and political agitators. Now that province of Islay is in a "state of emergency" so they have curfews, vigilence, guarantees suspended, etc. At least it enforces some order for now. Here in Arequipa there are more strikes threatened, but for the moment we have a tense calm. It is sad how the lack of discipline in homes is causing this generation to rebel so fiercely. Again we are thankful for our school and the opportunity to teach children and youth God's values, His grace and His will for us here. Thanks so much for praying for us and this outreach.

One of the high school teachers, Juan José, is comes weekly for a Bible study with Bob. He really enjoys studying God's Word, and this is encouraging to Bob as well. Pray for him, thanks!

Bob had a good trip to a place where Phil Riggenbach and the local church meeting in his house have evangelized and taught. Next weekend I am going with Bob to a high farther away place, Cayarani, for a wedding of some of the believers there, Lord willing. I will have to miss at least one day of school, and we will be in tests again, which is a hassle.

Please also pray for the final building of the school. They are extending the patio and have dug deep for the columns. Now they are starting on the bathrooms - waiting for the final permit to build as far as funds last.

Again, thanks! Many blessings,

Noél for us

Hi dear friends,

May is going by really fast, and full! Last month was full too. We were blessed with some new baptisms, one from Polobaya, where one of our believers with his family have been faithful in their outreach. It is about an hour and a half drive from Arequipa so they meet out there but this new brother wanted to come in to Arequipa to be baptized. We also had a funeral last month, of a 95 yr. old father of one of our believers here.

May 1 is Labor day here, so I went with Bob on a trip to Puno, Juliaca (where a new group is meeting together in a home), and to a Quechua community an hour from Juliaca. We were able to visit neighbors of the family who is now meeting in Juliaca and several came and heard God's Word. In the community, two churches met together. I did some children's illustrations and Bob taught the adults. (Most understand Spanish but they like to sing especially in Quechua.) It was a blessing to see how some of the believers there are teaching their children God's Word.

This afternoon and evening was the Mother's Day program at school. I think the Lord was glorified in this and we are thankful for the school. I did a couple Bible story dramas, one with 4th grade and the other with 5th. Thank you so much for praying for the school. God is blessing. The patio where we have these events is really small now as they are working to extend it and have to have the part where they are working blocked off. So we were very very crowded, but it was nice. Thanks for praying for the final construction in the middle property. The building was demolished and now they are working on cementing the extended patio and digging for the thick columns needed for the new building, plus putting in the sewage drains, etc. Still a lot to do and expensive, but we are thankful we can at least get started. Another expensive unexpected problem we had last month was dentist bill, guess we are getting old, our teeth are falling out! Not really the teeth, but the caps and crowns, etc. They say it is a lot more expensive in the U.S. so we are glad it is done here really.

Well, we hope all you Moms out there have a really nice day this Sunday! Thanks for praying with us, thanks to those who share too. I have to ask you to pray for the south of Perú here. The city, Mollendo, where we lived for almost 3 years and where our sons, Paul and Mark, were born is in a civil war now. There was a mining project for the Tambo valley, just up from Mollendo, but the farmers do not want it to go ahead. There have been strikes, uprisings, riots, police killed, farmers killed, many on both sides wounded, tear gas, vehicles stoned, roads blocked, schools and businesses shut down, food and gasoline, etc. shortages, it is really nasty. Please pray for peace here. Thanks so much.

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