Hi to you dear ones!

Can't believe it is March already! February went fast and was indeed a busy month. We have bad news and good news! Sad news first: Because of our limited living situation, our son Joe has decided not to come as planned. So please help us pray that in a very few months everyone can be in their places and we will have a place where our family and others can feel free to come visit us! God is working and we think it will work out well in the end. Please do just keep praying! Thanks!

Happy news: our 10th grandchild, a precious little GRANDdaughter, was born February 4! She is Paul and Kim's 6th child, they named her Myra Noel. So I have like a "tocaya" (which means someone else with my name) now in the family. She would have been our 11th grandchild, but our Terri's dear little David did not make it past one month, he is in the arms of Jesus in heaven, and I sure want to see him there too! We pray for all our grandchildren, that each one will come to know the Lord and serve Him. Then we will have a great reunion some day! I miss them all but God has special plans for each one, and for us here too.

Talking about families, here we are seeing opposition, Satan is attacking our families. Some who have not been married very long are having real problems. God is working and we have had several sessions in counselling different ones, where thankfully God is restoring them. Still, it is evident that this is a real battle. As the world becomes more corrupt, older families fall apart, kids grow up just thinking of themselves, they don't make for good homes either. We pray God will truly transform His own and help in their home lives. Thanks for praying for our homes and families.

Along with that goes that school starts tomorrow, March 3! We are trying to get ready for it, but there is still a lot to do! We thank the Lord, He is answering and we have a good core of Christian teachers! More students are registering as well, so please help us pray for fruit for Christ in these lives. I will have Bible (Christian formation) in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades, and English in 3rd and 4th grades. This is 3 hours less than last year, but still 14 class hours so I will be busy. Please pray God will bring these little ones to Himself. We thank the Lord our little Bryan who we mentioned in the last letter has been provided for. Some other needy ones are also being helped. Thanks to God and thanks to all who are sharing and helping in this way. Please also pray for the school's material needs. Thanks!

Sadly, the couple we mentioned in the last letter in Polobaya, Paul Ramos and his wife, are putting off being baptized as they have promised their unconverted family members the use of their house for the yearly idolatrous fiesta in June or July. It is so very hard to "offend" family members or break with tradition and be cut off from society. They need prayer, they still do receive the Word of God that our brethren take them weekly, and others meet with them too. Still, God has to work His transformation in their hearts. Thanks for praying for this outreach.

Bob has had some profitable trips to the mountains and is now in the province of Espinar, in one of the Quechua communities, for some meetings this weekend. Our mountain brethren need encouragement. Last trip was a three day break for both of us at the beach, that was really refreshing!

Hi to you all!

February is here, a short month, but a lot is happening here. We hear on our news that you up there are having too much snow and cold. I love the snow but enough is enough! Here it rained a lot for January and in February we are supposed to have more but it has been sunny and dry so far.

In January we had some more weddings! Two were from our Cono Norte churches and another from the main church in town. Thanks for praying for these young couples. Some of our families are going through conflicts. Our society today is very hard on the family. We teach them God´s Word on this but all around us the world is demanding differently. The children are the most affected. Christian values and Biblical roles of parents are left behind with the desire to earn more and advance in life. Thanks for helping us pray for these families.

Last month I mentioned the Lord working in two nearby towns, Yarabamba and Polobaya. Believers from our main church here go Sunday afternoons to Yarabamba and are meeting with some very interested people. Now from Polobaya a couple has decided to follow the Lord and hopefully will be baptized Sunday, February 9. The brother who was going so faithfully to Polobaya has been with his family to his wife´s home near Urubamba, in a valley of Cusco. They went to share the Lord with Emiliana´s family.

In all these towns the Catholic traditions, idolatry, and liquor are very prevalent. People are afraid to break with these customs. There is persecution and isolation of believers who leave these ways to follow the Lord. There is so much openness now in the big cities of Perú, but in these small towns it is very primitive and these traditions are enslaving and blinding. Thanks for praying for this new couple from Polobaya, Paul Ramos and his wife. Thanks for praying for Vicente and Emiliana who are so faithful in witnessing out there and are seeing fruit.

Bob is in Puno now, with believers from three Quechua ranching communities a couple hours drive from Juliaca (over roads that are not really roads) and later will visit the church in Puno itself. Thanks for praying for these folks, and for the vehicle and trip. It is raining or snowing and muddy up there now.

Thanks for praying for the school too, especially for more Christian teachers for this school year, starting March 10. There is another little guy who really needs a sponsor as God leads. He is Bryan, lives a ways out in Cono Norte, but his mother comes down every day to town as she is working in a laundry place. The father is in jail for attempted robbery but is repentant. The mom, Ana, and little Bryan, are coming to church faithfully and to the home meeting we have with Ana´s cousin and family.

Bryan is very bright and when he visited his father he asked him: "Are you in God´s ways or the devil´s ways? We are now in God´s ways!" Well, we want to help Bryan have the opportunity for a Christian education. He will be in first grade. School fees have to go up as minimum wage has gone up and the teachers have to be paid, but for the early grades 60 dollars monthly is fine. Thanks for praying for the right ones to help this little guy. Please do pray for the final construction need of the school too. God can supply.

Hi you all! Welcome to 2014!

Already a week into this New Year! May it be a very fruitful year for you as you serve the King of Kings, our Lord Jesus. Thank you so very much for your part in His work here in Southern Perú! God is blessing here.

Last month one of our teenagers, Maryori, was baptized here in the main church of Arequipa, on her 16th birthday. She has a real clear testimony of knowing and loving the Lord even though her parents are not believers. Her Dad´s father was a faithful believer way up near the high mountain ranching area of Culypampa. He was having meetings with the young believers there during the terrorist years in Perú.

The military accused him of being a terrorist and grouping their subversive forces. So they tortured him, tied him up and threw him into the freezing lake by Culypampa. This really caused Maryori´s father to be resentful against the church. But he did come to her baptism and is allowing her to be one of us. Please help us pray for the family, and for our youth who want to serve the Lord.

I will say Maryori reminds me of myself at that age. My Mom did not permit me to be baptized till I was 16. I also had conflicts in the home, but really desired to serve the Lord. And I am so thankful for God´s people who helped me, and prayed for my Mom, and it did bring fruit in the end. She is now with the Lord. So thanks for praying for others now in the same situation!

The group that is going out to Yarabamba are also seeing results from their visiting and having Bible studies there. Another dear man from our church here is going a little farther to the town of Polobaya. In both these agriculture towns, Yarabamba about 1 hour from Arequipa and Polobaya about 2 hours, there are folks who are close to being baptized, identifying with Christ. Thanks for praying for this outreach.

These days around the end of the year we have had a couple weddings, young couples who desire to form Christian homes. Bob has good messages for these weddings, and together we have a couple songs we dedicate to the couple. Please also help us pray for these young families starting out. Our society is very corrupt, and it is harder and harder to have a godly family life. How we do need God's hand in our homes!

When God blesses and folks really start going right, Satan fights it. In a few of our young families there are severe conflicts, even family feuds. This is sad, and the children are affected. Thanks for praying fervently!

School is out till March, but we will have a vacation program. I may teach English some days, and please pray for wisdom in this, in everything we want to glorify Christ. We had a good end of year program, I trust it was God honoring. Thanks for praying for the school. We have real needs of expansion of the patio and reconstruction of one of the buildings, all terribly expensive. Barring a real miracle it will be impossible to do it this year. Please pray for God's provision and timing. Also please pray for Christian teachers for the next school year. This is crucial to guiding the students and parents, and a Christ centered testimony. Thanks!

Must close - yesterday I read a quote from our daily devotional calendar. So sadly true:

I looked for the church, and found it in the world.
I looked for the world, and found it in the church.

Please pray for our churches here. We want to do God's will and have them being led in His ways.

Cannot thank you enough for all your prayer and sharing with us! May God bless each of you this year and on!

Hi to you dear ones!

Finally 2013 is coming to an end! It has been a very difficult year in many ways, but we have truly so much to be thankful for. God has certainly protected us here from the grave disasters experienced in other places. We pray for those still suffering from typhoon, earthquake, and other tragedies this year. We see God's hand in His work in all places and are thankful, because He is directing His own through every trial and blessing.

Our school year is winding down too. The kids are wild - this is the last week of classes, and final exams are starting. This week I hope to give most of my exams, Bible and English, to 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades! We had the graduation dinner for our 5 year olds last Saturday evening. I was their "madrina" and exhorted the parents and children some, encouraging them to raise these precious little ones for God. We live in very difficult days with many temptations, homes falling apart, etc. Please help us pray for our children growing up in this wicked world. This Friday evening should be our 6th grade graduation celebration. I will try to exhort parents and grads. to keep on believing and clinging to the Lord. It gets tougher as they get older, as adolescence is sure a crucial time in their lives. Thanks for praying for our final closing program as well, hopefully Dec. 23.

Bob has traveled some more to the Majes Valley and there is a couple there who are to be baptized the weekend of Dec. 14. Augusto is an older brother, blind, and his wife, Livia, are always receptive to God's Word when Bob goes. They give Bob meals and hospitality as well. Their teen son is also close to trusting the Lord fully. Thanks for praying for them.

Bob is traveling to Espinar this weekend for a wedding of believers there. Bob keeps busy traveling, but does a lot of teaching and counseling here too. We have another wedding Dec. 21 in our Cono Norte church here in Arequipa. Thanks for praying for these couples to form godly homes. Also this month, with the youth from our main church we are doing some distributions of Christmas bags with tracts or booklets, plus socks and candies, and little Christmas breads to some children's homes. Please pray for this outreach and testimony.

The new church in the neighborhood of San Lazaro in Arequipa is also doing ok, though they need prayer - as well as other neighborhood churches around the city, especially the one in Enace. Bob teaches there Sunday afternoons, but it does lack local leadership. Please continue to pray for the outreaches in Yarabamba and Polobaya. Our youth and others from the main church here visit these places and are seeing more come to meet together for Bible studies.

Truly we are very thankful for all you dear ones have prayed for and shared with us this year. May God richly bless you and give you a truly joyful holiday season, remembering God's great Gift to us, Salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord and King.

Serving Him, Christmas blessings, Noél for us

Hi to you dear ones!

Yes! November is going by fast! We have so much to be thankful for, first we thank God for His salvation, constant love, and care for His own. This year has been difficult in many ways, but God's faithfulness prevails, and we do thank Him. Trust you all will have a wonderful Thanksgiving season, all year!

Here we have seen God work in lives. I mentioned before some of our church folks, now not just the youth, but others too, have been going out to the nearby towns of Yarabamba, and now, a bit farther, to Polobaya. They are seeing small groups meeting together to study God's Word. A few Sundays ago some of the brethren from here brought a crippled lady from Yarabamba in to our main Arequipa church. She was blessed, she is a believer.

Then almost a month ago, a new believer from Polobaya came in to our Arequipa church to be baptized here. We think there will be some more baptisms in each of these towns soon. Also, one of the Bible study small groups Bob has been helping with in an outlying neighborhood is growing into a church on their own. One of the elders from the church in Chichas is moving to Arequipa and has his home in the above mentioned neighborhood.

He is Eliachín, and he and his family are leading this new little church. (Chichas is a valley town about 10 hours or more away from here. Bob used to have to walk in over 5 hours to get there, now they have a road except in the rainy season when it can wash out). Eliachin's daughters are here in the university and working, and his wife is here with them too, so they are moving here, only have to go to Chichas sometimes to see to their property and animals there. So we are seeing God's work expand. Thank you for helping to pray for these outreaches!

Bob and I just returned from a trip to Puno, both the city and some high mountain ranches about an hour's drive over dirt road from Juliaca. There are three communities, (really llama ranches with some potato and quinua plantings) that meet together once a month. This time Bob had all day Saturday with the leaders there, and Sunday with the church people. I did some children's classes. There is some discouragement among the leaders there but God used Bob to encourage and help clear up some doctrinal issues with some of them. They are thankful and want Bob to go back in Feb. to help in another one of the communities there. Thanks for praying!

A little over a month ago I had a needed encouraging word! I came home in a taxi and the driver recognized me! He said years ago I had taught him God's Word in the first school I taught in - starting in 1993. Can't say I remembered him! Those classes were big, it was a large school for the poorer people out beyond the airport. Anyway, Michel said he has had some family problems with his wife and daughter, but wants them to return to church. Thanks for praying for these lives who have been influenced over the years.

In fact, a couple weeks ago a brother from our earlier years in Perú came and asked forgiveness for some offenses he and his family had done to us years ago, including of course the unpaid large debt. Well, all is forgiven, the brother has cancer and doesn't know how long God will give him on earth. God is good, we need to forgive as He has forgiven us! More to be thankful to Him for!

School is difficult this last month. Please pray the many activities, programs, classes, and tests, etc. will be glorifying to the Lord. Please pray for the teachers, parents, children and youth, and the stress they are under, guess I need to include myself in this. It is not easy, but there are rewarding moments, and we pray eternity will show results. Please pray for the material needs of the school as well. Please also pray for our adolescents here too. It is a very difficult stage of life in this godless culture. We are working with them and praying for God to shape and lead their lives.

Some of our dear church brethren are in financial and situational needs these days. Please pray for God's provision and wisdom for all of us in this.

Thanks to all of you who are praying for us and sharing with us! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, remembering God's goodness!

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