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!

Hi again folks!

October is here, bet it is beautiful in the U.S. I really miss the fall season with the colors on the trees. Here it is getting warmer and the mountains around the city have lost most of their snow. We have been very busy.

Bob had a good trip to Culypampa, and found that the believers there had not lost too many animals, nor had had too much snow this year, even though other places in the mountains did. Bob was able to encourage the believers there, this was profitable. He also has continued with Bible studies in the Majes valley and we are seeing the little group there grow slowly but surely.

Here in our main Arequipa church we had a tragedy late in September. One of the believers who worked in Tacna was found dead under a bridge there, they say he had a heart attack and fell on his head and died. His dear widow is from here and she lives with her family. They had two young children, after having lost an older son to bone cancer about 10 years ago. Please pray for the widow, Maria del Pilar, and the two little ones (12 and 10). It will not be easy for them.

School remains a challenge for me, the rowdy classes as the year winds down especially. Sometimes it is discouraging, but I am thankful for the opportunity to sow the seed of the Lord's Word in young hearts. Some do indeed respond, which is a real blessing.

We just had our 10th anniversary celebration, a busy week with contests, sports day, many other activities. It ended last night with the main Thanksgiving ceremony. One of the presentations I had to do with the 3rd grade didn't go well, as the main character did not get onto the platform in time for his part which really confused the whole thing. The teacher who was supposed to help had gotten very sick in the afternoon and couldn't come, which was the problem really, as no one else was there to help. (I was doing another number with 4th grade right before this one), but the other presentations went well, and in the end a good testimony for God was given. Bob had a good and short enough message, we trust it all was for the Lord's glory.

However, the school does have a need, of which we are very much aware each time we have an event, or even phys. ed. and other activities. The patio is too small. Civil Defense in Arequipa has sanctioned us as we do not have the required open space for earthquake drills, or for an eventual quake (which we pray won't happen, but we are in a seismic zone). The middle building on the property only has adequate space for two classrooms, as it is older, is mostly of the volcanic stone -sillar- and does not have all the columns to hold the weight of a lot of students.

The directors, Marino and Lupe, have their apt. there on the top floor. In order to extend the patio, they would need to demolish this older building, which kind of always has been in the way anyway, and build a structure on one side of it, which could hold the required classrooms without occupying the needed patio space. They had started to build the apartment where we are now for them, and as it appears we will be able to return to the apartment above the church where we were early next year, we are praying for the funds to complete this project.

Without help there is no way we could do this for several years. It is very expensive to build now in Arequipa. We do thank you so much for your prayers. We are seeing the Lord supply for our personal needs related to our living situation, and we are really thankful. Please help us pray for real unity and fellowship in the church here, for total restoration in spite of past errors. God is so very very good and we are truly thankful.

Thanks to you dear ones who pray for us an share with us. We the Lord will meet your needs and work through you too, to reach this very needy world with His message of hope and salvation through His Christ.

Dear praying friends,

After some awful wind and dust storms, and some cold spells, finally it is getting warmer here! Our weather has been really different this year, the dust storms are the worst, but we have not blown away yet.

How we thank God for your prayers! Truly, we need them now. We have made some mistakes, we have a big need but we have a bigger God. Thank you for praying for His will to be done, and peace and love be restored.

Bob has had some fruitful trips, to Espinar for some meetings, and to the communities in Puno. He has been able to encourage the believers and teach God's Word. Also, he has continued his Bible study on the basics of the faith to the new group in Central, the Majes Valley.

This past weekend I went with him, as Friday was a holiday from school. The believers there are hungry to grow in Christ and do meet together for teaching. Bob goes there on the Fridays he has free from other obligations. Later this month Bob will go way up high to Culypampa for some meetings and teaching. Right now this area is covered with snow and ice, and many of the alpacas and llamas have died for lack of food, their grass is snow covered and the extreme cold gives them pneumonia.

The dust and wind storms here were snow storms up in the altitude. Most of Peru's southern highland has these conditions and is declared in emergency now. To add to our brothers' problems in Culypampa, invaders are trying to take over their land, causing trouble. Thanks for praying for our brethren in the highlands.

Thanks for praying for the school too. We are in monthly exams. I still have a few to go, but most of mine are done and graded. The rowdy classes are a challenge and sometimes discouraging, but I am truly thankful for the ones who do listen and want to learn. Please help us pray for the teachers, students and parents. So many are from broken homes. We long for the school to be truly Christian, not just in name. Near the end of this month is the school's tenth anniversary. Please pray that the Lord will be glorified in all the presentations.

God's richest blessings for you, Noél for us.

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