Hi to you dear ones,

Finally! Many things have happened to make this late, sorry. Last month I forgot to mention that we have had some funerals. The two last month were old people, a dear sister from way up around lake Titicaca, only spoke Aymará, stepmom and grandmom of sisters from here, and then an old grandpa of another believer here. The sister we believe is with Jesus, but the older grandpa we don't know, God does. Still - it is difficult for family members and others.

Well, last week we had another one, this time truly sad. One of the elders of the church that meets with Phil Riggenbach passed away - he was a dear saint, active in God's work. Donato had leukemia and we knew this was coming some time, but honestly I thought he would be with us a bit longer. He is with his Lord, but he is sorely missed here. Please pray for his widow, Manuela, and their 3 grown children. Precious family. Well, death is a part of life, so we accept that and were able to minister some anyway especially in the older folks' funerals.

Here we had a really cold winter, June - August, but now it is getting some warmer it seems, high parts got some rain and our mountains got new snow, but Misti has lost its "poncho" now. As to the weather, we are really praying for our family and friends in Florida as they prepare for this horrible hurricane Irma - not at all a welcome visitor. We do pray God will keep His people safe and their homes too. He alone can calm the storm.

Here in Arequipa we are between two large Roman Catholic institutions and surrounded by several RC churches. Today they celebrate the virgin Maria's birth, 9 mos. after her "immaculate conception" Dec. 8. All holidays and most weekends are full of loud firecrackers, which cause our poor little cocker to cringe. Guess the virgins and the saints just love firecrackers, but they don't seem to wake up no matter how loud they get!

Anyway, we are very thankful for this property, our church and home, central meeting place for our dear believers. God gave this to us in 1989 and we began meeting here in 1990. In 1991 the apts. above the meeting place were finished and we moved here. Now, 2017, we are transferring all the property into the name of an association - several of our local church members, and us included. They have unanimously agreed to let us remain living here as long as we last on this earth, but we won't have to worry about the govt. or anyone else taking it over if something happens to us. Ironically, because it is a central location and now valued much more than what it cost us, we have to pay a tax on it in order to be able to give it away! But the church offerings will cover most of it, and they are very good about their share of expenses, etc. Thanks for helping us pray for a smooth transfer here, plus the other needs.

Also we are thankful for the school, the opportunities to teach God's Word. I want to continue doing this as long as God permits, kids these days are a bit more difficult and confused because of our messed up society, broken homes, lack of discipline, etc. - so we need prayer for this generation, we all desperately need Christ.

Bob spends time teaching, counseling, preparing, studying, visiting, traveling some, discipling newer believers, and much more. We thank the Lord for our health. Bob has had some minor problems with his sciatic nerve and I have had a tight throat, dry cough, etc. throughout the winter here, somewhat provoked by slight allergy to wool and the contamination with all our incredible traffic - way too many vehicles for these streets.

Thanks so much to all who pray for us and share with us. We pray God's best for all of you! Thanks so much again, Many Blessings, Noél for us

Dear friends,

Thanks so much for praying for us. Many prayed for my healing after that awful fall. It was a long road, July was NOT the best month of my life, but we praise the Lord most of my pains are gone or going. Thanks, and boy, I never want to fall like that again!!

Bob had a profitable meeting again with the leaders of several churches in a mountain area - in Sibayo. There were other meetings in another area of Espinar that weekend too and those also were good, they say. We are truly thankful the Lord is raising up some men to lead these churches - please keep praying for this great need. We need men filled with the Holy Spirit with solid families and values, there are a few, but more are needed.

July 28, Peru's Independence day, I went with Bob and a couple other brothers from here to Juliaca, where we talked with a dear sister who wanted baptism, and the next day, Saturday, we met up with the believers from Puno and Thelma was baptized in Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake, by a beautiful beach. It is winter here and cold in the altitude, but the lake water was warm around noon time, even though the air was cold. Anyway, we thank the Lord that the Puno church is growing too. Thelma's daughter was baptized in November, and we were there for that too. The family attends the church in Puno as it is in Spanish, while the church in the Quechua community of Occoro is mostly done in their native Quechua. Anyway, there is great fellowship with the group there. Sunday the 30th we were in Occoro for their combined meeting with the church in Patapampa, another Quechua community. We got home late Sunday night, and school started up after mid year vacation Monday. So we have been and are very busy! But blessed. Now Bob is going to Espinar area again, a Quechua community Mamanihuayta, for meetings tomorrow and Sunday. We are thankful for our national worker, Daniel, who is seeing growth and blessing in this vast area. Thanks for praying for these outreaches.

However, Satan does not rest and again we have had some of our families with struggles. This comes with gossip and discontent and we pray will not cause division. Please help us pray for these problems, just when it seemed truly overcome, again, a little point causes friction.

Thankfully, the school building project is almost done, and totally provided for. It is being used too. School this year is a blessing, with dedicated teachers and content for the most part, very active! Many holidays and special events these months, all good and we trust, glorifying to God.

A couple weeks ago there was an earthquake along the coast north of Camaná and a good part of a mountain literally fell over the Panamericana highway, blocking the only accessible highway between Arequipa and Lima. So for a long time goods were not able to get through, busses, trucks, etc. blocked. They had to go via Cusco, instead of the normal 18 hour trip from Arequipa to Lima it was 26 hours, via Cusco. Finally it is being fixed so that at least one way at a time can get thru, delaying, but not as bad as the Cusco route. We had a book order stuck in the blockade, but we finally got it 2 weeks late! We felt the shake up here but it was not bad in the city, just kind of a long shake.

Well, never a dull moment! Thanks so very much for your faithful prayers for us and for sharing as God leads you! Thanks so very much, and we wish you many blessings,

Noél for us

Hi to you all again,

Sorry! I sure meant to get a letter off for this month earlier, but days go fast and are full. Earlier this month our street had an early morning fire! Really big, in a big machinery shop a few doors down from us. Thankfully there was no wind, so it did not blow our way, but was just straight up, lots of flame and smoke - did million dollar damage to their equipment, walls, roof, doors, everything. There were 2 big firetrucks with their hoses, etc. - quite exciting, but it was controlled by the time most of the neighbors got up. I get up early so saw it out the window, and when I went out a few other neighbors were out too, the lady right by the place had called the fire dept. and they were on their way with their sirens, etc.

A couple weeks ago Bob was in a leaders meeting in the mountain town of Lari, in the Colca canyon. These meetings are encouraging for the local leaders - especially in the mountain areas. They get together and share problems and needs and don't feel so isolated. Bob and other older brothers give them good teaching too. However, getting home, Bob had an attack of sciatic nerve pain. It was really painful for him for several days, even with injections for the pain, anti inflammatory meds, etc.

Well, praise the Lord he is fine now and can walk all over again. We are getting older. We both have had treatment for our eyes, (cysts, Bob's was outside, but mine was inside and though dr. removed it, that eye is still swollen and irritated, hope it gets better soon.) And now, us oldies are in tooth torture. Yes, dentist is attacking our mouths. Bob is a wonderful patient - not I. We have to pay "thru our teeth" for this, but guess it would be ten times more in the U.S. I have to get a new crown. I sort of think I'd rather wait for the one in heaven - to give to our Lord, instead of getting more to be buried with here, but guess these things have to be.

Bob also had a profitable trip to the Majes valley and is encouraged that at least a few are going on with the Lord there, the recently baptized young gals, and some of their families anyway, and another couple. Our national worker, Teodoro, goes frequently to help them with Sunday morning meetings. Here in Arequipa the main church is growing, as is another church Bob helps Sunday afternoons in an outlying area, (Enace). The brothers from here who are going to Yarabamba and Polobaya and an annex near there, Agua Buena, are encouraged that though there only a few in these places, they are receiving God's Word and meeting together. Thanks so much for praying for these outreaches and the brethren who take God's message there. Please continue to pray for some of the marriages here that have had problems. Some still are in problems, some are healing, but it is often a slow process. We spend time counseling, especially Bob, in these and other areas.

Thanks for praying for the school too. We are thankful for this year's dedicated Christian teachers, mostly contented parents and students. Now we are in exams, as well as preparing for the Mother's Day program. Please help us pray for this, that it would glorify the Lord and challenge the Moms to really train their precious children in the Lord's ways from early on, in the home. School construction is going on quickly. Some still is lacking for the finishing, but we are surely thankful for all the Lord has provided so far. Thanks so very much for praying.

We do ask prayer for more who are willing to sponsor some of our dear little ones whose parents just cannot afford to pay fees. We need to charge some, to be able to pay the teachers. The directors keep the fees as low as possible. Thanks so much to all of you who are giving for this, your children here are so very thankful and working hard to merit your confidence in them and help for them.

Another news is that a local brother from here is working on a Spanish website for Bob's messages and Bible studies. I don't know how much is available there yet, but it will be called "De Cristo" Joel Gonzalez and his wife, Esther, are headed to missionary service in the jungle of Peru by next year, with the Ashenika people. Our main church here in Arequipa will support them. Joel does websites for folks here and earns some that way. Thanks for praying for them too!

Many May blessings to you, Noél for us

Hi to you all!

Well, don't know about the May flowers, but we have had April showers here! Mostly in the higher places, but even here in Arequipa till the end of March. Today is the first sunny all day day, (SUNday)! God has been merciful here though, the rains up in the north of Perú have done a lot of damage.

We were blessed with the visit of a young man from Canada who was with us for a week, very interested in God's work in Perú. He now is up in the north, Trujillo and later will be in Chiclayo, helping the believers up there clean up and help the people who have lost much from the flooding, etc.

We also were blessed by a lovely Australian family with us for 3 months. They participated in much of God's work here and we are thankful for these visitors and helpers.

We were also blessed by the baptism of two young men here. We are thankful for these new ones, and we ask prayer for their growth in Christ, Manuel and David. At least one more of our youth here desires baptism soon. We are thankful for all who give their hearts to Christ, and the earlier in life, the better. Please do continue to pray for some of our marriages here. True, at least in one case there is progress, and desire to be stronger yet, God is at work. Satan is at work too and determined to destroy where he can. We need your prayer.

Much of Bob's time is spent in counseling, visiting, encouraging, and teaching. The leaders from several of our churches here in the South of Perú have decided to meet together every 2 months in different locations. Bob plans on going up to Lari, in the Colca canyon, April 13 for the next of these meetings. Please help us pray these leaders will be strengthened in the Lord for His work and encouraged by being together in prayer and sharing. We ask for prayer for more godly leaders to be raised up in all these churches and areas.

School is going quickly, now we are in the first monthly exams, and preparing for the Easter program, Bible dramas and songs, etc. Please help us pray all this will be glorifying to the Lord. So far I am thoroughly enjoying the privilege of teaching God's Word to 3rd and 5th grades, plus English to 5th and 6th. How we thank the Lord for the continued freedom to teach His Word in the school here. Construction is under way of the last phase of the building, and we do pray it can be completed this year. Thanks for praying with us for that.

Another need for the school is for sponsors for some of our students from poorer families or broken homes, so they can continue to study here with us in a Christian school. We are truly thankful for all of you who are helping in this way. Again, it is such a blessing to have the freedom to teach God's Word here.

Thanks for praying for Joe in his predicament over in Eastern Europe. The missionaries he is helping have been very good to him. He got at least one bank card replaced too so is ok and enjoying all his ministries over there.

Thanks, and do enjoy your own "April Showers" of blessing, Noél for us

Hi to you all!

Well, we had mentioned the rains in February, but there were not too many rains till the end of February when there was flooding! Thursday, March 2, we had a downpour here like never before. It almost made it impossible for us to start school tomorrow, March 6. The construction had the dirt spread all over the patio and it was a total mess. Praise the Lord it is finally cleaned up and as for the construction, we are so thankful it is progressing! Please help us pray for the rest of the lacking funds to finish, and we do thank the Lord for what we are able to advance.

So, yes, our 2017 school year should start tomorrow! Bob and I were able to give devotions and challenges from the Scriptures to the teachers during teacher orientation the last week of February. Bob will speak at the inauguration tomorrow, God willing, and we are very thankful for our teachers, please help us pray for them. Here in Perú the govt. is putting in a new curriculum which in some places is anti-God. We are orienting our teachers to NOT teach that part, and they are in agreement with us that we cannot go against God's Word in any way.

Please pray for the state schools, and other private schools, we do not want to see Perú go downhill so much spiritually as has happened in the U.S. and other countries. It is increasingly sad to see how all the modern "science" is taking away faith in the Lord and His Word. The whole reason on my heart to start this Christian school is to always have the freedom and opportunity to teach children and youth God's Word, His values and principles. Please please help us pray this would continue. Thanks so very very much.

Bob has had some profitable trips to the mountain areas, to Espinar and Caylloma recently, to help train local youth and others to reach others for the Lord. 5 were baptized in Caylloma, and we are so thankful for God's work there. From Caylloma, Bob went to Sibayo and visited Albino, the dear 80 year old brother who was miraculousy healed after his peritonitis and pneumonia. He is still gaining strength, but is back up in the mountains and in to God's work again. Amazing, truly. He is so thankful!

Last month we mentioned some marriage problems in our main church here. One of them, thankfully, is healing. Please continue to pray, and for the others, there may be some progress in another relationship, the youngest of them, but still we need to see the Lord heal totally.

Again, thanks so very much for your faithful prayers, and sharing with us. We pray God's richest blessings for you.

p.s. Please pray for our dear Joe! He is on missions trips to various countries in Africa and now, Egypt, Greece and Thessaloniki, also Philippos. However, upon arriving in Athens he discovered he had been robbed. His wallet with all his bankcards and drivers license, plus 2 valuable lenses for his photography. (He is on these trips to video and photograph the various mission works in these countries.) Please pray his situation can be straightened out, he is penniless without the cards, etc. God will take care of him, but thanks for helping us pray!

Many spring time blessings for you, Noél for us

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