Hi again, and yes: No, never do I want to fall again!

Truly though, we hope you enjoyed your Fall and its results: the beautiful colored leaves. I did not enjoy my fall July 28 nor its results: fracture and complications, etc. However, God is good, He permits some things we don't want and He shows us His power and heals us. Healing is sometimes slow but for sure God is doing it and we are thankful. And we are very thankful for your prayers. November brings Thanksgiving and we give thanks in all things, as God tells us to. We hope you will have a very blessed Thanksgiving and remember the Lord's goodness.

October went fast and November is going that way too. Bob had some profitable trips. There are still problems in Chuquibamba - a different case now, but the church there is going on and holding on. Bob went again and encouraged them. They still need prayer. Thanks.

This morning Bob and a couple other brothers from here went up to Juliaca to inaugurate a new meeting place there. We have churches in a couple of the Quechua communities outside Juliaca and they have combined meetings once a month. Bob goes several times for that, and I have been some times too. Now several of the brothers from there live in the city of Juliaca, so they now have a meeting place in the city. We pray they can reach some neighbors too.

This past week we had a baptism here, the mother of one of our youth. Her parents and uncles are believers from the mountains but she was a singer in this world's entertainment, not Christian. God got a hold of her and she left that off and has been following the Lord for a while. She now sings for Him. Marisol is a blessing and has a meeting in her house Sunday afternoons for several family and friends who live close up there.

Next week, Lord willing, another new sister here will be baptized. Olga works at the club where I was swimming before the pandemic. She recognized me once there and said she was a little girl when Bob and I went to her family's ranch way up in the mountains (Culypampa) where her cousins lived. She was from a small ranch village beyond there. Anyway, Olga came to meetings before the lockdown and now is coming again and is firm in her faith and desire to identify with Christ. Her cousin's son is now our missionary to the Asheninka tribe in the jungle of Perú. Truly God draws folks to Himself and opens the way for them.

As for the school, we are finishing the year by virtual but hope to have in person school next year starting in March. I get to give two more devotionals for the primary school this year and hope indeed to teach O.T. next year to a couple of primary grades. We are thankful for the freedom to teach God's Word and we pray this will continue. Covid here is greatly reduced, many now have been vaccinated and the death toll is way down, new cases also are down significantly. We pray we will not have this "third wave" that some places are having. There are still restrictions, still 2 masks required, that is a pain.

Thanks so much for praying for us, and sharing as God leads you. Our support address is:

Christian Missions in Many Lands, Inc.
P.O. Box 13,
Spring Lake, NJ, 07762-0013 with a note: for Bob Rich, Peru

Many Thanksgiving blessings for each of you, Noél for us

Hi again to you all,

Well, last month I titled the letter"bone mender" but now the therapists have explained to me what the surgeon in Lima meant: I need to grow a "puente oseo" which means a "bone bridge". The Dr. in Lima did not put the knee bones back together because they were too fragmented, with chips so the nails and wire are a bit far allowing room for the bone bridge to grow. More bone has to grow so it will take a good 6 - 8 months before total healing. But the good news is that I can walk a bit more now. I still cannot go out without Bob or someone to lean on and I still cannot go more than 2 blocks, (hope to do 3 soon). So please pray for healing for me, and for patience. Thanks.

Well, September had a lot going on. We had some weddings, one in Chivay where just Bob went, but one here of a young couple from our youth group. It is spring, and a few more couples want marriage. We have done some counseling, and trust all will be for the Lord's glory.

Sadly, we also saw the death of a dear brother. Augusto Herencia from the Maje valley was blind and was here for years on kidney dialysis. His wife, Libia, cared for him faithfully. They had one son, Lizandro, who was working here as a chef until the pandemic closed all restaurants. Now he is wanting to study more to be able to help his Mom. They buried Augusto in the Majes valley. Julian, his cousin, took care of the funeral there. Do please pray for Libia and Lizandro.

This week is the 18th anniversary of our Christian school, Ebenezer. The thanksgiving service is tomorrow evening, of course all is virtual. Teachers have prepared videos with their testimonies of the how the Lord has helped them this year. Students from the different classes have prepared programs. Bob has a short message, I have a few short words, and school song and other things will be put up. We pray all will be put together for the Lord's glory. We do thank the Lord for the freedom to teach and preach His Word. Please also pray we will be able to have in person school next year starting in March.

Bob has had good trips both to Espinar and now to Piraucho, a ranching town above the Majes valley. He went with Julian and Paola.There used to be a church there but the brothers cooled off and now are really enthusiastic about getting together again. So this is happening and Bob is able to help and encourage them. Julian and Paola went a few weeks ago and they are helping there now too. Thanks for praying for this effort.

Brothers keep coming for Bibles and counseling here, plus Bob prepares and teaches his Bible studies and messages. There are less cases of covid now here in Arequipa, and less deaths from this. We do have a few cases of the variant though, which is scary because the vaccine does not prevent it. So we still have restrictions, but also more freedom. Thank you very much for praying with us - our support address is:

Christian Missions in Many Lands, Inc.
P.O. Box 13,
Spring Lake, NJ, 07762 - 0013 (with a note: for Bob Rich, Perú)

Many blessings for you all, Love, Noél for us

Hi again, dear ones,

Well, we know September will not totally mend my broken bone, but there should be some progress. I was told not to expect total healing before 6 - 8 months, but after 4 or 5 I should be able to walk a little more. It has only been 6 weeks so we have a way to go. I am going to therapy and that helps. Still it is frustrating not to be able to do all I did before. For sure the Lord wants to teach me patience and to let others do a lot of my work. Thank you for praying for healing. The Lord, our Maker, is our Healer. We have heard of cases much worse and that makes me feel guilty for feeling bad for me. We pray for others who are much worse off. May we learn what God wants us to from these things.

For sure we are glad to be back in Arequipa, and Bob is back in God's work here. Many come for counseling,and also to buy Bibles and other literature. We have been able to visit some in the afternoons.

Today Bob left with Jeffrey and a couple of other brothers to the very high mountain town of Culipampa, where three regions meet: Arequipa, Cusco, and Apurimac. They went in Jeff's truck because Bob's doesn't have 4wd and on that road it is needed. It is a very long trip with nasty roads to get there, but there will be meetings and good teaching sessions. We are glad Bob can travel again.

The brothers and sisters here did a wonderful job of keeping meetings, visiting and outreaches going while we were gone. They continue in this. We had a wedding of a couple of our youth a few weeks ago, and there are some other couples who will want to be married soon. We thank the Lord for a good, active youth group serving the Lord and reaching out and teaching children in various parts, especially now that children are not coming to Sunday school, nor going in person to school. All is virtual these days.

Our brother Julian with his wife Paola are working in the Majes Valley and visiting and encouraging believers up and down the valley. They also visited the mountain town of Piraucho along with other believers and after many years of no church in that town now the brethren are very encouraged and have a place to start meetings again. They want Bob to visit there and help them, and he probably will. Julian and Paola stayed with us a week and dear Julian put in bars for me to grab in the shower and on the stairs going down from our apt. What a blessing! I can go downstairs now without fear, even though at a snail's pace.

Please help us pray that school will be able to be in person next year, starting in March. People here are warned and afraid of a third wave of covid. With the vaccinations the death toll is way down, and new cases are less than before, but the vaccination process is very slow. They are just now doing folks 40 - 49 years of age. And if you miss the day you are assigned you cannot make it up just any time, you have to wait till they do the ones left over.

So we still have some restrictions, though there is more freedom than before. We are allowed church meetings of 50% of meeting place capacity. And private cars are allowed out on Sundays. We still divide the group here for church meetings, some Saturday afternoons and others Sunday mornings.

Thank you so much for all you pray for us and share with God's work here. Our support address:
Christian Missions in Many Lands, Inc.
P.O. Box 13,
Spring Lake, NJ, 07762-0013 with a note: for Bob Rich, Perú.

We pray for many blessings for you, Love, Noél for us

Hi and August blessings for all of you,

Supposedly we should be in Arequipa, we did have a very good 5 weeks in VA, NC, and IN with our children and grandchildren and great granddaughter, family and business taken care of, a great Christian camp with our daughter Terri and family, and the youth of their church. The trip ended on a sad note though, Bob's sister's husband died very early Sunday, July 25. We were with them when Jay passed into eternity. For sure he is with Christ.

Jay Hubbard was a dedicated evangelist. Even when his bone cancer was causing unbearable pain he went out to a park by the lake, gave out tracts and told many of their need to know our Lord. Jay will be missed by his family and friends, and we do ask you to pray for his dear wife, Beverly, and their grown children and grandchildren. Their son Jonathan arrived with his dear family just before we left that Sunday to start our trip back to Peru. Jonathan and Jessica and their 4 little ones are a great comfort and help for Beverly.

We were blessed by being at the wedding of our grandson Ben Rich to lovely Andrea. Both are dedicated to serving the Lord. We truly thank the Lord for our children and grandchildren who are serving the Lord. Our great grandaughter is such a lovely little girl! Eliza Lynn is only one year old but she runs around and is learning to talk! OK, I admit to being so thankful for her and her Mom, Jennifer Lynn, Dad, Timothy Rogers, and of course grandma, our Theresa Lynn. Lovely family!!

We got safely through the travels in the U.S. and back to Lima the 27th of July as programmed. We were in the Lima airport ready to board for Arequipa when... I did it again, hit the bottom step of a flight of stairs going down to get on the plane and cracked my knee cap, actually it was much more than a crack, a split, fracture. Wow, did it hurt. Of course we could not travel, we were taken by ambulance to a very nice clinic and left there, me on a stretcher, Bob in a chair.

After a few hours they kindly gave me a shot for the pain. But they would not call the traumatologist till they figured out the papers for who was going to pay for all this, including my surgery, etc. It was literally 8 hours till they reached an agreement with the airline, (but we from the very first said we would be willing to pay for it - God has given us abundantly). Anyway, finally I got admitted. Of course because of covid restrictions Bob could not accompany me anymore and before my surgery the next day they took another covid test for me, would not have operated if it were positive.

So, thankfully I was still negative and they operated July 29 and put wires and nails in my knee, bandage cast from thigh to lower leg, and medication through IV's. Well, that is a long enough story, I got released Friday July 30 in the afternoon. We are really blessed to be able to stay at the SAM mission home in Lima, a very lovely place. Bob is learning to cook, shop, etc. I am stuck most of the time with my leg up, and pain and swelling are slowly going down. However I have to take meds still and they are strong and hurting my stomach.

I take probiotics too but it will be several days till we get to go to Arequipa. Dr. says hopefully he will take out the stitches on Aug. 11 and then maybe we can return. A dear sister Iiving in Lima helped Bob buy a walker and I honestly hope by mid August to be able to get around better. Please help me pray for a quick recovery, and patience for all of us in this. Bob is being very wonderful but he does have other things to do, so we do pray for God's healing and NO MORE FALLS! Thank you!

Our dear brethren there are really taking care of things and still actively reaching out to the areas around. They baptized a young policeman in our main church in Arequipa. Our colleagues there keep us informed and are doing a great job, God's work is not stopped even when it seems our work is. But He has a reason for us being here. A young relatively new believer who was baptized in Arequipa is now working in Lima and came to see us and pray with us this a.m. Bob was able to answer some questions of his and he was thankful, generous, and even brought us dinner!

A sister working in the house where we are staying (SAM mission home) has had problems with depression due to an accident she suffered some time ago leaving her almost blind. Pray with us that we can encourage and help her while we are here. We also want to look up a couple more of our believers who with their families are now working in the airport here in Lima. These guys need to seek fellowship with other Christians, and their wives need to come to Him. So we want to serve the Lord wherever He has us, all is for some reason.

Thanks so very much for standing with us in prayer and all you have shared with us and the Lord's work and His school there in Arequipa. They are starting the second semester this week, please help us pray and praise God for the freedom to still spread God's Word.

Yes, Peru has a new president, supposedly he is communist, but has promised to respect private property and freedom. So this is another item for prayer. We don't know how it will all work out. Our support address is:

Christian Missions in Many Lands, Inc.
P.O. Box 13,
Spring Lake, NJ, 07762-0013 with a note for Bob Rich, Peru.

THANK YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH! Many blessings and thanks! Noel for us

Dear ones,

YES! July is a "flying" month for us. We are in the U.S. now for 5 weeks. We had to escape to Lima a few days early because the government decided to put a "fence" around Arequipa, no one could come in or go out of the city for some 15 days. We already had tickets for that week to go to the U.S. so we had to spend 3 days in Lima. Now we are with our daughter Terri and family. What a blessing to meet our first GREAT GRANDdaughter, Eliza Lynn! She is a really bright, happy and beautiful little gal, almost 14 months old! Well, great grandma's version, but it is true. Her parents are lovely servants of the Lord and we are so very thankful for that home.

We are with Terri and Josue at a missionary training center with a group of youth from their church for a missionary challenge camp. Bob has preached some at their hispanic church and also will share some here. Then next week we will head up to Indiana for the wedding of one of our grandsons, Ben. He and his fiancee, Andrea, met while serving the Lord with CRU (was Campus Crusade) during their college years. They will continue to serve God together. We are very thankful for this marriage and pray for God's Rich est blessings on their home.

Sadly, several of our brethren in Peru have suffered seriously with Covid. Some are hospitalized with oxygen. The country is in sad shape as oxygen is scarce and expensive, the hospitals lack ICU units and beds to attend to the many who are sick. Please help us pray for these dear ones and for the families of the grieving with the loss of loved ones. And please pray this whole pandemic will end. True, the Lord has used it to draw many to Himself. As one comes face to face with death, it is even more urgent to seek Life, with God.

We remain limited in our church services, with only 20% of the capacity permitted at one time. We have the 2 weekend meetings, Saturday afternoon and Sunday mornings, and we ask our believers to only come to one of them. We are ok with the limit on Saturday afternoons but Sunday mornings are too full. Folks just can't come Saturday, some for work reasons, some because transportation on Sundays is limited and no private cars are allowed out Sundays. Most of the churches we are responsible for outside the city itself are able to meet but covid has appeared even in the most remote areas and is hitting hard to some of them. Thank you for praying!

Please pray for the school. Our dear teachers are faithful in teaching God's Word to all our students. We still are only doing school virtually, and it appears that the rest of the school year will have to be that way, with the most fervent prayer for us to be able to return physically to the classrooms next year. Please help us pray for the churches and the school to be able to function! I can give a 15 minute devotional by google meet to all the primary students each month and that is a blessing. It is so very important to reach this generation for Christ! Much of what they hear in public school and the influence of their modern companions there is anti-God. Please help us pray for freedom to continue to teach our Lord's truth and message.

Peru's political situation now is not good. It appears the Communist candidate for president won the elections, but by a very narrow thread. So votes are being recounted and nothing is sure yet. Protests, fear and unrest are way too frequent.

So please help us pray we can "fly" the 27th of July back to Peru. We need another negative test for covid to get on the plane.

Thank you so much for praying for us. Our support address is:
Christian Missions in Many Lands, Inc.
P.O. Box 13,
Spring Lake, NJ, 07762-0013 with a note: for Bob Rich, Peru

God's Richest blessings for you dear ones, Noel for us

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