Hi again to you all,

Yes, August, another month passing quickly. Bob and another dear brother from here are in Juliaca, and will be in Puno, then the Quechua area of Occoro for the weekend, encouraging believers and having meetings. Except for a brief visit to Camana Bob was here for most of July.

We were blessed with another baptism of a young gal, the younger sister of one of the youth here. As I mentioned last month, a few couples are emerging from our very active youth group. We are truly thankful for the Lord's working and leading in their lives and are glad for the opportunity to counsel and pray with them in preparation for their future together. Also, some of these young men are truly preparing for leadership in our churches. This is an answer to prayer, we have been asking the Lord to raise up leaders for years. We are not here forever, so some day we will have to pass the baton on to our younger brothers and sisters. Thank you so much for praying with us for this, please keep praying.

School is just again starting after mid year vacation, virtual at first but next week, Lord willing, we will have in person school and I get to resume teaching OT to fourth and fifth graders. This is a real blessing, we certainly pray for this generation to remain faithful to Christ as they grow older. This is the reason our youth are reaching out to teach children Sunday afternoons in different areas around Arequipa. Please keep praying for them.

Well, July ended with another surgery for me, to remove the nails and wires put in my knee after the fall and fragmented fracture a year ago. There was a complication, one of the wires wrapped around the nails broke inside my knee, and with the nail too was lodged in a muscle. So the Dr. had to dig and dig around in the muscle to find them. I was under anesthesia (epidural) so did not feel the pain for several hours, but for the next few days the muscles were really really sore. They still are a little sore and very bruised, but we thank the Lord all the metal is now out of me. Hopefully the Dr. can remove the stitches Aug. 13. Thanks for praying with us for health and especially for me: NO MORE FALLS.

God truly has been good to us and we thank HIM. Bob is really busy preparing, teaching and counseling, and both of us can visit and help needy believers.

Thank you all very much for praying with us here, we pray for you too. Thanks for sharing as God leads. Our support address is:

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

Thanks so very much, hope you are enjoying your late summer there. Here it is still cold at nights, and windy, but we usually have sunny days. Blessings, Noél for us

Hi again, and thanks again to you all. Thanks for standing with us in prayer. God is working here and we are glad to be part of it. Already it is July, mid winter here and really cold at night.

Bob has been busy preparing Bible studies and messages for preaching, plus visiting, counseling, and encouraging many. Even though the people here are not as hungry for God's Word as they were during the pandemic, there are many new ones coming to meetings here and wanting to follow Christ.

So we are very glad for the freedom we have to teach God's Word. I know I say this about every time but it is really a blessing, as we know that in many countries this is not the case. I do apologize if my last letter sounded too critical of the Spiritual condition of the majority in the U.S. and other places. Again, we pray this freedom will last and we will be able to reach the generation coming up for Christ. Thank you so much for praying with us to that end.

Politically, Perú is in a crisis as well. A strike is planned for tomorrow and on, among the cargo trucks. This will affect our supply of goods and food, fruits and vegetables especially, that come and go from different regions, as the prices are really going up. Fuel costs a lot more these days too. For sure the ongoing war in the Ukraine is a big factor in the price of fuel. So we pray for the end to this horrible war. If the local transportation supports the strike they will close schools and work will be affected negatively. Thanks for helping us pray for peace in this country.

We are in a "4th wave" of covid-19 here. There have been more deaths and many more new cases reported. So we still are required to wear masks and get all the vaccinations. We pray this plague will end. Also we pray we can keep on having school in person. I really am thankful for being able to teach 4th and 5th graders God's Word while I'm still young enough to do so! (Ha, I'm not getting younger, it is going the other way!) Anyway, the kids are so good and love the Bible stories and applications. They are a blessing and are learning the most important lessons in life, we pray.

The youth from the main church here in Arequipa continue with their outreaches to different neighborhoods Saturday and Sunday afternoons. We are really glad for their enthusiasm and efforts in winning kids and parents that are mostly as of yet unchurched. There are a few couples coming out of our youth group. We pray God's perfect leading in these relationships, for purity and future forming of real Christian homes. Several have come to us for counseling.

Again, thanks so very much for praying and sharing as God leads you. Our web page (done by son Joe) is: bobandnoelrich.com 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.

For all of you in and from the U.S.A. : HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY! Enjoy, and pray, pray, pray for our beloved U.S.A. to seek GOD. Blessings, Noél for us

Hi again!

Well, maybe it is not busting out all over, but June is busting out! Both May and June are special months for the Roman Catholics and they sure do shoot a lot of firecrackers. All over our neighborhood anyway. We are the "rose among thorns". A cloistered nun's convent is by the back side of our church and apt. property and a big Catholic boy's school, residence for poor boys, soccer field, and workshops are across the street on the front side. Especially there they shoot lots of really loud firecrackers.

We say their "saints" just love firecrackers but the dead ones have not woken up yet. So they keep trying I guess. Anyway, Bob had a good trip to Espínar with one of our church leaders here and they were able to encourage the believers there. It is winter here and the mountain temperatures are low, it freezes at night. So far we have had nice sun in the day here in Arequipa, and that helps.

This morning Bob preached a really good and necessary message, showing how very definitely the issues of abortion and homosexual "life style" are condemned in Scripture. It is so very true, but many people ignore or do not believe the Scriptures, God's Word. We sadly read about and see how the U.S. is going downhill - becoming a nation without morals, without values, without God. It is happening here too. Yet so far we have the freedom to preach and teach God's Word and we must make the most of this while it lasts. Truly I am blessed in teaching the O.T. to 4th and 5th graders. Some of them know God's Word and say they will be faithful to Him all their lives. Next year I hope to have these classes for the N.T. Thanks for praying for them. We long to be lights for the Lord in a very dark society.

Our son Joe returned from the Ukraine and is working again in Indiana. He does want to go back but he has some projects and jobs he has to do up in the U.S. for a couple of months. One includes helping in the pro-life movement in Tennessee and that will take a month anyway to do. Thanks for helping us pray for him in his desire to serve the Lord in these ways. At least he has been encouraged to hear that some of his friends who had to fight in the Ukraine survived. Still, the war is awful and we pray it will end soon.

Thanks for praying for our Christian school, Ebenezer, as well. There have been some problems with some of the graduating class recently. Kids get all kind of stuff off the internet and they are being led to believe it is really cool to copy some of the very wicked foreign movements (Chinese) which do have Satanic connotations. Too often the parents are not aware of all that goes on between kids getting into this not knowing the consequences it brings.

We are thankful for Christian teachers, some real precious Christian parents, and some of the kids who realized this and got it stopped. But it sure shows up how much the internet is influencing our youth. They had to get on to do homework during the almost 2 years of the pandemic and now many of the kids are almost addicted to seeing all the stuff online. Even little kids are stuck on their cell phones playing video games, and many of them are violent.

Again, thanks for praying for God's work here and thanks for your sharing as God leads you. We pray you Dads will have a very blessed Father's Day, remembering to honor and follow our heavenly Father, setting an example before our children.

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 and thanks for all of you, Love, Noél for us

Hi again to you all,

Well, May is truly a lovely month. But we don't seem to see real peace in this world. The war in the Ukraine is still raging, and there are other conflicts.

Peru is always in a political crisis it seems. People want to impeach the president, there are protest marches pro and con about everything.

But the Lord is at work. Bob had a good trip to Piraucho and Chuquibamba last month. Still some problems there but it is a bit better. There is a lack of men leaders in these places that are qualified to lead church groups. This is a real need in most of our churches, here in Arequipa too. So please help us pray for God to raise up dedicated men. Our youth remain active and some of these guys we trust will be formed for leadership as time passes, so that is a blessing.

It is truly a blessing for me to be able to teach God's Word again to 4th and 5th grades in our Christian school next door. Please help us pray for salvation for the kids and their families. In many places it is prohibited to even talk about God in school, so we are especially thankful for the freedom we have. True, the state curriculum is anti-God and they are making it hard for private schools. Our directors, Marino and Lupe, and dedicated teachers are really doing a great job with all the requirements, most of them really unnecessarily complicated. So thanks for praying for this too.

This war in the Ukraine is on our hearts especially these days as our son Joe continues there helping the needy. Joe has visited the Ukraine a few times in the past,and has many friends there. So Joe is standing with them and helping where needed, distributing medical supplies, food, help where needed. He tells us heartbreaking things as he sees first hand bombing, killing, destroying innocent civilians, men, women, children. The Russians are ruthless and we do earnestly pray this war will end.

Joe has to return to the U.S. mid May but hopes to work enough to earn enough to return in June or July. We cannot send funds from here for him, but hope to find someone going that can take some. If anyone wants to help him return to Ukraine please write directly to him and he will tell you how this can be done. His email is: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Thanks so much for praying for this need and for God's work here. Joe also does our website, it is: bobandnoelrich.com Visit us there!

Next Sunday is Mother's Day and we want to wish all you Moms a very happy one! Keep praying for your children and dedicating them to our Lord.

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)

So, many blessings and thanks for all of you, Sincerely, Noél for us

Hi to you all,

Well, April is indeed passing fast. March was a busy month here. Sadly, Miguel, whom I mentioned before, died a few days after I wrote that last letter. His young widow, Mabel, has a hard time accepting this, but most of all their little 10 year old son, Jose Miguel, really had a hard time with it. He was continually crying and not wanting to go to school.

Mabel took him to psychologists but they counselled him wrong, even said not to talk to him about God or heaven. Thankfully he is doing better now. We assure him his Dad indeed is in heaven and is totally well. We of course visited them and Mabel calls regularly, she is doing better with it too. Anyway, prayer for her and her children is appreciated. Her mother, sister, brother and grandmother all live in the same house so Mabel is not alone. Of course the extended family does not replace Miguel but they help with the children. They have their individual apts., the house is big.

On a happier note we had a wedding of a couple from our youth group. It was a 2 day affair and really very nice. This couple are believers who want God to be glorified in their lives together.

One of our men leaders had a nasty fall and has some bad wounds, but he is thankfully recovering. Another dear sister had a nervous breakdown and still is not well. A dear older couple has real problems as he has advanced Alsheimers and she has blood pressure problems, stress, etc. Also, sadly we have heard of division in one of the earlier churches the Lord used Bob to found. When the Lord is working the enemy comes with hardships and trials. But God makes Himself real to us in these trials and always.

Truly we thank you all for your prayer for God's work here. Bob is in Tuti (in the Colca canyon) for this weekend for what they call a "convencion". These are special meetings for teaching and encouraging believers from several churches in the canyon. Some of our youth went to teach the children. That is a real blessing for the folks up there too.

March 8 I had surgery to remove a big cataract and replace the lens in my right eye. I do see better and will hopefully soon get glasses adjusted for reading anyway. I don't really need glasses for every day work.

The good news: Wow! What a blessing to be able to teach God's Word, the O.T. this year, to 4th and 5th grades. The students are in school in person now. If anyone gets a sniffle they have to stay home and the computer is on in the classroom so the ones who are home can see and participate. But indeed most are in person and doing really well. We have tons of rules, still have to wear masks, and the kids cannot have recess all together. Each class has an assigned area in the patio and they can go out one or two classes at a time to that assigned area. No programs for special days are permitted yet, but we trust soon to be able to do something like that as we did before. But we are rejoicing in the freedom we have to share Christ and the real meaning of the Easter season.

Always we remember Christ's death and resurrection for us, redemption and salvation, but this season is a special time for this and for sharing Christ with others.

Please do remember our son Joe in the Ukraine helping as a volunteer with the many needs over there. He will have to return to the U.S. in May but hopes to earn enough to go back in June for more time.

Thanks so very much for praying for us and God's work here. And for sharing as you are led. Our website, done by Joe, is bobandnoelrich.com 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 thanks and Resurrection blessings for each of you, In Christ, Noél for us

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