Hi again, and yes, we still are in quarantine here. Very few are allowed to work. Seems like there are more cases of the horrible virus every day and more deaths from it.

But still, the Lord is in control. Supposedly a few restrictions will be removed starting next week, but till at least May 11 is the quarantine, stay home, only one per family allowed out to get necessary food and pharmacy items, and no private cars allowed out. This is really difficult for many of our believers. Many just lived on what they earned day by day, and did not have reserves. School year is cancelled - in that no students nor teachers come to school. But our teachers are working hard putting their classes up on line, several hours each day, for different courses, all virtual, by internet, computer, tv, radio, cell phones, etc.

However several of our students do not have access to these and some will have to lose the school year, some will be registered in public schools where they also do virtual studies but with govt. curriculum, so as not to pay any fees. Parents can not pay fees at least for these first 3 months as they have not worked. Our directors are lowering the fees but this is how the teachers are paid so there has to be some charge. Marino and Lupe had a virtual meeting with parents and with the teachers, and the good news is that the parents who can are really wanting to cooperate and will pay what they can. And our teachers are doing all they can, even accepting lower pay. So we are thankful for our Christian teachers who really are dedicated to the Lord and to giving the students the best they can. Please do help us pray for this year, that God will be glorified and that we all may learn what He has for us through this. Thank you!

The Lord is bringing good out of evil, and we thank HIM for the continued freedom to spread His Word. Even though Bob can't travel to visit the believers in other areas, he can prepare messages, and Pepe helps us record some singing and Bob's messages and Bible studies. Other brothers here are also participating and our colleague Jeffrey puts them up so our believers can participate with us Sunday mornings and Thursdays. We are thankful that many families are having time to read the Word together, to sing together, to worship God and to be with each other.

Several have said they are closer to God in all this and are growing in faith. Some are seeing their family members desire to know the Lord. Some have called from the mountain areas telling how some isolated Quechua communities can actually meet together, of course they are not many in each place, but also there is no virus in most of these areas. One dear brother who has been dedicating all the time he can to reaching these areas without receiving financial support called this a.m. to say that some new believers want to be baptized. Our church here has helped this brother, Zenon, when he comes to Arequipa, and we are thankful for his dedication to keep on, working a few days in farms where he can, then going out to spread the Gospel. God is at work even though Bob cannot travel at this time. Bob sure wants to travel and visit the brothers in these places, to encourage and help them. We sure miss being able to visit the believers in their homes here too, and our home Bible studies.

One of our first national workers has been faithful visiting the believers in several areas even though his wife was not walking with the Lord for years. In 2017 she came back and began going to church again and attending her home. The other day she called us and really showed a totally repentant heart, something we have prayed for for years. God has really worked restoring that home and this dear sister. Please help us pray for Teodoro and Olinda and their daughter, her husband and two daughters to continue serving the Lord as He wants. Truly the Lord is bringing good out of evil. Thanks so very much for your prayers for His work here. God's church marches on!

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Thanks so very much, keep looking up, our redemption is nearer! Blessings, Noél for us

Hi y'all!

Well, as you know, we ended last month and are starting this one on a rather sad note! Sure different! Before all this pandemic broke out, Bob was able to have a good trip to Tuti, in the Colca canyon, for meetings with church leaders and other believers, but right after he got home the govt. put us all into "quarantine" (somewhat like house arrest). Not really, we do have freedom for one person at a time to go shop for needed food and health items.

Pharmacies and some major food markets are open, and there is all we need in those items. However, all businesses, restaurants, offices, post office, other stores, etc. are closed. We had just started school, had 2 weeks and I was truly being blessed by teaching the first 4 lessons of my O.T. course and one class of 3rd grade Bible, and 3 classes of 2nd grade English, when whack! Everything shut down. We are not allowed to take the car out, only official vehicles with permit are allowed out.

Several folks were stuck, couldn't get home, cause no travel is permitted, no plane travel, no bus travel even within the country. No mail service, no visiting, we must wear masks whenever we step outside the door and again, we are not supposed to go out, but one person per family is allowed to go shopping. Curfew is from 6 p.m. till 5 a.m. - NO being out during those hours.

The school teachers are sending classes, homework, even evaluations by computer, kids can get these on their cell phones. Some of our teachers are doing live classes online, so the kids can see them and interact with them, etc. We are very thankful for our dedicated teachers, but many of the parents cannot at all pay the fees during these months because they cannot work, no pay. So it is extremely difficult for the teachers too as they receive their pay from the school fee fund.

We are truly thankful for those of you who sponsor students here by sending funds for their fees. (And praying for them too) Unfortunately I personally do not have the equipment nor do I know how to do the classes online, but hopefully we will be able to start real classes with the presence of students early May, we need to pray for that.

We think the classes will be limited in size, so that one group of students will go Monday, Wednesday and Friday and another group Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (yes, we need Saturdays to recuperate days lost.) Well, till no more cases of the COVID-19 show up here we will remain on quarantine. God is helping us through it, but many of our people are suffering, cannot work, and don't have enough to buy enough, etc. We thank the Lord the last few months our church offerings here were abundant and we have funds to help some of the most needy ones.

Bob has been able to record some messages in Spanish, Pepe has helped us as he has permission to come help us once a week anyway (we are old people so he can have permission to come care for us some) Anyway, this has been a blessing to our believers and we hear from them by phone - Bob also has been able to counsel some by phone and answer some of their questions, etc. Still, it is hard on the folks who cannot work if this quarantine goes on longer, it started March 16 and will go till at least April 20, but we are almost sure it will continue till the end of the month anyway.

Of course there are some advantages, the largest being that some are truly responding to this, God's call to repent and turn to Him. We sure pray for more of this. Also, the air we breathe here is sooo much cleaner without all the vehicles driving by all day and night right under us. That is a real advantage! We miss most not being able to have church meetings, not being able to visit and have the home Bible studies, Bob not being able to travel to encourage and help believers in the provinces, etc.

So in these ways we are "disabled" but we do need to obey our authorities, and we surely pray for more to repent and turn to God. And we are really saddened by all the deaths from this horrible virus - in Ecuador, the U.S. and Europe especially.

Thanks so much for praying with us for the Lord's continuing work here, He has a purpose in it all. 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)

Thanks so much, many blessings for you all, Noél for us

Hi to you all! And welcome to March! Hope you are getting some spring like weather up there. Here we supposedly are in summer but we have had a very cold one, with lots of rains. Too much, flooding, landslides, sewage overflows and blockings, houses and cars taken away! Well, God has given us a few nice days now, though they say more rains are still coming. School is supposed to start this week but may be delayed a few days if the rains continue.

A highlight for February for us was the visit of our daughter Theresa with her husband, Josué. Josué taught at our annual youth congress, which is like a retreat for the youth from several of our churches. It was a profitable 2 and a half days at a nice place on the outskirts of Arequipa. God gave good enough weather, wet and cloudy but no hard rains those days. Terri was also able to connect and spend some time with friends she had growing up here, which was nice.

Bob hasn't been able to travel too much to the mountain areas because of these heavy rains and hail and all, but we did get a couple days on the coast with Terri and Josué, enjoying the beach, really nice down there. We have been able to visit needy ones here in and around the city and Bob did get to the valley earlier in Feb.

Bob's foot is fine now, so he can walk more, guess he needed the rest without walking too much or traveling too far anyway. He does plan on being in the mountains next week for the leader's conference in Tuti, in the Colca canyon. We pray for leaders from the churches in that area to be built up and better prepared to lead their churches and have fellowship with each other as well. Thanks for helping us pray for leaders to be raised up and trained for their important role - and seeing more come to Christ in all the areas we work in.

Please pray for the school too, we do have more Christian teachers now and are praying they will be able to work together and the school be a light in Arequipa. We thank the Lord for the freedom to continue to teach God's Word. Yes, Lord willing, I will teach the Bible, O.T. to 6th grade this year, and other materials for Formación Cristiana to 3rd graders. Also one class of English, probably 2nd grade, so I can play a bit too. Ha. Hope it can all be done for the Lord's glory!

Thanks so very very much for all your prayer for us and for shariing 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, Perú.

Thanks again and many blessings for you all, Noél for us

Yes, Groundhog day came and went and found that day really nice and sunny, like normal for Arequipa. BUT we had just awful cold drizzle and fog and a few real rains in January, and they say it is coming back any day. January went fast and was busy.

God blessed us with some more baptisms here, of our young people. The youth ministry here is growing and we are thankful. They continue in outreach to an annex of Yarabamba, Belaunde, each Sunday afternoon. We pray they will follow Christ all their lives, which is what we all need to do.

The youth are having a "congress" like a retreat, Feb. 13th (evening) thru Sat. the 15th. And a treat for us: our daughter, Terri Lynn, and her husband, Josue Raimundo, are coming a couple days before. Josue will be speaking some to the youth congress and then we will have a few days with Terri and Josue afterward. We do pray the weather will still be ok, not that drizzle and fog, etc. for the youth meetings and the airplane flights to go as scheduled.

Mid January some representatives from the Master's Academy held an all day marriage conference using our church meeting place. The evening before and the evening afterward they presented their plan for a seminary to be started here in Arequipa, possibly using some of our school facilities, just for one week of evenings only each month, all the homework and research will be done in their villages at home. We pray this will be a blessing and help in preparing leaders for the churches and outreaches.

Some more of the believers from here also are active in their outreaches to different places in and around Arequipa. One of our churches in Arequipa was blessed to finally be able to purchase some land for a building, meeting place for them. They are always full and running over outside and around the corner of the living room of the brother's living room where they currently meet so they really need a place of their own. We praise the Lord for this growth in the ENACE neighborhood church.

Bob and I had a short anniversary trip to the coastal town of Camana, enjoying a few hours at the beach and also visiting the believers there and meeting with them. Most of them seem to be doing well Spiritually, but there are also problems as there are everywhere.

Bob had a simple fracture in his foot which seemed to be healing fine but these last couple days it is swollen again, we pray it will indeed be ok soon. He continues to prepare and teach God's Word to many here and elsewhere. I have a plugged ear and some nasal congestion on that side which I also pray will clear up soon. Little troubles, but overall we are real thankful for the health the Lord gives us.

School is finishing their vacation program today and the official 2020 school year starts March 2. Please help us pray for more Christian teachers. We are very thankful for the ones we have but need a few more. Please help us pray for enough student population to be able to pay these teachers adequately.

Thanks so very much for your prayers for us and for the Lord's work here in the south of Peru. 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.

Thanks so much and many blessings for all of you, Noel for us

Happy New Year! Yes, 2020 is here and may we truly have perfect sight in God's eyes! May our vision be His in seeing the world as He sees it, needing to seek God and live for Him.

Wow! So much has happened in December! God helped the youth from the main Arequipa church in several outreach projects, Christmas bag distribution (helping me with Gospel presentation with this in the state boys home and then in a children's home), then helping our coworkers Jeff and Angela with the outreach in the neighborhood where they have a lot and are working with the neighbors, hoping to start a church there. Then they did the outreach in the town about an hour's drive outside of Arequipa. Several of the believers here brought clothes, food items, goodies and some toys to help in this. God is using our youth and the believers for the most part are more united and blessed to see the Lord at work in lives here.

Along that line, some new ones have been baptized, and some more are wanting to be baptized real soon here and in these places mentioned above. Thanks for helping to pray for these new believers and seekers - for building God's kingdom.

Bob has had a few trips recently as well. First to the Majes valley where believers from 3 or 4 churches in and above the valley came together for a joint meeting, where 3 had been baptized before. These new believers are growing and these joint meetings are a blessing and an encouragement for them. Then, I got to go with him for a whole 2 days at the beach. Christmas tradition! Really nice, a needed relax. This was after the school's year closing Christmas program, which also was a blessing.

The day after getting back from the beach, Bob went with a dear brother to some special meetings in a Quechua community in the highlands above Espinar, Chullopata. They had some difficulties up there as the road does not reach the community so they left the car about a kilometer below and hiked up. Then they had to go back down and up carrying the Bibles and books, tiring in the altitude. Also, while we were at the beach, Bob kicked the sand really hard and ended up with a fissure in the side of his big toe. All the walking up in the mountains really made it swell up and hurt. So after arriving back he had to cancel the trip planned to Juliaca and the Quechua community of Occoro. Bob's foot is healing but it needs rest and elevation.

Another reason for canceling that trip is that a dear brother from one of the neighborhood churches passed away early Dec. 31 - we had visited him and family the day before, then when we heard he had passed into the Lord's presence, we went to the funeral last night before the big watchnight service here. The burial is this afternoon. We are sorry for the family, but they are resting in the Lord, knowing their husband, father, brother is with HIM and free of suffering. Thanks for praying for the Carpio family.

Last night we had a beautiful service, receiving the new year in prayer. Several brought food, so that lasted to way after midnight, but the service itself was really good. Several testimonies of God's grace and working in lives, the youth presentation of highlights of their year of service and fun, new believers, etc. Bob gave a moving testimony of how the Lord has worked in his health - healing of the prostate cancer, and his true desire to keep working for the Lord here, for as long as He permits!

So, may your 2020 be filled with perfect vision, for Christ, and His blessings and leading for each of you. Thanks so very much for praying for us and sharing with us so we can keep on keeping on for God. 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)

Thanks so very much! Blessings for all year and more, Noel for us

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