Well, Yes, in many ways i think so. As to the Covid-19 here in Arequipa, it appears the worst is over. The death toll from Covid has gone way down. Now, oxygen is available and so are some ICU units. There are a lot of new cases every day still, but most recover. We praise the Lord for that but we still have to wear masks and practice social distancing.

We still cannot have the large Sunday a.m. meetings here in the central church building. We have started small meetings, Bob's leaders meeting on Monday afternoons, and we are considering re-starting midweek prayer meetings, with only like 2 or 3 groups, sitting a fair distance apart. Please help us pray we can gradually get together again as churches without danger.

Bob also would like to travel, there are a few places he needs to go and deal with some problems. Yes, there still are some problems, but the Lord is amazingly keeping our brethren together, and faithful to Him. We are able to visit individuals, pray with them, and disciple new believers. Several still call, asking Bob questions on God's Word and expressing desire to stay faithful to Him. Some come to receive counsel and many want to buy Bibles, hymn books, and other helpful literature.

Our youth leader, Pepe, is doing an outstanding job of connecting the young people. They have begun and continue with their outreach to Belaunde, a district of Yarabamba, where they work with children and families. Also, Pepe has bought and shared good Christian books with the youth. They have also begun some small group Bible studies and visits. Vicente, who had Covid pretty bad but recovered, and his family are continuing their outreach to Polobaya and its district, Agua Buena, once a week. They have a good group out there who listen to God's Word. There are a few baptized believers there, but they need to grow in Christ.

Many faithful believers connect to hear, watch and participate with the messages and songs we share on facebook (De Cristo) twice a week: Sunday a.m. at 10:30 ET and Thursday afternoons, at least by 7 p.m. Ministry goes on, and we are thankful to be here for our brethren. This month of October I miss our children and families and the beautiful fall colors, but glad the Lord has us here, and spring weather here is nice now.

As to my poor broken elbow, I think the worst is also over. Cast came off and stitches came out Sept. 22. I am using it some but still have to keep it bandaged and I have to be careful not to put pressure on it, etc. Nails and wire have to stay in for some months but I hope to also get them removed.

Thanks so very much to all of you for praying with us and sharing with the Lord's work here. He is at work, truly He is in control. 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 so very very much, many blessings for you, Noél for us

Well, yes, we had a nice trip just before fall! It is a bit more complicated. I had a nasty trip that led to worse fall. My son in law will say to his whole church that I have the habit of doing this. True. Last Thursday we were going to visit and share with some of the needy believers when I tripped on the curb of the sidewalk by where the car was waiting and the whole weight of me went right down on my right elbow. Very bad fall. Big bone of right elbow completely broke, fracture.

Yesterday was my surgery, put nails and stitches and wire in, etc. So I had anesthesia. Strong antibiotics and pain pills are destroying my stomach, Dr. just now gave me something less strong. So we see. Thanks for praying, and please pray that I would never never do this again. This time I am really down. Thanks.

Well, the better news is that August opened up a bit here even though there are more than 1,500 new cases each day in Arequipa of coronavirus. Death toll is down some so that is at least somewhat encouraging. But we have permission to take the car out and go visit and help the needy ones, and Bob even dared to have his weekly leaders meeting here, as many a 7 guys sitting well spaced and wearing masks. It has gone well the first 2 times.

And - better yet, last Saturday here we had 2 baptisms. Again, less than 10 people and distancing, masks, etc. One of these was a lady Julian and Jeffrey had been talking to about the Lord, and the other the son of the believer from Tiabaya who built this church house where we live, meet, everything. Simon had been talking for years to his children about following the Lord and is now seeing fruit from this. This Saturday we should have another baptism here. Also some of the grown children of a believing family. So, praise the Lord for these new ones, thanks for praying for them.

Thanks too for all you share with us for the Lord's work here. Truly we are very grateful, many blessings for each of you. Love, Noél for us

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Hi again, dear ones, and yes, August is just the same as to our quarantine here, now announced for until Sept. 7 (at leastl). BUT, there are some changes for which we truly thank God. We have permission to take the car to different parts of Arequipa to take and distribute foodstuff. So Bob and I buy fruit and divide it up into 4 or 5 or more bags and take it to many of our needy brethren during this time. This started early in July with Pepe helping us get the online permission and then helping the youth take several bags of potatoes and dry goods to the families they had been working with in the Belaunde district of Yarabamba. They had been teaching the children and witnessing to their families on Sunday afternoons for a long while before the quarantine/virus arrived here.

So we enjoyed accompanying them for that and it was really appreciated by these families in that isolated district. But then we kept on renewing our permissions so we have visited over 25 of the needy families and singles from our churches here in Arequipa. Many of them live a bit far out so we could not walk to them before especially carrying bags of fruit, so we are so very thankful we can help them and encourage them to remain faithful even though we cannot have official church meetings here yet. We also continue to give economic help where needed among these precious ones. Truly we are thankful to the Lord for this opportunity and these believers are encouraged and thankful as well. Of course we wear masks and keep social distancing. Needed here.

We also continue recording Bob's messages and some songs twice a week on facebook: De Cristo. Of course all in Spanish and aimed mostly for the believers here from our different churches in the area, but it goes all around, to the mountain, valley and coastal regions too. May God continue to bless and use this ministry to bring souls closer to HIM: Thanks so much for praying.

In especially one of our mountain areas, Espinar, and on up into another area, the believers are seeing several come to faith in Jesus Christ. They do not have much of the virus out in the communities, out above the capital of Espinar, so they have been able to baptize several new believers. Please help us pray for these new ones, that they may grow deeper in God's Word. They desire Quechua Bibles up there but recently these are not available. Also we have ordered other literature from Huaral, near Lima, but they have not been able to be shipped here yet because of the quarantine. We do pray transport could be opened up some so these things could get here. Also we have had no postal service since early March. So, please please do NOT send us anything by "snail mail". Sorry we cannot send you anything either. Just send your prayers up to the Lord, He never goes on quarantine!

Also we are thankful that others of our believers here are able to help other needy ones. Our colleagues Jeff and Angela are going to new areas where there is no church and distributing food and also witnessing for the Lord. They are seeing some real interest and we pray when all this quarantine is over that some new churches will be able to be started in those areas.

The other elder of our main Arequipa church also can visit and help others as he and family sell cleaning supplies so have permission to take them around. So, the Lord is indeed working and we are seeing fruit in lives, many truly do want to repent and follow Christ. Some maybe from fear and there is sadness as well here.

Two of our faithful older believers are now in God's presence in glory due to Covid-19. For sure they will be missed. Dear Benedicto, 88 years old, did not win the battle with the virus here, but he is for sure rewarded in glory. Martin Umayasi, from Espinar, also succumbed to the virus here on earth, but he was a real servant of the Lord, evangelizing up there in Espinar and around. He had been here in Arequipa, and just a couple weeks before had been here with us getting tracts to take back up there to give out. Anyway, the tracts will be taken and given, but not by Martin. He is now in glory also rewarded for sure for his faithfulness.

A couple more of our believers are still fighting the battle, one in hospital with oxygen, but now thankfully stable, and another we don't know how is developing. Please pray for Eluterio and for Enrique Lopez, that they would live here still if it is God's will. Thankfully a few others have truly recovered from the virus and are able to continue serving the Lord here.

Thanks so very much for praying and sharing for the Lord's work here. 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 very much!

Many blessings for you, Noél for us

Hi again to you dear ones. Well, we thought we would be over our forced quarantine by now but no, Arequipa has record highs in death tolls from coronavirus and new cases are abounding. There are not enough respirators, ventilators, units for Intensive Care and even oxygen tanks. So the president declared Arequipa and a few other regions in forced quarantine for all of July. We are hoping that at least the govt will let taxi service resume along with some busses.

We have several taxi drivers in our church who live from day to day what they can earn with their service. The regional governor wants to shut down everything again, like in March, but we hope that won't be put in effect. Taxis just started being able to run again today. To have them shut down again would be very very difficult for many homes.

During this time of quarantine we have had 4 elderly ladies from our churches (2 from Arequipa churches and 2 from mountain churches). Then one young brother from Espinar area fell off a ladder and punctured his lungs and died as well. None of these were from covid-19, but we have learned of some in other churches who have had the virus and some have died. Now we have a teacher from our school who is hospitalized with the virus. He was new to us and was teaching social sciences. Please pray that Daniel will recover, and soon.

Here again we are hearing several ambulances a day screeching around and it is a bit discouraging. Well, sorry, but to finish off the bad news, this morning I fell, in a bank where I deposit our monthly and I really hurt both my hip and the back of my shoulder, actually below the shoulder. Hip is better, yay, but area around the low tip of back shoulder blade really hurts. So, prayer is appreciated and wisdom if I should look for an xray -- I am scared to go into anywhere medical 'cause contamination and virus are all over these places.

But, now for good news, and it really is encouraging. Even though Bob cannot travel, we have heard of some of the brothers from different mountain areas who are seeing people coming to the Lord. In two areas they had baptisms and we are thankful that in a few areas they can have outdoor meetings with not too many people. The virus is not in many of these mountain areas and we are thankful for that. Please help us pray these new believers can get the teaching they need. They have asked for Quechua Bibles but right now there aren't any available, so we pray they will be available soon. We were able to send up some Quechua hymnbooks via one transport line that goes to Espinar.

Also, several of our believers from here and other areas where there are churches call, and Bob has a ministry of counseling, teaching, helping, etc. on the phone! Some also are able to come, walking or finding some way, to talk personally, several are seeking the Lord and wanting to repent and get right with God. We continue to record some singing and messages and they come up on facebook: De Cristo twice a week, Sunday and Thursday. We are thankful for Pepe to help us in this.

And Pepe is visiting (by bicycle) several of the youth, sharing literature and encouragement with them. They hope to be able to get permission to go and distribute physical food products as well as the bread of life to the area they had an outreach in, (district of Belaunde in Yarabamba, about an hour and a half drive from here). Our colleagues, Jeff and Angela Anderson, are able to do this in the area where they have a small aloe vera farm and hope to see a church planted there as well as build their own little house there some day. God is blessing them and the work in that area.

I think we are able to encourage Pepe too as he is here with us a lot. He has a permission to come and care for us old people. Ha. We are still able to help many of the believers who honestly do not have enough and are not able yet to work. And actually several of the believers here call and encourage each other in the Lord. Some have Bible studies on Whats App and they often call and ask for counsel from Bob on that.

So, sometimes we do wonder why, and when this all will pass, and we pray for that, really. But God obviously has us here for a reason and we thank you for praying for us and the Lord's work here. And thanks to those of you who are also sharing in His work here. 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 very much,

May God's blessing and care be with you all during these difficult days, Our times are in God's hands, seems like He is coming soon. May He find us working in His fields. Blessings and thanks again, Noel for us

Hi to you all,

Well, we had hoped our quarantine, shutdown, would finish by this month. But now it is extended thru June 30. Hopefully next month, people can go back to work, but it is true that we still are having more cases and deaths from this awful virus. Many have lost their jobs and won't be able to get them back.

Some good things have happened in May though. First, our big family news: We are now great grandparents!!. (I really don't feel older.) Eliza Lynn was born May 23. Her mother is daughter of our daughter. So we have daughter Theresa Lynn, granddaughter Jennifer Lynn, and great granddaughter Eliza Lynn. We are so very thankful to our Lord, our Creator. We pray this little one will come to know the Lord Jesus and we know her parents really will lead her in God's ways.

Also, even though we miss being able to go out and visit our brothers and sisters here, most of them call us, and Bob has a real telephone ministry. The other day the son of a believer from Pampacolca (Antonio) called, wanting to get right with the Lord. He had not been walking with the Lord and probably was not a true believer. We surely pray he is now. He confessed his sins and prayed with Bob. His mother and family were very glad.

Others call wanting counsel or having questions about God's Word. We also can record some singing and Bob's messages - on Facebook: De Cristo. Most of our brothers who have access to facebook here watch these and call that they are blessed and helped, so we are thankful for all these opportunities. God can indeed turn bad into good, and we are just instruments for Him. Seems true that we are here where the Lord wants us to be now, even though we cannot travel nor visit in person. Families are meeting together and uniting sometimes with neighbors, our brothers are maturing in God's Word and others are coming to Christ.

Also, in especially one of our mountain areas, Espinar, and on up to Santo Tomas, some of the believers are evangelizing, able to walk to other towns and planning baptisms soon. Hardly any virus is up there so they are freer. Here in the city our believers are uniting and sharing - helping each other as they can, some distributing groceries to the needy, and calling and encouraging each other. We have been able to help many of the needy in the church with offerings we have had, and our people are being generous as they can.

Our colleagues Jeff and Angela are having a real ministry in the area where Angela has land, distributing food, especially vegetables and fruits to the poorest of neighbors there. Jeff and Angela want to see a church established in that neighborhood. There is no church there, not even Roman Catholic, so being able to help the folks materially now in their need they are also having opportunities to share Christ and some are sincerely listening. Others are bitter over their lot in life, but God is definitely working there.

As to school, of course neither students nor teachers cannot come personally but our teachers are working and sending lessons out via internet, whatsapp, tv, radio, etc. and though some have left our program, most are staying and are learning and are happy. Of course most of them cannot pay fees now, and Marino has reduced these fees to practically nothing, whatever is within the parents' ability.

We were blessed by some offerings from some of you to help with this. Thank you so very very much. Our dedicated teachers need to be paid, they are working hard. How we do pray however that we will be free to have school for real with teachers and students present next year (starting March) Please help us pray also for the continued freedom to teach God's Word. The government here would like to close private schools. We pray and unite with other Christian schools here to seek this freedom. Honestly our Ebenezer Christian school and other Christian schools here have much better education than the public schools, and are taught true Biblical values, whereas the govt. program goes against God's values. Please help us pray. Thank you.

God is still in control, our times are in His hands and His ways are always the best. His and our enemy are attacking, but we are on the Lord's side and He will win. Thank you so very much for standing with us. And 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

May God richly bless each of you and keep you safe. In His care, Noel for us

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