Hi dear friends,

May is going by really fast, and full! Last month was full too. We were blessed with some new baptisms, one from Polobaya, where one of our believers with his family have been faithful in their outreach. It is about an hour and a half drive from Arequipa so they meet out there but this new brother wanted to come in to Arequipa to be baptized. We also had a funeral last month, of a 95 yr. old father of one of our believers here.

May 1 is Labor day here, so I went with Bob on a trip to Puno, Juliaca (where a new group is meeting together in a home), and to a Quechua community an hour from Juliaca. We were able to visit neighbors of the family who is now meeting in Juliaca and several came and heard God's Word. In the community, two churches met together. I did some children's illustrations and Bob taught the adults. (Most understand Spanish but they like to sing especially in Quechua.) It was a blessing to see how some of the believers there are teaching their children God's Word.

This afternoon and evening was the Mother's Day program at school. I think the Lord was glorified in this and we are thankful for the school. I did a couple Bible story dramas, one with 4th grade and the other with 5th. Thank you so much for praying for the school. God is blessing. The patio where we have these events is really small now as they are working to extend it and have to have the part where they are working blocked off. So we were very very crowded, but it was nice. Thanks for praying for the final construction in the middle property. The building was demolished and now they are working on cementing the extended patio and digging for the thick columns needed for the new building, plus putting in the sewage drains, etc. Still a lot to do and expensive, but we are thankful we can at least get started. Another expensive unexpected problem we had last month was dentist bill, guess we are getting old, our teeth are falling out! Not really the teeth, but the caps and crowns, etc. They say it is a lot more expensive in the U.S. so we are glad it is done here really.

Well, we hope all you Moms out there have a really nice day this Sunday! Thanks for praying with us, thanks to those who share too. I have to ask you to pray for the south of Perú here. The city, Mollendo, where we lived for almost 3 years and where our sons, Paul and Mark, were born is in a civil war now. There was a mining project for the Tambo valley, just up from Mollendo, but the farmers do not want it to go ahead. There have been strikes, uprisings, riots, police killed, farmers killed, many on both sides wounded, tear gas, vehicles stoned, roads blocked, schools and businesses shut down, food and gasoline, etc. shortages, it is really nasty. Please pray for peace here. Thanks so much.

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