Hi dear ones!

Yes, spring is coming here, now with some warmer temps. but a lot of wind which brings dust. But we cannot complain, as so many are suffering from hurricane winds and rain.

This past month has been really really busy! We have ministry in 5 weddings within a month's time! 3 of them have happened and two more are planned for this month. We also had ministry in a funeral - a dear older brother, who had the first church in Tiabaya in his house passed away. He was in his 90's. Plus tests in school, and other visits, meetings, counseling, etc. Thanks so much for praying for us and sharing with us as God leads you.

Another unexpected thing came up: Bob was diagnosed with prostate cancer. We ended up initially going to 4 doctors. We had only planned on one, but each of the first 3 somehow could not do for Bob what all 4 said needed to be done. Finally the 4th did a minor surgery, prescribed several special cancer pills, more studies, and to make it somewhat shorter, Bob's "psa" level went from this awful high 74 way down to 5.8, almost normal. And the best is that the complete bone scan shows no spreading of the cancer - which means he may not need radiation, but that will be determined later this month. Even if radiation is necessary we can get that done here at not too much cost.

We do not have insurance here in Peru. We have Medicare in the U.S. but we really do not want to move to the U.S. yet. So, we are truly grateful. We thank the Lord for His healing and provision. Truth is Bob feels great. He never felt bad in all this. I think the pills are affecting his stomach some, but guess they are necessary at least for the 3 months prescribed. We will see after that. Anyway, he is really thankful and now is off on a trip, between weddings, to the valley areas, with our national worker Teodoro. Bob is really glad to get out to the areas that need visiting and encouraging. So, again, thanks so very much for praying for the Lord's work here.

Also we were blessed by a visiting choir who presented beautiful concerts in several of the schools where I taught before, and of course our Ebenezer school next door. The ones who brought this group distributed Bible story books to the elementary school children in these schools. This was combined with the concerts in two of the schools, as last year the Bible story books were distributed in the other schools.

I was especially blessed when we went to the farthest schools where I first taught God's Word from 1993 thru 2003. At least 3 teachers came up to me and said they remembered me teaching them the Bible, some of them are now teaching God's Word there in the school! One especially thanked me for teaching her the basics of the faith. What a blessing truly to know our labor is not in vain for the Lord.

Sometimes especially these days it is such a challenge as the children today are a lot less controlled, only a few are disciplined correctly. I praise the Lord for the opportunity and the still open doors. We know God's Word will not return void, but sometimes it is difficult. Please help us pray these children will somehow retain the Lord's message for them. We pray they will truly come to know Christ and His salvation.

50 years ago today I had a baby boy. He grew up to be a missionary to the Kuna tribe in Panamá. After only a couple years there in the jungle some guerillas from Colombia came over and kidnapped Mark and his two coworkers from the tribe in Pucuro. After at least 3 years the men were killed. Our Mark and the other 2, Dave and Rick, are with the Lord and that is far better.

Our dear Mark is missed here, but we are thankful he gave his life to reach needy souls for Christ. A half century has passed, but eternity has just begun. We are thankful his daughters are now married to fine Christian men. We were blessed with the visit of Mark's oldest daughter, Tamra, a MD, last month. Time here goes on, please forgive the reminiscing.

Thanks again so very much for praying for us and standing with us. May God bless and keep you now and always. 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, Noél for us

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