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

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