Well, yes, 2020 is ending soon. It has surely been a different year. God is still working, in spite of the sad things that have happened. Several have died, but some have been saved as they began to search for God in the midst of this trouble. U.S. elections have sadly revealed the fallen state of our country. That is sad, but God is in control, even though it seems many times that the enemy is winning. The Lord will win in the end, and we will be with HIM.

Here in Perú, much corruption has been revealed in politics. The president we had for a few years was the veep of the president elected in 2016, as due to corruption he was removed. Then just recently they impeached the x veep and congress named another pres. There were riots and protests all over because he had also been involved in corruption, so he got impeached too.

Congress named another one, so we are now on our 4th president for this term. Things have calmed down some and we surely hope they will stay peaceful. Elections are scheduled for April, 2021. Covid death rate is down here, but there still are new cases. More will come with the Christmas rush. Stores and street vendors are working, desperately trying to recuperate the economy in some way.

We are having our church services. To be able to practice social distancing we divided the group into two meetings, one Sat. afternoon and the other Sunday morning. Bob is going to the Enace church Sunday afternoons, and we will begin the Sunday evening Bible studies this Sunday so he will be preaching/teaching 4 times each weekend. We do try to be careful, wear masks, disinfect hands and shoes on entrance, respect distancing. For the most part our believers here are glad to be able to meet again together, but some are still afraid or unsure of coming again. We send livestream to them.

Bob now is in Chuquibamba again for a couple days to try to be sure the problem we mentioned before is truly resolved. We have a wedding in the Majes valley Dec. 19. Numbers of invited people are limited - so not even all family members can be there in person, but we still trust it will be glorifying to the Lord. Julian, our dear harpist, is marrying Paola, a lovely Christian servant of the Lord and they will serve HIM together in many towns in the valley.

Julian had to leave his job at a tourist hotel playing harp for their breakfasts as there is no tourism now, and not many in the hotel. So as he has family in the Majes valley and Paola is from there, they can live and work there. Another new believer is getting married Dec.30 but we are not sure if we will go to that one.

The youth here are helping with Christmas distributions to a children's home we help and also to the state boys home. The boys home is not allowed to receive anything or anyone in person this year due to the Covid pandemia, but the youth are preparing a video to send to the social worker for their virtual Christmas program. We will take the bags for the boys and leave them at the door. We pray these outreaches will be used of God to draw some to Himself.

School year ends Dec. 22. Also there will have to be a virtual Christmas program, and graduation ceremony. Hopefully some time next year we will return to being able to have the students present, but it appears it won't be at the start of the 2021 school year. Many protocols and demands are put on the private schools and it is hard for Marino and Lupe to keep up with all that is imposed on them, teachers, parents, etc. Please pray with us that the school will indeed be functioning and we will be able to once again teach God's Word freely there.

Thanks so very much for all your faithful praying and sharing with us for the Lord's work here. Truly we are thankful our Saviour came to save us - so we wish you a very very blessed and joyous Christmas! Our support address is:

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