Hi y'all, well, March has started to March. Supposedly February was rainy season but we had very little. Now, March is starting very cloudy and threatening, but not much rain yet. We had a few thunder showers yesterday - not enough. Anyway, we still have water, for which we are thankful.

Mid February also brought another quarantine for Arequipa, curfew from 6 pm to 6 am and again a lot of businesses closed, more restrictions, etc. We were declared in the "extreme" category, with high death rate and lots of new cases of covid. But now March 1 we are again declared "high risk" but not extreme. So curfew is from 9 pm till 4 a.m. Better - and most businesses can open.

Many have had to close because of the economy going down so far. Vaccines have started to come for the healthcare workers. It seems it will be a long time yet before enough come for the rest of us, but there is hope anyway. Our hope is in the Lord, and we are truly thankful He has kept us healthy so far! Some of our believers here have, or have had covid, but most have recovered.

Also during the lockdown last month we were able to again get permission to distribute food, so we would buy bags of fruit and give them with monetary offerings from the church here for some of our needy believers. God does provide. However, work is scarce, we have a carpenter brother who is elderly, his sons work with him, and they have families. But none of them have found work for over a month. People want their doors and furniture made but do not have money now to pay for it. We do need prayer for our believers in this. Many work in sales and sales are down too, folks do not have the buying power they did before.

School starts for us March 8. It will be virtual for a few months anyway. I have decided not to teach my O.T. course online. We thank the Lord for some new Christian teachers, some from another rather large Christian school that had to close temporarily. We are saddened about the private schools forced to close and thankful ours is still going. Marino and Lupe work around the clock, literally some times, to fulfill all the govt. and Civil Defense require.

There is hope that second semester, starting early August, will be in person. I would have more hours and more students and more freedom then to continue teaching, and we pray it will indeed happen. Thankfully more are registering now and though many do not have enough to pay fees, some of you dear ones are helping in this need. THANK YOU!!

Bob has not been able to travel for some weeks, but now is allowed to again, so we will see where the Lord leads. We had to close the church for the past 2 weeks too, but are now free to again have meetings here but only with 20% capacity. Bob and the leaders here are right now discussing how it will work, we probably will have to have 3 services each weekend, one Sat. aft., one Sunday morning and another Sunday afternoon.

Bob will leave off teaching Romans as he was Sunday evening and may have to do it another day. We truly are thankful that we can meet together again. Of course we will use masks and try to have social distancing. Please pray for us in all this, for safety, protection, wisdom, and God working in our lives and service here.

Again, thanks so much for standing with us. 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) Thank you!

Many blessings, Noél for us

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