Hi to you all! Well, April is here! Spring for you, and supposedly starting "Autumn" for us, but it is quite warm. Supposed to rain, every day they say that, and it has rained and snowed on the mountains around us, but not really in the city.

March was a busy month, in spite of restrictions because of the covid pandemia. We were able to visit and encourage many of our believers. We still cannot have full house meetings, and still have a Sat. afternoon meeting in order to reduce the crowd on Sundays. This has helped some, but most of our people really want to come Sunday mornings, so in spite of all our protocols and efforts, we probably are in the "outlaw" category.

Many of our outlying churches are meeting normally, especially the brothers in the mountain churches where there is very little coronavirus. Here in Arequipa people keep dying daily of covid-19. Sad, and there are lots of new cases. People here just can't stay away from each other. There are crowds, and contact, even though most do wear masks. Some do not keep it on right, but at least they have it. Well, enough of that. No, vaccines are not available for us here yet. Maybe some day.

As for school, it indeed started early March. Our teachers are just as dedicated as last year and are really working over time. It is all virtual still, but hopefully and prayerfully by early August, the second half of the year, second semester, we will be able to go physically at least semi-presencial. We will see how that works out.

I am not yet teaching the OT as I had hoped, but can start it in August, Lord willing. Till then, I can give the devotionals once a month for the primary school (1st thru 6th grades). I gave one last Wednesday, and will do the next one April 12, Lord willing. These have to be only up to 15 minutes, and it is by google meet. A dear teacher helps me get on and it is truly fun to see the kids, their little faces just a bit on the screen. Not at all the same as being there in person, but this is what it is for a few months anyway.

Please help us pray for the school. We are so thankful to be able to keep going, and have several new ones registering too. We are thankful for the freedom to teach God's Word. Of course Bob is literally preaching his heart out, recording messages every week, live streaming Sunday mornings - we can record some singing too, our brothers and sisters are very thankful we are here for all this.

Bob would like to travel but has been restricted so far. Hopefully later in April he will get up to a baptism in a community near Espinar. There is a baptism Monday in a far away mountain area but we are under a lockdown till after Easter so he really should not try to do that one. So, he is actually working on the second part of his book! Hope he can get it done and printed, adding it to the first part. We are giving away many of those, as we are not selling very many. Bob is selling Bibles though, and some songbooks. Several are wanting to get right with the Lord and Bob continues to counsel on the phone, pray with people here, and visit when we can.

Our youth here had a really good "congress" in March. (Virtual, with speakers from different parts and videos and reports from the missionaries the church here supports, and a drama and other commentaries, good!) We thank the Lord our youth are reaching out to outlying communities with God's Word, teaching children and sharing clothes and other items with the folks up there. Some of them have home Bible studies too. We have one on Tuesday evenings.

Another family reaches out weekly to the town of Polobaya and its district Agua Buena. Jeff and Angela are working on getting a small house built on their property out in Uchumayo, where they also have visited and seen the Lord work. They have had their first baptism there, and are looking to start a church, as there are none around. Our harpist, dear brother Julian, married a sweet Christian gal from the Majes valley and they are living there now and reaching out all up and down the valley, encouraging believers and witnessing to others, helping immensely in the work there.

So, God is indeed at work here in spite of all the restrictions. Of course, there is some sadness, some have died, not only of covid but of other things too, even today a dear believer from Moquegua is dying of cancer, her daughter and son in law are a family from our church here. God has our times in His hands, these are difficult sometimes but we trust HIM. Next Sunday, (April 11), Peru votes for a new president and congress. Probably there will be a runoff but please help us pray for this, former governments here have been so very corrupt.

Thanks so very very much for praying for the Lord's work here and sharing as God leads you. 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.

As we remember especially our dear Lord Jesus Christ's death on the cross for us, and HIS resurrection, may we give Thanks eternally. Many blessings for you and yours, Noel for us

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