Hi y'all!

Well, as you know, we ended last month and are starting this one on a rather sad note! Sure different! Before all this pandemic broke out, Bob was able to have a good trip to Tuti, in the Colca canyon, for meetings with church leaders and other believers, but right after he got home the govt. put us all into "quarantine" (somewhat like house arrest). Not really, we do have freedom for one person at a time to go shop for needed food and health items.

Pharmacies and some major food markets are open, and there is all we need in those items. However, all businesses, restaurants, offices, post office, other stores, etc. are closed. We had just started school, had 2 weeks and I was truly being blessed by teaching the first 4 lessons of my O.T. course and one class of 3rd grade Bible, and 3 classes of 2nd grade English, when whack! Everything shut down. We are not allowed to take the car out, only official vehicles with permit are allowed out.

Several folks were stuck, couldn't get home, cause no travel is permitted, no plane travel, no bus travel even within the country. No mail service, no visiting, we must wear masks whenever we step outside the door and again, we are not supposed to go out, but one person per family is allowed to go shopping. Curfew is from 6 p.m. till 5 a.m. - NO being out during those hours.

The school teachers are sending classes, homework, even evaluations by computer, kids can get these on their cell phones. Some of our teachers are doing live classes online, so the kids can see them and interact with them, etc. We are very thankful for our dedicated teachers, but many of the parents cannot at all pay the fees during these months because they cannot work, no pay. So it is extremely difficult for the teachers too as they receive their pay from the school fee fund.

We are truly thankful for those of you who sponsor students here by sending funds for their fees. (And praying for them too) Unfortunately I personally do not have the equipment nor do I know how to do the classes online, but hopefully we will be able to start real classes with the presence of students early May, we need to pray for that.

We think the classes will be limited in size, so that one group of students will go Monday, Wednesday and Friday and another group Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (yes, we need Saturdays to recuperate days lost.) Well, till no more cases of the COVID-19 show up here we will remain on quarantine. God is helping us through it, but many of our people are suffering, cannot work, and don't have enough to buy enough, etc. We thank the Lord the last few months our church offerings here were abundant and we have funds to help some of the most needy ones.

Bob has been able to record some messages in Spanish, Pepe has helped us as he has permission to come help us once a week anyway (we are old people so he can have permission to come care for us some) Anyway, this has been a blessing to our believers and we hear from them by phone - Bob also has been able to counsel some by phone and answer some of their questions, etc. Still, it is hard on the folks who cannot work if this quarantine goes on longer, it started March 16 and will go till at least April 20, but we are almost sure it will continue till the end of the month anyway.

Of course there are some advantages, the largest being that some are truly responding to this, God's call to repent and turn to Him. We sure pray for more of this. Also, the air we breathe here is sooo much cleaner without all the vehicles driving by all day and night right under us. That is a real advantage! We miss most not being able to have church meetings, not being able to visit and have the home Bible studies, Bob not being able to travel to encourage and help believers in the provinces, etc.

So in these ways we are "disabled" but we do need to obey our authorities, and we surely pray for more to repent and turn to God. And we are really saddened by all the deaths from this horrible virus - in Ecuador, the U.S. and Europe especially.

Thanks so much for praying with us for the Lord's continuing work here, He has a purpose in it all. 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 much, many blessings for you all, Noél for us

Hi to you all! And welcome to March! Hope you are getting some spring like weather up there. Here we supposedly are in summer but we have had a very cold one, with lots of rains. Too much, flooding, landslides, sewage overflows and blockings, houses and cars taken away! Well, God has given us a few nice days now, though they say more rains are still coming. School is supposed to start this week but may be delayed a few days if the rains continue.

A highlight for February for us was the visit of our daughter Theresa with her husband, Josué. Josué taught at our annual youth congress, which is like a retreat for the youth from several of our churches. It was a profitable 2 and a half days at a nice place on the outskirts of Arequipa. God gave good enough weather, wet and cloudy but no hard rains those days. Terri was also able to connect and spend some time with friends she had growing up here, which was nice.

Bob hasn't been able to travel too much to the mountain areas because of these heavy rains and hail and all, but we did get a couple days on the coast with Terri and Josué, enjoying the beach, really nice down there. We have been able to visit needy ones here in and around the city and Bob did get to the valley earlier in Feb.

Bob's foot is fine now, so he can walk more, guess he needed the rest without walking too much or traveling too far anyway. He does plan on being in the mountains next week for the leader's conference in Tuti, in the Colca canyon. We pray for leaders from the churches in that area to be built up and better prepared to lead their churches and have fellowship with each other as well. Thanks for helping us pray for leaders to be raised up and trained for their important role - and seeing more come to Christ in all the areas we work in.

Please pray for the school too, we do have more Christian teachers now and are praying they will be able to work together and the school be a light in Arequipa. We thank the Lord for the freedom to continue to teach God's Word. Yes, Lord willing, I will teach the Bible, O.T. to 6th grade this year, and other materials for Formación Cristiana to 3rd graders. Also one class of English, probably 2nd grade, so I can play a bit too. Ha. Hope it can all be done for the Lord's glory!

Thanks so very very much for all your prayer for us and for shariing 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, Perú.

Thanks again and many blessings for you all, Noél for us

Yes, Groundhog day came and went and found that day really nice and sunny, like normal for Arequipa. BUT we had just awful cold drizzle and fog and a few real rains in January, and they say it is coming back any day. January went fast and was busy.

God blessed us with some more baptisms here, of our young people. The youth ministry here is growing and we are thankful. They continue in outreach to an annex of Yarabamba, Belaunde, each Sunday afternoon. We pray they will follow Christ all their lives, which is what we all need to do.

The youth are having a "congress" like a retreat, Feb. 13th (evening) thru Sat. the 15th. And a treat for us: our daughter, Terri Lynn, and her husband, Josue Raimundo, are coming a couple days before. Josue will be speaking some to the youth congress and then we will have a few days with Terri and Josue afterward. We do pray the weather will still be ok, not that drizzle and fog, etc. for the youth meetings and the airplane flights to go as scheduled.

Mid January some representatives from the Master's Academy held an all day marriage conference using our church meeting place. The evening before and the evening afterward they presented their plan for a seminary to be started here in Arequipa, possibly using some of our school facilities, just for one week of evenings only each month, all the homework and research will be done in their villages at home. We pray this will be a blessing and help in preparing leaders for the churches and outreaches.

Some more of the believers from here also are active in their outreaches to different places in and around Arequipa. One of our churches in Arequipa was blessed to finally be able to purchase some land for a building, meeting place for them. They are always full and running over outside and around the corner of the living room of the brother's living room where they currently meet so they really need a place of their own. We praise the Lord for this growth in the ENACE neighborhood church.

Bob and I had a short anniversary trip to the coastal town of Camana, enjoying a few hours at the beach and also visiting the believers there and meeting with them. Most of them seem to be doing well Spiritually, but there are also problems as there are everywhere.

Bob had a simple fracture in his foot which seemed to be healing fine but these last couple days it is swollen again, we pray it will indeed be ok soon. He continues to prepare and teach God's Word to many here and elsewhere. I have a plugged ear and some nasal congestion on that side which I also pray will clear up soon. Little troubles, but overall we are real thankful for the health the Lord gives us.

School is finishing their vacation program today and the official 2020 school year starts March 2. Please help us pray for more Christian teachers. We are very thankful for the ones we have but need a few more. Please help us pray for enough student population to be able to pay these teachers adequately.

Thanks so very much for your prayers for us and for the Lord's work here in the south of Peru. 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 much and many blessings for all of you, Noel for us

Happy New Year! Yes, 2020 is here and may we truly have perfect sight in God's eyes! May our vision be His in seeing the world as He sees it, needing to seek God and live for Him.

Wow! So much has happened in December! God helped the youth from the main Arequipa church in several outreach projects, Christmas bag distribution (helping me with Gospel presentation with this in the state boys home and then in a children's home), then helping our coworkers Jeff and Angela with the outreach in the neighborhood where they have a lot and are working with the neighbors, hoping to start a church there. Then they did the outreach in the town about an hour's drive outside of Arequipa. Several of the believers here brought clothes, food items, goodies and some toys to help in this. God is using our youth and the believers for the most part are more united and blessed to see the Lord at work in lives here.

Along that line, some new ones have been baptized, and some more are wanting to be baptized real soon here and in these places mentioned above. Thanks for helping to pray for these new believers and seekers - for building God's kingdom.

Bob has had a few trips recently as well. First to the Majes valley where believers from 3 or 4 churches in and above the valley came together for a joint meeting, where 3 had been baptized before. These new believers are growing and these joint meetings are a blessing and an encouragement for them. Then, I got to go with him for a whole 2 days at the beach. Christmas tradition! Really nice, a needed relax. This was after the school's year closing Christmas program, which also was a blessing.

The day after getting back from the beach, Bob went with a dear brother to some special meetings in a Quechua community in the highlands above Espinar, Chullopata. They had some difficulties up there as the road does not reach the community so they left the car about a kilometer below and hiked up. Then they had to go back down and up carrying the Bibles and books, tiring in the altitude. Also, while we were at the beach, Bob kicked the sand really hard and ended up with a fissure in the side of his big toe. All the walking up in the mountains really made it swell up and hurt. So after arriving back he had to cancel the trip planned to Juliaca and the Quechua community of Occoro. Bob's foot is healing but it needs rest and elevation.

Another reason for canceling that trip is that a dear brother from one of the neighborhood churches passed away early Dec. 31 - we had visited him and family the day before, then when we heard he had passed into the Lord's presence, we went to the funeral last night before the big watchnight service here. The burial is this afternoon. We are sorry for the family, but they are resting in the Lord, knowing their husband, father, brother is with HIM and free of suffering. Thanks for praying for the Carpio family.

Last night we had a beautiful service, receiving the new year in prayer. Several brought food, so that lasted to way after midnight, but the service itself was really good. Several testimonies of God's grace and working in lives, the youth presentation of highlights of their year of service and fun, new believers, etc. Bob gave a moving testimony of how the Lord has worked in his health - healing of the prostate cancer, and his true desire to keep working for the Lord here, for as long as He permits!

So, may your 2020 be filled with perfect vision, for Christ, and His blessings and leading for each of you. Thanks so very much for praying for us and sharing with us so we can keep on keeping on for God. 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 much! Blessings for all year and more, Noel for us

Hi to you dear ones,

And we hope you did indeed have a blessed Thanksgiving, and now will have a joyful Christmas season as well, remembering the true "reason for the season" as they say. Our precious Savior and Lord left His glory to come and give Himself for us, how thankful we are, and forever will be.

November went so very fast! We are blessed to have our granddaughter, Raquel, Paul's daughter, here with us for almost a month. We were able to travel with her to the Majes Valley for a united meeting of the churches in the valley and from Chuquibamba as well. 3 were baptized in the river there, a young guy from one of the towns in the valley, Diego, another lady from another valley town, Brita, and a lady from one of the mountain towns near Chuquibamba, Raquel.

Also we are in the time of visiting the children's home we help, our youth group did a really nice program for the almost 60 children and youth there plus distributing their Christmas bags which Raquel helped us put together. The youth and also Bob had a good Gospel presentation, we trust it was glorifying to the Lord. This is a Christian home and the directors are precious believers who really do all they can to share Christ with each of the children and youth there.

This next Saturday we have the distribution of the Christmas bags to the state boys home. The youth from the church here put these together and also will have a program to present Christ there too. This is a yearly opportunity to share with these guys, many are street kids, most have had a really sad life. And the youth are doing another outreach to a neighborhood near a town about an hour's drive from Arequipa. So they are working there too sharing Christ with the children and some Moms there as well. Thanks so much for praying for these outreaches. And for our growing youth group which Pepe is leading well. We are very thankful the Lord is raising up some leaders for His work here, please keep praying for more!

The school year is almost over and we are getting ready for finals and practice for the closing ceremony. May all this bring honor to our Lord. As for the needs of the school, please help us pray for dedicated Christian teachers for next year. And for the freedom to keep on teaching God's Word in the school. This is a privilege and freedom many other countries do not have. There is opposition even here to this but God has permitted us to continue. Please pray for our directors in all they have to do for the required paper work for the govt. here. A real headache, but they keep their eyes on the goal - of being able to continue for God.

Thank you so very much for praying for us here and standing with us in the Lord's work. May God bless each of 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, Perú

Wishing you a very joyful Christmas, Love and thanks, Noél for us

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