Novermber 2018 Prayer Requests

  • For some speedy doctors appointments and for good health. 
  • For all the other details we need to wrap up before we come to the US on November 19th. Home repairs, veterinarian visits, etc.
  • For safe travel, both in Peru and as we travel to the US. 
  • For wisdom in accepting opportunities. We are aiming for a less stressful schedule that will be better for health.
  • For wisdom in making decisions.  The ministry could go in several different directions, and we need to choose the way that God wants.
  • For Paco Laos as he leads the ministry teams here while we are in the US. Pray for safe travels, protection, and wisdom.
  • For the online classes we are preparing. This is a new direction for us
  • For teaching trainees.  We have quite a few volunteers, but we want to pick a few to really invest time and training in.
  • For strength and persistence for the pastors we were training in Pomabamba.  They are in a time of transition to more independence and responsibility. 
  • For Ancash coordinator Jose Marco Dominguez, who is going through the same challenges as the area pastors.

Trip to Ancash

This video was taken on the way back--much, much easier than the trip there.

Our October 19- 24 trip to Ancash was really hard, but rewarding.  Travel was very difficult from Huaraz to Pomabamba. There is no option of flying to Pomabamba, so we hired a local Christian to take us and Paco across the mountains in a 4 wheel drive pickup.  We had snow while still on the paved roads, but worse than that, it rained and the dirt road turned very slippery! Of course it was with a dropoff on one side and a rock face on the other.  Because of the slow going it got dark, so that added to the problems.  At one time the driver stopped and said aloud, “What can I do?”  But God answers prayer—  we got through okay and had a great class with the pastors in Pomabamba.
It snowed while we were crossing the mountains.
Along the road--see the mud beside us?  We don't know how bad that's gonna get!

Some of the pastors learning how to put the gospel in a Bible story.  These guys can tell 150 different stories!

I lift up my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth. Ps. 121

Marriage Conference Part 2

We taught the second part of the new marriage and family conference on October 13th and 14th.  The little church was nearly filled with people who wanted to hear what the Bible has to say about marriage and parenting.

The picture is the cover of the handout booklet of Bible verses, notes, and exercises that each attendee received.

Following up

In September we officially started following up on the ministry in northern Ancash province, where we have been working with missionary church planters Russ and Sherry Fleetwood. They are going to Colombia, and we are moving into the next step, training pastors there.

Their team member Jose Marco Dominguez (wearing the blue hat in the picture) is now a missionary with RCP, our Peruvian organization. He will be the area coordinator.

Marriage conference

We did the "pilot episode" of the marriage conference at Iglesia Buen Pastor.
Both the men and the women enjoyed it and said they learned from it.
This was the first time we've done this one, so we were busy creating materials all day, every day the week before. The second half will take place on  October 13 & 14.