Nisha and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary together on the Pacific Beach Coast in Miraflores, Perú. We're so thankful to the Lord for bringing us together and for the many wonderful memories we've shared throughout the years. God has blessed us with four wonderful children who are growing quickly. What a blessing to be serving such a great God!
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
This time Jon takes Rebecca and Katie to find housing in Huancayo. The girls were excited and can't wait to move back into the mountains.
Praising the Lord! We were able to secure a house in Huancayo beginning July 16th. We will be busy packing our apartment up in Comas and transitioning up into our new house by the end of July.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
We're now transitioning from our ministries in the coast to our ministry in the mountains. There are two single adults who have agreed to take our youth group responsibilities. This week they are getting plans to put the next theme and competitions together. Pray that the transition is a good one. Our children have enjoyed teaching new games and participating with the youth at the church.
Monday, June 29, 2015
As church planting missionaries, we've been in prayer that God would form another missions team to start a church. While on a ministry trip, Jon met Samuel Vega, a Peruvian church planting missionary. Samuel Vega finished raising his support on deputation last year and began transitioning to Huancayo to establish a church. He has been praying to team up with others to see the work established. Jon and Samuel have agreed to work together to establish a new church in Huancayo. Please pray for the transition, unity, and the establishing of this church.
Samuel has used the private christian school building for Bible studies and church services for Wednesday and Sundays. There have been as many as 18 contacts made in the area.
Jon has taken two survey trips to the Mantaro Valley. Each has provided specific direction and ministry opportunities but not the right housing. Jon has looked at over 30 different house possibilities with the help of Samuel, Daniel, and Markos (Pastors and Missionaries in the area). Each house, although having good qualities, revealed a negative that would cause conflicts. Conflicts like needing the landlord to live with us, no space for our vehicle or dog, needing too many repairs, getting the gringo price which is higher, next to bars, or just too big. Seriously, who is going to clean a house with six bathrooms and still have time for ministry? Jon has some really funny stories from these trips and new experiences. Please pray for us to find the right house soon. A special thanks to those pastors helping us with the transition.
Our church has something going on all the time... it seems. The months of June and July are filled with conferences, seminary, Christian school, work days, visitation, discipleship, church programs and activities, retreats, anniversary, and more. What a blessing to be a part of what God is doing in this ministry. Missionary Stan Templeton is pictured below for one of our conferences.