Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary

Nisha and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary together on the Pacific Beach Coast in Miraflores, PerĂº. 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!

Jon's trip to Huancayo to find housing

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. 
 Missionary Samuel Vega was willing to house us and help us look around for housing. His girl, Tirsa, turned four years old while we were there. We decided to throw her a party and invite family and friends of hers.

 Rebecca and Katie enjoyed taking in the sights and customs of the small towns.

 Our trip to Huancayo and back to Lima was beautiful. We were able to see snow, llamas, and plenty of good scenery.

 Each trip that I've taken into the mountains has had vehicles flipped over or fallen off the mountains. We're thankful for the safety the God has given to us so far.
 Can you spot the train in the middle of the picture? It also goes to Huancayo from Lima but only twice a month.
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

Youth Group involvement

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.

 Becca and Katie help Jon at the church ministry in Caraballyo on the coast.
 Mathew and Nathan playing around with the church children in Horeb.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Missions team formed

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. 

House Hunting

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.

Horeb Baptist Church ministries

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.
 The Christian School is named after a missionary hero from the past.

 Our church is currently involved in four church plants. One of the churches is saving to build on their property in anticipation of what God will do for them.
 Nathan enjoys assisting with the electronics in the church and events.

 Pictured below are the four church plants from our church with the Pastors sent to each church.

 Please pray for the upcoming conferences.