Monday, January 31, 2011
Animals and our children are quite a combination. Some would say that they can't tell the difference at times with looks and behavior. One of the blessings of living on the compound in Peru is that there are many animals. There are dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, turtles, canary birds, lamb (named Matthew), and even a horse at the compound. Of course our girls were sad to hear that most animals are raised for the purpose of eating but that doesn't stop them from playing friendly with them until there appointed time.
Well our boys didn't need a shave but they definitely needed a haircut. Just down the road two blocks there is a market where there are a group of vendors for haircutting. I took the boys down and watched them get their hair cut and it only cost three Soles which is about one dollar. A hair cut in the States would cost me over ten dollars each. One more example of Peruvian culture.
One of the advantages of being on the third floor is to see the beautiful sunsets each night. The Pacific Ocean is only a mile and half west of our apartment. The weather here is usually always sunny and not like Michigan. Creation reflects the greatness of our God.
Friday, January 14, 2011
We send Christmas and New Year greetings to you and your congregation. We have been able to celebrate the holidays with Jon's family in Wisconsin where 35 gathered together. Christians have much to celebrate during the season for our Saviour was born! We have a message to share found in Luke 2:11, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” and joy to share as the angels declared in Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
We have entered into what many have described as “crunch time” with much to organize, store, and pack before leaving on January 6th. We thank you for your support in prayers and financial gifts. We have seen God answer many of our prayers of good health, furnishings for lodging in Peru, safety while traveling, those coming to hear the Gospel and souls being saved.
Our missionary partners in Peru have asked prayer for Isai, a boy of 10 who has a brain tumor that needs to be removed; Jon Carlos, a newly saved teen who has decided to leave his rock band and friends to follow Christ; Juan Carlos and Bridget, newly married in the catholic church for family pressure but returning to a Baptist Church; Alfredo, a newly baptized father and husband wanting to grow and leave his struggle with alcohol; and Carlos and Julia, a struggling couple.
There is an awkward feeling for a missionary arriving into a foreign field with his family and their belongings to start a new beginning. I’m thankful to the EFATA ministry who has agreed to greet us and pick us up at the airport upon arrival. We have recently made arrangements for Jon’s dad to go with us in helping with the final construction of our apartment and assisting us with our children. We will be in Lima, Peru for one year in order to process our paperwork, purchase furnishings and supplies, learn the Spanish language with a private tutor, and learn the culture and customs while living at the EFATA ministries (a Baptist church, orphanage, and school). We will than be teaming up with a church planting missionary in the Andes mountains working in Andahuaylas, Peru for our first term. It is our desire to plant churches in other mountain villages, as God would lead.
After January 5th, it would be best to communicate by phone (734) 244-6567 or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) as we will be out of the country and will find it difficult to receive hard mail. We will be communicating with you concerning our new Peru address and phone numbers when it is set up.