Saturday, December 31, 2011

Children's Piano Recital

Our children have been faithfully practicing their instruments this year. It shows in how much they have improved from the beginning.
Mrs. Rebecca Houghton is their piano teacher this year.
The children await their turn to play before the recital.

Katie wins the competition with the most stickers.

Friday, December 30, 2011

The Twins 10th Birthday "Tea Party"

Table Games

Suduko anybody?
Preparing the rook cards

Rook is by far the favorite table game when playing with Jon's parents.

Enjoying a game of Monoply!

Thanksgiving at our house

We were grateful to have Jon's parents, our spanish teacher and his wife, and the Ricker Family over to our house to celebrate "Thanksgiving" with our family.
There was quite a feast and a great time of fellowship.

Of course we had to top it all off with banana cream, pumpkin, and apple pies.

Nisha and Jon's mom hard at work to make this meal special.
The Turkey turned out great this year and was even filled with stuffing brought from the U.S.A.

Matthew loves the Thanksgiving meal simply because it is the only time we put out a whole bowl of black olives. He is usually the one that eats the whole bowl.

Street Preaching in Villa El Salvador

EFATA Baptist Church put together a street preaching ministry where we were able to pass out tracts and witness to people in the town of Villa El Salvador.

This is our son Nathan passing out tracts to drivers when stopped for a red light.

Nisha and Jon's Dad enjoying the choir singing and the street preaching.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Investment in another life is like planting a tree and watching it grow

EFATA ministries in Peru work with deaf children. On this day the deaf children had the opportunity to plant trees throughout the area. Jon was able to spend time with the deaf children and to see them use their talents in school.

Bible Study in Peru

Jon has had the opportunity to observe an in-home Bible Study for a few weeks before being asked to prepare weekly Bible Studies to present in spanish to the group. It has been challenging but rewarding to learn how to present in spanish. The group averages about ten adults each week.

December Prayer Letter!

To Our Supporting Churches and Faithful Prayer Warriors,

John 3:16, a powerful reminder that God gave us His Son for all to be saved.

In a month when we give and receive gifts, we also remember the greatest Gift of all.

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” Luke 2.

These last two months have been filled with reasons to rejoice in the Lord. Jon’s parents were with us for two months which made “Family Day” at the church even more enjoyable. Jon and his dad were able to go visit Andahuaylas in November where they were able to be with our missionary team. We were able to minister to the church and the missionaries during our stay. Jon’s dad is planning on returning to Andahuaylas in January 2012 to fix up and complete the house we will be renting. Please pray for all the preparations for our move in March.

Our twins celebrated their 10th birthday on November 26th where they had opportunity to interact with many of their Peruvian and missionary friends at their” Tea Party”.

A Thanksgiving feast, prepared by Jon’s mom and Nisha, was celebrated with our spanish teacher and his wife. Our first Christmas in Peru made quite an impression on us. Their tradition of Christmas is celebrated on the 24th of December instead of the 25th and isn’t completed until the traditional Christmas Eve fireworks displays that lasts throughout the night. Our children sang with the church choir before the Peruvian Congress Christmas program and were involved in the drama presentation at the church. It was a blessing to see different institutions donate and minister to the deaf ministry where we are currently staying.

Jon has been able to prepare and deliver devotionals in spanish at a house bible study every week for the last two months. This has helped in learning the language as well as ministering the Word. Our children have been learning to play the piano as demonstrated in their piano recital. It has been a blessing to host and minister to the deaf children at EFATA. We were able to participate in soul-winning, street preaching, men’s prayer meetings, special music, caroling, and Bible studies.

Thank you to those who have prayed for the ministry in Andahuaylas. God has allowed the church to grow and has been given land in the country to begin a camp ministry. The missions team is currently looking for a larger building to meet the growing demands of interest in the church. Our mission team desires to see God build the church through the effective tools of preaching the Bible, prayer, and the working of the Holy Spirit. There is an interest in starting a Christian School, Bible Institute, and a camp in the near future. We are asking for your prayers for wisdom in the decisions ahead.

Serving Christ in Peru,

The Harris Family

Jon, Nisha, Matthew, Nathan, Becca, and Katie

Oh Danny Boy!

This is a deaf boy that arrived here at EFATA recently named Danny. What a blessing it was to spend some time with him as a family.