Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
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