(bain tah nahs)
I just returned from the 14th anniversary celebration of Calvary Temple Church. Darrell and Donnia and I were honored guests at the celebration. We arrived at about 11:45 a.m. just in time for the lunch of roasted chicken, pastel de fideos and cucumbers. Of course I didn’t eat the cucumbers but the other food was delicious. Pastel de fideo is a baked noodle dish with cheese. After dinner we started the afternoon activities which featured special guest speakers, a worship service, special singers and dancers. Darrell was the featured speaker and he delivered a wonderful message about honor. Unfortunately, the translator was unable to come. I didn’t receive notice until this morning and we could not find anyone to translate at that late a date so as you can guess I was the only option once again. I guess God is stretching me a bit. It certainly humbles me and forces me to depend on the Holy Spirit for His help with the translating. Despite my many errors, the Holy Spirit got His message across. Darrell did a great job and I believe he really heard from the Holy Spirit on what to preach. We left about 5:30 and the party was still in full swing. We were told they would probably be at the church until after midnight. Since the church was celebrating 14 years, they had 14 cakes. It was a great opportunity for us to fellowship with the church and to minister the gospel.
Please pray for Mariesa as she travels.
Tomorrow (Tuesday, May 27) Mariesa will be driving from Tallahassee, Florida to Winter Haven, Florida and on Monday, May 30 she flies back to Peru.
Thank you so much for your faithfulness in praying.
Please pray that Mariesa will be able to return to Peru soon. I miss her terribly and need her here. I am managing alone but I am lonely and miss my sweetheart. Darrell and Donnia have been great company but it is just not the same without Mariesa here.
We are keeping very busy. Darrell and Donnia are studying Spanish very hard. Don’t blame them for their mistakes because I am teaching them. It’s almost like the blind leading the blind. But we are making a lot of progress.
Things are about to get hectic around here. Mariesa hopes to return on May 29 and bring our granddaughter, Rachel, with her. On May 31 a group from northern Peru comes to stay in the house overnight. Another group from Chili will arrive the same day and stay overnight also. Deysi, Franz and Franzli arrive on the same day from Bolivia. So you can see that it will be quite a challenge juggling these groups. You may remember that Deysi and Franz run The Bible Training Center in Rurrenabaque, Bolivia for us. They will stay for two weeks and teach a class here in the CEB institute.
On June 2 a group from the U.S. will arrive to do mission work for a week. Then on June 16 a mission group from Cochabamba, Bolivia will arrive for a week of evangelism.
Please keep us in your prayers.
Please pray for all the groups who will be travelling here these two months.
Pray that money comes in to pay for the tickets for Mariesa’s return flight.
Pray for our granddaughter, Rachel, who will be adjusting to living in Peru.
Pray for the elections the first week of June in Peru.
Pray for the students in CEB; some are under attack from the enemy.
Thank you for all of your many prayers and your continued support.
You are such a blessing to us and the people of Peru.
In Christ’s Love,
Since Mariesa is visiting the U.S. and I don’t have a “honey do” list, I have had a bit of time to sketch a few pictures. Thought I’d just share them with you.
Bless you for your prayers for missions, for the country of Peru and especially thank you for praying for us personally.
I thought maybe everyone would like to see some pictures from a Mother’s Day program. We celebrate Mother’s Day here in Peru at the same time that it is celebrated in the U.S.
The following pictures were taken at Mi Pequina Luz, a kindergarten run by Elizabeth Mitacc. Elizabeth is the administrator for our Bible Institute as well as a student in the Institute. She is a very talented as well as dedicated servant of the Lord. She has been such a blessing to us personally as well as the Bible Institute, CEB. Please keep Elizabeth in your prayers.
Last week CEB (Centro de Entrenamiento Biblico) had a perfect opportunity to witness in the community. In Peru the whole week before Resurrection Sunday is celebrated as Holy Week. There were special events in the city plaza the whole week so there were big crowds of people every day during the week. We decided to go to the plaza and hand out tracts and witness to people. What a blessing it was to pray with people and talk about Jesus as we handed out the tracts and talked about why the week was called the “Holy Week”. It is great to see the students getting bolder in their evangelism. Some of them are really getting a heart to share the Good News with others. When Darrell and I were ready to leave, a group of students decided to stay for hours longer sharing the Gospel Message.
On Resurrection Sunday I preached two times at two different churches. The morning message was about the seven words of Jesus after the resurrection. The seven words spoken by Jesus on the cross were spoken for the whole world but the words spoken by Jesus after He resurrected from the grave were specifically for the believers. The message was well received and people were saved and some rededicated their lives to the Lord. The afternoon message was about the Risen Lord’s promise that He will return and how we can know that we are close to His return. It was also a joy to pray with one person in the afternoon to receive Jesus as their Lord.
Last weekend Darrell and I preached and participated in a youth marriage seminar. We both had the opportunity to speak and then the floor was open for questions in a panel format. We received some tough questions but I believe the Holy Spirit gave us wisdom in what to respond in each case. I experienced something new during this time. We could not find a translator for Darrell so I translated my first sermon for Darrell. It is a bit more challenging to translate a sermon than it is for regular conversation, but once again the Holy Spirit helped and everything seemed to go smoothly. We were also invited to go to the north of Lima to speak at a new church that has been open for only 3 months. Please be praying for this, because I believe it would be a big help in that area where there are so few believers. If it is God’s will we will go but the trip is expensive so pray for abundant resources. Sometimes we seem to be limited only by lack of funding, because there certainly are a lot of opportunities.
God is opening doors for the ministry here but this could all change after the next election which is scheduled for the middle of July. The candidate that seems to be leading in the polls is Ollanta. He is aligned with Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, and with Cuba and Iran. He openly desires to be dictator of all South America. I personally believe he would be a detriment to freedom of religion and the country at this time. Please pray that God will allow Peru to continue in freedom and the elections will be for the best of Peru and somehow bring glory to God’s name.
Please don’t forget to keep us in your prayers daily. We need your prays as well as your financial support.
May God’s blessing flow in your life,