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Yesterday, July 28, we celebrated the independence of Peru.
The conflict for independence from Spain began in 1809 and culminated on July 28, 1821 with the proclamation of independence by Jose de San Martin. Fighting continued with troops led by San Martin and Simon Bolivar until 1825. Although Peru was the first viceroyalty to fight for independence, it was the second to last to actually receive its independence due to continued support of a large portion of the population still loyal to the royalty.
Today Peru enjoys a democratic form of government which at times has been threatened by Communism and dictatorships. Peru’s new president, Ollanta Humala, is promising to move the country to socialism. He is allied with Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, Evo Morales of Bolivia, Cuba, North Korea and Iran. He was installed in office yesterday.
Peru’s constitution officially recognizes Catholicism as the State religion and the Catholic Church receives many benefits due to this relationship. A large portion of tax money goes to the Catholic Church. There is a growing number of Christians in Peru. It is estimated that 10% now profess Christianity as their religion. There is also a movement toward equality of religion in the country. Although it is not officially admitted, there is a lot of religious oppression especially in the areas outside of the major towns.
Please pray for Peru! This is a critical point in their history. The new friendship with Iran and other radical countries could change Peru forever. Please pray that the Gospel will spread like wildfire and that the Peruvians can maintain their freedoms.
God bless you for your heart for the nations and missions.
Hallelujah, praise the Lord and thank you Darrell Alexander. We now have our first official web site!!! Thanks to Darrell’s expertise and his many hours spent helping me and working with a difficult program, we have now officially entered the 21st century. Darrell literally spent days working on the web site and we appreciate his determination as well as his skills with the computer.
I would like to also thank our daughter Laralyn and her husband Joseph RiverWind for purchasing the domain name for us.
You can visit our new web site at:
Please let us know what you think and please let us know if there are any errors to correct.
We love all of you and appreciate your heart for missions.
This morning was a bit sad for us here at the mission house. Almost everyone left this morning. Deysi Caprilles from Bolivia left on the bus. She faces a trip of over 30 hours. One of the roads (Stremnaya) is called the “World’s Most Dangerous Road”. You can look it up on the internet. Please pray for travelling mercies for all the teams as they leave. Deysi was a tremendous success at the Bible Institute as she taught a class on the Ministry of Liberation. The students did not want the class to end. Deysi will return to visit us again in December with her family. Deysi and her husband, Franz, are doing such a great job in the Bible Institute (CEC) which we opened in Rurrenabaque, Bolivia.
Steve Glenn also left this morning but he is heading south to Chili where he will visit friends and get some more experience with his Spanish. He’ll be there for about a month before heading back to Joplin, Missouri. He was such a big help to us personally at the mission house. He painted, ran errands, helped with the team and did all kinds of odd jobs with a smile on his face and without a word of complaint. What a wonderful young man who loves the Lord. We hope he visits again.
The Northside Community Church team from Eufaula, Alabama also left this morning. This group of 7 accomplished as much as many teams twice their size. They mostly helped in the orphanage which we are helping to build here. They preached the Gospel, prayed for people, dug post holes, built wooden fences around flower beds, planted flowers, removed BIG rocks, hauled dirt, handed out tracks, visited orphanages, and feeding programs. But most of all they shared the love of Jesus everywhere they went. They were a huge encouragement to us personally at a time when we really needed it.
We can never adequately thank the individuals who give up so much to come so far away from home and their comfort zone, so we are praying that God will bless them in so many ways for their sacrifice. Bless you team, Deysi and Steve!!!!
Our granddaughter, Rachel, remains with us. She was a big help with the team also. She pitched right in and worked along side of the team.
The following pictures don’t tell the whole story but they are examples of some of their work.
Please be in prayer for the team which is travelling today and tomorrow. Pastor Rod and Dottie Varella are bringing a team from Northside Community Church in Eufaula, Alabama. They are driving to Orlando, Florida to catch the plane to Peru. Pray for safety in travel and that there will be no problems in customs.
We are so excited to have them here. They were also faithful to visit us in the Marshall Islands when we were working there. They are great friends and such wonderful workers. The orphanage they will be helping will certainly be blessed by their visit. But we will receive the biggest blessing personally.
Thank you friends for having a heart for missions.
If you are interested in bringing a team, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org,
(mah ace’ trah)
Deysi Caprilles and her husband Franz run El Centro de Entrenamiento Cristiano in Rurrenabaque, Bolivia. CEC is a Bible Institute that we opened in 2006 and still support. She is visiting Arequipa, Peru at this time to teach a class in CEB. She is an excellent teacher and the students are enjoying her class on freedom from demonic activity. If you are called to help support this Bible Institute, please contact us for more information.
Thanks, Steve, for pitching right in and helping us with some much needed chores. I planned to start painting our back wall this week and Steve arrived just in time. I am still hobbling around and Mariesa is still insisting I stay off my leg for a while, but Steve spent all morning scraping and preparing and this afternoon he is painting the wall for me. What a difference it is making!!!
You are a blessing, Steve. There are not many young men so willing to work. We are going to have to talk with your parents about adopting you.
Thank you everyone for all your prayers. This is not the first time our lives have been saved because someone was praying for us back home. We do not always know reasons behind the things that happen to us but we can always rest assured that what the devil means for bad, the Lord can use for good.
You have been such a blessing to us throughout this time. You have blessed us and restored us and prayed for us. You are showing the love of God in tangible ways through your help. Please continue to keep us in your prayers as God heals us completely. We still have aches and pains, strained muscles and I have a bit of infection that still needs to clear up. I walk with a bit of a limp but, Praise God, I get around!.
We have wonderful friends here who are making such a difference. Darrell and Donnia Alexander have been like parents in their care and love. Charles and Xemima Dean have been such a help and such giving friends. Don and Christie Latta were such a big help in dealing with bank and legal paperwork. Everyone has shown such concern and all have expressed their desire to help in any way they can.
Your messages of encouragement have made a difference, especially Charles Whatley who has experienced something very similar but even worse. Our daughters have been wonderful. I am so proud of them because not one of them has insisted that we return because of what happened. They understand the importance of missions even during difficulties.
I want to leave you with one thought today. WE ARE STILL HERE AND WE WILL CONTINUE TAKING TERRITORY FROM THE ENEMY.
We have not suffered as Paul suffered for Jesus nor have we suffered as Jesus suffered for us.
Please continue praying for us daily!
Love in Christ,
We would like to welcome Steve Glenn to our home. He is here to help us for a while. He arrived this morning and started right to work after a long trip to get here. He started out in Ecuador and travelled by bus to Lima, Peru. That was about a 36 hour bus drive. From Lima to Arequipa was another 18 hour ride. It’s a good thing he is young and can sleep on the bus. We thought he would need to rest after he arrived but he said he slept well on the bus and that he was ready to work. So we put him to work. Donna has been doing a lot of work in the yard and his help was just what she needed. Thank you Steve!!!!
Steve’s parents, Gene and Rita Glenn live in Joplin, Missouri where they attend the Wildwood Baptist Church. Steve majored in Spanish as well as Mandarin. He will be a tremendous help to us personally as he is gaining some missionary experience.
Please keep Steve in your prayers. Thank you for all of your prayers for us also. You have no idea how important they are.