Our family is in Peru for two years to serve with Extreme Nazarene. We are living in the jungle city of Puerto Maldonado supporting our team of 8 missionaries as 12 churches are planted here in 18 months! Please keep checking in to keep up on our our ministry and adventures in Peru!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thank you, thank you, thank you

I really don't know what to say except "thank you" a million times. The short term group of missionaries who built our home and kick started ministry in Puerto left last week. We were beyond blessed to have 9 friends from our church back home down for the trip. They worked so hard...seriously, really hard, in ridiculous heat every day getting our house finished. And can I just say, wow, amazing...the house is wonderful and beyond anything I expected. Here are some pics of them working...mostly doing tile...our house is filled with tile...so much work! My camera battery was dead and I couldn't find the charger so I am using pictures from the Moens' camera. All that to say I am missing a picture of Debbie who most likely took these (and grouted tile for days) and of Jan who was working with the Impact group.

This is where the house was at when they arrived...

And when they left after 10 short days...It really meant so much to have this group here. To see them working so hard to complete our house, to see them experiencing Puerto and the people here. Over 300 people accepted Christ during their time here...amazing! It was not just getting to see friends (which in itself was a treasure) but they were here as we started our ministry here and it was so incredibly special. On top of building our home and serving our community they also brought us a ton of stuff to start out. Thank you to everyone at Church on the Hill for blessing us beyond, beyond what we could have imagined. Our kitchen is stocked with things we have been missing from home (brown sugar, baking soda, spices, etc), we have utensils, measuring cups, tupperware, towels for our kitchen, toys for Kai, supplies for ministry, I could go on and on. Shoes for Kai...not used shoes like I asked for, but brand new ones (he walked around proudly showing everyone his new shoes by the way). Oh and on top of all that (of which I am leaving out a ton) they brought us an a portable air conditioner! I know! Amazing! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Really, we are so incredibly thankful and blessed by you all!

Beyond our group from Church on the Hill there were a ton of other people who worked so hard during their time here. It was wonderful to meet everyone and get a chance to work along side them. Thank you to all who poured their hearts into this project. Thank you to those back in the US who prayed, sent items and supported those who came. God bless you all and come visit again soon:) We love you!


Tracey said...

AWESOME! and did you hear Jerry asked for a love offering to help finish the church there last Sunday he was hoping to raise half of the 7000 needed and the offering came in at $8000.00 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!WOW COTH WAY TO STEP IT UP
Pray for us our last day is this Sunday and Bill is preaching about Courageously following Christ and you my dear are my examples!
love you lots

Vicky said...

Wow it's just like homemakeover Peru edition! So cool! Know we are praying and looking forward to hearing all the amazing things God will do through you! My class will be excited to see your house!
Love you!

Anonymous said...

What a transformation since the video of the house; you have sooo many people loving and supporting you! Wow, alot of great things they brought you! I am asumming Kai's eyes are all better? E-mail me when you can. I heard Pastor Bill & Tracey are going to HAWAII!!! I bet you do not have ANTS at this house! Did they get screen? I as thinking you could hire a mamacita/nanny/housekeeper cheap or "after some trust is built!" maybe someone who finds the lord through your ministry (like a recovering prositute or addict) could help you in that capacity. I was wondering if you had to do all the meals and shopping, ect..that would not leave time for anything else!. Send some pics of the inside when you can. So glad Wendy's leg is healing! LOVE MOM<><><><><><>

Taryn said...

AHHHHHHHH....that's so awesome. How cool that you got to see them working on your own house. I love it!! Guess who you get to see in like 1 month......ahhhhhh....me!! Love you guys!

Jeannie said...

This is amazing! Great work friends! Miss you guys tons and we are praying for you.