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!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Headed into the ¨Zona Roja¨ Prayers Needed

We just ask that those who are following this blog would keep our team in your prayers as we head this Friday into the ¨Red zone.¨ We are headed into the prostitution area of town to spread the Good News and we are unsure as to how that will look. Pray for the Spirits leading and wisdom as we head into the middle of darkness to shed Christ´s light. Pray for our protection and that we would have the words to say that will be convicting and yet show comp├ássion and love. Thank you all for your time on your knees.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Baptisms!

Last Saturday we had our first baptism here in Puerto! It was very exciting because 2 of the 3 people baptized are being discipled by our 40/40s! It is awesome to witness them making this commitment and amazing to see the fruits of our work here!
We drove out to a neat little spot out of town. We had a little mix up on transportation so while we were supposed to leave at 8 or 9am, we ended up leaving at around 10:15am...true peruvian style. Most of the group of about 30 crammed into a cumbi (basically a van) and we rode with Tyson in the motocar. It was great...I love how I no longer get frustrated by this sort of thing...I am adapting I guess:)
We started with a hymn to which Tyson played guitar and a short message from Olivia and Elisa who were our pastors for the day as Pastor Freddy is gone for the month. They did an awesome job.

We did the baptism in a little river...the water looks really dirty in this picture...and it was. But, they were still washed clean:)

This boy, Manuel, is from one of Ana & Olivia´s communities!

Gladys was also baptized and is from one of Callie & Carmen´s communities. She also opens her home every week so they do a service...she is an extremely sweet lady!

And after we celebrated with food and play...futbol of course!

It was a wondeful day and an awesome time to witness and celebrate new life in Christ! Please pray for those baptized (the third person was, Carla, a teen from the church) and for our team as the continue to diligently evangalize, disciple and hold services in their communities. More to come about what each of the pairs and all they are doing!

One Year

On year ago we arrived in Peru. A lot has happened and the time has gone very fast, and also it seems it has gone slow. We have lived in 3 different cities, added 8 members to our family, watched our baby turn 2 and act like it, we have both turned 29, we have learned to speak a new language and live in a new culture. There are also plenty of things I can´t measure, like the love I have felt, the grace I have been given, the faithfulness of our Lord, lives that have been changed. It has been a year I will never forget and will always look back on with joy and thankfulness. But this year has passed and now we look forward to how the Lord will use, mold and guide us through the next one. We don´t know all that is to come, but we can rest in the assurance that he does and he is will be with us and for that I am thankful!

Thank you to all of you who have walked with us this past year. We have so many that are praying for us, who are suppporting us financially so we can be here, who have come and participated in projects and built our home, who are part of our Extreme team supporting us in numerous ways, who have sent us packages or encouraging letters or supplies, who have strengthened us with words of support and encouragement. Thank you, this past year would not have been possible without all of you...and this next year wouldn´t be either. Thank you for being a part of what the Lord is doing here and for the immeasurable love you have given. God Bless you!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Questionable Hiring Practices

We'll we just found out that their must be some sort of discriminating hiring practices going on here in Puerto, because we have noticed the garbage disposal industry has the monopoly on employing larger than normal Peruvians. Photo evidence included....