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, April 29, 2010


Right now our entire team is getting a much needed break. The Americans are back in the States and the Peruvians are back in their home towns in Peru for three weeks. Please pray that this would be a time of refreshment for our team, that we would all come back with even more energy and excitement. Please pray for the communities, new cell groups that have started and those being discipled. Pastor Freddy and members of the mother church are filling in for our team and we are so thankful for them! Please keep them in your prayers as they do this work!

On a personal note, while hot showers, clean water and yummy food is wonderful, time with family and friends is priceless. This time to connect and fellowship has been so precious to me and I am praising the Lord for this time right when I really needed it! Thank you all for your prayers!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Los Discipulitos

Each Sunday morning Wendy and I have the privilege of teaching the littlest ones in the church. They are precious so thought I would post a picture for you all to enjoy:) The name of our class is Los Discipulitos (the little disciples) and they are ages 1 to 5. We have anywhere from 5 to 12 kiddos each week. Some days it is craziness...but this day they all sat long enough for a photo! We have class in our living room due to lack of classroom space but it works out wonderful because it is a large clean space for them to play after lessons. They are a sweet group and I am thankful for the opportunity to love on them each week!

Eres Todopoderoso

Eres todopoderoso (You are all powerful)
Eres grande, majestoso (You are great, majestic)
Eres fuerte, invinsible (You are strong, invinsible)
y no hay nadie como tu! (And there is noone like you)
I love this song, it has wonderful words and truth to it. It is also the song of my son. He sings it everyday...most of the day. He belts it out at the top of this lungs to his Lord. Sometimes he changes the words or mixes them up. My favorite is¨Eres guapo como yo¨ (you are handsome like me). During the short term trip we did a service in a new community and Tyson helped lead worship. They did this song and Kai ran up front and proudly sang next to his Daddy to his Father in heaven. It was precious to me...

Thursday, April 8, 2010


We had a great Easter week...totally different than last year, but wonderful and busy! We celebrated Kai's birthday on Friday morning. Our church watched the Passion on Friday night and I took the kids into our house to watch some VeggieTales. Then on Saturday night we had our team down for dinner and introduced our Peruvian family members to the tradition of dying eggs. They were skeptical at first but ended up loving it! Sunday morning we had church and then feasted on a Peruvian/American meal with ceviche (a raw fish dish), a potatoe dish, and deviled eggs...quite the mix! We also did a mini egg hunt in the house for Kai and Eliser (our pastor's son). It was funny because at first Eliser kept looking right at the eggs but only picked up the ones that looked brown...I had to explain to him 3 times that the eggs were all different colors:) It was wonderful to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord with our family and church here!

Rumble in the Jungle

Rumble in the jungle went awesome. We had a group of 11 youth and 3 adults from the US, plus a team from Arequipa and our team here in Puerto. They did an amazing job and we were so proud of everyone. We put on Kid's Festivals, Jesus Films, skits, sports events, and services. Home church locations were painted and tons of clean up was done to the outside areas where they do kids activities and movies. We had a social action day at a school across the river and over 70 kids had their hair washed, de-liced and cut. Over 2800 people were contacted and over 270 came forward to commit or recommit in a decision for Christ. The teens worked so hard and had such wonderful attitudes. They did not have a lot of words but they shared Christ through their hard work and kindness to the people here. One morning they were painting one of the home church locations and a lady walking by stopped to find out what all these Americans were doing. She asked if she could help and one of our Peruvians hung with her throughout the morning. She asked questions about why they were here and what it was all about. She was impressed at the work they were doing. She asked more questions and ended up accepting Christ! The next day she was out passing out flyers for one of our events. She had been visiting family from Cusco so we gave her the name and information for the church in Cusco! What an awesome example of the witness of service!
Thank you to all who came to serve with us here, you were a joy and a blessing to us and Puerto!

Sometimes you just get really wet...

Kai and I got soaked the other day when a downpour started on our way home in a mototaxi. The mototaxi has a roof, back, doors and front...yet the water still poured in. I used my son as a shield from the rain....is he old enough for that yet?

Typical Transportation

This is Pastor Freddy and his family...typical transportion for a family of 5!