Events of July & August
Church Ministry News
After completing the evangelism course with the two churches, we continued attending the church in Ate. After the missionary couple that was assisting the national pastor returned to the United States on their furlough, the pastor asked me to teach the adult Sunday School class. I have enjoyed teaching the class and getting to know the church members more fully. Debbie and the kids have also connected with the church. We look forward to continue helping in this church ministry until the missionary couple returns or when the Lord leads us on.
School Ministry News
As we finished up the second semester of the school year, we concluded the Biblical Worldviews course for the parents and held a special Fiestas Patrias celebration (Peruvian Independence day). The students then went on a three week midyear break. We took advantage of the break to spend some time evaluating the school year so far and see what changes could be made to better reach the students and families.
At the end of the first week of student vacations, J.D., Amy and I left with five others on a missions trip to the mountains and jungle of Peru. After a long bus ride, we arrived in Tarma on Saturday evening in time to preach the evening service. The following morning, Stacy Dassow, a fellow missionary who went with us, taught the Sunday School hour and then I preached the morning service. After we celebrated Stacy's birthday and ate with the church people, we enjoyed walking in the rain back to the hostal before leaving for our next stop. After a two hour ride into San Ramon, we quickly left our stuff in our new hostal, changed and went to present our program in the church in San Ramon for the evening service.Throughout the week, we had the opportunity to present the gospel in several schools in several cities. We also were able to hand out quite a few tracts and talk to people in the parks, children on a basketball court, and people in the market. It was a good opportunity for all of us to minister outside of our normal area and even comfort zones. Towards the end of the week, three of the school's teachers also joined us as we finished our missions trip with presentations in a youth group, Sunday morning service and Sunday evening service. We praise the Lord for the opportunity He gave us to fellowship and work alongside five different churches during the trip.
Other Ministry Opportunities
Shortly after we arrived in Peru, another missionary couple, the Herrells, started an English speaking youth group primarily for missionary kids. Our children began attending and enjoyed being able to participate and learn since they were limited by the language in their church participation. The Herrells returned to the States for furlough in July and are due to return in January. In their absence, we have hosted the youth group in our home. J.D. helps with the music and the opening activities. Debbie, Julia and Amy help by making snacks and planning the activities while I teach the lesson. It has been a blessing working with this youth group and watching my kids serve others.
Our children have always been homeschooled, but this year Julia is attending Fetzer for her seventh grade while J.D. and Amy are attending part time and completing their other courses through homeschool. Fetzer is the school for missionary children that I graduated from. All three have enjoyed their time at the school so far.