Ministry News

Before finishing our first semester of the school year at La Molina Christian School and having a three week break from classes, the students participate in an event called "Peru en Mis Manos" (Peru in my hands). The entire student body is divided into small groups that spread out throughout Lima to be involved in service projects and evangelism outreach. Our school sent groups to special education centers, public schools, private schools, elderly homes, crisis pregnancy centers and a few other locations. I had the privilege of taking a group of 9th-10th graders to a school across town where we presented the gospel in three different programs for the different age groups in the school. We sang a couple songs and had some skits followed by a gospel presentation. I was able to draw upon my experience from when I brought mission groups from our school in Pennsylvania before coming to Peru full-time. The presentation was well received and we were able to give each student a Gideon New Testament and a tract to read after the program. Afterwards, several of the students commented about how they had enjoyed being able to serve in this way. On the following Monday, the staff shared testimonies of how the Lord had worked in the lives of those we ministered to but also in the lives of our students and staff. Please pray that God will use the presentations and the New Testaments to bring souls to Him.
Family News
July was a month of travel: we traveled and others traveled to be with us. When we arrived in Peru, we began the process of getting our residency visas. The parents must get the residency visas approved and then the children can begin the process. Due to a paper work conflict with our residency visas, the process took longer than expected and by the time Debbie and I had our residency visas, the original tourist visas of our children had expired. In order to begin the process for them, we were required to leave the country and re-enter with fresh tourist visas for JD, Amy, and Julia. We joined another missionary family who needed to do the same thing and traveled down to Chile. We traveled 22 hours on a bus to Tacna, spent the night, crossed the boarder into Chile (after spending a couple hours at the Peruvian boarder paying the fees), spent about three hours in Arica, Chile; drove back to Tacna, Peru; went straight to the bus station and boarded the bus for another 22-hour bus ride home. We have decided that the next time we take that long of a bus ride, we really should stay longer.
About a week after returning home, we had the opportunity to host my sister and a group that she had brought with her from the States. JD, Amy and Julia were able to accompany them as they ministered to a couple groups of children with puppet shows, children's Bible stories and gospel presentation. 
We also had the privilege to host the Bucknam family from our home church in Pennsylvania. Joy and Luke had both been here to Peru before as members of the teams that I had brought over the years but it was the first time for the parents, Mike and Laura, to experience Lima. We were able to attend one of the main churches with which we had worked on those trips so that the parents could see some of the places and meet some of the people in person. Having visitors from home was a great encouragement to us all and a reminder of all the friends that are praying for us. 
Thank you very much for your prayers (and your visits). Please continue holding us up in prayer so that we can continue to serve here in Lima.
9th and 10th grade students from LMCS presenting the gospel at another school
Family in Arica, Chile
The Bucknam family from our home church visiting

Sending Church

Emmanuel Baptist Church
4681 East Trindle Rd.
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

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Costa de Oro, Mz 3B, Lote 7
Sol de la Molina
Lima 12, PERU

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Open Door Baptist Missions
1115 Pelham Road
Greenville, SC 29615-3603

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