I was not raised in church but had good parents, and we considered ours a Christian home. I came to Christ through a Christian-school ministry. I was asked to work on a bus route sometime later and began to attend church. In 1989 my pastor took our youth group to Youth Conference in Hammond, Indiana. While Bro. Hyles preached his famous sermon, “Breathe, Sharon, Breathe,” my heart was touched to serve God with my life.
The next year at Pastors’ School, Mrs. Rose O’Brien spoke about starting a Spanish Ministry. I asked my pastor if I could start a ministry to the migrant workers in our area. He agreed, and we saw 92 trust Christ the first day. The ministry continued through the summer. The next year I began teaching an adult Sunday school class and preaching in Spanish.
When I arrived at Hyles-Anderson College, I began working in the Spanish Sunday school. The next year I began working on a bus route in Little Village, a predominately Spanish area. I began teaching at City Baptist Schools after graduation, where I have had the opportunity to serve for the last 15 years. I now manage the office and help with the Spanish translating.
My wife Karin was raised in a faithful deacon’s home. She helped her father on his bus route every week. She decided to attend Hyles-Anderson College after the death of a close friend. We met while both working security. God has blessed us with three fine boys: Zachary, Caleb, and Logan.
What a pleasure it is to serve our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and what a great privilege it is to serve Him on the foreign field in times that try men’s souls. In our last letter, we talked about our trip to Yurimaguas and about a pastor who is now with the Lord. A faithful young man from his church, whom we got to know while we were there, is now leading the congregation as they move forward. Please pray for Gerson as God continues to help him grow in service.
Thank you to those of you who gave so we could take medicines to suffering Christians in the Amazon Jungle. We have received great reports of these medicines being used to help many of our brethren whom so many of you will never meet. The Lord has used your giving to the Amazon Outreach Fund, as well as personal gifts, to be used to help pastors all over Peru in their moments of physical need. Thank you to all of you who are praying fervently for the health and growth of your Christian brothers in Peru.
Karin and I and the entire Team Peru have tremendously enjoyed having Zachary Jr. and Cassandra working here with us. Our pastor, Bro. Wilkerson, advised that they come here for a few months before heading out on deputation. Lord willing, this June they will begin traveling to raise the necessary support to return to Peru and work full-time with Team Peru. This young couple has jumped right in to help in any way possible and have encouraged all of us here. It has been such a blessing to have someone who is trained in music, is fluent in the language, and has a desire to work.
We just returned from a trip down the Amazon River from Iquitos to Pebas, where Zach Jr. and Cassandra were used greatly to preach the Gospel, sing specials in churches and conferences, train young people, teach married couples, and serve in any capacity needed. In several villages, while presenting the John Hays water system, we saw 145 people raise their hands for salvation and believe that many more trusted Christ. What a highlight it was to watch as our son preached an evangelistic service in an Indian village and to see a visitor come to Christ for salvation.
If you and/or your church are looking for young missionaries to help serve on the field, please reach out to them through FBMI or contact us through our email at email@example.com. We would love to see them make it to the field as soon as the Lord would allow. If you can help in any way, please let us know so that we can coordinate with them.
We are still on lockdown on Sundays here in Peru. The Lord has been good to us by giving us so many ways to get the Gospel out and meet with our people. We invite people as we record in the church building on Saturdays and host in-home Bible studies all over the hills and valleys around our church. What the government meant for evil, the Lord has used for good. Every week we have seen many people trust Christ. Our greatest joy is seeing our church people take on the charge of winning their neighbors and loved ones to the Lord. Please pray as we seek to be a faithful and continual witness as our workers grow in grace.