We enjoyed a wonderful finish to 2016 and a very productive start to 2017! God used all of the extra outreach in the month of December in wonderful ways. Our team of children’s Sunday school workers outdid themselves organizing two Christmas outreach events. Saturday, the 10th of December, a Christmas show was hosted with around 120 children attending, not including parents! The event was well planned, and several were saved. The next morning, as part of the Sunday morning service, we had a sponsor-a-child event for the adults of the church to sponsor a faithful child of the church and present them a Christmas gift. We had our highest attendance that morning apart from an anniversary service. Many parents who are not faithful came that morning to see their children recognized.
The following weekend, the 17th of December, a group of more than 30 from our church went Christmas caroling at the fire department and three police stations. There was such a sweet spirit as we spread Christmas cheer and the good news of the Gospel all that morning.
All our “holiday” services were very well attended. We welcomed the New Year as a church family with a family night; teaching on the home, games, food, preaching, and testimonies made a rich and purposeful finish to 2016. All of Lima blows off thousands of fireworks to welcome the New Year, so we enjoyed, as a church family, that display as well.
Our family has three birthdays within two weeks after Christmas, so it continues to be a busy time. Joshua celebrated his fifth birthday. Two days later was my wife’s birthday. Joshua has been talking much about salvation and asking many questions for several months. On the evening of Christy’s birthday, I was able to witness to Joshua, and he accepted Christ as Saviour! I can think of no better way to begin a new year than with the salvation of one of my children! He was among our first baptisms for 2017. Ivana celebrated her ninth birthday a week later.
We are in the midst of our summer here in South America, so it has been full steam ahead since the holidays. We are putting the finishing touches to a new discipleship program to begin in February. Likewise, we are laying the groundwork for a new Bible study to become a new church in a few months.
I’ve found a doctor here in Peru who is associated with my oncologist at Mayo Clinic. I’ll be having an appointment with him soon to discuss getting my next chemotherapy treatment and getting the scans done that I need to see the effectiveness of the radiation I received in September. I don’t talk about my health much; but it is still a concern, and I am asking continued prayer for wisdom as I look to the future.
In closing, I want to express my deepest gratitude to each person who prays for us and gives so that we can continue to serve here in Peru. We know this is a team effort, and we cannot do what we do without you doing what you do. Thank you for your faithful support of our ministry. We work diligently to make your investment worthwhile.
For His glory,