I was raised in a Lutheran home. My pastor was an old-fashioned pastor and still taught salvation through grace but left the final step for you to take on your own. Speaking about salvation was just not done, as they viewed it as a personal thing between you and God. When I was seven, I attended a Vacation Bible School at the same church. It was after a story on the fiery furnace that I realized that I needed to be saved. After the class was let out, I stayed behind by myself, knelt at my chair, and trusted in Jesus and asked Him to save me.
My mother grew up as a Methodist and stopped attending church when she married my father who was a Catholic. My Mom’s family would invite us to Sunday school, and as kids we visited their church. I always remembered the happy songs and the sweet people we met there. Years later my youngest sister started attending a Methodist church and kept inviting me to go with her. A few months later, I finally went and heard the wonderful truth about Christ. That same day at the age of seventeen, I asked Jesus to be my Saviour.
In early 2012 after prayer, fasting, and pastoral counsel, we felt that God was leading us to join Team Peru. Being able to use my aviation skills on a mission field had always interested me. We will have the opportunity to utilize aviation in the future in Peru. With the skills God has given me through the years in mechanics, aviation, and education, I believe we are ideally prepared for this work.
A little after the Peruvian COVID quarantine started, I occasionally began having strong pain in my right kidney. Since all doctors’ offices and clinics were closed, I had no choice other than to manage the pain with medication. It was not until February of 2021 that the clinics reopened, and I was able to see a doctor. I found out that I had a large kidney stone and needed laser surgery to remove it. Since we had just planned our trip to Ecuador, the doctor agreed to do the surgery immediately after we returned. The surgery was supposed to be about one hour long, but it took almost three hours due to the size of the stone and the damage it had caused. Thankfully, everything went well, and I have healed with no signs of permanent damage.
Two weeks after the surgery, we traveled to the U.S. for our first furlough. Our first stop was in Hammond so that we could get up to date with FBMI. We happened to be there during the Missions Conference and were able to enjoy the great preaching. We were happy to see the FBMI staff who make our being on the mission field easier.
We then traveled to California to visit with my parents and brother. Both of my parents have had major health problems in the last year and a half. It was great to see them and see that they are doing well. My brother and his family were moving to Sacramento, and we were able to help them move while we were there. While visiting family in California, we attended the same church that we usually visit in East San Jose. The pastor asked me to present our work and to preach to his people, and I was honored to do so. Afterwards, he told us that they were planning to take us on for support!
Next, we went to Texas and spent some time with our good friends in Alvarado, visited a few churches, drove to Michigan for another meeting, and then returned to Texas. The church in Michigan voted to take us on for support as well. Praise the Lord!
The next step of our journey was by bus to Durango, Mexico, to visit with Irene’s family. While there, we heard good news about her sister-in-law’s cancer treatments. Becky’s treatments were effective, and the cancer has gone into remission for now. We had a great visit with family in Durango and Guadalajara and then managed to get a few days to celebrate our wedding anniversary before returning to Peru.
Thank you for faithfully supporting us. Stay tuned for some exciting news in our next letter!