I was making a quick errand to the grocery store the other day and spotted a beautiful car in the parking lot, a 1965 Plymouth Barracuda. I remembered seeing a similar car the first year I was here in Peru. The owner and I struck up a good conversation the first time I saw this car. As I walked into the store, I told God that I would like to speak to the owner once more. As I was heading back to my car, I noticed it was the same owner from before, making his way back as well. I stopped him and reintroduced myself to him. Gian-Pierre remembered me. We spoke for a good 10 minutes. We spoke about his car, we spoke about his family, and we spoke about his health. He stated that he really enjoyed our conversation and remembered how much he enjoyed our last conversation as well. He stated that no one really takes the time to talk anymore, and then he said, “Thank you for taking the time to talk to me.” I smiled and said, “It was my pleasure.” I then handed him a tract and, after a few more minutes, was able to lead him to the Lord. He smiled, and then he thanked me once more for our conversation as he stepped into his car. Who would have guessed that a car he bought in 1966 in California would be the reason that one day he would come to know Christ?
I love how God makes cool things!
My family and I have been really impressed with what God has allowed us to be a part of here in the ministry of Team Peru. We love working with the families of Team Peru. One of the families we have been blessed to work with is the Foust family. They have a growing church in the hills of San Gabriel and are really busy with the ministry. We were recently invited to join them on a hiking trip to a nearby ecological mountain. We jumped at the opportunity to spend time with them. It was a beautiful, picturesque, four-hour hike.Watching the low clouds roll in and cover our hiking paths was breathtaking. I had my youngest son Joaquin nearest to me. He and I spotted so many wonderful insects and plants. There was a moment in our hike where Joaquin and I sat on a rock waiting for the rest of the group. He looked at me and said, “I love how God makes cool things!” I smiled and confirmed that I, too, love it.
To be continued . . .
I am thankful for praying and giving friends such as you. If it weren’t for you, my family and I would not be able to be here in Lima, Peru. We love you and pray for you often. I pray that the Lord continues to bless you and your family.
I have included links below for more information and pictures of the various ministries of Team Peru (IBI). Please feel free to share them with friends and families that may ask, “Hey, what is Team Peru up to?”
• Safety for our family, our team leader Dan Hubbard, and the other families of Team Peru
• Additional monthly financial support
• Many souls have been saved.
• New families have joined IBI (the churches that Team Peru have started).
• I celebrated my 34th birthday this past May 28.
• I was able to get my Peruvian driver’s license (not a straight-forward process like in the States).
Thank you once again for your prayers and support.
Your co-laborers to Peru,
Abraham, Fabiola, Marco, Leilani, & Joaquin Avila