January and February have been burning hot here in Peru. Many Peruvians have said that this is the hottest summer they have ever had. We say it is the most blessed summer we have ever had. Souls have been saved almost every week. Walter was baptized. Our storefront auditorium has been under a metal roof—services have been hot! In spite of this, our people have been faithful, and attendance has increased. During the last four months that I have been privileged to be the pastor, our attendance has doubled, and we are at capacity for our storefront church. It’s time to move or die!
In December I told the landlord of our church property that we wanted to stay another year. He agreed to allow us to renew the lease at the same price. We were going to sign for another year in January. The first two weeks of January, we were at capacity with great Sunday attendances. I called a meeting with the landlord to express my doubts about renewing the lease. I explained to him that if our attendance continued to increase, we would need to find a building with more space. For three hours that morning, he did everything in his power to pressure me into signing for another year. I’m glad now that I did not sign.
At the beginning of February, just after moving our home much closer to the church and after months of personal efforts to find a property for the church, I told the church of the need. I said, “Our contract ends at the end of this month, so we have until the end of the month to find something. Now everyone look at my face.