Jan 19, 2018

vacaciones útiles

These next few weeks two of our churches are doing something similar to VBS. They call it "vacaciones útiles" This means useful vacations. Being that here the children are on summer vacation they are having several days a week of teaching english, math, drawing music as well as bible classes. Please pray that these children will be drawn into the body of Christ through this.  

Christ's Kids is doing this in our church in Christ the Restorer in Arévalo Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons.

Christ the Redeemer is also doing this in their church in Parque Industrial Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

This is also following up an excellent week of summer camp, Noah's Ark, that was January 1-5, where many children received a gift of their very own bible. This was put on by folks from Twin Lakes in Mississippi and Point Pleasant in Georgia. Many of the children that attended camp are coming to the church for Sunday School and are participating in these VBS programs.

Just last Sunday one little child came beaming up to Megumi, with his backpack on just in time for Sunday School in Arevalo. He said, "Guess what I have in my backpack?"  Meg responded, "a toy car?" "a robot?" The child said, "nope." And unzipped his backpack slowly revealing his brand new Jesus Story Book Bible. Meg was almost left in tears with joy for his excitement and asked him if he had read it and he said that he had read some of it.

We continue to ask for prayer for impacting grace through the members of our church. 

Jan 17, 2018

Prayer Requests

A while back I mentioned gratitude for a pastor from a supporting church who regularly writes me to inform that the church will be praying for us and to ask for new prayer requests. Again it makes sense to take the same time to respond to them and also let all of you know the same prayer requests. Thank you for your support. God does expect and use our prayers to do His work. 

     As always it is great to hear from you and be reminded that y'all are praying for us. I hate to say that we are in the beginning of summer and have been having some nice summer days lately, although today is a little cooler and more overcast than normal.  I pray that y'all enjoy the snow day and that it is not too cold.
     We are busy trying to get balls rolling for our preparation to leave. I just yesterday met with a group who will be managing the Areopago classes while I am gone. I am thankful to be working with a team. I am also excited to see the apprentices stepping up with leadership and service in the church. Actually, that is one of my prayer requests. We are still praying for funds to employ some of them as assistants.
     A second prayer request is for a few people in our church who seem to always have trouble getting along. I am not surprised that we will always have conflict and disagree with each other in the church but there are a few who are central members of the church that distrust one another. My prayer is that God will work so in their lives that by the end of the year they will not only get along but actually love each other as Christ loves each of them, even if they still disagree with each other. 

We just found a great deal on plane tickets and have the date set for arriving to Louisiana March 30.  We have a lot to do to wrap things up  in Peru and make preparations for the next year. 

Dec 24, 2017

Merry Christmas

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” Luke 2:14

Merry Christmas! May Jesus who dwelt among us and revealed to us the Father, reveal Himself to you in this season of celebrating His incarnation. 

Thank you for your support!

Dec 6, 2017

End of Year Request

This month we finish our apprenticeship with four young men, Jefferson Alayo, Alexis Alayo, Luis Mendoza and Bryand Cruzado. We are very excited to see their progress.

We started with a plan to divide half of their full-time schedule with theological education and the other half with practical ministry. We also spent half a day every week doing maintenance work around the church (sanding and refinishing windows and doors). They have been involved with various ministries such as youth ministry, Sunday school, helping with Geneva School, Christ's Kids and Bethesda Clinic. They participated in teaching daily devotionals and had opportunities to preach in the evening services. Several pastors took turns teaching them Worship, Mission and Theology. We taught them how to study the Bible in preparation for sermons and are working through a free certificate program in Christian Ministries with Birmingham Theological Seminary in connection with Third MillenniumMinistries. We also had a long break from course work dedicated to practical ministry when we provided flood relief to the affected areas during the months of March and April and part of May of 2017.
            We started the apprenticeship just thinking it would equip them as better servants and help them discover God's will for their lives. As we draw near to the end, it appears that all of them are confirmed in their calling to ministry and have grown and learned much. They may all end up becoming pastors. 

The pastor of one of our extension works, Percy Padilla, has requested to the session help to hire one of the apprentices as a pastoral assistant in Christ the Redeemer in Parque Industrial. Our session has agreed that it would be good if the Lord provides the funds and also has considered that it would be helpful to hire two of them to assist with the church in Arévalo, especially since I will be leaving in March for a year of home assignment. 

We have calculated that it will cost $600/month for each of them. We are praying to raise $1,800 per month to be able to hire three of the apprentices in order to continue sustaining the work of the church and providing experience for these young leaders. (One apprentice will be offered a job by our university ministry, SUSA.) These last two years, we used funds from your donations given to us, the Mills family, to finance a major part of the apprenticeship program. As per recommendation of our mission board, we need to raise the money separately from our personal funds.

Will you consider helping us put these men to work in the advancement of the kingdom in Trujillo?  Give here. Select Compassion fund and in the details describe for Arévalo apprenticeship.

Please pray with us as we seek the Lord's will for this and for the Spirit to guide us on who to call and to which specific field of ministry in the church. 

Sep 28, 2017


As I was struggling with my own failure in not getting the next newsletter out in time a few weeks ago, I found myself getting furious with other folks that were failing me. What a mess we are! The other day I was working through a class on the gospels that we are teaching the apprentices. This was a class from Third Millenium and the first lecture is an overview of all four gospels. The professor described the different perspectives of each of the gospel accounts and pointed out that the gospel of Mark highlights the failures of the disciples and Jesus’ disappointment with them. I read through an article by Ed Welch on disappointment and he reminded me of how disappointing Israel was to God, yet God continued to offer free grace and redemption. Jesus didn’t turn his back on the cross because of his disappointment with his disciples. Even in the night he was betrayed, they disappointed him three times when he asked them pray with him. Peter failed Jesus three times even after boldly declaring that he would not fail him even if it cost him his life. Yet, Jesus continues to show his love. Welch also said in his book, Shame Interrupted, Jesus reassured Peter after his resurrection at the beach over a fire with fish and not only forgave him for his failure but charged him with a job. 

Who would go and give a job to someone who just failed them? 

 I recall a conversation with a fellow church member complaining that we should not include a fellow apprentice in the leadership of the youth ministry because he is a failure. In furnishing the kitchen for Christ’s Kids we had some complications with the young welder we hired to make the stainless furniture. He was a new member of the church we were excited about because we felt God was working in his life and he understood the gospel. He talked a big talk about what he could do for the kitchen but it turned out to be all hot air. After a couple of months of unanswered calls and messages and countless visits with unfulfilled assurances, we finally had to find others to finish the work.

Would Jesus exclude the irresponsible apprentice?
Would Jesus fire the incompetent welder?

My mind fires at me with a million thoughts of work experience that would say there is a big difference in enabling someone and forgiving a failure. Well, I ended up firing the welder. We took the materials he had bought and went and found others to complete the job. But the apprentice, that wasn't measuring up? I continue working with him. He really wants to improve and has shown effort and improvement. 

Now as I think about the welder who failed us and still owes us money because what he gave us did not add up to what we gave him in the deposit, I wonder, do I demand he pays us back? He doesn't have it. He spent the money on the work because he under bid the job and it wasn't enough. Jesus told a parable about this. I received mercy and now I must show mercy. But someone has to pay for it. Jesus paid his blood for my sins. But who pays the cash that went out of the account? I have to. I suppose this is what it means when Jesus said that if we want to be His disciples, we have to take up our cross and follow Him.  But now I must continue to pursue this young welder, not to give him any more work,  but to try to help him change. 

Flood Relief from March to May

  • The very day I sent out our last newsletter in March it started raining and then later that week the worst flooding that Trujillo has seen in many years occurred.
  • Many people lost everything. The entire month of April was consumed with running around tending to all of these needs. May began to settle down and by June we started to return to normally scheduled activities. There were two main areas in the city affected. One flash flood passed right through the heart of the city and another passed through a section in the North of the city. We are thankful that our house was not in the path of either of these. The carpenters who started their business, Las Ponas, were in the path of the one that went through the city. They protected their front door where the street turned into a river, but their landlord's walls behind them failed and water came into the shop damaging everything. To the north of the city, Parque Industrial where our extension church, Christ the Redeemer, is located was badly affected. Many houses made of adobe were washed away. 
  • We received many donations to enable us to help the most affected people. We were able to provide food, water and medical care to the folks affected in the Parque Industrial area. We purchased large water tanks to place in the affected areas and contracted with water trucks to fill them. The apprentices were a huge help in all of this. Luis helped with buying food daily for the kitchen at Christ Redeemer. Jefferson and Bryand helped with visiting all the affected people and creating a list of their needs. In the second phase of relief we purchased household supplies for people to be able to get back on their feet. The carpenters at Las Ponas also received a generous donation to help them rebuild. The last phase of rebuilding is still uncertain how much will be needed but complicated for lack of coordination by the municipalities. 
  • You can read more details of the work in this journal entry from March 28.
  • buying food to help flood victims

Jul 1, 2017

Thankful for Prayer support

This week, I received an email from a fellow pastor who faithfully writes every month to let us know that they will be praying for us this Sunday and asking for specific prayer requests.  It is always a great encouragement to hear from him. I get caught up in the everyday ministry and family and get behind on writing here and sending out newsletter but at least his email helps nudge me into getting out something. So here is a bit of what I responded:

Here are a few updates to mention:

  1. Please pray for our church, the last couple of months we have seen a drop in attendance both in the church as well as in the young adult ministry. Tonight Meg and I are inviting the youth over to our house for the weekly meeting. As a session, we are continuing to work on strategic planning to try to adjust the way we do our ministries. One plan we are working on is to make more time applied to evangelism to the various ministries connected to our church such as the medical clinic Bethesda, Geneva School and a new ministry similar to Child Evangelism Fellowship with child sponsorship called Christ’s Kids. Specifically we are going to make an effort to reach out to all the parents of the children enrolled in the school and offer to visit them in their homes and pray for them. 
  2. Some of our missionaries as well as Pastor Ricardo, who I serve with in Arévalo have been in Cajamarca this past week translating for a medical team from 1st Pres in Jackson, MS. I stayed back this year because Meg still needs my help with baby Arabelle. I get to preach both services this Sunday while Pastor Ricardo goes to visit his home presbytery in the mountains in a city called Celendín.
  3. Christ the Redeemer in Parque Industrial. One result of the flooding in Parque Industrial has been that it has given the church an opportunity to reach the felt needs of many and draw more people into the church. Pastor Percy has asked Bryand, one of the apprentices, to help him with developing a youth ministry to reach out to the young folks that we have come into contact through the flood relief. 
  4. Apprenticeship. We have finally returned to our classes working through IIIM theological courses. We finished two classes on the Prophets and Primitive History and just this week finished a class on Pauline Epistles. We are working through a class on introduction to Theology, one on the Gospels and another class on Abraham. Luis, another apprentice, requested to serve with a presbytery in the mountains called Celendín (Where Pastor Ricardo is a member of presbytery), he is serving for 6 months with a fellow missionary, Steve Hill. Alexis, another apprentice, continues to work with the Adolescent ministry and is now working with the University ministry as well. Jefferson, another apprentice continues to be the super deacon in Arévalo, and helps me with the young adult ministry. Please pray for Jefferson, I am afraid he is too much like the older brother in Jesus' parable.  I am still teaching through a Harmony of the Westminster confession in Sunday School. I am also meeting a couple of people in counseling. One thing on my to do list is to organize classes with other students for our Areopago ministry. We are also trying to organize a reformation event to celebrate 500 years. 
  5. Lastly, we are beginning to make plans for our home assignment next year, 2018. We are trying to work out when is the best time to leave Peru for 1 year. Somewhere between March to May is in our sights now. 

Mar 28, 2017

Another day

I sit here and try to think back over the last week of what we have done. The first week we helped our church in Cristo Restaurador cook and bring food to the flood victims near Cristo Redentor. I spent a lot of time driving people and supplies back and forth between the two churches.

One day last week, while we were preparing to cook, a few guys from the neighborhood showed up with an full size plastic trash can (it was new, and looked clean) full of milk that had been donated and they asked if we could boil it for them.  Then later as we were loading up supplies of clothes and canned food and water to bring out to the affected area the leader of this group that brought milk, Alonzo, asked me if I could help them bring supplies they had collected out to another area. I agreed to do it after we finished our run and before we needed to take the food out to Cristo Redentor. I thought I was just going to help take the donations to a spot and drop it off and come back to help our group. After getting back from taking the donations to Cristo Redentor and dropping off a group of guys to help remove debris, I told Pastor Ricardo I was going to go help Alonzo take his donations. Ricardo suggested I bring one of the youth with me and so Andrés came with me. Andrés is fairly new to our church and just graduated from the adolescent group to the young adult group. So Andrés and I went to find Alonzo. I had no idea what we were getting into. I was quite impressed, they were a whole group of neighbors who had organized themselves to collect donations and cook food for flood victims. They were bringing food and clothes to people in several different flood locations. They kind of put us as a church to shame. I am glad the Lord put it in their hearts to get involved and do what they can to those in need. I just wish we had more fire and did as much or more since we have eternal resources at our disposal. Ok back to the story, so Alonzo was coordinating who would take supplies to which place. I was impressed at how this young guy had the command of many men older than him in the neighborhood. Some were going in one direction and others in another. Then he asked me if I could go to one affected area and bring clothes and canned food and water. So we loaded up and went toward the place, I still cant remember its name. Andrés and I and three other people from Alonzo's group went towards the neighborhood called Milagro. This was one of the places seriously affected. Some parts of the highway were washed out and even truck beds and buses were piled up in one section. We found a group of people affected and passed out food and clothes. This took a lot longer than I realized and was thankful that fellow missionary Dale was able to take the food from Cristo  Restaurador out to Cristo Redentor. When Andres and I got back Dale was about to leave with the visiting team that was with him and I waited around to go pick up the group that brought lunch out to the flood victims near Cristo Redentor.  This was just one of the days last week.

Several days we brought lunch out to the affected area. We started bringing food Monday or Tuesday and by Thursday we decided not to bring food Friday until Monday. This was because so many other people were showing up with trucks of food and water and handing it out. It actually turned into a problem with some people getting too much food and others not enough. We quickly realized that we needed to organize these efforts and make a list of people who needed help that we would cook for.

Friday, since we were no longer bringing food out to Cristo Redentor, I decided to help the carpenters at Las Ponas. I brought them 3 wheel barrows and shovels from Cristo Restaurador to help them move dirt into the low areas of their shop. Some of the guys from the visiting team helped us shovel and then we helped pull out a big band saw out of the mud to a new higher ground spot. This same day another group went shopping to buy supplies to donate to each of the members of our churches that were affected by the flood. That afternoon I helped deliver these donations.

Saturday we had to meet again with the team to touch base on what we had been doing. We made a plan to first focus on bringing food to the affected people around Cristo Redentor, second give supplies to the members who are flood victims. Third help the clients of our ministries such as Sinergia and Geneva school. Fourth to help people in areas where they are in serious need. After the meeting one of our deacons, Luis, had communicated with Alonzo the leader of the neighborhood group to find out if there were people that were still in dire need. They had a list of people that had not received any help yet. We loaded up in the car to go find them and it turns out they were much farther away than we realized but by the time we got to them there were several trucks of people serving food and so we headed back. I worry that we may have bitten off more than we can chew by asking about other people that have not be helped yet when we are barely able to reach the people in our first three areas of priority. It turned out to be a good relief that others had arrived to the area.  I then spent the afternoon preparing for the young adult meeting and the evening sermon for Sunday night on Psalm 107.

So we decided to start back on Monday cooking for an organized group of people and also serve in the church which was a block away from the landing point were many people were setting up tarps just outside of the affected area.  So this week we started cooking at Cristo Redentor. Monday we spent most of the morning bringing supplies and cooking materials. While one group was cooking I went with another group to buy plates and cups to eat with so we wouldn't keep wasting disposable plates. The plan also was to organize the people in the affected neighborhood to starting cooking themselves in the church. We will provide the food and the place but they will start cooking and serving together. This is called an Olla Común in Spanish (Common pot).

Today after we meet together as a mission team to touch base on our plans, I went with a group to go buy the basic long-term foods like sacks of rice and potatoes and other supplies while Dale took another group with Pastor Percy to go cook. Tomorrow some of the members of Cristo Redentor will be cooking.

There are some areas that seem like they are beginning to get back to normal. But there are many other areas where there is much need for cleanup. I pray for help that we will best reach out to the people who are affected most and also use the resources we have received to make the best impact on helping the most needs. Now as some parts of life seem to be getting back to normal I am tempted to start back with our apprentices classes but I also wonder how we should be involved in the reconstruction and cleanup for many people. The immediate relief help is clear and obvious what to do, but there begins to be a transition that is a very hard line to discern when helping begins to become a burden and actually a hurt. I pray for wisdom from God to be able to discern and know when it is time to let someone struggle and when it is time to help. This is also a struggle because we had a tight schedule laid out in our classes with the apprentices. If we miss too many weeks, we will not be able to finish by the end of this year.

Mar 26, 2017

Salmo 107

 ¿Que piensan de los eventos de el Niño y las lluvias torrenciales con los huaicos? ¿Es algo que nos pasa por casualidad?  O ¿Es algo que nos pasa porque Dios esta enojado con nosotros y nos quiere acabar? O ¿Es el fin del mundo y todo esta volviendo mal?  O ¿hay otra razón?
El Salmo 107 nos da la razón. E Salmo alumbra a los eventos de hoy por medio de hablar de los eventos del pasado. El mismo Dios que actuaba en el pasado es el Dios que actúa hoy. 
Este Salmo explica de la Misericordia de Dios y del poder de Dios para salvar de sus aflicciones. También habla del poder de Dios de levantar la tormenta y calmar la tormenta, el poder de convertir el desierto en ríos y convertir los ríos en desierto. El es quien da la prosperidad y provea para todos. El es quien quita y el es quien da. Nos queda con la pregunta, ¿Porque? 
El Salmo nos dice que es por su Misericordia cuando clamamos a él. Los que rebelan contra él no verán su bondad igual como el que evita la comida no se alimenta. Pero ellos que buscan a Dios y claman a él recibirán su salvación de sus aflicciones. 

1-3. Nosotros como Redimidos tenemos la responsabilidad de decirlo a todos, especialmente a los que están sufriendo ahora para dar esperanza a ellos.

Cuatro diferente situaciones el Salmista repite este refrán: Primero: *Clamamos a Jehová en nuestra angustia y el nos libra de nuestras aflicciones.  vv. 6, 13, 19, 28. Y Segundo: *Alabamos a la misericordia de Jehová Y sus maravillas para con los hijos de los hombres. vv. 8, 15, 21, 31.

4-9. Dios libra de la situación del desierto con el pueblo de Israel.
Perdidos, con hambre y sed, sin hallar donde vivir.
Clamaron a Jehová en sus angustia y los libró de sus aflicciones
Los dirigió por camino derecho a ciudad habitable y los saciaba y llenaba de bien
Alaben la misericordia de Jehová y sus maravillas para con los hijos de los hombres.
Porque sacia al alma menesterosa y llena de bien al alma hambrienta
¿Esta alguien perdido y hambriento? Jesús dijo en el sermon del monte bienaventurados son los que tengan hambre y sed de justicia porque ellos serán saciados.

10-16. Dios libra a los que andan en tinieblas y sombra de muerte por sus rebeliones de la palabra. 
Aprisionados en aflicción por su rebelión a la palabras de Jehová y aborrecieron el consejo del Altísimo. Terminaron quebrantados y cayeron sin ayuda.
Clamaron a Jehová en sus angustia y los libró de sus aflicciones
Los saco de las tinieblas y rompió sus prisiones
Alaben la misericordia de Jehová y sus maravillas para con los hijos de los hombres.
Quebranto las puertas de bronce y desmenuzó los cerrojos de hierro.
¿Esta alguien sufriendo esclavitud o prisión del pecado? El Evangelio incluye el mensaje de que Jesús vino a pregonar libertad a los cautivos, Lucas 4:18. Vino a rescatar a personas de la mano del diablo. Las puertas del hades no prevalecerán contra la iglesia, Mateo 16:18.

17-22. Dios libra a los que son afligidos y insensatos por sus rebeliones y maldades.
Abominaban todo alimento y moriendo.
Clamaron a Jehová en sus angustia y los libró de sus aflicciones
Envió su palabra, y los sanó, y los libró de su ruina.
Alaben la misericordia de Jehová y sus maravillas para con los hijos de los hombres.
Ofrezcan sacrificios de alabanza, y publiquen sus obras con júbilo. 

¿Esta alguien enfermo y falta alimento? Jesús vino a sanar y a alimentar por su palabra. Envió el Espíritu Santo para dar entendimiento. Juan 14:26; 16:13.

23-32. Dios libra a los que están en el mar, que desesperaron
Han visto sus maravillas en el mar. El hizo levantar el viento y fueron como ebrios.
Clamaron a Jehová en sus angustia y los libró de sus aflicciones
Él calma el mar y también Jesús. Luego se alegran, porque se apaciguaron y los guía al puerto que deseaban.
Alaben la misericordia de Jehová y sus maravillas para con los hijos de los hombres.
Exáltenlo en la congregación del pueblo, y en la reunión de ancianos lo alaben.
¿Esta alguien desesperado? Jesús vino y calmó el mar. Lucas 8:22-25. 

 Todo lo que pasa esta bajo la mano de Dios.
33-38. Convierte los ríos en seco o los desiertos en ríos.
los ríos en desierto y la tierra fructífera en estéril por la maldad .
Vuelve todo a bendición: 36-38. vuelve el desierto en estanques de agua y la tierra seca en manantiales. Allí establece a los hambrientos y fundan ciudad donde vivir. Siembran campos, y plantan viñas, y rinden abundante fruto. Los bendice, y se multiplican en gran manera; y no disminuye su ganado.

39-43. Dios quita y Dios da. 
39-40. No espera hasta que todo va mal para clamar a Jehová. Cuantos rebelamos contra Dios cuando todo esta bien y le decimos que no le queremos pero cuando va todo mal le clamamos y preguntamos a él ¿Donde está? Pero él nos responde: exactamente donde me quería, Lejos. 
41. Pero por su gran misericordia cuando clamamos a él, él nos responde. 
42. ¿Porque no evitamos las aflicciones y tinieblas y el hambre y las ondas del mar solo por escuchar a él ahora y publicar a todo el mundo de su misericordia para que regresan a él?
43. ¿Quien es sabio y guarda estas cosas y entienda las misericordias de Jehová?

 ¿Cual es nuestra respuesta? ¿Cual es tu respuesta? ¿Que es la situación?  ¿Porque hace pasar estas cosas Dios?  Por nuestra rebelión, a veces. Por otras razones, a veces. Por la maldad nuestra. ¿Porque nos da bendición?  Porque somos buenos, No. Porque clamamos a él y por su gran misericordia. Entonces clamamos a él y Proclamamos a todos su misericordia. Todo lo que esta pasando últimamente no sabemos exactamente las razones de Dios. Pero si sabemos que él es todopoderoso y que él es bueno. También sabemos que en el pasado como lo que leemos en Salmo 107 que el tiene buenas razones y que cuando clamamos a él en nuestra angustia, Él nos libra de nuestras aflicciones. Entonces porque no clamamos a él ahora y esperamos que él nos libra de todas aflicciones y ¡alabamos la misericordia de Jehová y sus maravillas para con los hijos de los hombres!

1 Alabad a Jehová, porque él es bueno;
Porque para siempre es su misericordia. 
2  Díganlo los redimidos de Jehová,
Los que ha redimido del poder del enemigo, 
3  Y los ha congregado de las tierras,
Del oriente y del occidente,
Del norte y del sur. 

4 Anduvieron perdidos por el desierto, por la soledad sin camino,
Sin hallar ciudad en donde vivir. 
5 Hambrientos y sedientos,
Su alma desfallecía en ellos. 
6  Entonces clamaron a Jehová en su angustia,
Y los libró de sus aflicciones. 
7 Los dirigió por camino derecho,
Para que viniesen a ciudad habitable. 
8 Alaben la misericordia de Jehová,
Y sus maravillas para con los hijos de los hombres. 
9 Porque sacia al alma menesterosa,
Y llena de bien al alma hambrienta. 

10 Algunos moraban en tinieblas y sombra de muerte,
Aprisionados en aflicción y en hierros, 
11 Por cuanto fueron rebeldes a las palabras de Jehová,
Y aborrecieron el consejo del Altísimo. 
12 Por eso quebrantó con el trabajo sus corazones;
Cayeron, y no hubo quien los ayudase. 
13 Luego que clamaron a Jehová en su angustia,
Los libró de sus aflicciones; 
14 Los sacó de las tinieblas y de la sombra de muerte,
Y rompió sus prisiones. 
15 Alaben la misericordia de Jehová,
Y sus maravillas para con los hijos de los hombres. 
16 Porque quebrantó las puertas de bronce,
Y desmenuzó los cerrojos de hierro. 

17 Fueron afligidos los insensatos, a causa del camino de su rebelión
Y a causa de sus maldades; 
18 Su alma abominó todo alimento,
Y llegaron hasta las puertas de la muerte. 
19 Pero clamaron a Jehová en su angustia,
Y los libró de sus aflicciones. 
20 Envió su palabra, y los sanó,
Y los libró de su ruina. 
21 Alaben la misericordia de Jehová,
Y sus maravillas para con los hijos de los hombres; 
22 Ofrezcan sacrificios de alabanza,
Y publiquen sus obras con júbilo. 

23Los que descienden al mar en naves,
Y hacen negocio en las muchas aguas, 
24 Ellos han visto las obras de Jehová,
Y sus maravillas en las profundidades. 
25 Porque habló, e hizo levantar un viento tempestuoso,
Que encrespa sus ondas. 
26 Suben a los cielos, descienden a los abismos;
Sus almas se derriten con el mal. 
27 Tiemblan y titubean como ebrios,
Y toda su ciencia es inútil. 
28 Entonces claman a Jehová en su angustia,
Y los libra de sus aflicciones. 
29 Cambia la tempestad en sosiego,
Y se apaciguan sus ondas. 
30 Luego se alegran, porque se apaciguaron;
Y así los guía al puerto que deseaban. 
31 Alaben la misericordia de Jehová,
Y sus maravillas para con los hijos de los hombres. 
32 Exáltenlo en la congregación del pueblo,
Y en la reunión de ancianos lo alaben. 

33 El convierte los ríos en desierto,
Y los manantiales de las aguas en sequedales; 
34 La tierra fructífera en estéril,
Por la maldad de los que la habitan. 
35 Vuelve el desierto en estanques de aguas,
Y la tierra seca en manantiales. 
36 Allí establece a los hambrientos,
Y fundan ciudad en donde vivir. 
37 Siembran campos, y plantan viñas,
Y rinden abundante fruto. 
38 Los bendice, y se multiplican en gran manera;
Y no disminuye su ganado. 

39 Luego son menoscabados y abatidos
A causa de tiranía, de males y congojas. 
40 El esparce menosprecio sobre los príncipes,
Y les hace andar perdidos, vagabundos y sin camino. 
41 Levanta de la miseria al pobre,
Y hace multiplicar las familias como rebaños de ovejas. 
42 Véanlo los rectos, y alégrense,
Y todos los malos cierren su boca. 
43 ¿Quién es sabio y guardará estas cosas,
Y entenderá las misericordias de Jehová?

Mar 22, 2017

Peru Flooding March 22

Thank the Lord for almost no rain yesterday (just a little sprinkle in the evening) and more importantly no flash floods from the rain in the mountains the last two days.
This is giving people time to get their belongings out and, we pray, for the workers to repair the water supply and bridges.
Yesterday we served over 100 people and this only scratched the surface. We also helped several people pull their belongings out, including Pastor Percy with some of his books.
Today we plan to bring food again and keep helping.
Thank you for your prayers.

Mar 21, 2017

Peru Flooding

This morning as I write this the skies look good. But the last week each afternoon it has rained and caused more flooding. Especially in this zone on the coast of Peru, this is unprecedented. Most people talk about the horrible flooding on 1998, but that was just one day. We have experienced 6 days of rain and floods.

Yesterday, we tried to bring supplies donated by members of Cristo Restaurador to one of the affected areas but received reports that another flash flood report was coming and most people were moving out of the area. So we did not leave them at the church but we did give out water and crackers to people as they were leaving.
Today we are planning to cook meals at Cristo Restaurador in Arevalo and bring food out to the affected area. We are also bringing water and canned tuna and crackers donated by Cristo Rey. We are also giving water to neighbors around the church in Arevalo. There is no more bottled water to buy but we do have a reserve of tap water (that needs to be boiled) in the clinic (next door to the church) and are distributing it in buckets as people come to the church.

Here is a link to an initial report by our team leader, Wes Baker, explaining the situation in Trujillo.

Here is a link to a video on Facebook from Ps. Percy in one of our extension churches and an update yesterday from Wes. 

What can you do?

  1. The most powerful and impactful action is to pray that God would have mercy and stop the rain. 
  2. Pray for provision for the people that are affected most. 
  3. Pray for us to be helpful in what we do to provide relief. 
  4. Pray for the affected to be able to see hope and God’s sovereignty and yet worship Him.
  5. Pray for the people to come together and help each other
  6. Pray that the wicked would not take advantage of the need to get rich by raising prices.
  7. Give. We are raising money to use to help. You can give to the Compassion Fund and mark in the "additional comments" that you want it to go toward flood relief. Initially we will buy food and water to give to people who have lost everything. We are working on a plan to do what we can to help.

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