The Lord blessed us with a great weekend of ministry and church! We had 21 come to kids club and 4 come to our youth group. We are working with the youth on developing their spiritual lives through Bible reading and prayer. This morning at church we were blessed with 1 visitor and 1 returning visitor! Here’s the story behind our visitor:
She is an elderly lady that lives next to the church. Last Monday I was using a weedeater to cut the church grass and she came over to ask me if I could do her yard. I told her that I don’t do it as a business and she left it at that. Then later she came out and asked me again. So, I told her that I didn’t have much gas left but that I would do as much as I could until the gas ran out. I just about had her yard finished and then ran out of gas. She brought me a glass of coke and thanked me profusely for doing as much as I could. She then started talking to me about our church and I answered the questions she had. After that, she said “Can I come?” I responded with a resounding “Yes!” and told her that she’s welcome anytime. This morning she came out her door and walked to church right on time! Praise the Lord!
It’s been raining almost non-stop here in Cusco (up until today). Cusco has declared a state of emergency. The situation is not too bad here in the city. There’s mud all over the streets and no water, but in the Sacred Valley things are not good. There have been landslides, homes and lives have been lost.
In Pisac the bridge has collapsed and Tambo de Gozo (Bro. Rudy Johnson’s camp) has been flooded. The walls have fallen. I was told that most all of the buildings are flooded except for Daniel and Laura Dukes house. Daniel is in Argentina and Laura and the kids are in the states for a brief visit. Please be praying for them!
The following is what the U.S. Embassy in Lima sent out:
This warden message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens residing and traveling in and around Cusco, Peru of travel difficulties due to bad weather. Heavy rains since January 22, 2010 have caused landslides throughout the Sacred Valley, blocking routes into and out of Cusco. Travelers should consider postponing visits to Cusco and Machu Picchu until the weather clears and the roads and train are re-opened.
We have received reports of the following:
? The airport in Cusco is closed;
? The train to/from Cusco and Machu Picchu has been cancelled since January 23 due to landslides;
? The roads into and out of Machu Picchu are currently closed;
? The Pisac bridge has collapsed;
? The Huallabamba bridge is under water; and
? There was a landslide in Oropesa en route to Puno, travel is limited.
Peruvian authorities are working to open a route out of Machu Picchu. The U.S. Embassy will continue to monitor this situation. Travelers to this region should consider postponing until the weather clears and the roads are open. U.S. citizens may wish to monitor local media sources for new developments and exercise extreme caution if travel to this region is unavoidable.
For those of you that might not know we have a little “hiccup” in our paperwork proceedings. The judge says that we need to notify the biological mom that the adoption is final. This process has to be done through the courts, which means it could take a while. This step is not mandatory for all judges, but each judge has their own criteria so it is up to them. We were a little discouraged, but we started praying, and the Lord has been answering. The judge allowed us to mail the papers off instead of them having to go through the courts, and he allowed us to send them to missionary friends there. Our friends are going to take the biological mother with them to the judge so it will go faster.
So, this afternoon we got the papers from the court and mailed them off through DHL because it only takes 48 hours to arrive in Huanuco. DHL proceeded to tell me that they couldn’t guarantee the papers getting there in 48 hours because of the national strike. I told the lady at the desk: “We’ll pray that God will allow the papers to get there”. Guess what? I just read on the internet that the strike has come to an end! Praise the Lord! Now we are praying for the papers to get to Huanuco and back to Cusco in time for the judge to give us the final papers. February starts vacations for the entire judicial system of Peru!
The Lord blessed us with a great weekend! We had a great kids club with 23 (1 visitor)! Also, we had 8 come back to our youth meeting! With the kids we played a review game over that past few lessons. We’ve been talking to the youth about taking advantage of their youth, and taking advantage of their time. Yesterday we talked some more about that and about how they should use their talents for the Lord. This morning we had 2 visitors at church! Efrain brought them both and we praise the Lord for that!