We have been celebrating birthdays lately. Rebecca’s Grandma celebrated her 87th birthday on the 15th of January and then I celebrated my 31st on the 18th of January (I have a long way to go to catch up to Grandma). I was able to celebrate with my twin brother, which was special since we had not celebrated together in several years. We also got to celebrate with a cousin we call our “triplet” because she was born on the same day and year as us – just 12 hours later!
We actually celebrated a couple of different times! Good thing I like cake and ice cream! The Lord has blessed me so much in the first 23 days of this year! Just to be with family is a blessing we often take for granted.
The Lord has blessed us tremendously this past week. Of course we are always blessed just to have another day to serve Him, but above and beyond that it has been a blessed week. Most of you know that I broke my wrist a while back and that we do not have insurance. We have been waiting for bills to start coming in and we have received doctors and anesthesiologist bills but nothing from the e.r. or hospital. I called them this week to find out where the bills were. They proceeded to tell me that 100% of my e.r. and hospital bill was covered by the hospital under the HCAP. Needless to say that was a wonderful answer to prayer! Thank the Lord!
Also, the Grace Missionary Baptist Church sent us another love offering to help with our plane tickets! This too was a great answer to pray. The Lord continues to provide for us as only He can. Thank you all for your prayers. We are excited to be returning to Peru in just over a week!
We are praising the Lord for 2 new churches partnering with us. The Purity Baptist Church (Maysville, Ky.) and the Bible Baptist Church (Fairfield, Ohio) have both taken us on for monthly support! This is such an answer to prayer, not only to have two new churches partner with us but their support puts us at a little over 100% of what we were trying to raise this year on furlough! The Lord has answered our prayers! Thank you all who have been praying with us for these things as well.
This past weekend (Friday and Saturday) I traveled to Atlanta, Georgia for a church planting conference focused on Latin America. I got up at 3:30 a.m. to make it to the airport on time. I flew to Cleveland and then to Atlanta. It was a great conference and well worth the trip from Ohio. I got to talk with veteran missionaries from Peru, Argentina, and Chile. This conference was great for me because it was centralized on Latin America and the joys and problems that come along with planting churches there. The main theme was training up men to carry on the work. The things I heard and learned were invaluable for me and I came away with a renewed burden for Peru and for Latin America.
Happy New Year! We hope the Lord will bless each of you and that you will continue to stay up to date with us in 2012. You never know what the Lord will do in this coming year and we will do our best to keep you updated.