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“Día De La Familia” (Day of the Family)

McKendree Family 2012

This past Sunday was “Día De La Familia” (Day of the Family).  It was kind of cool and drizzly, but it was a beautiful day to be together as a family!  We didn’t get to go to Callao, but we are all ready to go again tomorrow!

It is Spring here in Peru – at least that is what everyone is saying!  We have actually seen the sun several different days, and everyone assures me that the HOT days are coming…..I can hardly wait!

We had a great service, with many different families in attendance.  The younger girls from our Deaf Choir and I, along with two Hearing girls did a special in Sign Language.  We sang and signed Colosenses 3:20 “Hijos, obedeced a vuestros padres en todo, porque esto agrada al Señor.”  (Colossians 3:20 “Children, obey your parents in all things:  for this is well-pleasing unto the Lord.”)  We had a good time learning it together – even Martha and Ian learned it with us!  Martha considered singing with us – but just for a moment!

Spanish classes are going well.  We are in the middle of the 4th book.  We have one book left after this!  Thank you so much for your prayers for us as we strive to learn Spanish and Peruvian Sign Language!  God is certainly helping us, and every day we get a little better than the day before!  Of course, the kids just pick it up as they go along – and they sound great!

The Lord is continuing to open doors for us in Callao.  We are excited at what the Lord is doing with the Deaf there.  They continue to trickle into church a few at a time, but God is bringing them in, and we find new Deaf almost every Saturday!  Please continue to pray with us for the Deaf in Callao!

We love and appreciate each one of you!  Thank you for being a part of our family!

“Marvellous in our eyes”

Psalm 118:23-24  ”This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.  This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

This past Sunday, we had five at church – not counting Frank and our family!  Three of the five were Deaf and two were Hearing!  Pictured from left to right are Jorge, Flor, Lucero, Irene, and Asunciona.  Lucero, the young lady in the middle, is Deaf.  She is 11 years old.  She came to church last Sunday with her parents.  Let me tell you how the Lord brought it all about…..

Last Saturday, Matt and Frank went to visit in Callao.  Hermano Danilo, one of the men from the Hearing church, had volunteered to go visiting with them.  They had stopped by to visit Olinda (who is Deaf), when they saw a young lady walking down the street.  I’m not exactly sure of all the details, but I do know they discovered she was DEAF!!  Wow!  The Lord has done that for us time and time again when we go visiting in Callao, and we know prayer is the reason for it!  Thank you for praying!  Anyway, they gave Lucero a “John and Romans” and invited her to come to church – never dreaming she really would come the next day!

On Sunday, I took the kids to their class, and as I was walking back to our Deaf service, I saw Hno. (Hermano=Brother) Danilo signing to someone!  Can’t you just imagine my surprise?!  It was even more wonderful to see the look of surprise and delight on the faces of Hno. Danilo, Frank, and Matt!

We are not sure if Lucero’s parents are saved, but her mom comes from an evangelical background.  Flor (Lucero’s mom) told us that they had been going to a church, but that it had nothing for the Deaf.  They had been searching for a church that had a ministry for the Deaf!  So, God literally put Lucero in our path!  She took the “John and Romans” home to her parents, and they decided to come with her to see what we were all about!  What a blessed answer to prayer!

We are so excited to see God continue to open doors for us in Callao.  ”This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.”

Thank You!!!

I want to say. “THANK YOU!!!” to each one of you who have been praying for Jenny and Gloria.  This past Saturday we went to visit in Callao.  We stopped by Pilar’s house (Pilar is Deaf), but she wasn’t at home.  We continued up the street about 3 or 4 blocks and then turned left onto the street where Jenny lives.  We met a man and woman on the way – they are brother and sister.  They were very kind to us.  We believe they are already saved, but it will be a blessing to get to know them better.

When we arrived at Jenny’s house, we met her sister outside.  We talked to her for a few minutes, then she went to call her Mom.  Her Mom, Yudy, is Deaf.  Yudy loved meeting Martha and Ian!  While Matt and the kids talked with Yudy, I had a wonderful opportunity to witness to Jenny.  Jenny is 14 years old.  The Lord opened the door with something that Jenny asked me.  She asked me if I had heard about the predictions for an earthquake.  I hadn’t heard about it, but she told me she had heard that it was supposed to have happened on Friday or that day (Saturday).  Jenny didn’t think people could predict when an earthquake would happen and I agreed with her.  But then I asked her, “If an earthquake DID happen and you died, do you know for sure you would go to Heaven?”  She thought she might, but she wasn’t 100% sure.  I was able to show her what God says about going to Heaven.  When I finished explaining salvation to her, I told her she had a decision to make.  She could decide to accept Christ as her Saviour or she could decide to reject Him.  She chose to accept Him!  I explained to her about praying to God – that it was just talking to Him as she and I were talking to each other.  I explained that she needed to tell Jesus she was sorry for her sins, and ask for His forgiveness.  She asked me if she had to close her eyes to pray.  I smiled and assured her that you could pray with your eyes open – God knows every language!  She sweetly bowed her head and prayed – with her eyes open!  I wish I could repeat to you exactly what she said, but I can’t.  I can sum it up and say that she confessed her sin to the Saviour, asked Him to forgive her and cleanse her heart with His blood, and take her to Heaven someday!  There have only been a few times in my life when the person I am witnessing to has prayed without being led!  I wish I could recreate that moment for you when Jenny prayed without being led!  We rejoice here on earth, but can we really understand the magnitude of rejoicing in Heaven?  Praise the Lord, there is a new name written in the Book of Life!  The most humbling thing is that God let ME have a part in it!

I’ve witnessed in Spanish before in the States, but I always had a better Spanish speaker with me to help me when I got stuck!  Jenny is definitely the first person here in Peru that I have witnessed to completely in Spanish without another person to help me out!!  WOW!!!  I told Matt later that I didn’t even know I knew that much Spanish!  But isn’t that how the Lord works?  “For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.”  Matthew 10:20

Thank you so much for your prayers!  Jenny is fruit to your account!

Ignorant and Out of the Way

Do you ever find yourself thinking about the spiritual ignorance of people?  It’s sad isn’t it?  Some people choose to be willfully ignorant, but some have simply never heard the wonderful Gospel of Christ.Then there are those people that we  consider “out of the way.”  It is possible they are “out of the way” because they are not in the Way of Christ.  It is possible they are “out of the way” because they don’t live close by, and it isn’t very convenient to make that visit.

Hebrews 5 talks about the office of the High Priest and how Christ is our High Priest.  Verses 1 and 2 give  us a couple of qualifications of the High Priest.  Verse 1 tells us “that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:”  Verse 5 says, “Who can have compassion on the ignorant and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.”  As I read those verses this morning, the Lord spoke to my heart once again about our ministry in Callao.  There are many people – hearing and Deaf – living in Callao who are both “ignorant” and “out of the way.”  They are ignorant of the fact that Christ died for their sins, was buried, and rose again the third day!  They are out of the way – they live far away – it takes effort to get to where they live.

Gloria and Jenny are sisters.  They are both hearing.  They have family members that are Deaf.  Gloria and Jenny are “ignorant” of the Gospel.  They live on a side street, in a house that would be very easy to pass by and never notice.  Gloria and Jenny need Christ.  We went by their house this past Sunday.  Matt asked me if I would witness to them.  Gloria was not at home, and Jenny didn’t have a moment to listen.  Please pray much for Gloria and Jenny.  We are going by again on Saturday.  Pray that they will be at home, that they will not only listen to the Gospel, but also make the decision to accept the Gospel before it is too late.  You see, time is running out.  Christ is coming soon!  But time is running out for Gloria in a different way.  Gloria has SIDA (AIDS/HIV).  Won’t you please pray with us that she would be saved before it is too late?  Won’t you please pray for her sister Jenny?  Won’t you please pray for Gloria’s husband and children?

Is there someone you know who is “ignorant and…out of the way”?  Let’s have compassion on them and share Christ’s wonderful gift of salvation with them!

Take a walk with me…

I have no pictures to share with you this time.  I only have a full heart to share with you.  Yesterday morning, I found myself wishing that every Christian in America could have seen what I saw.  It filled my heart with such indescribable sadness.  I would like to share with you what I saw yesterday morning while walking down the street.  Won’t you take a walk with me?

As we walked down the street yesterday morning on our way to Callao, I looked across the street and saw a man walking.  In his arms, he held a baby (maybe 2 years old).  As I watched him, I noticed he was walking rather strangely.  He was clutching the baby in his arms, but he was weaving back and forth as he walked along.  He wasn’t dodging people, for he was the only person on his side of the road.  I mentioned it to Matt.  Later on he told me that he hadn’t even seen the baby when he first looked at the man.  We stopped and watched him as he continued up the street, weaving back and forth and starting to stumble.  My heart broke for that man and the baby.  Matt and Frank followed him and finally caught up to him.  He was drunk.  We have no idea where he was coming from or where he was headed – his story wasn’t clear.  As we waited for Matt and “Tio Frank,” I prayed with the children for that man and the baby.  I helped Martha and Ian pray also.  Soon a Serenazgo (Local Police) officer came by.  The officer said he would walk him to wherever he was going.  I know prayer caused that police officer to show up.  Finding a Serenazgo officer right close by on a Sunday morning is almost never heard of!  I have no idea what became of the man and the baby.  All I can do is pray.  Won’t you pray with me for the salvation of that man and his family?

We went on our way to Callao.  Rode the train, then the combi (bus), and finally arrived at our stop.  It is a little bit of a walk to the church from where we get off the combi.  We were about half way to where we turn onto a side street to get to the church when I saw another man walking down the other side of the street.  This man was not quiet and subdued like the first man I had seen that morning.  He was loud, yet he had those same unsteady steps that plainly showed he was drunk.  He was shouting as he walked down the street – sometimes stopping to yell about something, but unable to be understood.  Once again, I felt my heart breaking.  My heart broke for that man and his family.  My heart broke as I wondered if he had ever heard the Gospel – if anyone had ever witnessed to him.  My heart broke for his family.  Again, all I can do is pray for that man.  I don’t know either of those men’s names, but God does.  God knows not only their name and where they live, but also the state of their soul.  God loves those men so much more than anyone can comprehend.

On our way to the train, I explained to Martha and Ian how blessed they were to have a Daddy who is saved – not only saved, but also a Daddy who loves Jesus with all his heart and has chosen to serve Jesus with all his life.  I again prayed with the kids – this time thankfully – thanking my loving Heavenly Father for the man He had given me as my husband – thanking Him for the Daddy He had given my children.  After seeing the second man, my heart was once again filled with thankfulness for the man God had given me.

Thank you for allowing me to share my “Sunday morning walk” with you.  It was a sobering walk I took on Sunday morning, but it turned into one of the most grateful walks I’ve taken in a long time.  Sobering to realize the task that God has called us to, yet grateful that He gives us exactly what we need to get His work done!

Our Ministry in Callao

I told you recently how the Lord had opened the door for the kids and I to start going with Matt to Callao.  We are enjoying serving the Lord together as a family!  The kids love riding on the train, and look forward to going to Callao every week.


This is Pedro.  He came the first Sunday we went to Callao with Matt.  He has been saved and baptized.  Please pray that he will grow in the Lord and be faithful to church.  He is away right now for work, but we look forward to seeing him again in the future.

In Hermano Frank's Class










"Tio ("Uncle") Frank" teaching

Hermano Frank (The kids call him “Tio (Uncle) Frank”) goes with us every Sunday to Callao.  We are so blessed to have the opportunity to learn from this Godly Deaf man!

This past Sunday, I got to meet Irene.  She invited a friend to come with her, and her friend got to church before Irene did!  Irene’s friend’s name is Asunciona.

God is so good to allow us to have this ministry as a family.  Isn’t it a joy to be able to serve the Lord with your family?

Matt and Pedro










Please continue to pray for the Deaf church in Callao.  Pray that God would add Deaf to the church, that Deaf would be saved, and serve the Lord with us to reach other Deaf for Christ!


Going to Callao!!

Hilda and Irene

What do these two ladies have in common?  They are both from Iquitos, Peru, and they both go to church in Callao, Lima, Peru!  Matt met them a couple of Sundays ago.  I believe I wrote to you about Callao a while back.  Matt has been going every Sunday with Guido (Deaf).  Matt had started going with Guido because Frank (Deaf) had gone to Pulcallpa.  Frank came back from Pulcallpa this week, and a change was in order!  It was decided that Frank would go to with Matt to Callao this coming Sunday.  But it’s even better than that – the kids and I get to go with Matt and Frank this week to Callao!  It is looking like this will be a long-term arrangement, and I am so excited!  When Matt told me, Martha and Ian were standing close by….I started jumping up and down, and soon Martha was jumping up and down too!  I told her we were going to go with Daddy to Callao, and soon she was singing, “We’re going to Callao, we’re going to Callao!”  She really doesn’t know what it is all about, but it is a blessing to see her excited to serve the Lord with Mommy and Daddy!  I know that our excitement is contagious, and it was so funny to see her hopping up and down with no clue as to why she was hopping!

Guido teaching the Deaf


Matt teaching the Deaf








We look forward to being involved with God’s plan for the Deaf in Callao.  Please pray for us!  We will be visiting the Deaf in Callao this Saturday.  Please pray that God will open the doors and windows of Heaven and pour out His blessings on us, and on the Deaf of Callao!

A trip to the Market

Fruit Vendor from Belen

This man was so happy for us to take his picture.  He hadn’t been doing much of anything when we walked past.  We stopped to look at the fruit he was selling, and we asked him if we could take his picture.  He said yes and sprang into action!  That gray blur that you see in the picture is his “fly-swatter.”  I don’t think it would actually aid in diminishing the fly population, but it certainly would cause them to go elsewhere for the time being!

When I first started learning about Iquitos, I thought about how neat it would be to live in a city that can only be reached by boat or by plane.  And I’ll admit, that still holds a certain fascination for me!  But now when I think of Iquitos, I think mostly of all the people there – the people I met, the people I saw in passing, all the people who need Christ – like this fruit vendor.  I don’t know his name, but God does.  I have never been to his house, but God knows exactly where he lives.  God also knows where this man will live for eternity – who will share the Gospel with this precious soul?

Life on the River Itaya

We road on a boat called a “peque-peque” – the best way to describe it would be to say it is a john boat with a long outboard motor on it. (Matt can explain it better than I can!)  Up and down the river there are houses, businesses, and people everywhere.  They live, work, and play on the river.  The river is their life.  What they need most is the River Of Life – Jesus.  Again I wonder – who will reach these children for Christ?


Giant Cuy (Guinea Pig)

If you are hungry and very adventurous, you can find all kinds of things to eat in the Belen Market.  Since living in the Philippines, I have made it a personal rule to try everything at least once.  That rule has been a blessing to me and to the people I have lived and worked with.  Nothing captures the heart of the people more than for the missionary to eat their food and speak their language!  Having said that, I will now take you on a tour of what is available in the Belen Market for your dining pleasure!  This woman is selling Majas(Giant Cuy – a.k.a. Giant Guinea Pig).  I tried the Giant Cuy while we were there – not my favorite, but I would eat it again.  Not the type of meat your looking for?  How about a nice fresh turtle – and I mean fresh – he was still trying to get away when I walked by this stall!


Live Turtle


Escargot, anyone?







If your tastebuds are more refined, they have a fine selection of Escargot (Snails) awaiting you!  One lady was cooking Gusanos (Slugs) when I walked by.  Sorry!  I didn’t get a picture of that!  I kind of wish I had!


Fish of all Kinds!

If you prefer meat that is crispy and crunchy – chicharon is right for you! Simply buy the amount you want (in kilos, of course), take it home, and warm it up in a sauce pan.  You are now ready to add it to your mashed plantains or simply eat it by itself!


When you are ready for the familiar – there is an abundance of fish – fresh from the rivers!  We got to have “Paiche” while we were there.  ”Paiche” is the Spanish word for Arapaima – an Amazon river fish – said to be one of the largest fresh-water fishes in the world!  Yummy!

I hope you have enjoyed our little tour through the Belen Market!  If you ever come to visit, I promise not to feed you anything exotic unless you want to try it!  But remember – I’ll have to learn to cook it first!

White Unto Harvest


Growing up in church you hear certain verses preached often.  As a child or even as a young adult you don’t think of the reality of those verses.  This past week, I saw the reality of John 4:35, “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your yes, and look on the fields; for they are white already unto harvest.”

This week I saw a city white unto harvest.  There are people everywhere in Iquitos.  The people there are very kind and friendly, but you could see in their eyes and in their faces the cry of Jeremiah 8:20, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.”  Oh, yes – they have their religions, but their religions do not satisfy.  They have their amusements, but their amusements leave them empty and searching for the next thrill.  While we were there, I saw 5 Mormon buildings, and thought, “There is much being done for the devil, but what is being done for Christ?”

My heart is full this morning-Full of love for a city filled with people who deserve to hear the Gospel of Christ-Full of excitement to see all the open doors of opportunity that God has opened-Full of sadness to know that the cults are doing more than the Christians.

While we were there, we went to a part of the city known as Belen.  Belen was described to us as a modern-day “Sodom and Gomorrah.”  We found ourselves wondering, “Who is reaching the people of Belen for Christ?”  One day, we met an American at the ice cream shop.  Please pray for Mr. Walker.  He has a better opinion of Baptists now, but what he needs most is Christ.  Matt was able to witness to him, but he didn’t get saved that day.  On our last day in Iquitos, I met a young woman named Tani.  I bought a purse and a fan from her at her booth in the open-air Artisan market.  She was so kind and generous to me and my children.  She gave Martha and I each a bracelet and gave Ian a keychain.  We were able to leave a Gospel tract with her, but I was not able to witness to her.  As we left, the tears started flowing down my face as I wondered who would reach her with the Gospel.

Michael - Our Boat Guide

We have been told there are about 2,000 Deaf in Iquitos.  How will they hear the Gospel?  Tarapoto, another city about 3-4 hours away from Iquitos has about 500 Deaf.  How will they hear the Gospel?  I was ready to stay in Iquitos, but I want God’s perfect will, not my own emotional will!  We have prayed about this city for a long time, and we are continuing to pray.  We are waiting on the Lord to know His perfect will for us.  God gave us some wonderful opportunities this past week, and we are excited to see how the Lord will use those opportunities in the future.  In the meantime, we are busy with learning Spanish and Peruvian Sign Language.  We are determined to work for the Lord where He has put us now.

Matthew 9:37-38 “Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”

His Unspeakable Gift

Good Morning!

I’ve been reading through 2 Corinthians during my quiet time and today I read 2 Corinthians 9.  Have you ever stopped to think about verse 15?  ”Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.”  Did you ever find yourself wondering, “Just what IS His unspeakable gift?”  The first thing that naturally comes to my mind is my salvation.  How often am I truly thankful for my salvation?  Having grown up in a Christian home, it is sometimes easy to become complacent with my gift of salvation.  Then the Lord puts someone in my life to remind me how precious salvation should be to those of us who are saved.

As I read that verse this morning, I thought about the other “unspeakable gifts” that God has given to me.  I thought about my Bible and how so many people don’t have a Bible at all, and I am blessed to have one in English and one in Spanish.  I also have one in the States that is written in Cebuano!  My Deaf friend Claudia came to church again yesterday.  Please continue to pray for her salvation.  Pastor Antonio gave her a Bible from the church and asked me to write her name in it.  I saw that look of joy and wonder on Claudia’s face as I handed the Bible to her and she realized it was for her!  As I watched her accept that Bible, I thought, “When is the last time I felt that way about MY Bible?  Yes, I love my Bible, and I teach my children to love the Bible, but when is the last time I felt such overwhelming joy to know that my Bible is MINE?”

Unspeakable gift…..seeing a young man named Gianmarco….having the chance to say, “Thank you for letting God use you in my life.”  He may be struggling spiritually, but that doesn’t change the fact that God used Gianmarco in my life.  God used him to break my heart for the Deaf of Peru.  God used him to fill my heart with His unspeakable gift of love for the lost of Peru.

You know, today will be an especially busy day for us.  We have a meeting this morning at Interpol – this is for visas.  Then this afternoon we are taking our final test over Book 2 in Language School.  Sandwiched in between is all the “normal” activities of every day life.  We are also packing for our trip to Iquitos tomorrow!  Pray for us – I am so afraid we will oversleep and miss our flight!  What a blessed reminder 2 Corinthians 9:15 was to me this morning.  A reminder to always be thankful because really everything in my life is an unspeakable gift of God!