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29 Years and Counting!

Img04_08-10-2013On August 4, 2013, we celebrated the 29th Anniversary of the Efata Baptist Church of Callao!  It was such a wonderful day!  God blessed abundantly and we had 70 Deaf come, most of whom are from the Callao area!  We had 9 Deaf people accept Christ as their Saviour!  What a blessing it was to see God’s people witnessing to those who needed to be saved!  For some of them, it was the first time they had ever witnessed to anyone!folletos callao-1

We are now waiting for new tracts to be printed.  This is what they will look like.  In the meantime, Matt is teaching our people how to witness.  They are very excited about learning how to witness to the lost around them.  With God’s help, the Deaf can!

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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!

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!

The Blessing of Being Busy!

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What you see here are Matt’s birthday cakes!  Yes, there were two of them.  One for his physical birthday and one for his spiritual birthday – both of which were this past Tuesday.  I planned a surprise party, and actually managed to pull it off!  A special thank you to each one of you who sent a birthday greeting!!  We are still getting birthday greetings – thank you for those also!  He told me he was suspicious at the very end, but overall – he was very surprised!  We had a whole house full of people and it was great fun!  Until this morning, Martha and Ian were still playing with the balloons!  We had “beautiful things” (Martha’s name for the streamers) also, but they didn’t survive that long.  We let the Efata children enjoy the balloons this morning.  Matt mentioned to me a couple of days ago about dropping the balloons out of Ian’s bedroom window when the children were playing on the playground.  We decided that would be a marvelous thing to do with the balloons, so that is what we did this morning.

There may be some of you wondering what kind of schedule we have.  I would like to give you a glimpse of a “normal” week for us (is there any such thing as a “normal” week?) – We have Language school every morning Tuesday -Friday.  It is going well.  We are now in book 2 – learning PAST TENSE VERBS (said in a deep, booming voice!).  The Lord has been so good and gracious to us in helping us to learn Spanish.

On Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, we have practice with the Deaf Choir.  They are doing really well.  Our next special is the last Sunday of this month.  The guys are doing a special – we girls get to sit and watch!  Wednesday evening is church.  Martha and Ian normally sit with us in the service on Wednesdays and Sunday nights.  Friday nights is Deaf Youth Group Meeting.  Since Frank (Deaf) is in Pucallpa, Matt is helping Pastor Antonio Suarez with the Youth Meeting.  Matt is in charge of the “concurso” (game) time!  I would just like to take a moment here and publish the fact that although there were only two girls last week – the girls won the competition!

Saturdays are soul-winning and visitation days.  We got to go as a family this past Saturday!  What a joy it is to me to see my children handing out tracts to the people around them!  We give Martha and Ian each a couple of tracts, and soon they are asking for more!  I have started making sure that Martha wears a dress with pockets in it on Saturdays – then I can put tracts in her pocket.  When her pocket is empty – she asks for more!

Matt started going with Ghuido (Deaf) to Callao on Sunday mornings.  Callao is another city about an hour away (more or less).  A Deaf ministry was started at the hearing church there because some Deaf showed up one Sunday morning.  Ghuido had been going with Frank, and now Matt is able to go with Ghuido.  Yesterday, they had one Deaf man show up.  His name is Jose.  Jose has been influenced by the JW’s.  It is not clear whether or not Jose is saved.  Matt and Ghuido were able to witness to him.  Please pray with me that God will bring more Deaf to the church in Callao, souls will be saved, and lives will be changed.

So you see, my weeks are fairly busy – but what a blessing to be busy in the work of the Lord!  What a privilege to be able to teach my children to serve the Lord!  Have a blessed busy week!

 

The Blessings of the Lord!

Proverbs 10:22 says, “The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”

How often to do we stop to think of all the blessings the Lord has given us?  I was thinking this morning about what to share with you.  You know, there are so many things about life on the mission field that I could share, but you’d have to sit and read my blog for the rest of your life!  As I was thinking about this past week, and what I wanted to share with you, the Lord brought this verse to my mind.  I learned a long time ago, that when the Lord brings something or someone to your mind, it is for a good reason!  So this morning I would like to share with you some of the most recent blessings the Lord has so graciously enriched my life with this past week.

On Saturday, we went visiting in an area called “Lomas.”  This is not the first time I’ve been to this area.  It is probably about 15-20 minutes away by combi.  We went to visit a young lady who is Deaf.  I believe her name is Danica.  Balvina and Margot went with me, as well as Martha and Ian.  Balvina asked me if I would witness to Danica using the wordless book.  I did, and Danica wanted to wait to make a decision.  Balvina talked with her some more, and soon Balvina told me Danica was ready to ask Jesus to live in her heart and wash her sins away!  What a blessing to have a part in the addition of one more name in the Lamb’s Book of Life!

Both Martha and Ian have been needing new jackets – especially for when the colder weather comes.  The Lord very graciously provided a nice winter coat for Ian and a thicker jacket for Martha.  Remember our verse said that “the blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”  God used a company here in Peru to provide coats for my children.  We don’t even know these people, but they are from a company called “Plaza Vea.”  We celebrated the school anniversary this past week, and they came to celebrate with us.  They prepared a meal for everyone here, and gave presents to all the children here at Efata – including the missionary children!  We have been reading through the Bible (we are almost finished with Matthew) in Spanish during our language classes, and recently we read that passage about the Lord blessing those who do good even to the least of these.  What wonderful blessings God has in store for the people from Plaza Vea!

Speaking of language school, we recently finished our first book!  There are five books all together, and we are officially done with Book Number 1!!!  We took a test on Friday over the whole book, and we both got 100%  HURRAH!!!!!  We are going to Wong (a supermarket with all kinds of products from everywhere – including the U.S.!) with our language teacher and his wife today!  I personally am going to celebrate by buying some Dr. Pepper!!!  Yum!  Yum!  The blessing of the LORD…..

Isn’t it so precious to think that our Saviour bestows all these blessings on us?  And He adds no sorrow to any blessing that he gives us – big or small!  My list of blessings just keeps growing and growing….what is on your list of blessings today?