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Rejoicing in what the Lord is doing

Today I would like to share with you one of the ministries the Lord has given me this year.  Since March, I have been teaching Institute classes for the Deaf here in Efata.  I currently have 4 students.  So far this year we have covered topics such as Salvation Basics, Philosophy of Biblical Music, and History of the Bible.  This week, we finished up our classes for this year.  Classes will start again in March.


On Sunday, October 13,  I received a phone call from my wife.  Because of the pregnancy, she hasn’t been able to go with me to Callao.  Since church was starting when the call came in, I thought it was an emergency!  To my great relief, it wasn’t an emergency!  Sarah was calling me to tell me that Ian had just gotten saved!  It was hard to believe at first, and I was a little disappointed that I hadn’t been there.     I rejoiced with Sarah and Ian – in fact the whole Deaf church in Callao was rejoicing as well!  God has certainly been working in the life of our son!  We have seen a change in him!  God has also given him a boldness to declare to all who will listen, “I’m saved!”

“After a time of correction, Ian and I sat on the couch eating crackers.  I explained to him again what he had done wrong, and that just as Mommy forgave him, Jesus also forgave him.  In the course of our conversation, I asked Ian if he would like to ask Jesus to live in his heart.  I almost fell off the couch when he said, ‘Yes!’  I carefully explained salvation to him and asked him again if he wanted to be saved.  Again, without hesitation, he said, ‘Yes!’  I still wasn’t sure he understood what I was asking him, so I very carefully explained salvation once again, questioning him very carefully.  He seemed to understand, and when I asked him if he wanted to pray and ask Jesus to live in his heart, he sweetly bowed his head, asked Jesus to forgive him and come live in his heart!  How my heart soared with rejoicing!  It was just about time for church in Callao to start, but I knew I had to call Matt and tell him!  Martha wasn’t home at the time either.  She had gone downstairs to church.  When she came home, we told her that Ian had gotten saved.  She threw her arms around him and gave him a great big bear hug!  She was so excited!  What a special blessing it was for her to see God answer her prayers for her brother’s salvation!  It is such a joy to my heart to have him come to me now and say, ‘Jesus took my black away.  My heart is white now!’  How thankful I am that God has saved both my children so early in life!” – Sarah

Efata Baptist Church of Callao

God’s people in Callao continue to grow spiritually.  They are learning more and more of the Bible.  Some are learning how to read the Bible for themselves.  How privileged we are to be exactly where God wants us to be, doing exactly what He wants us to do – spreading the good news of the Gospel to the lost, teaching the saved, and seeing them grow to maturity in the Lord!

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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Ministry Moments

Our Wonderful Deaf Ladies

Our Wonderful Deaf Ladies!

The Lord has been growing the Deaf church in Callao.  It is a blessing to see our people grow little by little.  This picture was taken a couple of weeks ago.  I am enjoying teaching the ladies!  They are such a sweet group of ladies – we are learning together – they are teaching me their signs and I am teaching them the Bible!

Please pray for our Deaf in Callao.  Pray for their spiritual growth.  Pray for them as they struggle to stand against the pull of the world and old friends.  Pray for a firmness in their commitment to serve the Lord!

This past Sunday, we spent all day with our Deaf.  Matt and Hugo took a group to the soccer court nearby.  They were able to pass out lots of tracts and witness to several of the Deaf.  While they were there, they met the President of one of the Deaf Associations.  He gave them permission to come back and teach the Word of God to the Deaf during their breaks from playing soccer!  I am reminded of

I Corinthians 16:9 “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.”

God is doing wonderful things in the lives of the Deaf in Callao.  It is exciting to know that God lets us have a part in His work!  It is even more exciting to look to the future and see all the blessings that God is waiting to pour out on these precious people.  They are learning to give – of their time, of their money, and of themselves.  One Sunday, Raul decided we needed to start taking up an offering.  Since that time, they have not failed to have an offering every Sunday.  With their offerings, we have been able to purchase a total of 5 chairs!  In the eyes of man, that may not seem like much, but in the eyes of God that is something great!

Thank you for your faithful prayers and support!  Someday in Heaven we will all get to rejoice together over all that God has done, is doing, and will continue to do!

What God is Doing

I’ll have to add the picture later, but I am so excited to tell you what God is doing in Callao.  Matt was unable to go visiting in Callao this past Saturday.  Pretty discouraging, right?  Well, yes it was!  But God delights in doing what we see as “The Impossible”!

On Sunday morning, we stopped by to see Olinda, as always.  We have been inviting Olinda since I have been going to Callao, and she has never come.  A couple of weeks ago when we stopped by, she assured me she was coming.  I looked and looked…waited and waited….no Olinda.  Yesterday I was thinking about that as we walked to her house.  I was really starting to feel pretty discouraged.  When she came to the door, she really didn’t look happy to see me like she normally is.  I just chatted with her for a couple of minutes, and then told her I understood that she was really busy, full schedule, etc. and told her I wanted to pray for her before we left.  I prayed, and we went on to church.  About 15 minutes after we got to the church, Olinda came walking through the door!  What a wonderful surprise and delight it was to see her.  But it got better!  Frank asked me to get ready to teach Olinda, since she was the only one there.  Then Matt greeted Olinda and she told him, “There’s more outside.” MORE DEAF?!?!?!  Matt went to see, and sure enough there were MORE Deaf outside!!  We had a total of 13 in our service yesterday – 7 Deaf, 1 hearing daughter of a Deaf couple (who were part of the 7 there), Frank, and the 4 of us!  We were overjoyed!  We had a wonderful service.  Many of the Deaf that came yesterday are already saved.  Please pray for their spiritual growth.

Just when we thought our cup was full, God decided to let it overflow – according to His promise!  We saw three Deaf people (two men and a woman) standing on the side of the road at one of the places the “combi” stops at.  Matt quickly got out three tracts and asked the “cobrador” (the person who collects the fare from the passengers) if he would give those tracts to those three Deaf people just standing there!  He was willing, and we had the world’s shortest conversation with Deaf people that there ever was!  All we can do is pray that God will bring them to church!  As we went along, we got to talking about how amazing it was to see those Deaf people and how wonderful it was to have 7 Deaf people come to church.  It was then that we realized, so gratefully, that GOD had brought them!!  There was not one thing we had done to bring any of them – no visits, no reminders, no communication on Saturday, but God brought them!

After we had been home for a while, Jerod (one of the Kotvas boys) came by the house to get Matt.  He said that there was a lady here from Callao who wanted to talk to Matt.  We couldn’t imagine what was going to happen next!  When I looked out the window a few minutes later, all I could see was Matt standing with a group of Deaf and hands were flying about rapidly!  I was convinced in my heart that something terrible was happening, so I got down on my knees and starting praying!  A little while later, Matt came home and explained what was happening.  Olga, who is Deaf, came to church here in Villa El Salvador yesterday morning.  She lives closer to Callao, but I’m not sure where exactly.  She came by to tell Matt that she would like to come back to the church in Callao, and she was willing to “give us a try.”

Today, a Deaf man named Alberto showed up here at Efata.  He had been a member of the church in Callao before.  He has gotten out of church, but he came by today to talk to Matt.  Alberto had heard that we were helping the Deaf church there in Callao.  He is not against us – he is definitely on our side, but he is not willing to come to church on Sundays.  Please pray for him – he is saved, and has a desire to be a Pastor, but right now “Futbol” (Soccer) is King in his life – not the Saviour.  We also learned today that Vanessa (another Deaf person from Callao) wants to go visiting with us on Saturday in Callao.  She wants to take us to her Deaf friends that are not yet saved!

We know that everything that is happening is all because of the Lord!  We also know that all of this is because of the faithful people who pray for us and for the dear Deaf people of Callao!  ”Thank you” seems like such a small token of the gratitude we feel in our hearts for the people who pray for us.  Isn’t it exciting to know that you have a part in all these blessings that God is pouring out?  Won’t it be so wonderful to have all of eternity to rejoice together at what God is doing at this very moment in the hearts and lives of the Deaf here?

“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!

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!