May 2018

Between having a new baby in the family and the rush of the final weeks of the semester, this month has passed so quickly.  We are now into our “Summer Vacation,” though here in Peru, it is not summer, nor is it really vacation. 🙂 But it does on the other hand mean that the majority of the students have returned to their homes in various countries and the campus feels rather empty.  We are already missing the students who have left. Graduation week, despite the great blessing of seeing the students finish strong, always comes with a weight. We always feel sad to see them go, and are praying that they continue to be a light, as they return to their hometowns.

While the campus is on break, homeschool is now in full swing.  We are doing much more now, and will continue to through the “summer” months.  Here in Peru the school year runs from March through December unlike the US schedule.  We have been doing a homeschool co-op with friends for the younger girls. We look forward to starting a co-op with some homeschooling friends for the older kids as soon as all of our schedules settle in a bit.

We finally were able to get baby Mírabel’s birth certificate registered.  We are waiting for her Peruvian National Identification card so that we can get her Peruvian passport, and we will be going to the US Embassy in Lima as soon as we are able, in order to get her US documents. The below picture is the location that we had to go to in order to finally get her birth certificate (on the seventh attempt).

We also need to make a trip leaving the country in order to renew our visas, prior to starting the residency process.  We have had a hard time timing when to start the process for residency. So the next potential opportunity will be in July.  We will likely make a trip to Ecuador prior to the next semester, so that we can start the process.

We have the opportunity to join our church, Rocky Mountain Calvary on a missions trip to Cusco from July 5-15.  We would really love to go and serve alongside those from our church and to finally meet the other missionaries that RMC has in Peru.  Cusco is the opposite side of the country from us so we have never yet made the trip to visit them. Would you prayerfully consider giving an additional gift this month and contributing toward the cost of our missions trip?  It would be such an encouragement for us to be able to join them.

As a follow up from the last update, it looks like the specialist appointment in New York will need to be postponed until maybe next year.  Things haven’t come together in order to make the trip to the states. Also, the testing is a rather long process, so it seems that it will perhaps be better to plan a couple months back in the US in order to complete the testing process.  The necessary tests are extremely sensitive and often come back with false negatives several times. Due to this, it can be quite a tedious process. It would feel like such a waste to fly to the US for a quick trip, and after returning to Peru discover that all tests came back with what could very well be false negatives.  Please continue to pray for wisdom for the timing of this important trip.

We are so thankful for those of you who have reached out to us, poured into us, and just loved on our family from afar.  We are so blessed!

Please pray for all those on our support teams, that the Lord would be growing them and working in them.  Pray that the Lord would grow their hearts for the work that He is doing in Peru. We get the blessing of seeing first hand what He is doing here, and we want to see others blessed by seeing Him at work as well.  Praise the Lord for His faithfulness, and that He uses broken people like us to accomplish His work. We are so humbled and honored that He would choose us to serve here in Peru.

With much love,

The Buescher Family

PS – If you pray for us on a regular basis, would you please send us a note and let us know?  We really would like to see our prayer team grow, and we would also like to send out more specific prayer requests to those who are committed to praying for us.

April 2018

Hello!

After a very difficult pregnancy, both physically and emotionally, our precious little Jane “Mírabel” is finally here! She arrived after a very quick labor and literally minutes before the midwife was supposed to leave to catch her flight back to the US! She is doing great, and I am recovering well.

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That’s right, Buescher Buescher. 😂 Here in Peru, children are required to have two last names, the mother’s and the father’s first last name. But of course like many Americans, we only have one last name. And in the states when we marry, the wife doesn’t keep her maiden name. 😁

There is now less than one month left until the end of the semester. The end of the semester always comes with some sadness as it means saying goodbye to some of the students that we have grown to love. So hopefully we will squeeze in some extra game nights over the next month and make the most of the time we do have. We are so thankful for the great group of students we have had here. It’s been a blessing that many were returning students, so we have had more time to get to know them. Lord willing we would love to see them return again next semester.

Romeo has finished teaching his Proverbs class, and only has one more class of Isaiah left to teach. So things are wrapping up really quickly. Fortunately the transition into having a newborn has gone smoothly. Romeo didn’t need to skip or move around his class schedule at all, so that was a blessing! This is definitely also due to the incredible amount of help we have had from friends who came from the states. My mom is here now and staying for the next few weeks as well. The help has kept our household running while we were able to take it slow.

You can be praying for us as we apply for the many documents we need to get Mírabel’s dual citizenship. Romeo lost his passport while traveling back from Lima a couple weeks ago. So in order to get the birth certificate, her identification documents and passports, he needed to get a new passport as well. So this week he and Romes took a trip to Lima. Praise the Lord they were able to get an emergency passport issued immediately, and we will be able to pick up his full passport in three weeks. Mírabel’s documents have proven to be very difficult to get. Her birth certificate alone we have already visited three different offices and have had five visits, and still no one has been willing to help us get her birth certificate filed. They haven’t registered foreigners in our town before, so everyone seems nervous that they will do it wrong.

Please also pray for wisdom for us. Right now, I (Jessica) have an appointment set up with a specialist in New York in June. Most of you don’t know, but I have been dealing with an illness that has become very debilitating since last May. We didn’t want to share while we didn’t have definitive answers about what was going on. In fact, I’m hesitant even to say this now, as we still don’t have answers, we just have some ideas. But there were a couple months that I could hardly walk without help, and some days were even worse than that. I have been more stable since January with only a few weeks throughout where I suddenly had severe symptoms again. Please pray for us as we make the decision about whether or not I should keep my appointment. We have insurance that will fully cover the appointment itself, but still the trip will be quite expensive due to all the travel expenses.

Please also pray that the Lord would stir hearts and more people would partner with us and get behind the work that He is doing here in Peru.

If you are not already on one (or more) of our sending teams, would you prayerfully consider stepping up and being part of our sending teams?  Visit www.bueschersinperu.com for more information about our sending teams or to sign up for our newsletter.

We are so thankful for all of you who have poured into us, encouraged us and have been there for us through the transitions of this past year. We have had a lot going on, and we know that we haven’t been as faithful at communicating as we want to be. Please pray for us as we try and get better in this area. We know it isn’t a strength of ours and we apologize if ever you feel that we haven’t communicated well enough with you. Always feel free to reach out to us as well, we would really love to know how all of you are doing and how we can be praying for you.

On that same note, we are planning to begin sending quick updates and pictures using WhatsApp (it’s a very handy app to stay connected) so please send us your phone number if you would like to receive messages via WhatsApp.

The Bueschers

Winter Break Has Come to A Close

Hello to all of our faithful supporters! We are so thankful to have you all lifting us up in prayer, giving, and communication. 

The semester break is over and things around here are back to full speed… Well to be honest things didn’t really slow down that much over the break we just had less people on campus. Many of the students are here on a work scholarship, and so over the break there were no classes going on, but the construction projects and ministries at the church had a boost in productivity. We were able to finish the new women’s dorm which was a huge blessing. I expected to see things really slow down at the church as it is new, and two thirds of the regular attenders are students of the Bible college. I assumed that many of the people from Cajamarca would stop coming, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. God was faithful and not only did the regulars continue to come but we actually had more people every couple of weeks. Please pray for Carlos who committed his life to the Lord at our Tuesday night english conversation club. Pray that the Lord would continue to draw him into a more intimate relationship with Himself and that Carlos would resist any negative backlash for his decision to follow Christ.

    Through God’s grace Jessica and Eva were able to go with the students on a tour of Israel a few weeks back. Neither of them had been to the Holy Land before, and it was a huge blessing for them to be able to see the places where the events of the Bible took place. As many of you know Jessica has been struggling with health issues the past few years that at times make going up to lunch, or going into town for church seem like running a marathon. That being said God was faithful and even though she had to push herself every day of the tour she felt better for the two weeks while she was there than she has for the past six months.

While Jessica and Eva were in Israel I took Romeo, Anya, and Avalina to Ecuador so that we could renew our visas (a visa is good for 6 months after which you need to leave the country and come back to get it renewed. This year we will be applying for residency which will eliminate the need for this process.) After getting our visas renewed we were able to stay at the beach in Zorritos for a couple of days. The kids and I got some real quality time together away from the busyness of life here.

This semester I have been given the privilege of teaching two classes, Isaiah and Proverbs. Please pray for the truth to be taught through these classes, and pray that the students would grow in their knowledge of the Lord and in their relationship with Him.

Pray for Jessica that her pregnancy would continue to go well, and that the Lord would continue to give her wisdom in homeschooling our sweet kids. Pray for our kids that they would continue to be a blessing to the other kids on campus, and that they would be prepared for life with a new baby around. Pray for all of us for fluency in Spanish, and that God would do His perfect will in the life of each and every student here this semester.

Thank you all once again for all your support God bless you all!

-The Bueschers

Fall Semester 2017

We honestly cannot believe how quickly time has flown.  We want to apologize first of all for how long it has been since our last update.  We are going to put forth a greater effort to update more often.  We would encourage you also to add us on facebook and instagram if you have accounts on those.  I, Jessica, try to update the facebook account often, and we generally are able to respond to messages within a short period of time. The messages come to both of our phones and so they are one of the quickest ways to shoot us a text.  Romeo has been really good about posting pictures of where we live, and captures our day to day life really well on Instagram, and of course, photos can speak so loudly without any words at all.  

The past months have been packed, both with blessings as well as challenges.  The semester went so well.  The group of students here were just great.  We were so blessed by them, and are praying that a large percentage of them will be able to return for next semester.  During the semester we had groups of students over for an occasional game of Settlers of Catan.  (One of our personal favorites.)  And it was a really nice chance to get to know them more.

The classes went smoothly and the students papers reflected a real understanding, as well as a desire to implement the things that they were learning.  Romeo was able to meet on a weekly basis with several of the male students and has been keeping in contact with those students by phone since they left for the holidays.  I think those relationships have been mutual blessings.  For a few weeks leading up to the end of the semester Romeo told me almost daily that he was so sad to see the semester coming to a close.  He wasn’t ready to see such a great group of students go home.

The kids have adjusted back to being here really well.  I’ll let Eva tell you about that though in a little update she is writing. 🙂

We were really excited to find some Christmas decorations on a good sale.  The kids were so excited as this was the first time in years that we got to have our own Christmas tree.  I’m not sure if the younger three would have even been old enough to remember our last one! So it has been really sweet to decorate together.  Okay sweet, and a little intense if we’re going to be honest.  Growing up, my family had the tradition of popcorn garland on our Christmas tree.  (Look it up, it’s a thing. lol) So of course, my tree wouldn’t be complete without popcorn! But I may have yelped, “STOP pulling the needle out of my hand!” about one hundred times as we all worked together to move the popcorn down the string.  I tried to explain the correct method several times, but let’s be honest, preschoolers (or one really cute one in particular) complicate things like stringing popcorn.  Of course, now that it’s on the tree, I think it was cute to do it all together. haha

We have managed to learn in the past month how to replicate both French’s Fried Onions as well as Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup for our green bean casserole.  To make cranberry sauce out of a bag of Craisins and some brambleberry tea. As well as to make homemade eggnog!  

We have made Christmas cookies, but learning to bake at close to 10,000 feet above sea level, in ovens that don’t hold consistent temperature is apparently a little tricky. 😀 So we’re still working on that one.  And relying on things like gingersnaps that taste good flat and those green cookies in the shape of wreaths.  It’s hard to ruin a stovetop cookie!

Alright, I will close before this gets too long, but we would love to hear how you all are doing and how your Christmas prep has been. Isn’t it hard to believe that we’re only two weeks away already! Wow!

One Week to Departure

Hello there!

As most of you know, we will be leaving for Peru on August 16th.  The Fall 2017 semester has already begun, and so to some extent we will hit the ground running when we arrive.  The timing of everything worked out for us to come in a couple weeks later than everyone else.  It’s less than ideal of course, but it was the necessary timing for our family.

Last month Romeo and I were blessed with the opportunity to go to the Czech Republic while he taught a retreat for the church in Roudnice.  It was a great time of fellowship with the believers there.  We enjoyed it, but more importantly, God was glorified, and it was a time of growth and drawing near to the Lord.  It was exhausting in all the best ways.  And we both put on a ton of weight in the ten days we were there because of the incredible food!

We traveled the States this Summer visiting friends, family and churches, I counted that we have been to 26 States since April.  Approx. 13,000 miles (maybe closer to 14) traveled, not including flights, and so many hours on the road I can’t count them.  Major bonus, our van was full of incredible kids that soak in the blessings of getting to see so many places and almost never complain about long hours in their seats.  Honestly, I am convinced that we couldn’t find a better group of travelers.  Even with a restless toddler in the bunch, she too was generally content!  Praise the Lord for His incredible blessing in perfectly choosing each one of our family members to be a part of this missions bound team.

Despite the grace that God poured over our travels, and the sweet times visiting with everyone… we cannot wait to be settled into our little house in Peru and get back to a routine again.  This year has been a precious blessing in it’s own unique way, but we’re so excited for a season with a bit more regularity, and our own house to get back to a regular school schedule.  But more so than our own desire to be back in Peru.  We’re so thankful that the Lord has called us, provided for us, and continues to encourage us along the bumpy road it has taken us to make it back!

Thank you to those of you who are praying for us, for anyone who has not already begun praying on a specific day of the week or month, would you please make a commitment to spend intentional time in prayer for us?  We would love to have you become a part of our prayer team.  Sadly, that has been a slow developing team for us.  Few people have stepped up even to commit to praying just one day out of the month.  So if you have been praying already, we would love to have you set intentional time.  Write it on your calendar, put reminders in your phone, and just stop to pray!  We feel so strongly that prayer makes a difference in all aspects of our lives, and yours as well.  So we are praying that the Lord would raise up believers to pray.  In order that daily, we would have someone covering us in prayer.

Our communication team as well still has a few gaps in it.  If the Lord has blessed you with the gift of exhortation, and you would enjoy writing letters or sending packages, please consider partnering with us in this way.

Finally, we have not yet met our financial support goals.  For the many of you that have been waiting until closer to our sending date to financially support us, that time is now.  The Lord has been providing additional supporters every week and it has been such an encouragement.  Would you pray about whether or not the Lord might have you partner with us financially?

Praise be to God for ALL that He has blessed us with, and His incredible grace and forgiveness.  We’re so thankful for the opportunity to serve Him both here and in Peru.  Thankful for the blessings and trials that stir and grow our faith and press us in, to a deeper relationship with Him!  May you grow in Him daily, and rejoice in who He is!

The Buescher Family

A Month has Passed in the Blink of an Eye

My heart is particularly heavy today. Saying goodbye is really hard, over the past week we have said goodbye to countless people. It began with graduation a week ago, a night full of goodbyes to the many graduates who will now be heading to all different parts of Peru. Then all the remaining students and staff leaving for the holidays, and today to the last remaining family who is leaving on a quick vacation after a busy semester.

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In just three short days, we say goodbye to our home in Cajamarca as well. This trip, though very full and blessed, has flown by all together too quickly. We must decide by December 1st whether or not we are keeping our house on campus. So we are praying fervently that the Lord would give us clear direction about this decision. Please pray with us over the next few days that the Lord would provide above and beyond our expectations and that we would be able to return in January, ready to start the upcoming semester.

Luke 10:2

The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

The Lord is working in great ways here in Cajamarca and we are incredibly thankful that He has seen fit for us to play a part in that work. Our prayer is that our church, our friends and our family would get to see a glimpse of what the Lord is doing here. We pray that God would reveal the value of this Bible college out in the mountains of Peru and the great work that He is doing within these walls. May the Lord stir in your hearts a love for His people all over the world and allow you to share the vision of training believers to seek the Lord wholeheartedly.

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The pastor speaking at the graduation put it this way, “We love the Bible college here in Cajamarca, because we send them students who are like diamonds in the rough and they send them back to us as polished gems.” I felt like this was such a great summary of CCBC Peru. The students came in their first semester struggling to get along, frustrated with living out in the country, facing various trials and God worked mightily in their lives allowing them to leave with hearts that were committed to doing whatever the Lord had for them next. Their love for the Lord, attitudes towards others and their hearts for service and outreach grew in so many ways. What a beautiful thing to get to watch first hand.

Our desire is to be back this upcoming semester as several new students and families are set to come and it is a great opportunity to be able to get to know them, and be a part of their time here from the beginning. We are ready to be back in Cajamarca in our own home and to be part of the ministry that God is calling us to. Won’t you pray alongside of us that God would stir the hearts of those called to partner with us and pray that He would open the doors quickly for us to return.

Romans 10:14-15

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

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Finally Home Again!

img_8503We have spent the past five months in the states. During that time we have added a sweet baby boy to our family, visited friends and family, grew new friendships, and said our last goodbyes to my sister Marie who passed away suddenly in October. It has been an emotional roller coaster with precious highlights as well as really hard moments. But we are finally home again in Cajamarca! We are still in the process of raising support, so we are not yet back long term, but we are so thankful after months of waiting, to be home, even if just for a time. We will be here for the month of November, and then will be returning to the states in December until we have enough support to come back to stay.

 

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The first day back was a combination of wanting to dance and wanting to cry in relief after a very long five months of travel. It’s like when you plan a vacation that ended up being too long and you finally walk into your front door and get to collapse on your own bed and sit on your own couch again. We have had the opportunity to visit with several friends and just catch up. Life has slowed down again and the kids are already back in the swing of our routine here, despite being sick with a pretty nasty cold.

 

 

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The campus construction has been making a lot of progress in the time that we were gone, so we came back to a new auditorium and a lot of progress towards the completion of the future women’s dorm. (They are currently housed temporarily in another location on campus.) They have also added a library and are almost finished tiling the game room. The construction is done by a combination of a Peruvian construction team, students who work two hours a day, and visiting teams from all over the world who volunteer to do various projects.

 

 

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This semester seems to have been both fruitful and challenging in its own ways. There have been a few different staff families who have either transitioned to other ministries or it became necessary for them to return to the states for various reasons, so all of the staff this semester picked up a lot of extra odd jobs around campus to fill in the missing positions. Yet it seems to have been a very blessed and fruitful semester in the lives of the students on campus. Many students are planning to return next semester and continue their studies at CCBC Peru. Praise God for that! This semester, many of the students that have been here alongside of us since we arrived in Cajamarca are graduating! This is a sweet moment to celebrate with them and see them move on to what the Lord has for them next, but also always a little sad to see them go!

 

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Romeo’s class of Jeremiah is going well, but he has been very sick since we arrived and through this first week of class he has had almost no voice at all. As you can imagine this is rather frustrating to be teaching for three hours at a time with no voice and a very painful sore throat. This is something you can join us in praying over!

 

 

 

 

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Other prayer requests would include God providing people who are willing to team up with us in prayer. (Yes, we are indeed praying for prayer!) For us to have full funding or clear direction by December 1 when we have to give the final decision if we are going to keep our house on campus or not. I would also ask that you would join us in continuing to pray for a safe and peaceful campus environment that will be a blessing and a place of growth for the many students, staff and children who call this home. And finally that we would be truly unified in heart and vision as staff, pressing onward in the battle and keeping our eyes fixed on Christ.

We look forward to hearing from you and talking to you all soon!

The Buescher Family 🙂

 

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