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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