April

Well April is over and it looks like we are already halfway through May. It is really crazy to me how fast time seems to go. This past month was busy and blessed as usual. The kid’s school is in full swing, and Jessica and I were talking to John Bonner (the director of the Bible College) about how having the kids in school is like culture shock all over again. Seeing how education works here and watching the parent teacher interaction gives some interesting insights into the Peruvian mindset. Though it can be challenging because it’s not what we are used to it is a blessing to be able to see things from another perspective.

My Isaiah class finished up and so my teaching responsibilities at the college are finished for the semester. I’m happy to say all the students passed the class, and by the grace of God hopefully grew in their relationship with Him. The book of Isaiah is so rich that I think I could teach it from now till the end of my life and still be challenged and learn something new every time.

We were blessed this month to be able to go on a missions trip to Cusco with the Bible College and I have to say I was blown away. God really answered prayers in preparing the hearts of the people that we preached the gospel to and many committed their lives to Jesus. Cusco is a very dark place spiritually and normally street evangelism is met by hard hearts and skepticism. Another thing that blew me away on the trip was the maturity of the students as plans changed, the weather was contrary, and we had drunks trying to crash the VBS. I have been on many short term trips, and something that seems to be a constant problem is selfishness and disunity in the team. I feel like I was really able to see the work that God is doing here on campus in the lives of the students by their godly responses to all the challenges of the trip, and the unity of the team.   

I could go on a on about the things that God is doing here, but I want you all to actually read this, and I need to get ready for graduation this Friday so I’ll wrap things up with some prayer requests.

  1. Please continue to pray for Jessica’s health. She is heading to the States for a few weeks to bless her grandma and travel is really hard when you’re sick.
  2. Pray for all the students for clear direction in their lives in regards to where God wants them after the semester.
  3. Pray for Matt, Romeo, Anya, and I as we prepare to take a week long trip the the jungle the first week of June to teach a class to pastors in the Awajun community of Moyobamba.
  4. Praise God for His goodness to us. We are expecting a sweet new addition to our family in December!

It’s not that different. Is it?


People occasionally praise us as missionaries, “I could never do that,” they tell us. And so often I think my life isn’t all that different than theirs, is it? The other day something so small made me recognize that there are differences, but I don’t often see them anymore.

Then, today as we rode the motorcycle into town I thought of my friends, who have cars to drive, and their children safely buckled into their rear facing carseats. I thought too of my own children, standing in the backseat of the taxis, looking at the cows through the open window. I thought of my four year old wearing her helmet far too big, with a buckle that doesn’t stay latched. I imagined her curls bouncing out the back of her helmet with each bump as she rides holding onto my husband’s jacket. My baby, on a motorcycle? I wouldn’t have imagined I could ever allow my four year old on a motorcycle. Yet here we are. The wind blew my hair and we slowed to prevent the dogs trying to attack as we drove past. Then we came to a place where the drainage ditch overflows with a mix of rain water and sewage, and flows across the road. We raised our legs and lessened our speed to keep the sewage from spraying up onto us. Perhaps there are more differences than I realized.

Things I once took for granted now seem like such a gift from the Lord. I practiced riding the motorcycle home today, and as I got to our dirt road, I hit a hole just right and launched my husband and I up off the seat and into a giant mud puddle. He threw all our clothes into the wash and I thanked the Lord that we have a washing machine. He warmed water in an electric kettle to wash my cuts, and I was so thankful to have electricity to use the kettle, and for clean water from our filter. Today I noticed things. I noticed things that have become so normal that I don’t recognize that they are different.

When we get to the States, typically people greet us with a hearty “Welcome home!” They say it so lovingly, and with such thoughtfulness. But I don’t always feel at home. Yes, every 4th of July in the States brings me to tears. And I am so thankful for my American heritage. What a blessing to be American. But can I tell you, I’m so blessed to be right where I am too. I’m so blessed to be a missionary. So blessed to have a motorcycle to learn to ride, even though I fall. I’m so blessed to have a washing machine, and running water in our sinks, though it might be cold. So blessed that even though we have no car, and no seatbelts, we don’t have to walk all the way into town. Though we have no indoor heating or cooling, we have jackets and blankets to layer on. I have come to a place where I recognize that truly my home is in Heaven and between now and then I may sojourn through various lands and various people groups. Along the way, I will praise God for each temporary home, while knowing that my ultimate home is with Him.

Maybe my version of blessed doesn’t look the same anymore. But God’s faithfulness to me looks exactly as beautiful as it ever did. His plans for me look the same. His love for me is unchanged. So I praise Him just the same. I thank Him just the same. In the end, it seems that though earthly circumstances may have changed, perhaps, not that much has changed after all.

Praise the Lord!

Friends,

Blessed Beyond Measure!

    The Lord is so faithful, and we are so beyond blessed by Him. As I sit here writing, I can hear the echoes of laughter coming from the darkness outside the house. The laughter of my kids, playing with some of the interns on campus. I grew up hearing the phrase, “raised by a village” and I believe that is true for our kids. These kids are incredibly blessed to be surrounded by so many young adults who love the Lord, and who are willing to take the time to pour into them. Could we as parents really ask for more? I don’t think so. I am blown away by the kindness of our Savior to allow us to serve on the Bible college campus here in Peru. What a joy to serve these faithful young adults and to get to see them serving those around them. I doubt that they stop to think about how the Lord is using them to shape our kids lives, but I know He is.

Trip to Lima – Conference – Residency

    We recently got home from Lima from a leadership conference called, “Refresh” it was a blessing to be able to see so many old friends while we were there. During that trip, we finally got the last of our kids paperwork turned into the migrations office, and Lord willing our kids will all be residents within the next month.

Missions Trip to Cusco

    April 27-May 5 we are going on a missions trip with everyone from the Bible college.  We will be visiting an established church in Cusco, doing outreaches, VBS, maybe some small construction projects, and evangelism. Please keep this trip in your prayers, as we are going with the whole family, and expect both blessings and challenges.

School

    The kids school year recently started up, here we run from March until December.  Eva is currently homeschooling, and the rest of the kids are attending a school in town.  It’s a blessing, but also definitely a challenge as we take public transportation and need to be walking out the door with all the kids by 6:15 each morning. Please pray for us that God would give us patience with the many hours a day of travel time to get them to school. You can also join us in praying for God’s provision for a van of our own, which will cut down travel time significantly.

Prayer Requests

  • To be filled with the Spirit, and submitted to His plans for us.
  • Healing for Jessica’s body, and for the kids as they have been trading off being sick.
  • Pray for the missions trip to Cusco.
  • Pray for relationships with everyone on campus to continue to grow as we’re already nearing the halfway point in the semester.
  • Pray for patience in daily commute time, and for provision for a van.
  • Praise the Lord for His kindness and love for us.

Christmas List

Hello friends!

It feels a little funny to have a grown-up Christmas list. However, many have expressed a desire to bless us with one time gifts and have asked us to please share when there are opportunities to do so.

The airline that we are traveling when we head home to Peru in January has a generous baggage limit, and we are able to take back a lot of things to make our house feel more like home. So this is a great opportunity for those of you who would like to come alongside of us in this capacity.

We have set up a “Wish List” on Amazon, please click here to view our list. After you add it to your cart, you will automatically have the shipping address option, “Romeo and Jessica Buescher’s Gift Registry Address” everything will be mailed to Pennsylvania, which will be our last stop before heading home to Peru.

We just wanted to say thank you, we have been so blessed by how each of you plays a unique roll in this ministry, whether through prayer, financially, encouragement and words of wisdom; it is such a joy to be in ministry when you have a support system. So, thank you!

Love,

The Bueschers

December 2018

Friends,

This year is so quickly coming to a close. We are now stateside, and currently in Pennsylvania. It has been such a blessing to be here! Romeo has had the chance to teach since being here, which we hadn’t planned but it has been a real blessing, he taught at a graduation, at a rescue mission, and at church on Sunday. He also was invited to pray with a group of the pastors from the city here, and a group of pastors from a neighboring county as well. We were invited to have lunch and play board games after church last week with a couple other families, and it was so much fun. We’re making a Christmas list of all those board games, as we would love to take some back to Peru! Those are the sort of things that we really love to be able to be a part of as we travel. So we are really thankful that those opportunities came about.

Our friends here in PA have a bilingual school where they are teaching the kids Spanish. It is really neat to see the school as it is just beginning and to imagine where the school will head eventually. I just wish I could be in more than one place at a time so that I could enjoy all the places we go, all the time. Haha We have only a couple more days left here which is so sad to me. It has gone by way too quickly for me, and I am definitely not ready to say goodbye.

Unfortunately, we have all caught a cold these past couple days, and so we’re trying to recuperate before hitting the road again. You can be praying for a quick recovery for all of us.

For those of you in Colorado, we will be heading your direction soon. But as we have so much family to visit in that area as well, and a very short time there, please let me know if you would have time to get together. We want to see as many of you as possible. But the only way for us to do that, is to plan ahead a little to make sure that we organize our time well. (December 13-20)

We have gotten responses from California and will make sure to respond to those soon if we haven’t already! We look forward to seeing all of you in January though!

Thank you for the blessing that each of you have been to us, and to our ministry in Peru. We are so thankful for you all.

-The Bueschers

Stateside for the Holidays!

Fall Semester 2018

It’s incredible how often I sit down to write an update and find myself saying the same words… Graduation is upon us, and once again I am both so proud of the students who are graduating, yet sad for us, as we have to say goodbye to the many students we have grown to love.  We’re pretty excited that some of the students will be coming back as interns, what a blessing to see them put to work what God has taught them, and step into leadership. Please be praying for them, that God would continue the work that He is doing in each of them.

This semester our kids have been in school, and they have grown to really enjoy it. Their last day, they insisted on buying something for each of their classmates to express how much they loved them and that they would miss them until the next school year. I must admit, we weren’t enthusiastic at first at the thought of buying enough gifts for the different classes. But we saw how important it was to our kids, and were blessed that they have really begun to embrace the Peruvian culture and generosity.

Now that Jessica has been feeling better, we have had many chances to have all the students and interns to our house these past several months.  The students are typically busy studying and so it has been a blessing to have some fun nights of fellowship thrown into the mix as well. Just the other night, our fridge stopped working, and so we had a Mario Kart and “Eat all the Buescher’s food before it goes bad” party. 🙂

Romeo has tried to make it to the skate park here in Cajamarca once a week with the kids (though it doesn’t always happen) and through that he has been able to form friendships with some rollerbladers in Cajamarca. A couple of them Miguel, and Edward have been coming to English Conversation Club on Tuesdays at the church, and a couple weeks ago Miguel committed his life to Jesus! Please lift him up in prayer that he would stay committed to going to church while we are in the States. Please also pray for Edward, and Omar that they would come to know the Lord.

We wanted to share with you all that we are officially going to be stateside for the holidays. Our desire is to meet with as many of you as possible during our time there. Please check out our schedule and see when we will be in your area.  If you would have time to get together for a coffee, or to share a meal, we would be so blessed! Please email us as soon as possible so that we can make sure to plan time into our schedule for a visit with you. Our time in each location will unfortunately be quite limited, and we already have some commitments in the various areas. So please, the sooner that you are able to set a time, the better, as our priority for this trip is to share with all of you what the Lord is doing in Peru! If you would be willing to invite others over to your house or church and allow us to share with everyone at the same time, that would be wonderful as well. Some of the following dates are subject to change.  We are waiting on confirmation from those we may be staying the night with in some areas.

November
21-30: Pennsylvania

December
1-5: Pennsylvania
6: Kentucky
7-12: Kansas
13-20: Colorado
21-24: Missouri
25: Kansas
26-31: Colorado

January
2: Idaho
3-5: Washington
6-7: Oregon
8-11: Northern California
12-15: Southern California
16: Arizona
17: Kansas
18-19: Missouri
20: Kentucky
21-23: Pennsylvania

Looking forward to seeing many of you soon!

-The Bueschers

August 2018

Dearest Friends,

I hope this update finds you all well. For us, break is over and things are back in full swing here at the Bible college. The month of June was a blessing for us, we put the older two kids (Eva and Romeo) into school and we are all still trying to get adjusted to fitting the time for public transportation (1 hr minimum each way) into our schedule.  They are still struggling to get adjusted to waking up at 5:30 in the morning. It has been challenging but they are both progressing rapidly in their ability to speak Spanish. We really enjoyed getting to spend time with the scholarship students as they stayed and worked over the break. Most of them will be graduating this semester so we are trying to take advantage of every last moment we get with them.

July was also a blessing, but in a much busier way. We spent the month going on a mission trip with our church Rocky Mountain Calvary to Cusco, to work with Darwin and Annie Torres and their young church there. It was amazing to see how God is working in a city that is totally saturated with pantheism and idol worship. Pastor Darwin shared with me that converts are hard to win in Cusco, but when people commit their lives to the Lord they are truly all in, and they remain faithful. The church had a baptism while we were there and our son Romeo decided that it was time for him to make a public confession of his faith. I was so thankful to be able to baptize my son, and I look forward to seeing what God has in store for his life. Along with the mission trip, we also spent a couple weeks in Lima, Chiclayo, and Ecuador finishing up Jane’s paperwork, and going through the process for Jessica and I’s residency. Once we are approved we will need to make two more trips to Chiclayo before we receive our residency cards. Please pray that the process goes smoothly. We also were able to spend a few days at the beach on the Ecuador – Peru border and take some much needed family time which was very refreshing for all of us.

August saw the start of the new semester along with a few new students. Please pray for all of them that they would be able to adjust quickly to life here. Many of them are straight out of highschool and it’s a big change from living with their parents. Having new students is a very obvious demonstration of the work that God is doing here. It is amazing to see the growth in maturity, and understanding of the Word that God brings to these young lives in just a couple short years. One student in particular who will be graduating this semester brings me so much joy when I see who she is now compared with who she was when she first got here. At first she was extremely loud, and would often interject very blatant heresies into the class discussions claiming that they came from the Bible but she just couldn’t remember where. She was also in a long distance relationship with an unbeliever. Over the course of her time here she broke off that unhealthy relationship, and has matured into a surprisingly wise and perceptive young woman. Now when she has something to add to the class, or a question to ask I am pleased to call on her instead of cringing at what she might say. After this semester, with the support of her home church she plans on going on to complete her Bachelor’s degree at Calvary Chapel Bible College Hungary before heading back to serve in her home church. I am very proud of all the students who will be graduating this semester and I am super excited to see what God does with their lives as they continue to seek Him.

Please pray for the classes that I am teaching this semester, Marriage Talks, Inductive Bible Study, and the book of Hebrews. Pray that God would speak truth through the classes and that the students would learn and grow. Pray for wisdom and discernment for me as the dean of men that I would truly be able to help these young men grow in their relationships with Christ. Pray for Jessica as she raises our kids, and is involved with mentoring various young women on campus. Also pray for her health as it seems to be taking a turn for the worse again. Pray that God would heal her, and/or that we would be able to get an accurate diagnosis so we can find a treatment to help her. Pray for our kids that they would be lights in their school and that they would learn Spanish quickly.

 

We love you all, thank you so much for all the support.

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.

Jane Mírabel Ashalee Buescher Buescher

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

Hope

A year ago, the morning slowly laid blankets of snow on the ground. I cancelled my appointments and stayed where I was because I worried I could get in a crash with all my kids in the car. Little did I know that right there in that house my son would pass away during his nap that same day. In the warmth and “safety” of the same house that kept us out of what felt like dangerous conditions.

Later that day as the flood of ambulance workers and firemen entered and after what felt like an eternity of chest compressions, one man looked at me. He asked if I was the mom, and I said yes. In a very concerned voice he said, “You are really calm…” And all I could do was look him in the eye and say that it was because “I trust the Lord and I know that my son won’t go home a moment sooner or later than He has planned.”

Psalm 139:16 NKJV — Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.

And that, was entirely true. My Israel, my sweet Baby ‘Real didn’t go home in one tragic unplanned nightmare of a day. No, God had planned every single breath with purpose. He knew His final breath just as well as He knew his first. My son breathed every single breath that the Lord had ever intended.

Psalm 116:15 NKJV — Precious in the sight of the LORD Is the death of His saints.

The life that he lived was full. It was full of love, snuggles, kisses, it was full of screaming any moment that I walked out of his sight, it was full of international trips and many airplane rides, it was full of visitors who came from all over the country to meet him and love on our family before we left for the missions field again. His life was full of good things, good things that he for the most part was too young to soak in or fully appreciate. But now, his life is full of GOOD things that are beyond anything that I could offer, and which he can fully appreciate and enjoy. Israel’s life, his eternal life, has already begun. He sees face to face what is still my expectation and hope.

1 Corinthians 13:12 NKJV — For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

Of course, I bear the scars of a mother without her son. As we prepare the birth supplies for our baby girl’s arrival, we carry new fears that we never had before. There are things we feel we “need” to be prepared that always just seemed frivolous in the past. And yet we praise the Lord. We praise Him through all of it, not just through the parts that feel easy enough to bear. Because He is faithful, and no pain of this life can compare to the joy that we look forward to.

Jeremiah 17:7 NKJV — “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD.

Though we do our best to keep our kids safe from the storms of life, though I decided to stay where I was and avoid the snow storm… The Lord had a perfect plan, and sometimes, the hardest things hit when we are right there within our comfort zone, in our safety net. So don’t be caught off guard, remember that our trust needs to be in the Lord alone. That when trials come our way we would remember who our God is and that we would plant our feet firmly on the Rock, trusting Him with not only the good, but the most difficult moments as well.

Romans 5:1-5 NKJV — Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.