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.

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

Oh Sweet Israel

Sorry for the major delay in our updates.  Our lives have been in a season of much change and adjustment this year.  I wanted to wait to update until things settled down a bit.

As many of you know, our sweet Israel went home to be with the Lord this past February during his nap.  This past week, June 28th, would have been his first birthday.

We planned a family camping trip over Israel’s birthday to get away and spend some much needed time resting as a family.  (Apparently, camping trips with wet fire wood, leaking glow sticks, bed wetting, ticks, and milk spills in the tent, aren’t quite as restful as the romanticized idea of camping was.  However, it was still an overall pleasant week. Haha)

Leading up to my sweet boy’s birthday, I was nervous.  I didn’t know what it would look like to celebrate a birthday without the presence of my birthday boy.  I was worried that it would be a tear filled day that made my arms ache.  But let me tell you, it wasn’t!  Praise the Lord for His sweet gift of life.  Yes, of LIFE!  His birthday was just as sweet and as joyful as any other our family has ever celebrated.  Our sweet Israel in fact, had the best birthday of all.  So we joined his heavenly celebration by eating pizza and cake and praising God for the joy and reality of Heaven.  Throughout the day, the kids made some of the sweetest comments.  We were full of the peace and joy that comes from knowing the Lord intimately, but also soaking in the reality that Israel has a far more beautiful understanding of the Lord as he stands in his presence!

We are now traveling and sharing about what the Lord is doing in Peru, raising the remainder of our funds and building up our prayer and communication teams.

I intended to make this a more thorough update, but this was all that nap time allowed, and I would much rather update now than hold off any longer.  All is well with us, and we are thankful for all that has come of this season.  However, we pray that as the Lord continues to stir hearts toward the work that He is doing in Peru, that we will quickly be on our way to return.  There have been sweet things from this season in the states, but as a family we are more than ready to be back in Peru, investing in the work that He has called us to.

We appreciate your continued prayers.
-The Bueschers 🙂

Floods, Sandstorms, and Snow Flurries

     The rain is beginning to gently fall, drizzling down the windows of our nearly empty bus.  To the right is a mountain side with obvious evidence of the rainfall having caused much erosion, and several recent mudslides.  To the left there is a very large reservoir, full to the brim with water.  My stomach has turned after the many curves it took to work our way up and down the high mountain road.  The kids have grown impatient and hungry.  Paco Pico stories are being told, yet none the less there is a combination of laughter and tears as our bus moves forward one length each fifteen to thirty minutes.

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Our recent trip to Peru brought us along some rather interesting paths as we attempted to make our way to Cajamarca.  We flew directly into Chiclayo, Peru.  It had seemed as though it would be a wise choice, as it’s only a short 5-7 hour bus ride from there to Cajamarca.  However, we arrived only to find that we would be flooded into Chiclayo for three days before any roads would open allowing passage to Cajamarca.

These three days were very hot, wet, and dirty and ended with hundreds of mosquito bites.  However, they also allowed us the opportunity to form new friendships as some local believers opened their home to us.  So despite being stuck, and despite the many downsides to this delay, we also experienced blessing and a time of rest in the midst of it.

When the time finally came for us to leave for the Bible college, we loaded onto a bus late that night.  They told us at the station that we would be taking a long route around and so our trip would be a couple hours longer than normal.  After everyone else on the bus had drifted off to sleep, there I sat, awake.  My brain was still running a million miles an hour, so much processing still taking place.  The weeks prior had been some of the most difficult of my life, and there was so much to process, only those late night hours offered the depth of quiet and stillness needed for healing.  So I got the incredible experience of seeing the drive that the others all blissfully slept through.  Though the night was still and the clouds held back the rain, the rapidly rushing river next to which we drove was more than slightly terrifying.  The road was completely missing in sections, which left us driving on mud and rocks.  Our bus tipped back and forth leaning out over this incredible force of water.  May I just note… we did NOT take the “safe” way.  I spent the entirety of that night in prayer.  Mostly because that water simply looked TOO cold, and sounded like a really awful way to go!  We arrived in Cajamarca roughly four hours earlier than expected and made our way to the campus.  As we pulled onto our road, our two year old got a smile and asked, “We’re heading home?”

The following two weeks were busy with Romeo teaching nearly everyday to squeeze in enough make up classes, since we missed the first several days of class time due to the floods.  However, it was still a nice class regardless.  He enjoyed teaching, and his students were great.  We look forward to seeing some of them when we get back, as they are planning to stay and finish out the full program.

This trip was rather packed as there were a couple teams coming down at the same time.  I got a sweet chance to welcome the ladies from the team the night they arrived and stayed up (far too late) playing board games with them. 🙂

While we were there, there were teams going out to the flood zones with supplies.  There was another team working on constructing the new church building for a church plant that is starting up.  As well as a team doing outreach in the city.  It was busy, but it was a productive couple weeks and much was accomplished during that time.

As we returned stateside we flew through Panama and on to California, then drove through to Arizona hitting major sand storms like we have never seen before, we stopped to visit friends in Arizona for dinner and then hit snow storms as we continued on to Colorado.  So within about 72 hours, we went through flood, sand and snow. Ha!

Praise the Lord for another blessed trip and His faithfulness to minister to our needs and pour into us abundantly in the midst of such huge transitions as a family!  The opportunity to spend time with friends in Peru really helped me along in the process of healing and trusting the Lord with our precious family.  I am so thankful for the sweet friendships that the Lord has blessed us with there, and the community that we have at CCBC Peru. ❤

Praise the Lord!

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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