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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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.img_8523
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.img_8527

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.img_8602
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!img_8563

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!img_8566

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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Meet the Bueschers!

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What Led Us to This Point?

We are excited to be able to share with you what God has been doing with our family over the past year and what will be happening in the coming months! As many of you know we have been in northern Peru living on campus at Calvary Chapel Bible College as students for the past year. Throughout that time, not only did our family grow a love for Peruvian culture, but God grew in our hearts a love for Peruvian people. He used that year not only to draw us closer to himself, but also to make us aware that the people of Peru are ready and willing to hear His Word. We hear all the time as believers, “The time is now!” but as we had countless opportunities to share His Word, the truth of that statement sunk into our own hearts. The fields are ready for the harvest in Peru, the people are ready and willing to hear the gospel of Christ. After one particular missions trip, we saw how true this was. We began to pray that God would send workers to the field. A short time later the question arose, would we be those workers?

I would be lying if I said that I was jumping for joy at the idea of staying in Peru at first thought… or second, or third. We had prayed for God to send workers, but hadn’t imagined that we would be those workers. This was a stepping stone for us, finishing the schooling that we started years ago. We had no intentions of becoming full time missionaries to South America at all in fact. But after many months of praying about it, it became abundantly clear that God would have our family serving in Peru full time. For how long you ask? For as long as the Lord has us here!

We prayed long and hard over our decision to move our family to Peru. Though we loved Peru, our hearts were still longing to be serving the Jewish people. But after many months of prayer, God reassured my heart that He still has plans for us to eventually be working with Jews, but for now these are the plans He has for us. After months of praying, in the same night the two of us both felt strong confirmation that we were to get rid of all that we owned in the states and return to Peru as full time missionaries. God transformed my heart and created in me not only a heart of submission to His will for us, but a joyful heart, absolutely eager to serve in Peru. As we returned to the states, our family was homesick for Peru, in fact, we still are. Our kids continue to ask when we are going home. How incredible is our God, that not only did he confirm in our hearts, but gave our kids the same longing and sense of “being home” that he gave us. When we first got to Peru, our kids were frustrated by Spanish, and not excited to learn it. Now, our kids can’t wait to learn and become fluent in Spanish. Praise God for His work in our family!

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What Will We be Doing?

God is doing a great work at the Bible college as well, transforming the lives of many young people. The ministry exists to equip students to serve the Lord and grow in their relationships with Him. As staff, some of our jobs will include teaching, building relationships with students, helping in administrative capacities, and leading missions trips. Our desire is to be doing all that we can to facilitate the development of the students into men and women of God, and to be a support to all those on staff. We aren’t going out with any intentions to start a new ministry, or to build a new church. We are going out to be a support to the existing ministry of Calvary Chapel Bible College. We have the hearts to serve in whatever capacity is most useful, whether that means keeping shelves stocked or tending to sheep (we’re talking actual animals here, no metaphors intended, we do after all live in the farmlands of Peru! haha) or teaching classes, we pray that God would use us as He sees fit wherever we go.

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How You Can Partner With Us!

Please prayerfully consider how you might be a part of our sending team. We are forming three teams, Prayer Support, Communication, and our Financial Support Team. Please view the links on the top left side of this page for more information on how you can be a part of those teams. Our desire would be to have a minimum of thirty-one individuals or families to commit to praying over us on a specific day each month. Lord willing our communications team will consist of at least twelve families/individuals who will commit to sending letters and/or packages three times a year, this is a great ministry to those of you gifted in encouragement or communication. Finally our financial team for those who would like to get behind our ministry with monthly and/or one time donations.

When?

The question is always when. When will we be leaving? What is our time frame? These are great questions! Many people would like to know the answer to this question that they might start supporting us once we have left for Peru. So I would like to petition with you, please don’t wait. As you prayerfully consider joining our sending teams, won’t you consider partnering with us now, as we prepare to leave for the field? Those who will commit to a day of prayer, won’t you begin now that we would be covered during this time of waiting? Those who would like to participate in the ministry of communication, would you consider beginning this ministry as we are here preparing? (Trust me, we would love the encouragement through the process!) To those who are called to give financially, won’t you begin now to send in those gifts, so that by the time we leave we will have not only the monthly commitments needed to cover our bills once we arrive, but also those funds needed in advance to cover our plane tickets, costs of applying for residency, ect. Our answer is this, we will be leaving once we are covered in prayer, have a team ready to write and encourage us, and we have a minimum funding level of 80% of our full budget.

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Thank you!

We praise God for each of you and are thankful that regardless of miles, we truly have a support system of iron sharpening iron. We are so thankful for the support team that He has already begun to weave for us through our precious friends as well as some of you that we haven’t even had the pleasure to meet. May the Lord continue to grow our friendships despite the distance, as we each serve the Lord in the areas and capacities that He has called us.

To Him be all the glory,

The Buescher Family

Romeo, Jessica

Eva, Romeo, Anya, Avalina and Israel