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 🙂

 

Photos compliments of Miss Eva Buescher <3img_8593

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