NEW TIMES, NEW CHALLENGES

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NEW TIMES, NEW CHALLENGES

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving”.

Colossians 3:23-24

Year 2020 was a very complicated year for many of us. However, God allowed us to help many people in our community in Cusco. We were able to distribute bags of food to the elderly, families in extreme poverty and Venezuelan immigrants.

I was in bed for a month due to COVID 19, which was the cause for postponing our marriage three times. However, thanks to God, we got married on December 19, 2020. It was a very difficult year with many trials, but God has helped us.

At the beginning of 2021, we started with a lot of hopes and expectations about the new challenges that God has prepared for us. At the beginning of the year, we were able to open the church and we have had a lot of attendance from young people and teenagers with whom we have traveled to bless other communities in need.

In Peru, the sanitary measures are strict and do not allow the agglomeration of people. We have been able to see God’s hand in all this time since the pandemic began. None of the congregants presented serious symptoms of COVID 19. Many adolescents and young people from our community who were affected by the pandemic and could not leave their homes, have returned to church.

Today, we are meeting in homes and small groups. This January 31,five young people decided to be baptized. This February, the Peruvian government has completely closed the churches, but we have created new strategies to continue discipleship and leadership training. We have begun to teach foreign language courses, business training and Bible studies with new people to continue extending the kingdom of the Lord.

We are very grateful to God. We continue to dream of having a team of missionary pastors and new churches in different places.

Blessings,

UPDATES

  • Mariel Vargas, daughter of Joaquin & Oneida Vargas, gave birth to a baby boy (Percibal Smith) this past February 4th.  The baby has had some complications with Jaundice (high levels of bilirubin), but he is doing better and out of the hospital.  We thank God that mom and baby are doing well.
  • We have four candidates for Strategic Alliances with missionary leaders in Argentina and the Dominican Republic.  Pray for wisdom as we go through the application process because they are connected to missionaries in various countries of the world, including some closed to the gospel.

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Continue to pray for those affected by the pandemic.  Our churches in the United States and other countries have had some people died and some have been very sick.  Pray that the process of vaccination continues to expand around the globe and that soon this will be in the past.
  • Wendy Curiel, who works as an Administrative Assistant will be having a baby in July.  Pray for the health of mom and baby, especially because she has to have a C-Section.

NEEDS

  • Eliseo & Isabel Macedo Financial Support.  As newlyweds, they have more needs for rental of an apartment, food and other expenses.  We are praying that we can raise $3,600 a year for his support.

Thank you for your faithful support and your prayers for us. On a journey together to transform communities with the Gospel of Jesus, one life at a time.