Dear Precious Friends in Christ,
Thank you so much for praying for the ministry here in Peru! Since we last wrote, we have seen some difficult times here in Cotahuasi.
Our sister and friend so dear-to-us Rosa went to be with the Lord on May 9th. She was always encouraging us in her love for Him. She served alongside us in women’s & children’s ministry for many years, until the disease scleroderma made it too difficult for her to get around. She is greatly missed, but we rejoice and give thanks to our Lord for how He called her by His grace, gave her new life, and blessed so many here.
Please pray for her family, her brother, Lorenzo, who faithfully continues working to plant churches in several villages here in the Cotahuasi Canyon. Also pray for her son, Hugo & her very elderly mom, Tarcila.
Santiago had been caring for his uncle over the years. He was hit by a car while walking along the road and passed away May 10th.
In March, a storm passed through the area where our FM radio transmitter site is located.When we visited the site, we discovered severe lightning damage to our brand new electric power line. The remote-control system and two radios were also damaged. It will be a long and costly process to rebuild everything, but we are working to get back on the air as soon as possible. Please pray for wisdom, provision and for spiritual growth during this process. We are giving thanks for this, and that no one was in the building when it happened! Brad & Fredy are spending many hours up at the site (almost 14,000 feet elevation). We are trying to send the radios to the USA for repairs, but they are held up with difficult Peru customs processes.
Praise the Lord for his spiritual growth! Santiago & Brad baptizing him in the canal near his farm.
Visiting remote villages can be challenging. This time we got stuck right in the middle of fording the river! We were on our way 20 hours later.
Thank you so much for “belaying” us by “Holding the Rope” in prayer and continuing support. This all enables us to serve here in Peru for His glory. Your faith and love for Him and for us are a huge blessing & encouragement to us!
With our love,
Gina & Brad
The Cotahuasi Ministry Project is SIM project #91252 and donations are made to SIM by sending a check to:
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Dear precious friends,
Recently some of our Quechua church planting team went with me (Brad) way back and up into the high altitude areas north of the Canyon where shepherds live up to 16,000 feet elevation. Along the way we visited seven villages, sharing the gospel and encouraging isolated believers. Even though we already live at about 8700 feet elevation, and are acclimated to high altitude, the exceptionally high areas where we sometimes visit make it hard to breath and sleep. Waking up oxygen starved and trying to catch my breath made one night especially difficult. However, the openness and spiritual hunger of those who are longing for God’s word to be explained in both Spanish and Quechua encourages us. Also, it is a growing experience for us as we strive to respond to the questions, needs and struggles they experience. Seeing God’s word answer their questions and provide wisdom is always a blessing for us.
Besides meeting with the local little churches in the villages, we also shared the gospel with those living in shepherd huts in lonely but beautiful remote pastures. These humble people are often open and eager to listen to God’s word.
Blessing this family with a homemade skirt given by Oakhill Church.
Bible teaching: We had a great “weekend seminar” in May, with people coming from long distances throughout the upper canyon area to hear the word taught in Quechua. The meetings are a way for interested believers to learn the basic doctrines of Christian faith, to get their questions answered, and to encourage one another in their walk of faith. Many come to us confused with wrong ideas from the many religions around them including fears from superstitions and the mysticism of animism.
Growing together: Even when things don’t go as planned and there are various difficulties, we know that the Lord will somehow utilize these situations for good. Knowing this encourages us in looking forward with an eternal perspective, knowing that He is completing the sanctifying work that He began when He first gave us new life. Phil 1:6; James 1:2-4
We are learning that growing in trusting the Lord in difficulties is only learned through applying truth in practice. The Lord promised hardships for the faithful follower of Christ in this fallen world, but along with a trusting, steadfast and faithful walk for His glory, there is a crown of life waiting for each of us James 1:12
It helps us grow remembering that we have a Savior who has already poured out His life unto death for us. The Lord is making the sometimes complex and painful difficulties of life to become useful instruments in His hands to grow us in trust of Him – that He is indeed working all things after the counsel of His will for our good and His glory. Resting in His promises for His own chosen beloved is the basis for lives stabilized by the gospel. May we realize this more and more.
Our missionary friend Amy George, for whom we asked prayer, passed away this last month. She will continue to be an inspiration to our Peru team. Please continue to pray for her family who are staying in Peru to live and continue to serve.
Radio Ministry: for the importation and installation of the new FM transmitter. Pray for the progress of the power line project, honest Peruvian engineers and power company employees to coordinate the design and installation. Pray for the FM repeaters and planning for the short wave designing process along with government permissions. Pray for the Quechua Bible study programs we are preparing to air that could enable a more serious way to study for those who are marginally literate but who can learn by listening.
Children’s ministry: Pray for more help with our outreach and Bible teaching to children. During this time, there are many opportunities to reach children. We just need workers to teach. It is easy to call meetings in the villages and our offers to teach Bible in the schools is usually welcomed. Ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers to help.
Internet connecting and email: Pray for a solution to the poor internet access that keeps us from being able to coordinate and resource information, Bible study resources, radio programing, and often even emailing is impossible.
Vehicle access to remote villages and safety: It is important to have reliable and safe four-wheel drive vehicles for our church planting team to visit as many villages as possible. We are thankful for donations toward this need as well as other gifts toward the other ministry needs. Thank you!
Brad and Gina
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Thank you again for participating with us in reaching the La Union Quechua people through prayer, financial gifts, and all of your encouragement.
Radio: We have had some progress with technical aspects of the radio, with the new transmitter now on its way to Peru. We hope to be able to install it within this next month. Also, repairs of our generators, while we wait for planning and government permissions for the power line, is moving ahead a little faster now.
Dangerous roads and travel: We are thankful for better road conditions over the high country to the south of the canyon because of a road improvement project. Even some of the blind curves are being opened up.