Monday, August 29, 2011

Mysterious Ways

On planning our trip to Peru, one of the things that we were anticipating was the trip into the jungle interior. This trip was to last 4-5 weeks, as two of those weeks were lost in travel time. One week there. One week back. Two days by road and five by boat. That's a long trip and an exhausting one!

However, we love that kind of ministry. Pioneering. Difficult. Challenging. We love it!

Well, the Lord had other plans and we did not get to go on this trip. You see, it was election year in Peru and well, they do things a bit differently that we do in the States. In their election process, they have several "rounds." In the initial stages, one candidate is chosen for each party. Then in "Round 1," if there is no clear winner, then there is another election with the top two contenders.

When we arrived in Peru, Round One was done but the percentages were too close, so the top two contenders (Humala and Fujimori) advanced to Round Two. And...this second election was going to take place smack dab in the middle of our jungle trip. So, this meant that the residents (aka the full-time missionaries) needed to stay behind and vote. It was an important, VERY important election.

Since we did not get to travel to the jungle interior, we decided to take a different jungle trip, this one would only be 7 days and to a different area of the jungle. One that would only take 8 hours and no boat ride.

This is where we traveled. The area is called Kóshñipata and it has no Bible-teaching church. No Gospel witness. The area is riddled with drug trafficking and the influence of the hippy-lifestyle.

The Lord was gracious to allow us to visit this place. He showed us a need. We felt the calling and plan to return there and begin a ministry to these needy people.

We are now on pre-field ministry, meaning that we have been accepted by Baptist Mid-Missions (BMM) as missionary appointees and are seeking support from churches throughout America wanting to partner with us in this area of ministry. We covet your prayers. Its a tough time for many people and business with the economy the way it is. However, our God is greater than our circumstances. He will provide where He has called and we grab hold of those promises of provision!

We look forward sharing our stories and photos with you in the days to come! Thanks so much for your prayers and support!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Almost one month...

Well, we have been in Peru for almost one month! When we arrived, we hit the ground running, as we helped prepare for a ministry team from Larkspur, CA. This 10-person group from Calvary Baptist Church proved themselves to be true servants! Barb and Tim said this was one of the best ministry groups they have ever had visit, as they truly sought to find ways to help everywhere they were! We were so blessed by the pastor and his family. They were such an encouragement to both of us and encouraged us to visit the church when we start deputation!

When the group was here, we were involved in many ministries. The group had prepared many puppet shows and activities to be done at Arin Elementary School, but they needed help introducing the shows, as well as follow-up questions. Also, two members of the group are ESL teachers in the States, so the kids loved learning words and songs in English!

Bob and a couple of the men in the group took to maintenance projects in the Whatley's house and in the church. They sanded walls, applied "yeso" (a compound put on the homes here in Peru), painted, and completed many electrical projects. It was such a help to have some extra hands!
Overall, the group was an amazing blessing to the school, to the church, to the Whatley family (the missionaries here), and to us! Thanks for making a lasting impression for Jesus~

After the group left, it has been "business as usual." The Whatley kids enjoyed somewhat of a break from homeschooling, but now, they have been going strong. Becky has been helping with homeschooling when possible, and continues to help with cooking, etc. Bob has been preaching and teaching the young people, as well as doing many other construction projects around the house and church.

A major change that has occurred since our arrival is the jungle trip. The Peruvian national elections occurred the first week that we were here. The elections were not definitive and thus, they will have a "Second-Round Elections" that will take place on June 3rd, which is right in the middle of when the jungle trip should have taken place. Because of this, the missionaries need to vote and therefore, does not allow us to take the trip.

Instead, we will be taking a two-week trip to a different area of the jungle that will only take 12 hours to get there. We are praying that the Lord will use us to encourage the believers there.

We really ask your prayers for us and our plans when we return to the States. Our plan is still to drive to Baptist Mid-Missions in Cleveland, OH, where we will complete our doctrinal examination and attend "Candidate Seminar." We need much prayer as we start this crucial step in our ministry.

Thank you so much for being a part of our ministry, whether in prayer or encouragement or giving! May our great God bless you for being a blessing to us!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

According to HIS Riches....

How are we to deserve this? How are we to even fathom this??

God promises to bless us (that means I'm included in - wow!) according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. What a beautiful promise that we often fail to claim!

"How deep the Father's love for us,
How vast beyond all measure.
That He would give His only Son,
To make a wretch His treasure..."

Tonight I'm pondering on this..."To make a wretch His treasure..." His treasure - WOW!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Tickets have been purchased!

Have you ever noticed that big things don't seem like a possibility until some of the main details have been organized? For us, this has been true with our trip to Peru~ We have been excited and anxious about it, but it wasn't until today, when we purchased our airline tickets, that it really sank in! We are going to Peru...WE ARE GOING TO PERU! Now I can get excited about it! Even today, we spoke (well, im'ed really) with some of our "hermanos," brothers-in-Christ, from Peru on Facebook! They have been praying for us since we were there the last time and they have encouraged us since that time to return!

We have been really encouraged this trip about the necessity of good communication with our churches and supporters! We have received the majority of our support from our church here in Korea! What a blessing it has been to receive so much support from our church family here in Korea~ They have been encouraging and supportive~ Additionally, our home church back in Kansas City has been encouraging! What a challenging time for us to be so far away from our home church and yet, we are so encouraged by each of our supporters!

Last time we went on the mission field, we were in the States and traveled throughout the States. We were also raising support for a whole year. This time, we are only going for 3 months, so our support level can be much less. 
Our major expense is our trip down to Peru. This cost has been about $2,100. We have had to be very patient on the purchase of our tickets. I was looking for ticket prices in December, but when I looked last week in mid-January, the prices were almost twice the amount. But...waiting patiently definitely paid off! Purchasing tickets in the middle of the week is KEY to getting the best price~ Be patient and your patience will pay off! Once we got to the place where we could purchase the tickets, my husband just wanted me to purchase them, even if they were going to be expensive~ However, I wanted to wait...thankfully, today I was able to find the tickets for about $400 under the price I found only 5 days earlier...being patient pays off!

So...we are leaving for Peru on April 6th! How thrilling~ *^^*