Sunday, September 27, 2009

Update from down here...SEPT 27, 2009.



Hey to all of you out there,

Thank you so much for praying and supporting the work here. Your prayers are such a blessing in so many ways. September has been a good month with some time to catch our breath from a busy 'winter'...that's summer in the United States. We've had a good month of work and we're getting ready for things to get turned up a notch as October and November are looking to be busy months for teams coming to Peru.

Please pray for our Vision Conference this week. This is a new idea where we invite churches to come to Peru for training and to go on a Vision Trip. We have groups headed to the Amazon region and to the mountain areas. We have churches coming from Texas, Kansas, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Colorado, and Florida. This is going to require a lot of work but we are excited about the possibilities.

Please pray for:
  • The serious budget shortfall at the IMB.

  • Wisdom for the church leaders attending the Vision Conference.

  • Safety for our REAP North Peru personnel and the leaders from U.S. churches who will be traveling thousands of miles this week.

  • Haylee and Jackson as they grow up here in Peru.

  • Wisdom for Jeff and Liesa as we make decisions for our family and our REAP North Peru team.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Update for this week...



Bendiciones to all of you out there!
Thank you for your prayer support for our family and the work here in Peru. We've had a good, somewhat normal week. September is one of the months when we don't have a large number of ministry teams coming to Peru. However, there's still plenty of work to do as we're busy answering the phone and sending emails to all the teams coming to work in October, November, and December. So far, we've had 94 mission teams work with us this year. We'll probably end up with about 110 different groups making ministry visits to Peru this year with around 700 volunteers working with us this year. Your prayers have been instrumental in the work here.
Your prayers are especially needed for the next few weeks. In the next three weeks we'll have 8 churches come to research areas of Peru where they are praying about beginning work. Please pray that we'll be able to work out the details for all of these Vision Trips.

Also, would you please pray for our team members by name. Here are our team members...
  • BOOTS AND KATIE HOLDER
    Leaders for REAP work in North Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia

  • JEFF AND LIESA HOLEMAN
    Leaders for REAP work in North Peru

  • JEREMY AND CRYSTAL NELSON
    Iquitos / Amazon Region

  • TOMMY SMITH
    Huaraz / Huaylas Valley Region

  • DAVID AND CAMERON OLSON
    Huanaco Region

  • JOHN WILSON
    Huancayo / Mantaro Valley Region

  • MINDY McCORD
    Lima / Student Ministry

  • CHRISTINE JACKSON
    Lima / Research and Logistics

  • JESSICA DOOLEY
    Lima / Media

  • SANDI BRIDGES
    Lima / Interpreters

  • And pray for Amber Smith, Jake and Dodie Glover, and Brian and Felicia Henderson who are in language school in Central America.
We will be losing many of our team members in the coming months because of their terms ending and because of funding shortfalls. Additionally, no new personnel will be coming our way because of decreased funding. So, we especially need your prayers as our Strategy Coordinator churches learn to do more logistical arrangements on their own.

Thank you so much for your love and support.

Monday, September 14, 2009

New REAP North Peru Newsletter posted below...

Just scroll down the page to read the latest news from Peru. Please print and share as you have opportunity!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Two years...

This weekend we passed a milestone... two years serving as missionaries.

Most of you who know us well know that our journey to serve as missionaries has been a lengthy one. It was several years ago that we first began to sense God's leading to serve Him in this way. We can look back and see how God has provided for our every need and has given us strength to overcome the challenges that we face. Your prayers for us have been so important in this journey. Thank you for praying.

As we've said all along...even to those hiring us as missionaries...we don't have long range plans. We stopped doing that several years ago when we didn't really have a clue as to where our Father was leading us. We are simply taking one day at a time...seeking to be faithful to the One who is the definition of faithfulness. We are very fortunate to work with some great people in a very blessed mission agency but our commitment is to our Lord. We are always praying for God to show us where He wants us to serve. As we pass two years of mission service we want to continue to seek His plan and to obey it at all costs.

We are so blessed to have so many praying for us. Thank you for your partnership with the work here in Peru. Your prayers are much more important than any work we can do. There are so many people more qualified and could be so much more effective at doing what we are doing. Your prayers fill the gap between our inadequacies, fears, and failures and what the work here actually requires. Thank you so much.

From Haylee's Birthday Party...


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Friday, September 11, 2009

Monday, September 7, 2009

It's the most wonderful time of the year...


After many long weeks of helping our mission teams do their work we enjoyed a weekend of REAL football. The blessings of SLINGBOX are too numerous to count, but, the biggest was seeing the Ole Miss Rebels defeat Tiger High on Sunday afternoon. We even pulled out the box of Velveeta we had been saving for a special occasion and made Ro-tel cheese dip this weekend. Fun times!

This week was a busy week as we have been preparing for an upcoming conference here with churches from the United States who are interesting in working here in Peru. We also were blessed to have the folks from International World Changers here to do some site visits for ministry projects in 2010. The summer of 2010 is looking to be huge summer for students here in Peru.

We are excited to have completed our second phase of language learning requirements. Kaleidoscope is finished! Our fellow IMB missionaries serving in the Americas Affinity will know what that means.

Haylee and Jackson have had a busy week at school. Haylee is looking forward to her 13th birthday this Friday. Jackson is continuing to learn the value of school...well, not really, but we plan on helping him with that.

We are so thankful for those of you who are praying for us. During September we have 4 mission teams from the U.S. coming to work in Northern Peru. We also are preparing for our Vision Conference on October 1 when 7 churches will be coming to investigate Peru. Please continue to pray!