Dear Pastors and Praying friends,
Praise the Lord, moving into the new building has been a very smooth transaction. In fact after a Sunday Morning service, some of the people grabbed things and started walking to the new church location. Sunday evening again after church we did the same, except we started carrying church benches. I imagine we looked funny walking almost 3 blocks carrying benches and many other odds and ends down the road. I think all the neighbors became aware of our church moving to a new location. The following Monday, we moved the rest of the stuff. The new church building has proven to be a real blessing, just being already setup. Our old building was one big empty room, with dividers we put up. They didn’t keep any noise out. Our new building has rooms with regular walls, that really help keep the noise down! Praise the Lord! It is located on a nicely lit street. Please pray as our church needs a permanent location (land and building) as well as a national pastor.
On Sunday, November 3rd we totally revamped our Sunday School program. We are hoping to reach children in the area, and give us in-roads to families. I’m reminded of the old saying I learned at camp, “It is easier to build boys and girls than to repair men and women.” What a tremendous truth. Obviously we are not neglecting the adults who need to be saved. There will always be efforts to reach them, as well as repair them. However we are going to turn our SS focus to the children, reaching tomorrows church today.
Praise the Lord, 100% of our support amount has come in the past two months. There have been special love offerings that have complimented what was lacking in support. We so appreciate the many people who have given special love offerings. Please continue to pray that our support level will maintain 100% as we serve the Lord here in Peru.
The visa appointment didn’t go so well. I had to present 10 pages for every child, so I had a small volume of 50 pages to present for all 5 of my children. They noticed a typo on one page in each packet, and wouldn’t accept the paperwork. Our new appointments are setup for the 14th of November. I was reminded just today that our children’s old visas were not cancelled. So had the paper work been accepted last time, they would have eventually been rejected because of this problem. I’m heading to Lima a day earlier so that I can pay to cancel out their old visas. We have over $5,000 invested in travel and paper work specifically for our visas this year. We certainly Praise the Lord that He has supplied through you. We could not have done it by ourselves. Often, I feel overwhelmed with the expenses we have had to pay for this entire process. Words just cannot explain how appreciative we are to the many that have given, prayed, encouraged, and helped in ways we never imagined. Thank you. Thank you for praying, for giving, for thinking, reading and taking an interest in our family, as we serve the Lord here in Peru.
Shane & Kathy, Rachel, Rebekah, Moriah, Micah, Charity & Christina