Needed: a Sponsor for Vacation Bible School   Leave a comment

VBS is next week. We need a donation of $350 to cover food and activities for 150 children. Let me know if you can help us.

We also would appreciate a Seeds friend sponsoring our yearly VBS with a yearly donation of $350. This is a time to get our children off the streets during the summer vacation. Our kids also invite friends, so it’s a time of growth and reaching more kids for the Lord! Let me know if you want to be our VBS sponsor—that will be wonderful.

Posted January 12, 2017 by Seeds of Love in Uncategorized

Jungle Jewelry   Leave a comment

Do you need a Christmas gift? I have a few dozen sets of jewelry made by Josue’s mom, using native Amazon nuts, fish scales, balsa wood, and seeds (including the red and black huayruro). Each unique set includes a necklace, bracelet and earrings. The cost is $20; bird earrings and key chains cost $5 (plus shipping if I mail it to you).

Proceeds benefit Seeds of Love and would be greatly bless our ministry. Order today!

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Posted November 21, 2016 by Seeds of Love in Uncategorized

Help Needed for VBS!   Leave a comment

sumergedIn June, Joela and I attended a VBS at Okolona Church of Christ, where the theme was “being submerged in God’s Word.” It was awesome and we want to duplicate it in Peru. The church kindly gave us their left over materials. I am ordering the VBS kit in Spanish (from Lifeway). (After years of creating my own materials, it’s wonderful to have materials available in Spanish that are perfect for our kids.) If you could help with an immediate one-time donation of $50, I would be so grateful.

VBS (including the VBS kit) costs $300. So if you want to help out with the whole amount, that would be great too.

Actually, it would help a lot to have a Seeds of Love friend commit to a yearly donation of $300 for VBS so I don’t have to seek support every year for this program–like sponsoring a child but sponsoring VBS! This is when our kids invite new kids, so it’s always a time of growth and reaching more kids for the Lord!

Posted November 21, 2016 by Seeds of Love in Uncategorized

Joela’s Story   Leave a comment

teachIn late May 2016, at age 5, Joela understood her need for a Savior to save her from her sin, from hell. She prayed with her papa and me to accept Jesus as her Lord and Savior. Since then, she has sought to learn God’s Word and understand His truths. She told me we have to tell everyone we can about Jesus so none are lost and go to hell but all have the opportunity to know Jesus and have eternal life in Heaven.

In late October 2016, Joela and Sofia were playing at the park. I was ministering to a mom, from Mexico, in Spanish. Joela took her children and their friends, 6 girls aged 7-12, and asked them to sit down with her. She said, “Did you know Jesus made all this beautiful nature you see? He did! He also made you and He loves you very much. So much that He left all the good stuff He had in Heaven and came here to earth to die on the cross for our sins. If you believe in Him, you won’t go to hell but will have eternal life. God has called me to be a full-time missionary, so I want to tell you that you have that choice to believe in Him. Never forget that He’s always there for you when you need Him and that He loves you very much!”

All this mommy can say, with humble heart, is “Wow!”

Posted November 21, 2016 by Seeds of Love in Uncategorized

I’m a Hexagon   Leave a comment

In mission training, I was taught to leave my culture “the square” as best I can and enter the other culture “the circle” as best I can. So now I’m a hexagon!4788aa0e-dfb3-4c7c-8a2e-43ca4708b36b The good news: I have some of both cultures (language, dress, food). The bad news: I never fully fit in with either culture. Perplexing.

Truly I love Iquitos. I love my calling. I want nothing more than to serve God and proclaim His love and salvation to as many as I can through building relationships with the youth and kids and their families. It’s a long, hard work. And eternally rewarding. And hard (did I mention that before?!).

In the past month, for the first time in over a decade, I haven’t spoken Spanish for most of the day. My kids and I have improved in our English–I’m remembering vocab words I haven’t used in years, as we normally speak Spanish (except to each other) (even in the US, with Josue); in fact, my girls just started speaking in English to each other.  I love speaking Spanish and translating, but my brain gets tired.

For the first time in 10 years, I haven’t eaten white rice every day. My girls are getting exposure to other foods, although we do miss Mama Luz’s cooking! And this is the first time ever that I have had 100% care of both of my girls, plus household chores, shopping, and homeschooling (with help from our hostess/friend of course)…and I continue to do the US-side of the ministry work as well.

I struggle with fibromyalgia—fatigue and so much pain all the time everywhere: migraines, hyper-sensitivity, stresses; as well as back, hip, and leg problems. Exercising and eating healthier help. Still I’m tired. The good news is I can walk—in April I could not.

Some amazing privileges in the US (things one might take for granted living here permanently): car, dishwasher, hot water (not having to boil water for a bath or to wash an oily pot), Wal-Mart (everything in one place), quiet (in Iquitos, it’s always so loud with motorcars, roosters, music, and shouting), electricity that doesn’t go off daily for hours (I’m not constantly worrying about the food in the fridge), not dealing with bugs and heat rashes so many jungle illnesses every moment of every day, not shopping daily for food (although that’s probably healthier), not sweating profusely all the time (A/C is great although we’re usually too cold here), being able to go to a library, museums, gardens, and the pool (there are pools in Iquitos, but it is either so hot or raining, so it’s not easy to go anywhere), or just take a walk (in Iquitos it’s so hot (or raining) and there are a lot of bad guys so I can’t go out alone, ever.

Some amazing privileges of living in Iquitos: people focus on people (not technology, TV, shopping, or stuff), at the grocery store there is only one option (if that) so shopping is fast, we sit down and eat our meals as a family every day, we have access to the Amazon river and jungle less than half hour away, we see real life all around us—poverty, death, addictions (drunks pass out on our doorstep, beggars are abundant, thieves are a constant threat)—not pretty but real.

For me personally, it’s good to come to the States to rest and re-focus. It helps me to be more grateful for my house in Iquitos (fully paid for), a blossoming ministry—churches are seeking out Josue for his advice!, a motorcycle (saves on gas!), a school room and the opportunity to homeschool, a family (I’m a bit of a social misfit, so I praise God every day for my husband and daughters), Internet (slow as it is), a pharmacy and clean hospital with qualified doctors. It’s not a lot but it’s the basic necessities. You really can be content with less (and we have so much more than most people there), and it’s actually hard, in some ways, to come here where there is an over-abundance (and a lot of waste). And truly I love the sky there—it’s big and colorful; my favorite is when the heavens open and it pours down such a heavy rain on our tin roof—like salve to the soul (and the reason we had to re-roof!).

Josue is a hexagon in his own right. He has to balance caring for me and the girls and our American culture, and the Peruvian-based ministry. I really admire him. While I am the bridge between our ministry in Peru and our friends and supporters in the US, Josue is the engine, the battery. He has great vision, creativity and energy. He’s the starter, I’m the finisher, he’s the people person, I’m the planner, he’s got the idea, I’m the realist. Together, with God’s leading, we figure things out and make them work. It takes wisdom, communication, and understanding the other person (language, culture, heart).

Please pray for us. We need God’s guidance, wisdom, health, and calm. We need more help–staff and financial support (we need $1,400/month to meet our budget-this is apart from the sponsorship of children).

We cannot do this alone! We count on you to help us! Thanks for taking a stand! With you, many kids are coming to know Christ. For most of them, many of whom we’ve ministered to since they were 5 years old, we are the ONLY Christ they have. Their parents are poor (making an average of $3/day); many are addicts; and most do not care about the spiritual side of life. Some kids have to BEG or even escape to go to church. It is not easy for them, but most of our kids have accepted the Lord. They are soooo happy, growing in their faith, and now some of the older ones are learning to lead! Hallelujah!

Posted October 6, 2016 by Seeds of Love in Uncategorized

Pray for Josue   Leave a comment

As you can imagine: with the construction going on the last 2 months (backyard and roof), Josue’s faithful work with the youth group and children’s ministry, and the planning and celebration of the youth group’s anniversary, Josue is bushed!

Josue and his brothers will be working to fix the ceiling over the next couple weeks–it’s a $3000 repair job), plus painting the guest room. Josue will then travel to the US (yea!) –traveling standby on his own, so pray for him!

Posted October 4, 2016 by Seeds of Love in Uncategorized

Youth Anniversary   Leave a comment

dscn7249The youth group celebrated 13 years of ministry this weekend. In 2003, they began with about 3 youth and are now about 33 strong! Praise the Lord!

Anniversary Conference: Josue spent the month of September preparing for the Youth Anniversary Celebration.He visited about 20 churches, sharing about the event and inviting Christians to participate.

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Carlos from Colombia: A good  friend of ours Carlos, from Bogota, Colombia, is the manager of well-known Christian bands throughout Latin America, including Rojo (google “No Me Soltaras,” one of my all-time favorite songs). He came to lead a three-day conference with our youth, encouraging them to walk strong in an evil world. The kids were greatly encouraged and blessed by his visit.

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Omarh and Church Unity: One of the singers Carlos manages, Omarh Herrera, also from Bogota, joined him in Iquitos. Josue organized this city-wide event, which turned out to be spectacular, as a time of worship and also of the unity of churches that had never worshiped together before! In fact, the pastors have asked Josue to continue to coordinate “peace-making” events and youth camps for the churches in Iquitos, including bringing in musicians and evangelists. We hope this concert, which included a catered meal, will open many doors for Seeds of Love.
A note on Omarh: When I attended YWAM’s “Children-At-Risk” school in Bogota in 2007, my friend Carlos presented me to Omarh and we went to a few of his concerts, and I got to hang out with him and his crew. He has a great heart. If you are friends with Seeds of Love or our youth group Jovenes Kadesh (Iquitos, Peru) on Facebook, you will see a greeting and song he sent our youth a few weeks ago. You can also google “Omarh Herrera” to hear him sing—check out his most famous song “Dulce Compania.” He has a sweet voice and great lyrics; he’s a transparent and godly man. He sang “Linda” (written for his wife) to me and Josue once (now it’s “our” song!).

Omarh and Seeds of Love Club: Omarh led Club on Sunday morning! He sang a little, played games, taught a lesson, and just hung out with the kids. What a special time for all of Seeds of Love, our youth group, and the city of Iquitos! What an incredible blessing!

For all the photos, ask me, and I will email you that Newsletter.

Posted October 4, 2016 by Seeds of Love in Uncategorized