Archive for August 2010

Club Plans, News   Leave a comment

Club: I loved seeing the children, after several weeks out of town—all the regulars were present. I gave out Christian key chains and other goodies that I bought in Lima to the adolescent class. Joni (Josué´s brother) is teaching this class for the rest of the year. Today he began a series about purity in relationships.

Team: There are currently 8 teachers. We met this afternoon to plan out the rest of the year, including Christmas. Next week, the elementary and primary classes begin teaching a 34-week series on values from good manners and the Bible. That will lead us up to our VBS in January, where we will teach from a series called “Eternal Values” (honesty, responsibility, humility, thankfulness, goodness, friendship, perseverance, obedience, forgiveness, and justice).

We appreciate all donations directed to providing lessons, games, and food for Club; if you want to help provide gifts for Christmas, let me know, or mark “Christmas” on a post-it note when you send in your donation.

Adopt a Kid: Several children were blessed with gifts this week—some donors sent packages from the States; others sent me donations of $5-10 to buy gifts for their Peruvian kids. The kids were very happy—you can see Estefani and Jennifer proudly wearing their new hair accessories today at Club.

Motorcycle: Last month our motorcycle was stolen. We were sad but had given up all hope on recovering our motorcycle and were wondering how to fit a new bike into our tight budget. Yesterday the police informed us that they had caught the thieves, 2 boys, ages 19 and 17—probably gang members. They gave us back our bike—after a lot of paperwork. It is in bad shape, except for—thankfully—the main frame and motor. But they stole, broke, and replaced everything possible (seat, basket, lights, plaque, Plexiglas). It will take a week to repair it and $300—the amount the thieves asked us to pay them for “ransom,” so we are grateful we did the right thing instead of paying them—it worked out for good. Also, the bike is in my name, so I had to be here—yesterday—to claim it, so the whole stand-by ticket fiasco worked out for good as well!

Construction: We completed the sidewalk out front of our house, using broken ceramic pieces for decoration. We added 2 benches, a flower, pot, and some posts. The stairwell received its final cement layer, with rubber strips, and the handrail was painted white.

Thanks for your continued prayers and partnership with us in the children´s ministry. We are here to serve the kids, and we can´t do it without you.

Posted August 29, 2010 by Seeds of Love in seeds

Youth Camp 2010   Leave a comment

The last week of July, during a school break, we sent 8 of our older Club kids to a youth camp put on by a local church. Over 100 kids from around Iquitos attended the camp. Several young adults from our church went along to chaperone.

Each morning after an early devotional, there was a competition for the neatest dorms (between guys and girls) and then breakfast. At chapel, they sang and heard a message, then the boys and girls split up into classes on a variety of themes concerning the Christian life. After lunch and a short siesta, the kids participated in sports, games, and recreation. Each night after dinner was church (praise and worship, preaching, and dramas presented by the kids). The kids each had a personal experience with God and want to return next year.

Here are their testimonies:
Karen: I learned to work in a team, especially with the competitions, and to do dramas better. I had never been to camp—it was fun—I can´t wait to go back.
Loni: I learned to pray and sing—I really liked the singing.
Rayza: God touched my heart. Although it was hard for me to accept things I’m not used to (different food and schedule, for example), I really enjoyed the camp.
Lucero: I learned that the Word of God is beautiful. I loved worshipping the Lord.
Christofer: God is great and powerful and He never fails. I liked camp, especially the worship, where the songs of adoration broke my heart.
Paola: I liked the morning classes, I learned a lot there, such as the importance of forgiving my parents. I have a strong character and like to speak my mind, I need God´s help to better work in a team.
Priscila: It´s important that I obey my parents and God. The messages and songs touched my heart.
Isabel: I learned to love my parents more and to walk in God´s way. I liked the messages each night by different pastors. I liked getting to meet other young people, and hope to return next year.

Posted August 25, 2010 by Seeds of Love in seeds

Vasti´s 15 Birthday Trip   Leave a comment

Josué and I took Vasti on a trip of southern Peru and to Arica, the northern most city in Chile (her b-day wish was to visit another country) for her 15th birthday (the important one in Latin America, like sweet 16 in the States). Vasti had a lot of firsts–bowling, the zoo, Starbucks, a variety of foods, Shrek in 3D, history museums, the beach, a train ride (return from Chile to Peru), a waterfall and visit to the mountains of Southern Peru, a Russian children´s ballet, a soccer game, and water park. She also bought our baby´s first present–colorful rattles. Thanks to Vasti´s sponsors, who gave her a generous donation to help with this trip!

Josue´s 27th birthday is today. Vasti returned to Iquitos, and he and I are taking it easy. I´ll be traveling to the States in a few days for 3 weeks, while Josue will continue with construction at the ministry.

Posted August 13, 2010 by Seeds of Love in seeds