July 5, 2011
the end of May I (Don) was invited to preach for the anniversary services of a
church in the coastal city of Ferreñafe, Peru. I preached five messages,
including one for their baptismal service. This took place in an irrigation
ditch used for the surrounding cane fields. After the baptismal service, one of
the church’s youth shouted “araña!”, which means spider. It was a tarantula
about five inches long. It apparently wanted to see what was happening but its
curiosity got the best of him. Someone took the stick it was standing on and
threw it in the water. Did you know that tarantulas float?
We had driven the mobile unit on this trip, which was a blessing to the small
church. We took twenty-three people to the baptismal services in a van with
only eleven seats (Peruvians can really pack them in). Since it has dark
windows it was also used as a changing room. This unit has proven to be a
blessing in more ways than we had originally thought.
I went for a “short” interview with the Commander of the Transit Police to
pick up our permit to have tinted windows in our mobile unit. This meeting
turned into a discussion about our ministry, the differences in religions and
cults, and an opportunity to walk him through the plan of salvation. I left him
with a gospel tract and an open invitation to our church. Please pray for
Commandante Benjamin Rengifo, that God would lead him to the doors of our church
and open his heart to His Son.
After months of work we have revised, corrected and added to an old hymnal
that missionaries have been copying and using for many years in this country.
We plan to make the files available to whoever would like to print it for use
in their own works. We pray that it will be a blessing for missionaries and
nationals and will give glory to our Great God.
Our church continues to grow as we see visitors almost every week. We
baptized two recently in a rented pool. It will be good to have our baptistery
in the new building soon. We also had a kids’ activity for ages 4-9. They had
a great time of games, music, fellowship and food. All was centered around the
Word of God. We had good services for both Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day in
I was asked to preach at the quarterly leaders’ meeting hosted by Missionary
Shane Rice. The theme was “Our Daily Walk with God as Leaders”. There was a
good turnout from several churches and a good time of training and fellowship.
Great news! On July 6, Victory Baptist Press will have the paper to print the
20,000+ Bibles that they will be sending us. They are still raising funds for
cover stock and shipping. Can you help? You can make a donation by sending a
check to PO BOX 766 Milton, FL 32572-0766 with a note that it is for the “Peru
Also, their mission sells great Christian books and music. All profit goes
into printing and shipping Bibles to missionaries. Check them out! Help us get
the Word of God into the hands of many souls.
The Peru Bible Conference that Carla and I are hosting is just a couple of
weeks away. Please pray for safe travel for all those who attend and for the
Lord to work through a spirit of humility, understanding and learning. We are
praying for God’s blessing for all in attendance.
Building Program Update -
The exterior doors, handrails, security bars and all exterior glass is now
installed. Wooden doors for the 1st
floor bathrooms, nursery and the Bible Institute dormitories on the 3rd
floor are in place. Tile is being laid as I write this letter. The baptistery
is already completed! The first floor should be ready for our anniversary just
as we have been praying for! We will continue as the Lord provides. Please
keep this in your prayers. We are ready to complete the building for God’s
glory so that it can be used for its intended purpose… biblical training to
spread the Word of God throughout a lost world before He comes.
May God bless you all for your faithful prayers and financial support of our
ministry. You will never know how many times we have been protected, provided
for and blessed by the prayers of God’s people.
Serving Him for You in Peru,
& Carla Rich
Calvary Baptist Church
3988 Powder Springs Rd
Powder Springs, GA 30127
Central Missionary Clearinghouse
P.O. Box 219228
Houston, Texas 77218
Casilla Postal #90
(Address mail to DONALD RICH, instead of DON)
3625 Lindley Cir.
Powder Springs, GA 30127-2703
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