July 8, 2004


Congratulations Christa!

Dear Pastors, Praying Friends, and Family,

I want to begin this month’s prayer letter with a wonderful praise. Due to the diligent work of some self-sacrificing individuals who have given up their time and talents to come to Peru in workgroups, there has been much advancement on the construction of the New Life Children’s Home. Columns, a roof, and a staircase have been erected for the second floor of the boys’ dorm. The cafeteria is also well underway. This may not sound like much because of how quick construction can be accomplished in the U.S. but this type of work in Peru is done by hand instead of machines and can take months. Tile work, brick, plumbing, and electrical wiring… It won’t be long now and we will be able to hear children playing as they begin their new lives on this property. But, there is still much to do before we can open the doors to these orphans who are waiting for a home. Please be much in prayer as the construction continues. It is exciting to be a part of such a wonderful vision and watch it become a reality.

Another praise is that Christa graduated from High School here in Peru on July 2. Carla’s parents and our son Shawn flew down for the ceremony and to spend some time with us. It was a good service and we are very proud of Christa. It is Carla’s parents’ first time in Peru and they seem to be enjoying themselves. With them here, I decided to do the latest taste testing. I had the opportunity to try cabrito (little goat), cooked on a grill. It was pretty tasty. Even Carla’s parents and Shawn said it was good. Next?

As I write this, Shawn flew back to the states last night. He had to get back to his job. We enjoyed his stay and miss him already. But, we will see him again soon as we bring Christa back to the states to start college.

Much of our time now is spent planning and preparing for our short trip back to the states at the end of this month. It will be a bitter-sweet trip as we see family and friends again, but then have to leave Christa as we head back to Peru to continue our first term. It’s hard to believe that it has been almost a year since we arrived here to learn the language and to work. We love serving the Lord here in Peru and have no problem considering it “home”.

Speaking of the language, it is coming along pretty well. We understand most of what is being said and can carry on some conversations. There is a lot still to learn, but we are enjoying the task.

Along with the blessing come trials. This past month, our van started overheating again. This time, it was realized that the motor had a cracked head. The repairs cost $1300 but, praise the Lord, it is running well. After much prayer, it is obvious to us now, that we need a four wheel drive vehicle to handle the rough roads, including the mountainous roads that are dotted with small villages (pueblos) within a short driving distance of our church. These people need to be reached with the gospel. We are praying for God’s provision in this matter.

A final praise: Souls continue to be saved each week at Iglesia Bautista Vida Nueva, our church here in Cieneguilla. The national pastor, Bro. David Taza, is doing a wonderful job pastoring this work. What a blessing he is to us and this congregation.

May God bless each and every one of you for your constant prayers for our family, our ministry, and the lost souls of Peru, South America. You are a blessing and encouragement to us.


Serving Him for you in Peru in 2004,

                                                                                           Don Rich & family

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