Enlarging the Coast!
Another couple of busy months have passed with no signs of slowing down. We are glad to be able to share with you how God is moving here in Peru.
In March, we had a men’s dinner in our home to encourage the men of our church. We had a great group of nineteen come to hear the Word preached and share a meal. Carla’s spaghetti and garlic bread were a big hit. They ate it up and all of them wanted more bread. It is still talked about two months later! What can I say? I married a great cook!
We have now visited at least five cities or areas as we are praying for God’s direction to start our next church. Each area has different needs. Please pray that God will lead us to His perfect will as we continue to pray and search.
Our bus route into a small pueblo near us called Puylucana has been very productive. We normally pick up around twelve to twenty youth and kids whom climb aboard to come to our church each Sunday morning. We also have a kids’ club in that pueblo each Saturday morning.
We recently had the privilege of delivering a van load of items to a small mountain city named Chugur. A Peruvian who served God as a pastor in the US for many years, gave us funds to help out the city. He was born and grew as a child there and has always had a love for his home town. We were able to purchase everything from wheel barrows and work clothes for city workers, a stove and office supplies and chairs for the police department, a computer and printer for the local school, many medical supplies for their local clinic, and other items too numerous to list here. We also placed a Bible in each governmental department office. While there, we had the opportunity to share the Gospel with a group of city workers, including the mayor. They all stated they had made decisions for Christ in this meeting! Only God knows the impact that was made because of someone’s love for their homeland.
Last Sunday, we had another baptism, baptizing a teen girl in our church whose family joined a few months ago. We praise the Lord that we continue to see souls saved and watch them be obedient to Christ’s command!
When we arrived back in Peru in January, after our short furlough, I notified many pastors and missionaries that there were still some cases of tracts available. The orders came in quickly. On March 24, we shipped out the last few cases of the 9 million 250 thousand gospel tracts that were sent to us by Fellowship Tract League! These last boxes went to the coast and into the jungle of Peru. What a blessing it has been to be a part of getting these Gospel tracts into the hands of pastors and missionaries in three countries. We are praying for a great soul harvest from this work.
Once again, God is enlarging our coast. As you know, our ministry has already received and distributed around fifty thousand Bibles to pastors and missionaries in seven countries. Victory Baptist Press (VBP) is still in a campaign to raise funds to send us a third container. We will use these to get Bibles into all nine Spanish-speaking countries in South America and we would appreciate your support as they work toward that goal. The Lord has now led VBP to start a new arm of their ministry, called “Bibles For South America”. Instead of having future campaigns, they are raising “monthly” support for this ministry. This will allow them to send us Bibles each year, as the funds are available. If you’d like to be a monthly partner, please send your support to Bibles For South America, or just BFSA and mail to PO Box 766, Milton, FL 32572. If you’d like to know more, visit their website at victorybaptistpress.com/bfsaletter/.
Thank you for your faithful prayers and support to the ministry that God has entrusted us with.
* Don’t forget to take a look at the photos on our website! www.rich2peru.com
Serving Him for you in Peru,
Don & Carla Rich
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