Hear Ye, Hear Ye!!!
March 6, 2015
As this year is already nearing the end of its first quarter, what a blessing it is to make some great announcements and share good news!
First, Carla and I are excited to announce that we are now grandparents to our third grandchild. Our daughter Christa gave birth to our first granddaughter, Wyndee Kate Sapp on Feb. 4th. We were able to be there for the birth and spend a few days with family. We also were privileged to be a part of our son-in-law Stephen’s ordination into the Gospel ministry. It was a short but sweet time with those we love.
As I type this letter, we have just completed unloading the container of Bibles that were sent to us by Victory Baptist Press. What a blessing to see them arrive here in Cajamarca! I also had the opportunity to witness to the truck driver and his crew! Thanks again to all of you who had a part in getting them printed and delivered for distribution in South America. Your generous hearts have not gone unnoticed. Now the work begins on our end. We are already planning trips to personally deliver quite a few and have many requests that we will be delivering by buses and other means. The container originally started with 25,000 Bibles. We were blessed to be able to have some sent on ahead to Mexico and Columbia to help ministries in those countries. That left us with 23,660 Bibles to distribute from our ministry here. I believe that we will be busy for a while.
We also would like to announce our next Furlough. The laws have changed in Peru so that we can’t be out of the country for more than 180 days in any 12 month period. For that reason, we have had to modify our furlough method. We will now be returning for short furloughs approximately every 2 ½ years. Our first such furlough will start this September. Meeting dates will be available from Sunday, Sept 13 thru Sunday, Jan 10, 2016. We will be calling each of our supporting pastors. If you would like to have us come by while we are in, please contact us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call us at 678-921-5116. We will see as many as we can in this short time and try to see the others on our next furlough.
Our Tract Ministry is a blessing to be a part of. I’d like to share an email recently received from a pastor to whom we sent tracts for his ministry. (translated) “The tracts that we received continue to be a blessing. Up until this time, we have distributed more than 18,000 tracts. Various people have called to make an appointment with us. Three have been saved. Two others are interested in knowing more about the Gospel. We even received a text message from someone who said they had received Christ through a tract.” This is just one of many emails that we have received, thanking us for sharing God’s blessings with them.
Recently we showed the video “The Grace Card” in our church. There was a great attendance and not a dry eye. This video is a good lesson in forgiveness and grace.
Our church did a great job with VBS last week. The first afternoon started with over one hundred children. The numbers grew each day to around 150 kids in total! This is the most successful VBS we have ever had! There were at least fourteen professions of faith in Christ during the week! Don’t forget to check out our website with new photos! www.rich2peru.com
We’ve also seen three adults saved and two baptized since our last prayer letter! God is still at work here in Peru!
As missionaries, Carla and I know that stateside ministries have a harder time raising support. With that in mind, we would like to recommend two wonderful ministries that have a world-wide impact for Christ and have helped us tremendously in our own ministry. These are Victory Baptist Press in Milton, FL and Fellowship Tract League in Morrow, Ohio. Each has provided us with the material we need to reach millions for Christ.
Thank you and may God bless you all for your faithfulness in prayers and support.
Serving Him for you in Peru,
Don & Carla Rich
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