No Slowing Down Here!
March 1, 2019
The new year is starting off at a fast pace. As you can read below, we have been very busy. But first, Carla and I want to let everyone know that we have a new mailing address. No, we haven’t moved. This is to replace our old P.O. Box (Casilla Postal) address. We have been paying for a P.O. Box for years but have used it very little. We recently cancelled the box and our mail will now just be held at the Post Office (Serpost) until we pick it up. We will check it about every two weeks. We recommend email over regular mail, since it gets expensive and sometimes gets lost (or stolen) before it gets to us. But, if you’d like to send a card, etc, please use the new address.
Our new field mailing address: (make sure to use Donald, not Don as the name)
Jr. Apurimac 626
Peru, So. America
We made a quick visit to the US in January for some doctor visits. While there, we were able to celebrate my (Don) mother’s 80th birthday. It was a great time spent with family and our church celebrating a great lady. As for the doctor visits, Lord willing I will be having knee replacement surgery at the end of this year (more on that in a future letter).
When we returned from our short trip, we picked up Darren Townsend at the airport. He is visiting as our first intern and will be with us until mid-June. He visited us last year for a short time. He feels called to serve as a missionary in Peru. He is visiting different ministries to let God speak about where He would have him serve. We are glad to have him with us for this time and pray that we can be a blessing to him. He will be involved in all aspects of our ministry, including working with the youth, Bible distribution, teaching, preaching, and the Bible Institute. He plays banjo and is fitting right in with us and our church people.
We have had VBS in both of our churches in the past two months. The Guadalupe church VBS was in January. We had a good group of kids and confirmed at least 8 professions of faith. The VBS for our Cajamarca church was held in the first week of February. We had over one hundred kids and at least 12 professions of faith, including 2 adults. The van stayed busy bussing the kids back and forth. At one time we had 43 kids and adults, and 2 babies in the 15-passenger van. It was just a “little” crowded. PTL, we have also had 3 others saved in our services recently!
On the weekend after Valentine’s Day we had a special service entitled the “Sacrifice of Praise”. This had been on my heart for a while. I was able to locate a Baptist singing group in Peru and invited them to be our guests during this special weekend. The group is from Lima and is called Los Heraldos del Rey de Reyes (The Heralds of the King of Kings). We had a Saturday night singing with food and fellowship afterwards. We also had two other local churches who brought their choirs. Carla and I sang a duet, and a couple of our youth also sang a special. I brought a short message at the end of the night. The group stayed and worshipped with us on Sunday also. They were such a blessing to all of us and ministered with a great spirit. Wow, what a weekend!
We were able to get the Mobile Unit Ministry out in February. We took it to the coastal city of Trujillo in an area called Milagros. We showed a Christian movie in a park near a local Baptist church. We had over 110 in attendance!
I also preached for a week at our Guadalupe church to allow pastor Juan Carlos and his family to have a vacation. As I said, we have been busy!
In my “spare time” I placed four new photo albums on our website www.rich2peru.com. Take a look!
May God richly bless each of you,
Don & Carla Rich
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