Dear Saints and Servants in Hutchinson,
THE MONTH—LONG SEMINARY “Preparation for Christian Service” is evidently filling a needed service. The fourth year of the program attracted 43 students from nine assemblies, a 50% increase over the first three years. We began with two levels, basic and advanced, in 2005, but the advanced students who graduated last year were insistent that they wanted and needed more in—depth studies of the Word and related subjects. The need necessarily increased our faculty to seven teachers (four full—time missionaries, Peruvian and foreign, and three capable Peruvian brothers whose working schedules permitted them to fit into morning, afternoon or evening classes.) Besides classroom and study time, the students all participated in a variety of week—end ministries in three Lima assemblies and a preaching point. Aside from two recreational outings during the month, there is very little time for anyone to “rest on his oars.” We thank those of you who have been laboring with us in prayer, as we all (administrative personnel as well, and especially the cooks) certainly need such laboring together with us. Whatever special service the Lord may have for some of these participants, we know they all become useful servants in their home assemblies.
OUR WINTER IS GONE AND SUMMER IS HERE and with it we look forward to youth camp, DVBS and the Easter week—end family retreat, then, in April, the first of two yearly evening Bible institute sessions. For these special activities of the local assembly we ask always your prayer support and that these efforts will have lasting spiritual results in the lives of many.
EARTHQUAKE NEWS is, by now, old news, but very real on a daily basis for those who are into the construction of simple living quarters, others awaiting availability of building materials and workmen, both in short supply still. Generous funding has been provided for some 50 modular homes and the beginning of the three assembly meeting places, yet the progress seems slow for those affected. Thank you for your prayers, past and future. Please pray for two teams to come from the US and Canada in March and April to help, and especially for projected work on the assembly Bible camp installations that need reconstruction work. One of the young missionary couples is relocating to the camp property to coordinate this much needed ministry.
WE ARE MOST THANKFUL TO BE HERE and for your prayers, communications and financial generosity. We move more slowly, tire more easily, but find plenty to do to serve our great family here and our missionary colleagues in the provinces. We rejoice that many of you work alongside us as the Lord leads.
I don’t know if you are acquainted with our favorite Argentinean comic character, a precocious little girl named Mafalda who thinks adult thoughts. Recently she called an orthopedic surgeon to see if he had “crutches for sagging spirits.” You folks are such for us, with your gifts (recently received $72.50), prayers and communications (especially family and dear Patty). Keep it up. We need it.
Gordon & Florence