Dear friends and family,
I just needed to take a minute to update you on the current status of our ministry. Due to a buildup of various issues it has become necessary for me to return to the United States to seek medical treatment. I will not be performing any of my job responsibilities until cleared to do so by a doctor. Brandi however will be continuing to work in her current position with Extreme Nazarene Ministries from the United States. We anticipate that we will be in the United States for a period of 2-3 months, though it is possible that treatment could take longer. We do anticipate returning to Peru at the end of my treatment.
We would ask that you continue your contributions to the Extreme Nazarene Ministries during this time, as we will continue to rely on these funds for living and continuing ministry.
We arrived in Portland the night of Tuesday, November 13. We will be staying in Madras where the kids can be near Grammy and Grandpa and Jarren can attend school. Already God is providing what we need! Please continue to pray that we would be able to find suitable living accommodations.
If you have any questions or concerns, or just want to chat, please do not hesitate to contact us directly. We would love to talk with you and share some of our excitement over the things the God is doing down here in Peru. We have also included a ministry update with a few pictures.
Extreme Nazarene Ministries
Ministry Highlights from July to November 2012
We started off our time in Peru with a surprise; the person who had been doing our jobs was leaving in a month! This meant that we needed to train and study Spanish at the same time and then start taking on some job responsibilities. While this has slowed down our language acquisition, we have gotten to experience other parts of the ministry here. The whole family is progressing in learning Spanish and both Robin and I have completed the first book and can limp along in a conversation. We have a ways to go but we are making progress. Some of the highlights from the last few months are listed below with a few pictures.
Most of Robin’s work is done in the office, but is vital to the operation of the ministry. Shortly before we arrived someone hacked our phone server account. This allowed Robin to spend a good bit of time getting to know the phone system that allows us to connect with the US, the one part of the hardware that he had the least experience with. It also allowed a much needed upgrade to the system. Robin also built the network for a new office in Arequipa, and has been working on the plans for the new office in Quito, Ecuador.
My job keeps me on the computer much more than I am accustomed to. This is both good and a challenge. My everyday duties include posting updates and monitoring activity on Facebook, checking for new volunteer blogs and sorting through and posting pictures taken by the short term teams. I also write up the feature articles that highlight one family or 40/40 pair every two weeks. During the last short term team that came to Arequipa I was able to attend some of the events, which I really enjoyed. Currently I am thinking up new ways to use the internet and social media to spread the word about what God is doing here in South America. As always I have way more ideas then I can possibly do, but stay tuned I have a few things already underway!
Jarren and Renna have both been attending school here in Arequipa and enjoying it. Next year we will hopefully have them at the same school. They also enjoy attending church. Right now we are attending the new church plant La Puerta Abierta, this gives the kids a chance interact regularly with the other missionaries and missionary kids. In October we had a short term team come to Arequipa and we were able to attend some of the impact events. We attended the cooking demonstration as a family and Renna and I went to a government run daycare. At the daycare the team did a children’s program and passed out hygiene kits. They were also able to bless the teachers with gifts.
We have also enjoyed exploring the city and were able to visit the beach recently. We are really enjoying getting to know Peruvian culture and of course Robin in enjoying eating Peruvian food.
Please pray for us as we journey back to the Sates for this brief period as it is our hearts desire to be back in Peru.
Blessings, Robin, Brandi, Jarren and Renna