Calvary Chapel Iquitos

August / September 2008 Update

Hi Everyone,

Everything has been going very well here, busy but that is good. The newest news is that I started visiting Belen on a regular basis on Sunday's doing a children's church program and during the week whenevery I can keeping the Escuelita going that Ena helped with while she was here.

Jeremy and I have also been very blessed, Keep reading to see why.


Calvary Chapel Rocky Mountain, from Calgary Canada visited us in August, we had a lot of fun with Pastor Quinn and his team. Pastor Quinn had been here twice before, but it was the first time for his team.

We did lot's of ministry together, but the highlight for me, was that one of their team members Cherie and the other ladies, did a workshop for the girls (street kids) where the girls learned to make jewelry. The girls really enjoyed it, it was not planned but several of the other team members (guys) came by at the end to see how it had turned out, and they bought several of the items that the girls had made. So it was made very real to the girls how they could make some money making and selling jewelry.

Cherie teaching the girls

Lana helping Marina

Marina very focused on her project

The older girls working

The older girls working

Elvira showing off the bracelets she made


Pastor Brad Lambert and his came to Iquitos to teach at our 2nd Pastor's Conference this year. We had several river Pastor's here from three different river's. They all had an enjoyable four days while Pastor Brad taught about God's Grace.

Pastor Brad with all the River Pastors'

Pastor Brad helping serve dinner

Pastor Brad and the River Pastors' enjoying dinner

We also had Marilyn Davies and her two daughters visit us from CC Orlando, they spent two weeks with us at our house. They were a big help with the Belen ministry.

El Terminal:

Things are going smoothly at El Terminal. Jeremy and I are covering for Pastor Jose, during the whole month of October, while he is in Lima taking two Bible College classes.

Veronica has received a scholorship to study and is currently taking a four month computer training class, this will help her no matter what direction she decides for her future. This class teaches four subjects one month for each class, which includes Windows XP, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

River Ministry:

We have been busy with two Pastor's Conference this year, but are praying about visiting some river communities in 2009. We are being invited by many of the river Pastor's to come and visit them. If the Lord provides, I would like to take the Jesus Movie to many of these river communities. Also since I finished the Inductive Bible Study training, I would like to go and spend a week at their communities teaching this.

There is a community that is wanting us to come and start a church, please pray that we can visit. I don't know where we will find the time, to go on a regular basis, but please pray that the Lord would lead us on this.

Panguana Update
(The river community where we are building a church)

Panguana is doing really good, the church building is complete and only the outside kitchen area is left to build on the Pastoral House. We have four benches made and the rest should be ready this coming week, (but we have been hearing that for the past three weeks). We had a solar panel with it's battery and lights installed this past week. We are very happy with the light that it gives, now everyone can read from thier Bibles and I don't have to hold a flashlight while I teach. They forgot to bring the controller so their tech will take that this coming Thursday and install it, with a few other minor things, like an outlet and off/on switches.

We will have our official inauguration soon. We have invited our church members from CC El Terminal to go and be a part of that, so we are hoping that they will be able to go. The church members from Panguana will host the gathering and plan on preparing a nice lunch for everyone. We are looking forward to this time of fellowship where the members of both church's will get to know each other.

We will have to hire a boat and it will be a full day's event, since it takes about three hours to get to Panguana. But if we leave early we will be able to have a great day of worship, teaching, and fellowship before it is time to return to Iquitos.

Team News

Jeremy's church blessed him with a motorcycle, he has been pretty happy riding around on it and getting used to driving a motorcycle in Iquitos.

Jeremy on his new motorcycle

I also was blessed by CC Rocky Mountain with a moto-car. I have been riding around Iquitos on it, It took a little time to get used to it, I found out that driving a moto-car is very different than a motorcycle. I was also surprised to find out that we had to make a few adjustments, since moto-cars don't come ready for Iquitos from the factory. But Saul, our Deacon from "CC El Terminal" who is a moto-car driver showed me everything that I needed to do. I was a bit nervous when we took it to the welders and they made some minor and major changes.

Me on the new moto-car giving some of the kids a ride home after church

Pastor Jose, was able to take two classes at the Lima Bible College, this October. Jeremy and I covered for him at the church and in Panguana while he was gone.

Street Kids

Jake, 15 (not his real name) is staying at Julio's house. Things were not going good between Jake and his mom, she likes younger men and brings them home, of course now that Jake is older this doesn't sit well with him and causes trouble. She prefers to buy liquoer for her boyfriend then to provide food for Jake. There was a fight between Jake and her boyfriend, and Jake was surprised that she took her boyfriend's side and kicked Jake out.

Please pray for Jake as he his life is in a bit of turmoil now and we pray that the Lord would open doors for him and that the Lord would change his mother's heart. The good news is that he is now hanging out with us again, going to church with us regularly and has gone with us to Panguana the past two weeks. We are limited by cost, so we can only take a couple of the boys with us at one time.

Ministry Opportunity

If you are not sure what to do with your old Laptop, we would love to have it. We can use it to teach the kids some computer skills. It would also be nice to show the words to our music on powerpoint at the church. I hate to mention it but if it is over ten years old, it won't be much use to us. I'll be home in November/December so I can bring one back with me at that time, thank you.

Praise Reports:

Prayer Requests:

Opportunities to partner with us:

If you would like to contribute to any of the following ministries\expenses:

You can send donations to the following address:

	Friends of Calvary Chapel Bible College, Peru 
	1771 E. Palomar Street
	Chula Vista, CA 91913 
	Memo: "Iquitos - YYY"  (Where YYY = River Ministry, Ministry House, Missionaries House, etc...)

Financial Status:

*Note: The dollar in October has been 300 soles for every $100 (U.S.)
It has gone up from 282 where it was for the past few months. It has been low all year this is the highest it has been for a long time, praise the Lord !!!

Thank you all for your prayers and financial support.

         and God Bless   

                Albert Smith 

Calvary Chapel Murrieta 24225 Monroe Avenue Murrieta, CA 92562 Memo = Peru, Albert Smith Or for Jose Garate: Memo - Peru, Jose Garate (the river Preacher)

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