Calvary Chapel Iquitos

Hi Everyone,

Here is a special update

Ausgust 6, 2010

I'm sorry that I don't have good news to report this time, but there was a fire yesterday, (August 5th) in the shanty town of El Terminal. If that sounds familiar, that is because that is where our church is. Luckily no one was hurt but many families lost all of their possesions, which weren't much to begin with.

The fire started about 1:00pm from a leaky gas container. The fire spread quickly due to unusual winds and the thatch roofs of most of the homes. Luckily the fire department got there quickly and controlled the fire, if not it would have been a lot worse.

Neighbors said there was no time to go in and get their possesions, a few just pulled out a Television or other appliance that were in the living rooms, most people lost all of their clothes and legal documents. And many things that you wouldn't think of like cooking utensils and mosquito nets.

The news was on the television today and it was funny to see the sign of our church on Television under these circumstances. We are trying to help our church members, I wish we could help everyone, but that is not possible for us at this time.

El Terminal

Here are pictures that I took this morning of the front of the church, (Calvary Chapel El Terminal).

Families spent the day cleaning up. Luckily the city sent several trash trucks to pick up the debris. Some volunteers even went house to house to help put all debris in the trash trucks.

Cleaning up

Cleaning up

Civil Defence provided tents, water and food for the families who had their homes burnt.


Tents for the familes on our block

Many of the children we know and one church family are now living in tents, until they can get their homes rebuilt. It is an election year, so please pray the canidates will donate lumber and other materials to these families.

We are so blessed that we are in the process of building a new sanctuary out of brick with aluminum sheeting for the roof, so that was not damaged in any way. We are still operational and plan on having our regular services this week. We just lost the front building which was the old sanctuary that we were currently using for children's church and had planned to replace.

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You can send donations to the following address:

	Friends of CCBC, Peru  (CCBC = Calvary Chapel Bible College, Peru)
	1771 E. Palomar Street
	Chula Vista, CA 91913 
	Memo: "Iquitos - XXX"  
(Where XXX = Ministry House, River Ministry, General Fund, Children's Ministry, etc...)

Thank you all for your prayers and financial support.
         and God Bless   
                Albert Smith 

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