I was blessed to be able to go home to California to be with my family for a few weeks, I spent time
with my mom and my sisters. I was also able to visit my daughter and granddaughter. The whole month
was a special time for me.
I was also invited to visit CC Rocky Mountian in Calgary Canada, they have a very fun and loving church
and I had a great time visiting with them. I also got to experience a bit of the cold that they live with,
quite a difference from Iquitos.
Lydia and the children's church workers did a great job putting on a children's program, where many
of the children participated in acting, singing or performing in one way or another.
The Jr. Highers performing
Painted up as frogs
Samson & Delilah
Many people opened their hearts and gave to the children's Christmas programs that we do every year.
So we were able to do five "chocolatadas" this year. The "Chocolatada" is a giant pot of hot chocolate
served with paneton (an italian bread), this is a common snack served to the children every Christmas
The four regular sites that we do every year were:
Our church in El Terminal
Our river church in Panguana
Our river church in Centro Fuerte
Our outreach to the children of Belen
The extra site we did this year was a river community called "Nuevo San Juan", it is place where Pastor Javier and his
family have been visiting off and on for years, his father, Pastor Ramon started visting there first.
It has been on Pastor Javier's heart to visit this community from time to time, especially now that
they are without a Pastor, but they are trying to raise up one of the local church members to take over there.
Here is the chocolatada at our church in El Terminal.
Rosa, Luz-mila & Lydia serving
Serving the children
Serving the children
New Years Eve
We were blessed to be able to throw a party for our two youth groups; the youth from El Terminal and
our new youth group from Belen. We had worship, games, teaching, snacks. Everyone had a good time
even us older folks became young again when it was time to play.
Isn't it amazing how competitive everyone gets when they are trying to win a prize, even if it is just a
pencil or an eraser?
Everything calm during the worship & teaching
The craziness begins
Scrambling to find a seat
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!
It was really nice to spend some time just having fun with the kids, and getting them out of their environments for a
few hours of clean wholesome fun. And keeping them out of trouble on a night when many young people
are out doing dumb things. Their communities are full of bad language, drunks, fights etc..
On Weekends, how much more on New Years Eve.
Jeremy has gotten one of our young men (Jesus) from the youth group admitted to the
Calvary Chapel Bible College in Lima, we are going by faith that the Lord will
provide support for him, while he attends this semester. The semster begins the first week
of February so we will ship him out soon.
Albert was in North America for 5 weeks, but back for Christmas in Iquitos.
Albert will be taking over the church in El Terminal starting January 16th.
Jose will focus on the river communities of Panguana and Centro Fuerte.
The Lord provided for five "Chocolatadas" this Christmas.
One of our youth has been accepted to the Bible College in Lima, (we need to raise support for him).
Eli, Pastor Javier's son got a good job in Lima, mainly due to the sponsorship he got for computer training classes.
Albert was blessed to be able to visit his family in the states.
The Lord continues to bless the ministries here in Iquitos.
Please pray that we could raise support for Jesus while he spends a semester at the Bible College in Lima.
That the Lord would guide our every decision as we start the new year.
That the Lord would provide for our "River Ministries".
Opportunities to partner with us:
If you would like to contribute to any of the following ministries\expenses:
"Jesus - Bible College Lima
"Raul" (please put "Iquitos - Raul on the memo section of your checks)
"River Ministry" (weekly travel expenses).
"Children's Ministry" (copies, school supplies, medicine, snacks, prizes, etc.)
"El Terminal" (Construction of Sanctuary)
"Ministry House" (hopefully coming soon)
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...)
Albert's Financial Status:
Support is down, I am just starting to be affected by the economy in the States.
For my Personal Support:
I received 49% for the month of January
I received 39% for the month of February
I received 43% for the month of March
I received 113% for the month of April
I received 71% for the month of May
I received 89% for the month of June
I received 125% for the month of July
I received 50% for the month of August
I received 55% for the month of September
I received 68% for the month of Octomber
I received 41% for the month of November
*Note: The dollar is currently 2.78 or 278 soles for every $100 (U.S.).
Thank you all for your prayers and financial support.
and God Bless
For more information on the ministry take a look around this web page.
To help support Albert or Jose financially, please send your checks to:
Calvary Chapel Murrieta
24225 Monroe Avenue
Murrieta, CA 92562
Memo = Peru, Albert Smith
Or for Jose
Memo - Peru, Jose Garate
Raul's offering go through Friends of CCBC, Peru (CC Chula Vista), (above)