We are all doing good, and the ministries here in Iquitos continue, and we continue
to be blessed by the Lord.
We were visited by a team from CC Murrieta, they were no ordinary team, almost all of them
were Children's Church Workers. So as you can imagine, they came with lots of teachings, crafts,
games and lots of fun for our kids. They worked three days with the children, in the mornings
in El Terminal and in the afternoons in Belen. As you will see they kept pretty busy.
We visited Three locations with them, El Terminal, Belen and Panguana. Here they are in El Terminal
working with the kids, teaching and playing games.
The team from CCM teaching
The kids having fun
(click to enlarge)
Here they are teaching the children in Belen, I think this is
the fullest we have ever had this house, I lost count but there are over
100 children in Rosa's little house.
The team from CCM teaching
We were blessed to be able to have a Youth Retreat in February. Our missionary friends
Art & Sheila Corn of "Campos Blancos" opened up their place out in the country for us. Not only did they
invite us to spend some time there, but their supporters provided the food and other
essentials for our youth.
I had to think hard and pray about it, but We opened up the retreat to a few of our more
mature Jr. Highers to attend. There are three Jr. Highers who have been attending the adult
Sunday service for some time now, so they earned the right to be considered.
I was a bit worried, because this is the first retreat that I have put together, but
praise the Lord it turned out really well. The teaching was on the life of Abraham,
(Genesis 12 thru 22). Pastor Javier, Art Corn and myself taught. There were also many games
like volleyball, soccer, tug of war, water balloon toss, etc.. to keep the kids busy.
They told me they had a lot of fun and many did not want to leave and were begging to
stay longer, I think partly to do with Carina's cooking.
Everyone, the kids and us old folks too
One of the teams singing a song
Eight who accepted the Lord
(click to enlarge)
I guess it was the right decision to bring the Jr. Highers, because it was almost all
of them that accepted the Lord during those three days.
Jose has started with the building of the church in Centro Fuerte, we had
enough funds left over from the church building fund in Panguana to put up
the structure and roof. We need to raise support to finish building this church.
Albert took over the church in El Terminal on January 16th.
Jose is focusing on the two river church's in Panaguana and Centro Fuerte.
Raul is helping in El Terminal and is teaching on Wednesday nights.
Jeremy and Sandra have decided to accept a position at the Bible College in Lima.
Pastor Javier and family have moved out in the country to work with Art & Sheila Corn.
The Youth Retreat was a hit, really blessed by the Lord.
Jesus (from our youth group) is doing good at the Bible College in Lima.
The Lord continues to bless the ministries here in Iquitos.
Please pray for the eight youth's who accepted the Lord, thier names are on the picture (click to enlarge).
Please pray that we could raise support for Jesus while he spends a semester at the Bible College in Lima.
That the Lord would provide for the building of the church in Centro Fuerte.
That the Lord would provide for replacing of the front wall in El Terminal and to build classrooms.
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)
"To help build the church in Centro Fuerte. (Put "Iquitos/Centro Fuerte")
"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 41% for the month of November
I received 51% for the month of December
I received 98% for the month of January 2011
*Note: The dollar is currently 2.73 or 273 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)