Calvary Chapel Iquitos

Hi Everyone,

Here is our November / December 2012 update;

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and Christmas. We were blessed to have a great Christmas program this year.

December

We had great Christmas this year, thanks to those who contributed to the "Chocolatadas" we were able to have hot chocolate & paneton at 5 sites, we must have served over over 500 children.

We started with a special program at El Terminal, a Baptist group that does a special Christmas program at many chuches for children every year, visited us this year. They did a very good job entertaining the children and teaching them a Bible story. When we found out that they were willing to visit us, we invited the local elementry school to join us and they agreed. So we had lots of children and parents for this event.


El Terminal


The church decorated for Christmas

The children and moms enjoying the program

Serving the children

Our Youth Group did a good job decorating the church. Our leaders, some of our Youth Group and some of our Jr. High Group are shown serving the children.


Serving the children

Shirley serving the children hot chocolate

Lidia sharing with her group

We later broke the children into abut 8 groups and were able to share the gospel with them.

Shirley sharing with her group

Veronica sharing with her group

Raul sharing with his group

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Ucayali Street


Rocio serving the children

Waiting anxiously in line

Grace & her cousin Falu enjoying thier treat

Because of the generous donations we were able to add Ucayali Street to our Childrens Chocolatada program this year. Ucayali Street is where I do a childrens program and teach an adult Bible Study every Friday night.

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Belen

We had our Christmas program in Belen too, but just barely the next weekend the water was about 1 foot high, too low to enter by canoe and to high for boots.

The children coloring after the teaching

Rosa serving the hot chocolate and our Belen Youth Group, serving the children

Showing off her coloring sheet

We have been meeting at Rosa's house for over 4 years, she has always been helpful and a blessing for the children of Belen.


Michael showing off his coloring sheet

A satisfied customer

Enjoying the treat

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River Communities

We were also able to provide the chocolatada blessing for Panguana and Centro fuerte, the 2 river communities where Pastor Jose and Lidia serve. I was unable to go to either place this year since all of our chocolatadas were during the same week. Sorry we did not get any pictures.

It has only been about 3 weeks since the rivers started rising but they are already pretty high, it seems that this year may be a another bad year for those who live in lower elevations close to where the waters rise. There a lot of malaria and denque in the river communities and outside the city this year.


El Terminal - Part 2

Since many of our children were not able to attend our big Christmas program because we did it during the week and they attend school other than the elementry school at El Terminal, we were blessed to be able to do a mini chocolatada just for the children who attend our church every Sunday morning.


Gabriella leading the childrens worship

The children waiting for the chocolate to cool

Janet serving the children

* * also notice that our inside walls have been stuccoed and painted with a primer :) * *

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Iquitos Children

The school season will start in March, so part of my job is to let you know that many of the children that we work with are from families with very low income. Our children's support has dropped some so we will not be able to come along side any of the chilren this year. Thier needs are matriculation, outgrown uniforms, tennis shoes, notebooks, pencils, erasers, etc.. The cost varies from about $30 to $60 depending if they have outgrown thier school uniforms or not.

If you would like to come along side some of our children you can send a check to

	Friends of CCBC, Peru  (CCBC = Calvary Chapel Bible College, Peru)
	1771 E. Palomar Street
	Chula Vista, CA 91913 
	Memo: "Iquitos - Children"  

Keymi, Aaron & Elias
As many of you know we cannot help all of the children so we come along-side single parent homes. Like Keymi and her family. The mom has 4 children the smallest Mefi, is not in school yet. I met Keymi and her brother Elias when they sold candy to help support their family, the father is in prison. Luckily because of some blessings that came in, we were able to come along-side this family so the children did not have to sell candy most of the last school year and could focus on their homework and just being kids. Working on the streets does change the children, but luckily these children were not exposed to that life very long and are still very innocent and enjoy being indoors. As the years go by the children that work outside feel the need to be outside where thier friends are and where the action is. Most children feel safe when they are home or indoors, but the street kids feel trapped and have a need to be outside, the ones sent to orphanages often escape.


Facebook

You can see us on Facebook now, where you will see more pictures and more of the ministry in Iquitos = Calvary Chapel Iquitos.


Team News

We had a lot of sickness during the past 2 months.


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 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...)


*Note: The dollar is currently 2.54 or 254 soles for every $100 (U.S.).


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 Memo - Peru, Jose Garate

Pastor Javier & Raul's offering go through Friends of CCBC, Peru (CC Chula Vista), (above)


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