In case you think you missed some of our updates, you haven't, I dropped the ball and haven't
sent an update since May. I know what a slacker eh?
June through August
In case you want to catch up on some of the things that have been happening since May,
you can check us out on Facebook and get up to date there:
= Calvary Chapel Iquitos
Our Youth group with the help of Raul put on a concert at our church in El Terminal in September.
We had four bands
from three different churches playing and it turned out to be a blast, we all had a lot of fun. The
purpose of the concert was to reach out to the youth there in El Terminal and although we passed out
flyers and went around in a moto-car with a speaker an hour before the concert, we didn't get very many
young people attending. Most of the people who came were from the three churches participating. But like I said,
we had a lot of fun anyway and we learned a lot about putting on a concert and hope to have more concerts
in the future. It also motivated us to make some repairs and changes before hand to spruce up the place a bit.
Our Youth Group decorated the church.
Juan Carlos putting up balloons
The church was packed
Some of the local youth who showed up
One of the groups called up all the leaders and had some fun at our expense.
One of the visiting bands
Jose, Raul & Javier having some fun
Albert & Jose having some fun
(click to enlarge)
Puerto Seguro / Safe Harbor
Puerto Seguro or better known as kilometer 43.5 also had their church dedication in September. We were invited, so we
packed up our church members and visited them that Sunday morning. Later we played a little soccer & volleyball. And since
this is Peru, of course food was part of the days festivities.
Pst. Javier & their congregation
Of course there was food
Outside the church with thier new sign
(click to enlarge)
Our Youth at Bible College
The girls (Veronica & Luana) are doing good, Luana had some health issues during her first two months, but she is OK now.
The weather is starting to warm up in Peru, as summer aproaches (here below the equator) so they are very happy about that.
I am pleased to let you know that Veronica got a scholorship to attend the CC Bible College there in Cajamarca.
So we only have to worry about Luana (loo-anna) Pastor Javier's daughter. we still need to raise about $500 more
for her current semester. Although she misses her family a lot, since this is her first time away from home
She is very excited to be there, where everything is new and exciting for her.
Luana after completing a class
Luana with her family
Please pray for our two young ladies and if the Lord puts it on your heart to contribute to Luana's tuition;
you contact me or you can send your blessing to the address below with the memo "Iquitos-Luana",
A few of our children will soon be going into High School, there is no middle school here, they go directly from
Elementary School to High School. So that means that they are already scrambling to get into the better schools. What
this means for us is matriculation fees and paper work fees to move documents to the High Schools. Of course new uniforms
and school supplies are right around the corner for them and for many of the children we help. So if you would like
to be a part of helping underprivileged children get into school and stay in school, it would be a big blessing if
you would like to contribute to our "Children's Ministry" - (details below on how to contribute).
I will be going on furlogh this coming month, I will be arriving in California on November 1st and will be there all of
November. I haven't been back since March of 2011, so it will be nice to be back.
The Lord blessed me with plane fair through a brother that blessed us with a nice donation.
Why November you might ask? Well for totally selfish reasons, my favorite North American holiday is Thanksgiving (PTL).
While I am back:
I will be avaiable to visit your church if you would like to invite me.
If you happen to be around LAX around 8:00pm on Friday the 1st of November and heading to the Temecula Valley, please let me know,
I could use a lift.
If you happen to have old DVD movies, like "The Little House on the Prarie" series, English / Spanish, that you no longer
need, please pass them along to us, we would love to have them.
Also if you have recently upgraded your laptop and not sure what to do with your old one, we would love to have that also.
My two (kind of) adopted daughters, Estrella and Keymi are finishing Elementary School and looking for High Schools,
please pray they find good ones.
Our team and their families are doing good.
Nate & Shirley plan on being back in Peru this November.
Albert will be away on furlogh in November.
Raul's daughter (Ena) is finishing Elementary school and they are looking for a High School for her.
Our youth put on a concert at our church this September.
The local government is building a road from the river to the village of Panguana (Yup no more boards).
The size of the population of El Terminal has grown drastically due to two new land invasions, (more people to reach).
Albert was blessed with funds for a ticket to California: The Lord blessed me with plane fair through a brother that blessed us
with a nice donation. Which will not only cover my plane fair, but the rest of Luz-mila's gallbladder operation.
And for Gabriella to visit Cajamarca as part of a required seminar for her University classes. And also covered other costs like medical
costs for Luana, and the illnesses she had while away from home.
Please pray for the church in El Terminal as we continue to reach out to the community.
Please pray that Veronica & Luana as they attend the CC Bible College in Cajamarca.
Please pray for Pastor Javier's support since he no longer recieves funds from Campos Blancos Ministry (the ministry where he is serving).
Please also pray for Jose & Raul - for their financial needs.
Please pray that the Lord would provide for a sound system in El Terminal and musical instruments.
Please pray that the Lord would provide to build the church in Panguana.
That the Lord would provide for several single parent families that are in need.
Opportunities to partner with us:
If you would like to contribute to any of the following ministries\expenses:
"Children's Ministry" (copies, school supplies, medicine, snacks, prizes, etc.) (Please put Iquitos/Children on the memo section of your check)
"Raul" (please put "Iquitos - Raul" on the memo section of your checks)
"Pastor Javier" (please put "Iquitos - Pst.Javier" on the memo section of your checks)
"El Terminal - To rebuild front wall (please put "Iquitos/El Terminal on your checks)
"To help finsh the church in Centro Fuerte. (Put "Iquitos/Centro Fuerte" on the memo section of your check)
"General Fund" (Please put Iquitos/General Fund on the memo section of your check)
"River Ministry" (weekly travel expenses). (Please put Iquitos/River Ministry on the memo section of your check)
"Teen Training" (Please put Iquitos/Teen Training on the memo section of your check)
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 2.75 or 275 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
Pastor Javier & Raul's offering go through Friends of CCBC, Peru (CC Chula Vista), (above)