Well itís a strike day today in Iquitos. It is hard to explain to anyone who hasnít experienced that,
but Iíll give it a try. When there is a transportation strike, the buses & most moto-cars stop running,
they also close the roads so that others cannot use the roads.
The strikers start their march at midnight, usually meeting at the ďPlaza 28 de JulioĒ
(for those of you who know Iquitos) and they march along the main streets with sticks to make sure nobody
interferes with them. They make sure all the stores are closed and that there are no moto-cars working,
in other words making sure that everyone is supporting their strike. They usually burn tires and other
items at the main intersections so that no one can travel across them. They also break glass on many
streets so that anyone travelling will get a flat tire. Yes, the city will need a major clean-up the night
after the strike.
So, a strike day is when most businesses close down, the busses donít run and most people stay home.
So since it is a strike day today and tomorrow (a 48 hour strike) I am taking advantage to prepare this
update. There are negatives to a strike like those whose food depends on them working day to day. A few
positives are that the streets are quiet, only a few renegade moto-cars risking flat tires are working today.
All over the city, kids are playing soccer and volley-ball on their streets. And missionaries are catching up on
thier updates, so I guess there are a few positives to a strike.
I was back in california in June. I got to visit family & friends and was blessed to speak
at different churches. I was also able to take care of a lot of personal & ministry things that
needed to be done. It was a good visit with many blessings.
Some of the highlights were:
Visiting Pastor Alfredo & Cristina who were starting their new church
in Yucca Valley, I could see the Lord was definitely in it and they are being obedient to the call.
Visiting with Henry & Gerri Meyer, and seeing that Henry is doing really good after his operation.
They also treated me to a delicious dinner at their home.
spending a week with my daughter and my grandaughters was a special time for me, I don't get to see
them as often as I would like.
And a big surprise was that my sister Martha surprised me with an early
Thanksgiving dinner, since my trip was in June and I wasn't going to be there in November this year.
What a blessing to see most of the family there and enjoying a delicious feast together.
Theresa a sister from the church in Lima visited us in July, she visited us once before and did a
dental treatment for the children of El Terminal & Puerto Seguro. She came in July to do a follow up
visit. The treatment is a sort of temporary enamel that helps prevent cavities. she also taught them
how to brush and gave each child a free toothbrush.
Teaching the children how to brush
Applying the treatment
They all got a free toothbrush
(click to enlarge)
The Pastor's wives (Karina, Lidia, Luzmila) organized a retreat for the women of the 4 churches,
it was a couple of days of teaching, games, food & fun. This was the first event that they have planned
and it turned out a success. I am sure it is the start of many more events for them.
Holly Mathos and Ines Olivera from Calvary Chapel Lima came to share with our ladies. Our ladies had a
great time of learning from the word, games, crafts, fellowship and great food :-). The ladies also invited the
young women of our churches to attend. The girls both attended the teachings and took turns helping
watch the children that came with their mothers.
Turns out the Pastor's were jealous and the men will be copying the women and we are praying &
planning a men's retreat for this October.
The ladies worshipping
(click to enlarge)
A time for games
Holly having fun
A time of crafts
The girls attending and helping
In case you want to see more pictures you can check us out on Facebook and get up to date there:
"Calvary Chapel Iquitos" (There are more pictures there than I can send in an update)
We thank all those who contribute to the ministries here in Iquitos and to those who contribute to our personal support,
it allows us to be here and do what we do. Albert & Jose's support has not changed, it still goes through Calvary Murrieta.
Support for the Ministries (like the children, Special Projects, Bibles, etc..) and support for Pastor Javier & Pastor Raul
are now going through Harvest Alliance, (see below for more details).
We recieved funds to put a cement floor in the house where Estrella and her family live. This will be a big blessing
since they currently have a dirt floor. We will also put in the PVC pipes for their future bathroom, shower & sink.
We will begin working on that this month and I should have pictures for the next update.
Also funds came in for Estrella's root canal, she is not thrilled about the process but happy to be able
to keep that molar. So many of the children & adults in Iquitos are missing many of their teeth, so we want to
prevent that for as many of our kids as possible.
As most of you know there are many needs here in Iquitos and I have been encouraged by others to let the needs
be known. There are needs for the people here, for the ministries and
for us who are working in the ministry. So this year I am putting out this Wish List to let people know
what we are praying for and what we could use in 2015.
Puerto Seguro (K43)
The land on this side of the creek has been given to the church that Pastor Javier is pastoring. So they
know feel more ownership and more secure and they are settling in for the long haul.
To cover Omar's travel expenses to the Bible College in Cajamarca ($200).
Omar's monthly expenses while he is at the Bible College ($50 monthly).
Pastor Javier would like to clear an area of land and plant it to help sustain his family - $2000.
Iquitos Children (K43)
That Estrella's family could pay off the plot of land they are living on - $600.
Raul & Luzmila (K43)
Raul & Luzmila have moved to a new house, where there is a lot more business for their store
Raul & Luzmila need to put in a bathroom - $340.
Raul would like to better stock his store - $400.
Raul is praying for a drum set for the church - $640
Raul is praying for an electric piano/organ for the church - $525
El Terminal (K43)
We would like to build children's classrooms at the church in El Terminal, the right side - $2000.
We would like to build children's classrooms at the church in El Terminal, the left side - $3000.
We would like to build a first floor on the lot next to the church in El Terminal - $20,000.
The Women leaders prepared thier first Women's Conference.
The Lord provided for Jose to get 2 generators, one for Panguana and one for Centro Fuerte.
The Lord has provided to put a cement floor on Estrella's house, we will work on that soon.
The Lord provided for a chain saw for Pastor Javier & his ministry in Puerto Seguro.
The Lord provided a scholorship for Omar to attend the CC Bible College in Cajamarca, he arrived 2 weeks ago.
Please continue to pray for our leaders, Pst. Jose & Lida, Pst. Javier & Karina, Pst. Raul & Luzmila, Albert.
Please pray for the church in El Terminal as we continue to reach out to the community.
Please pray for Pst. Jose & Lidia, for their travels on the rivers for their ministry, the rivers have risen dramatically this year.
Please pray for Luana; she graduated on May 23rd, that the Lord would use her.
Please pray for Gabriella as she is in her last year of University.
That the Lord would provide for several single parent families here, 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 62414/Children on the memo section of your check)
"Raul" (please put " 62414 - Raul" on the memo section of your checks)
"Pastor Javier" (please put "62414 - Pst.Javier" on the memo section of your checks)
"El Terminal - To build Children's classrooms (please put "62414 - El Terminal" on your checks)
"General Fund" (Please put "62414 - General Fund" on the memo section of your check)
"River Ministry" (weekly travel expenses). (Please put "62414 - River Ministry" on the memo section of your check)
"Teen Training" (Please put "62414 - Teen Training" on the memo section of your check)
You can send donations to the following address:
(Putting our account # (62414)in the memo portion of your check & the ministry you wish to donate to)
Harvest Alliance International
P.O. Box 4550
Oceanside, CA 92052
Memo: "62414 - XXX"
(Where XXX = General Fund, Children's Ministry, etc...)
*Note: The dollar has risen dramatically it is currently 3.25 or 325 soles for every $100 (U.S.).
Thank you all for your prayers and financial support.
and God Bless you
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 offerings go through Harvest Alliance International (above).