As some may know, Greg has been showing family kind of movies with a Christian comparison each Friday. And today, before I left for services in Machahuay, I spoke with the man and his wife who make rotisserie chicken in the business space on the first floor of the building where I live, about renting a space from them on Friday to offer English classes and a movie night in Viraco. They listened for a long time, and then "yes". So, now we will have family movies here in Viraco starting next Friday, May 4th. Greg will be readying my projector and training me how to set up and take down all that is involved in this new project. Yaay!
As many of you know, I have been volunteering in a public Catholic sponsored school for 2 years. This school year, since I have my residence documents, I am able to accept employment. The parents have hired me to teach English classes to the elementary grades. We have had a slow official start but I am confident that this new opportunity will work out well. Again, Greg made his generous offer to make copies on his printer for the classes. In truth, getting the copies made elsewhere is very costly, so his offer saves me a great deal.
As God continues to unfold His plan for this area, the Cotanay annex of Machahuay has opened up to us as well. I continue to be amazed at the connections God makes for us to be able to bring the good news, not only to others, but to refresh our faith as well. We had gone to Cotanay looking to find the owners of the small store area across the street from where Greg lives in Machahuay. While we were tracking that family down we met and spoke with several residents. One of the school teachers there is a friend I made two years ago when I volunteered in Machahuay schools. She was able to give us directions to her co-workers house who owns the property we were inquiring about. During those conversations, we were able to talk about why we were in this area, the vision Greg has for making a recreation/multipurpose area in the space across the street and to tell about movie night in Machahuay. The news of portable movies seemed an exciting prospect to almost everyone we spoke with in Cotanay and as a result, we have been offered the opportunity to bring movies there as well.
After what seemed a long time of drought, God is beginning to show that perhaps it was a time of germination, not drought. Seeds take some time to take root out of sight, and this is what seems to be taking place. There was another in Cotanay who generously received us, chatted with us and fed us. The husband invited us to return at any time and assured us we would always be welcome there. This again was a real gift from God!
Thank you for your continued prayers and support, both financial and spiritual. The church in Arequipa has held a week long prayer and morning fast. Prayers for the two ministries in Machahuay and Viraco have been a big part of the process. Pastor David and Mimi check in on me several times a week by telephone. It is a great comfort and privilege to know these friendships are so strong. I thank God for great phone plans and good signals up here in the mountains. Please pray, also, that in the near future Pastor David will be able to come up to Machahuay for a prayer breakfast and message. Also, there are missionaries on their way in late June. They are from a church in Smithfield. One participant hails from Turner Memorial which previously shared the vision for Peru with Wrightsboro. God is good all the time!
Know that I pray for you all as well. Now that Greg is here, he has been leading us and teaching us on Sunday mornings. The study is ongoing on the attributes of God. I am already feeling like I am being stretched in a good way, in my understanding of who our God truly is.
Thank you again, for all you do to make this work possible. Blessings on you all and your households!
In Jesus' Name,