We trust that this email finds you all well and ready to enjoy the spring time of the USA. For those of you outside of the USA, we hope you are enjoying whatever season God brings you. Please enjoy the monthly update that follows.
Emma: Emma continues to shine in playing piano in her music school band. She performed wonderfully at their concert on April 6th. She absolutely loves it. She is doing extremely well in school and embraces the challenges that come with a Spanish-speaking school. Daily, we are amazed at her perfect Spanish-accent and her love of making new friends.
Bowden: Bowden began drum lessons this April. He has been an enthusiastic learner and eager to go to classes. His professor told me this past week that Bowden is progressing very quickly. Bowden too is doing great in school. He is more timid than Emma but does not shy away from learning and speaking Spanish. He has made great friends at school. It has been very sweet seeing Bowden’s relationship grow with the Scarborough (our teammates) boys.
Blakely: Blakely is doing well in school and Cindy and I have seen drastic improvements in her speaking and comprehension of Spanish. She is always the life of the party and this has transferred over to school. Her classmates love her. Amazingly, she learned to ride a bike without training wheels this week. Amazing because she did it on her 1st attempt with minimal help. Many of you saw my Facebook post of this. It has been awesome watching her and Daniel Scarborough become close friends. Why? Because we call them Wild thing 1 and Wild thing 2 (names affectionately given to them by Charles Scarborough). They are a sight when together. Wild is an understatement!
Cindy: Cindy continues to increase her involvement at the Josephine House. She is volunteering there 3 days a week and has loved working with the kids there. She continues to partner with Audrey Wilson in developing our children’s ministry at church. Also, Cindy is supplementing home-school curriculum for the kiddos. Super mom!
Josh: I have continued working at La Fuente 4 days a week (Monday-Thursday) until 12:30 and have really enjoyed growing in relation with our 3 dental interns. I am meeting regularly with Nilton for Bible study and I have been super encouraged as he has brought a friend or 2 the last 2 weeks. Also, I am meeting with other male students but there has been little consistency (I have accepted that schedule changes are and will continue to be part of this student ministry). Student events on Saturday nights have been great. I taught 2 Saturdays ago on Dioses Falsos. The chapter was about the idol of money.
La Fuente (Clinic): La Fuente continues to grow in patients seen and patients discipled. The Leadership Team formed by Nathan Wilson (clinic director) continues to learn and understand how La Fuente will continue to flourish and serve for Jesus after Nathan and family return to the USA in 2019. The dental department is seeing our interns grow in their clinical skills (Joaqin, Shiomi, and Krystel). They have so much to learn still and are eager to try new techniques. Dr. Vladi and Dr. Ruth Nancy continue to embrace me as one of their own and love patients so well. I completed an intensive dental implant course in Lima a few weeks ago. It was very informational and very demanding with surgeries. We expect to have all equipment available in the next few weeks to begin placing implants at the Clinic.
Iglesia Fuente de Gracia (church): We continue seeing growth spiritually in our members. We have also seen an increase in number of weekly attendees. Our children’s ministry is growing weekly and is so vital to the long term Gospel message here in Cusco. Pastor Scott has done a great job leading.
Student ministry: We, as a team, continue discipling University students and are now seeing some students lead small group studies themselves. We use Proyecto Felipe as a guide for new believers. Part of this study is discipling others after completion of all 3 books. We are all excited to have Hugo Bejarano become part of our campus ministry. He has worked with Pastor Scott for several years and has a wealth of knowledge working alongside University students as a Christian Peruvian.
Josephine House (Orphanage Casa Josefina): Volunteers and paid staff continue to pour into these beautiful children daily. Everyone is so patient and focused on giving the absolute best care possible to these little ones. Cindy describes their work like a well-oiled machine balanced between feedings, bathing, dr visits, education, homework, nap times, bed times, cuddles and play time.
As we dive into May, we ask for the following prayers for our family and ministry:
- Prayers for our family to have tolerance and patience with each other. Often we give our best to others and do not give it to our family.
- Prayers to combat the anxiety or feeling of loneliness that often accompanies living abroad. We are part of a great team that will be ever-changing. We truly miss our families and friends in the USA. That combined with living away from the the USA often has led to feelings of loneliness.
- Prayers for our University student ministry. Hopes of more students truly understanding the Gospel and asking Jesus into their hearts.
- Prayers for our Team. Over the next several months we will see team members take leave in the USA, new Team members come to Cusco, and some return to the USA indefinitely.
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To close, please let us know how we can pray for you. As always, it is our pleasure to pray.
Thank you for loving us well,
Josh and Cindy