Archive | August, 2007

Church helping earthquake victims

I thank God for the privilege of working in an incredible church like Faith Baptist Church. When the earthquake hit Peru so hard, the members of our church got together and decided to collect funds and clothing etc. to help the people there. I thank God for working among men and women that are willing to take initiative to help other people out. It is easy to practice Christianity from behind a pulpit or in a church building, but I am glad we had guys willing to give and go help others. They got together over 1 ton of goods and left on Thursday morning. We had a total of 15 leaders from the church up there ministering to the physical as well as spiritual needs of people. I praise God for the privilege of having men and women that know what it means to practice Christianity. I will have a few stories for you from Peru here in the next couple of days. Thanks for all that you do.
Chris
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Back in GA

Well, I am back in GA now. I had a great time in California and Texas, but it sure feels good to be back in Georgia. I was able to preach at my home church (Vision Baptist Church) on Thursday, this was very exciting. The Lord is really blessing the church and we are seeing a lot of growth. I will be in Tennessee and North Carolina before returning to Peru on next Monday which is Labor day. Pray for me that the Lord will help us to raise more support for the Bible College while I am back here in the states.
Chris
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Emails from missionaries.

Hello Chris.
The Nye’s and the Gherdines are doing fine. The brunt of the hurricane passed to the north of St Lucia and the northern part of the island was affected to most. Where the Nye’s are it wasn’t too bad.
Thanks,
Fred
Here’s an update from the Gherardini family.
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Thanks for the update. We are all well. We have no phone line, our internet is off and on with the breeze because it is hanging in the bushes. The power has been on and off. It came on again this morning at 2:15. Most damage was done to plant life and the banana crop. Our driveway was green on Friday afternoon and our road was blocked by small trees that had fallen. John & the boys have been doing a lot of pruning and things are getting back into shape.
Our church family did well through the storm. Most damages were done to their gardens and bananas, but thankfully all of that can be replanted. Life seems to be getting back to normal. Thanks so much for your prayers. Please pray our phone and internet get working again. We are going through internet withdrawals.
John & Sharon
Thanks so much for praying for these families.
Chris
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Heartbeat back to normal

Well, we have wonderful news. Julio was able to get a pacemaker for his heart. We had been praying for a long time that the Lord would open the door to allow him to have a pacemaker. It is amazing how God works. He does some of the strangest things some times but it is always nice to sit back and watch him work. Joy and Julio had just come back to the states and when they arrived, a young lady that had visited us in Peru (Amana Spencer) let me know of the possibility to get a pacemaker for free for Julio. Of course, we would prefer to have him operated on in the states and everything but the truth of the matter is that they couldn’t afford it. The Lord opened the door through Amana to have Julio to get his pacemaker for free, this included the operation, the pacemaker and the stay at the hospital. The only problem that we had was that they would have to change their flights to go back down to Peru a little later. They woudn’t allow then to change their flights so they had to buy new ones. This cost them under 4000 and they had that saved up from different people who had given money for the pacemaker. It is so exciting to see all that the Lord has done for them over the last couple of weeks. Thanks for praying, we serve an awesome God.
Chris
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This just in from a former secretary that worked in the Bible College

Current situation of the country of Peru.The epicenter of the earthquake was in the state of Ica, there was considerable movement in Lima and also in Arequipa, in Cuzco there was hardly no movement at all. In Pisco, a city on the coast, they are reporting that 80% of the houses have completely collapsed. Also the Panamercian highway is closed down due to problems. The death toll now is over 510 people, but the truth is that the machinery hasn’t been able to even get in yet to move things around. We are sure the numbers are going to raise even more. In many places, the situation is still chaotic. There is no way to evacuate the people that are hurt, there is no electricity or water either in these places. A few neighboring countries have sent medical aid. There are many people with broken bones that are on buses that cannot move, there is a man on board that was just operated on and his antibiotics are running out. There are ladies on the verge of giving birth and young children who have no milk. There are many houses that have totally disappeared the situation in Paracas and Pisco is very bad, they do not have a general morgue there so they are laying the bodies out on the street of the main plaza.
Please be praying for the people of Peru, this is an article that I just translated. May God bless you in all that you do for him.
Chris
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Letter about earthquake in from a former Bible College student

Carolina just wrote this to me. She used to go to the college in Arequipa. She is now living in the states. She went to Faith while she was in Arequipa, here are some excerpts from the letter.
Hello Pastor Chris, this is Carolina from Lima. I read your email about the earthquakes, and I ask your prayers for my family that lives in Chincha. They were left totally without a house. My grandparents also lost their home. Their house is totally destroyed now, it is very sad because this is the house that I grew up in, my mother also spent most of her childhood and teenage years there, there were so many memories, but we are trusting God’s will for our lives.
I ask you to pray for this family as you can imagine, many people are suffering right now here in Peru. If there is anything that I can do for you please let me know.
Chris
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Multimedia!

Hello once again! One of the best ways to stay up to date with what is going on around the world is looking at pictures. The saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words” is really true. So, from now on, we will be posting new albums full of current pictures from our ministry in Arequipa. Here is the link to the page where we have two albums up from the Medical Clinic and the Youth Congress: http://community.webshots.com/user/uttermostministries. We will be adding pictures constantly. Right now, we have our own channel on youtube. Here is the link for that: http://www.youtube.com/uttermostministries. We will be adding more videos to the channel in the coming weeks. With all of the technology that is available to us right now, we will be able to keep everyone as up to date as possible. We hope that everyone will take advantage of these two links so you will be able to stay current with us in Arequipa, and so you will be able to pray better for us and the ministry that the Lord has entrusted us with. Thank you for everything you do and it is our prayer that God will reward you all for the part you have in His work here in Arequipa!
Chris

Pray for the family

I would like to ask you to be praying for Andria, Jacob, Hannah and Andrew. Everything is going well and I thank God for an incredible wife. I would like to ask you to pray for the family as I am not there with them right now. Arequipa was not hit near as hard as places like Lima, but you can still imagine being alone right now. I am looking forward to seeing them again in September. Pray for them while I am gone. If you know of anyone that supports us that is not on our blog, please encourage them to get on it. We have had tons of people writing and this is the fastest, best and easiest way to stay up to date with everything going on down in Peru. May God bless you in all you do for him. Thanks for everything.
Chris
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Just in from the American Embassy

The Embassy alerts Americans traveling or living in Peru that an earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale has hit Peru.  The quake’s epicenter was located near the town of Chicha Alta, 100 miles south of Lima (30 miles north of Ica) along the Pacific coast.  A Tsunami warning is in affect for Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Columbia and Central America at the time of this message, in addition aftershocks may occur in the coming days. U.S. citizens should monitor local media sources for new developments and exercise extreme caution while within the vicinity.
For tips on earthquake preparedness, American citizens living in Peru are encouraged to review http://www.fema.gov/hazard/earthquake/index.shtm. Also, all Americans traveling or living in Peru are urged to notify friends and family members in the US on their conditions and whereabouts.
The Embassy encourages any affected American citizen to contact the US Embassy as soon as possible. The Embassy is located in Monterrico, a suburb of Lima, at Avenida Encalada, Block Seventeen; telephone 51-1-434-3000 during business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), or 51-1-434-3032 for after-hours emergencies; fax 51-1-618-2397, or 618-2724 (American Citizen Services Unit); Internet web site – http://lima.usembassy.gov.  The Consular Section is open for American Citizen Services, including registration, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon weekdays, excluding U.S. and Peruvian holidays.
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Finally caught up

OK, I think I am done for a while now. Sorry for so many posts in one day, but haven’t had that much of an option. I will have 2 more posts that I know of now then I will let you rest for a while. I want these to be at the top so everyone can know what is going on.  Thanks so much for getting to know our ministry and also for praying for us. We need it now. May God bless you in all that you do.
Chris
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