Archive | September, 2007

Great news about the christian school

Well, I spoke with the administrator today about the Christian School. I thank God for the answer to prayer that he gave us concerning the tax lean. After a lot of legwork and moving around we were able to come to an agreement with them to pay little by little. We hope for everything to go over fine and hopefully we will be out of the woods with them in another couple of years. I was excited because this is something that didn’t cost me too much money. I thank God for the people that surround me and help in the ministry here. He has given us some great people and without them I couldn’t do all that is done. May God bless you in all you do for him.
Chris
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Alex Mamani has experienced 1000% church growth

Well, Miguel Murillo (the academic director of the Bible College) just went and preached a revival at Source of Light Baptist Church. The pastor, Alex Mamani was sponsored in one of our emails where we told about the problems that he had with the sewage water in his house. He has been struggling to get the church going, he has been there for years and the average attendance has been under 10. Well the Lord has really started working in his church. Miguel told me that at the revival they had an average of over 60 people. This is wonderful. One of the biggest problems that we have here in Peru is that we have many churches that are still small and need to get to a point to where they can take care of themselves. I thank God for the good report I received from Miguel. This encourages my heart more than you will ever know. One of my greatest burdens is to try and help the churches grow and reach a place where they can reproduce themselves. This was a good report I received today. We need to try and do all that we can to try and raise the money necessary for buying a piece of property. I am trying to raise $6000 to help him out. They have already raised 10% of the money, but there is much more to do. If you would like to help with this, please let us know.
Chris
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No water at the house.

Well actually we have a big reservoir on the top of the house so we do still have water but we did get our water cut off because of not paying for the bill for 2 months straight. Well as you can imagine, we do pay our bills. It is very hard to live in a country for close to 20 years if you don’t pay your bills. Well here you aren’t innocent until proven guilty, it is usually the opposite way around. So here is the procedure now. You have to go downtown and stand in line waiting for your chance to talk and see if you can prove your point. After waiting for over an hour you have to show them the receipt where it was paid. Then you get into a discussion about whether or not this place where you paid was an approved place then after much discussions they let you know that they think they might of lost the paperwork and that is the problem. Now how long will it take to reconnect you ask? Well they will have to wait to find the paperwork. After discussing (not nicely) this situation with them for a while they agree that they will be hooking up the water again tomorrow around 7. Needless to say we will not be holding our breath for this one.
Some things on the mission field are not a blast, but then what can you say? I can’t really say we are suffering, I can say that things are an inconvenience sometimes though. Hopefully the tank on the top of our house will hold out for our showers etc. until the water is turned back on. We will see.
Chris
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Worms in the family

Well, we noticed Hannah getting a little sick and so we figured we would take her to the doctors. One of the things that is not too fun about being on the mission field are some of the diseases we get down here. Needless to say, sanitation and cleanliness of the foods are not as vital as they are in the states. Well we went to the doctor and were told that Hannah had worms and that anyone she hangs around much would probably have them too. Well that may not be that big of a deal for a lot of people but when you consider that she sees at least 400 people each Sunday then it is a different story. We were told that us adults had to take some pills as well.
Chris
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Faith Baptist Church 435 last week and 394 today

Well services went well today, Faith Baptist Church had 435 last week, and 394 today. The church is continuing to grow and we are seeing great things happen here in Arequipa. We had 7 people saved today and we saw many visitors here in the church. We are excited about all that God is doing here at Faith. The 11 am service is suffering some and we are doing our best to try and get this service to grow. By suffering, it isn’t that bad seeing that we have almost 200 in that service but we are still trying to get it to grow. We are excited about all that God is doing here and we are excited to see what he will do in the future as well. We have quite a few problems going on as well, pray for us as we try and wade through all of the mess that God will give us wisdom as to what I need to do with them. Thanks for staying up to date with what is going on here.
Chris
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A day at the office

Well, just to give you guys out there in the blogosphere an idea of what a missionary goes through, I figured I would give you an idea of what happened in the office yesterday and part of today. Yesterday started out with us having to deal with a sexual issue with some of the members of the church. Church discipline is never fun and dealing with the issue isn’t fun either. Pray for the families involved that the Lord will help them get things fixed and bring them back together. A lot of times people think that everything in Peru is great and we don’t have to deal with that kind of stuff but I promise you there is more of it than you can ever imagine. When a person gets saved and is getting their life right, they do not necessarily start in good spots.
After that I had the man in charge of the Administration of the College tell me that we (the college) owes 20,000 soles for property tax for a mistake made by someone else a few years ago. We are trying to do all we can to fix it but so far it looks like we will have to come up with the money. Just so you know what we are talking about, we are talking about close to $7,000. It is going to be fun trying to come up with that kind of money. Pray that we may be able to find a way around all of this issue.
After that I had a pastor come in letting me know that he is having some major tax issues as well, the christian school has been doing their paperwork wrong and we were trying to get it fixed, we saw problems coming but were hoping that we could fix stuff first. Well, the equivalent of our IRS is now placing a lean on the property of the christian school and the church. This is the only christian school that we work with. This could be a very fun issue and I do not even have a dollar amount yet.
This morning, I had a meeting where I was told that we had some other debts that I didn’t know about that we have to cover of about $9000. Needless to say this money is not just sitting around waiting to be used.
I know that a lot of people don’t understand what a missionary has to do on the field, many think that they knock on doors all day and win people to Christ and have great stories to tell in their churches later. What most people do not realize is that those stories cost a lot. They cost a lot of time in prayer and they are not always fun to deal with although looking back, the stories are usually great about how God did a miracle to make things happen. Pray for us that the Lord would show us what to do in all the issues that come up down here.
Chris
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Earthquake hasn’t helped the internet

OK, we are having horrible times with our Internet here in Peru. I have found out what the problem is but I don’t understand it. Evidently Peru has one major line out of the country that communicates us with the rest of the world. Since the earthquake it has caused horrible problems. The funny thing is that some of the stuff that uses internet technology works great while the actual internet doesn’t work hardly at all. Our vonage line and skype seem to work well but surfing the web can take the patience of Job, and as far as I know he didn’t have internet. 🙂 Evidentally the problem has something to do with DNS servers. I hope it gets better, I can’t hardly get to anything. Any web pages that are hosted in Peru are fine but anything out of Peru take forever if they even decide to work. Putting up the last blog took about 20 minutes to get it to work. Missions can be fun but then again sometimes it can be very very frustrating. I will try and put some more stuff out here in the next couple of days but it will probably take me a while to get everything up. Have a great day and enjoy the internet. I hope I don’t draw out more money than I have or something like that because I can’t get on the web.
Chris
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Student in Peru robbed and held for 3 hours

Benjamin Armstrong (son of Pastor Brent Armstrong), was at a friends house on Monday when he left, he stopped a taxi like he has for the last three months that he has been here. The taxi was taking him to the house, about 5 blocks before arriving at the house, the taxi driver stopped and turned his radio up so that screams could not be heard, two guys jumped in the back seat of the car and choke held him until he passed out. They took him to their house and beat him up pretty bad. They got his cards from him and got the PIN numbers for them, a few watched over him while some others went to get as much money as they could. After being there for a while, they gave him money for a taxi and told him to go home. Pray for him. He is very sore and not feeling quite as he was before. He will be staying in Peru until December. His decision to stay has shown a lot on his part, and the whole team of pastors here have been impressed with all that he does. He is a great guy and I look forward to working with him for years to come. I believe that the Lord has great things in store for his life. Pray for him during this time. If you would like to write him to let him know that you are praying for him, feel free to do so by placing a comment on this blog, he reads them. As you can tell, not all days on the mission field are about souls being saved, and they are not always fun either. Attacks abound but our God is greater than them all.
Chris
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At Home AAAAAAAAAMEN

Well, I am back home in Peru right now. What a blessing to be back and see the family and be at the church again. It has been wonderful to be back, and I am getting back into the rhythm of things. I will be better about blogging now that I am back in the office and working again like normal. Please be praying for everything that is going on down here that God would open doors to see great things continue to happen here in Peru.
Chris
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