Archive | November, 2007

Jesus was baptized

Well, last week we had something pretty funny happen, one of the Bible College students (Vicente Garcia) was baptizing a young man. He asked “Jesus, have you accepted Jesus as your … . . . . .” What was funny was that he couldn’t finish the sentence, the whole church started laughing. Down here having the name Jesus is normal, in some countries they have the habit of changing the name Jesus once they get saved, but that isn’t the habit here. It was great seeing him get baptized, this is a very big step in a persons life here in Peru. Pray for the ministry down here that the Lord would continue to bless it.
Chris
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Great services today

We had 397 in attendance this morning and this evening we had right at 200. David preached for us at the church and the people really enjoyed it. We have had a good time with David and Kattie. We are getting ready to return to the states in the middle of February. Pray for us that the Lord would allow us to raise the necessary money to keep the ministry here going. Thanks for staying up to date with everything going on here.
Chris
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250 people for Thanksgiving

Well, on Friday we had a thanksgiving dinner for the team of pastors and the Bible College students. We had well over 250 people get together, no football but we did have a lot of food and we had a message and a lot of testimonies. It was a great time where we all got together to thank God for all that he had done for us. It is interesting how our people here don’t have everything that we have in the states but they are still very thankful for what God has done in their lives. This is a great team of men and women that love God and want to see his name glorified. Pray for us as we work together with them to see Arequipa, Peru and the world reached with the gospel.
Chris
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Praying for your missionaries.

Make sure and pray for your missionaries. This is a very hard time of the year for them. Let me just give you some things to think about while praying for your missionaries. Thanksgiving, Christmas and birthdays tend to be very hard. During the last few months, here are some of the special things that as missionaries we can’t share with our families. Our brother and sister in law Jeremy and Esther Lockhart have had their 2nd baby. Bethany Noelle Lockhart was born on the 19th of November. She is a precious baby that my wife wasn’t able to be there for her birth. This is the second birth that she has met, the only two children born to the family so far. Times like thanksgiving only make this reality more real, the thought of the whole family gathered together to eat and spend time together and you being 4000 miles away only makes it that much harder. The miles continue to grow and grow and you seem farther and farther away. Jacob is sick with scarlet fever and bills tend to stack up more and more every day. Pray for your missionaries as they are on the mission field celebrating a holiday that most don’t even understand. No doubt times have gotten easier with web cams, email and web pages but still they need you to pray for them.
Chris
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Scarlet fever and bacterial infections in the Gardner house

Well we have had some problems at the house in the last few days. Our oldest son Jacob got Scarlet fever. Honestly I had no idea it was still out there, it found our house none the less. Jacob has rashes all over his body and while he had this he also had a bacterial infection. He has had a tough couple of months. We took him to the doctor and after a couple of shots and some medicine he seems to be getting better. Pray for him that he would get totally better. Hannah and Andrew also had to take some medicine because it is so contagious. Fun thing being a parent some times.
Chris
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Thanksgiving on the field.

Well I hope all of you had a wonderful thanksgiving today. In America, it is all about the food and the football but here, we don’t have football so things were a little different. We had a good time, we got together with Benjamin Armstrong, the Master’s family, the Staley family, David and Kattie Gardner, the Soncco family and the Anderson family.
We had a great time, watching my wife and Diana Staley beat up on Kattie Gardner and Joy Soncco playing cornhole. First time watching this game as they said it was a mid-western game so poor ole missionary kid from Georgia who had spent the majority of his life in Peru, I had never seen it. My wife though was a total pro the first time she played. We had a blast with everyone and are looking forward to Thanksgiving tomorrow at the College. Pray for your missionary families as they are not around their families during this very special time of the year.
Chris
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A note from Andria about Thanksgiving

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! This year we had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We of course really miss family in the States, but the Lord always seems to provide friends and “family” on the mission field. Our first big struggle this year was wondering if we were even going to have a turkey for our thanksgiving dinner. We tried to order the turkeys last week and they said there weren’t any and wasn’t going to be any until Christmas. A lot of people don’t realize that people in other countries don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, so for them it is really strange for us to have a holiday today. Here in Peru everybody that can afford it eats turkey at Christmas. Thankfully, after pulling some strings we did get two turkeys for our dinner. Being on the mission field really does make you realize how thankful we should be for our country. We take so many small conveniences and freedoms for granted. Everything from not having pot holes in our roads to Wal-Mart! America is a wonderful and blessed place. You never realize what you have until you leave it and go to another country. Please pray for your missionaries on the field especially on days like Thanksgiving.
Andria
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What a surprise

Well, David Gardner and his wife came to Peru without anyone knowing about it. I was in the shower when I heard his voice there in my room. They came down to get some medical issues checked out. Pray for them while they are down here. We are very excited about having them down here with us. He will be here for 17 days. David always has a way of popping up without you knowing he was coming in. We are excited about the privilege of spending some time with them.
Chris
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Great family day and Anniversary at the church

Well, on the 18th was the churches 5th year anniversary. So on Saturday we had a picnic style outing with the church. We had close to 300 people come that day. It was a great time, then on Sunday we had a total of 487 people in the church. Honestly, it was crazy trying to get a seat for everyone there but we had a good time. I think we had close to 10 decisions on Sunday morning and a few others on Sunday night. I have no idea how we are going to continue to grow. Pray for the church that God will do a tremendous work through it. Honestly it was very moving to hear from all the people in the church how God had used the church for them to come to know Christ. I thank God that I am able to work at such an incredible church. I think we have many more things to see in the next few years. Pray for us that God will continue to use our lives to bring honor and glory to his name.
Chris
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