"I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been
doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to
the father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may
bring glory to the Father. You may ask for anything in my name and I will
do it." John 14:12-13
Spanish classes are coming along. Our official departure date for Paraguay depends on our progression with learning the Spanish language, so very seriously pray that we can build a solid foundation of Spanish to build upon over these two years.
We have been enjoying our classes very much as they include times during which we get to walk around the city and see, learn and do as a part of our learning. Last week my teacher, Julissa, took me out to see the antique stores! They were filled with the most beautiful paintings, dishes, furniture and Incan artifacts. She was saying that there is not a huge market for antiques in Arequipa and that mainly foreigners shop at these stores. Oh how I wish I had a way to buy and mail some of these things! I love old stuff! It was very much a treat to spend the day with her in the antique shops.
We have been having ridiculous amounts of rain here. Just yesterday we re-routed our taxi to take us home instead of going to church. The roads here just aren't designed to handle the amount of water that has been pouring down on the city. The road to the community of Hunter, where our church is, pretty much looked like a chocolate milk river. I wish I had my camera at that time to show you how nuts it looked. The cars were at a stand-still on most of the roads and a tree had fallen down completely blocking an entire throughway. It was like a movie! The neat part is having amazingly clear air, green hills and miraculous views of the snow-capped Misti volcano. It is pretty cool to be able to see and live nestled at 8,000 feet so close to the Peruvian Andes. God has made some very wonderful things in the world and what a treat it is to be able to appreciate them. We are really hoping that we can plan a short trip to Macchu Picchu. How could we be in Peru without seeing this amazing wonder!?
Our team in Peru continues to work tirelessly through thick and thin! We have gained a new team member to partner with one of our 40/40's. What an answer to prayers! The latest numbers I heard were 20 home Bible study groups and church attendance of 150! Check out some of the links to blogs the side of this page specifically for the Asuncion blogs to read in more detail about what our team-mates are up to, some of the neat stories and what you can be praying about for them. If you are interested you can also check out our facebook group for the Extreme Nazarene Paraguay Team to get to know them better and encourage them. They are working very hard and having wonderful success! Please keep them in your prayers!
Some other things you can remember to pray for: Our Spanish lessons, schooling for the children and the funds to cover the cost (see http://jesusadventure.blogspot.com/p/support.html), continue praying for our children's health and safety. ALSO, please consider joining the kids prayer team to specifically pray for them and send them letters or cards of encouragement and love! See http://jesusadventure.blogspot.com/p/kids-prayer-team.html for more information.
Grace and Peace,