Taking it to the next level

March was a whirlwind of ministry for me personally and for our team as a whole. We started the month teaching at one of our training centers here in Cusco. This was the second week (of 6 for the year) of training for this group of 60 pastors and leaders from the city and surrounding communities. A big highlight for the week was when one pastor, who lives about four hours away, shared his testimony of how he has begun using what he learned in our training to train dozens of other pastors and leaders. In fact, the other day I received a call from another pastor who is holding trainings in his community for eight other pastors and leaders around him. It is great to see our 2 Timothy 2:2 model at work!

We also opened up a new site here in Cusco that meets at night from 6-10 which will take place 4-6 weeks per year. The week before we began we were expecting about 25 pastors. Then the day before we started I got a call from the local pastor we are working with to organize it and he told me that we would actually have about 50 students. However, we ended up with 70 pastors and leaders in attendance each night. In fact, the main pastor we are working with to organize this site told me that several in attendance are there to prepare to be sent out to plant churches in the surrounding communities where there are currently no churches. 

While I was teaching the "night site" our other three teammates (Josh, Dustin and Andy) were in a community about two hours outside Cusco teaching at one of our other sites. They had a good week teaching in the New Testament and strengthening relationships with that group. 

Deepening relationships through personal visits 

Another highlight from March was the blessing to spend personal time with a few pastors that are part of our trainings. A few of us visited one of the pastors who lives in a small village about two and half hours outside the city. He showed us his field where he grows potatoes among other things and I was blessed with the opportunity to preach in his church. It was great to get to know him better as well as see what his church is like.

Last weekend our family, along with the McKenzies, had the wonderful blessing of spending an entire day with another pastor from our training who oversees 90 churches for his denomination in Cusco and the surrounding communities. We spent time walking through his fields eating strawberries, peaches, other fruits native to Cusco and even picking some corn. Of course we had a great time catching up around the table as well. 

Finally, last Sunday I spent the day with another pastor and his family who had invited me to preach at his church which is about an hour outside of the city. It was fun to get to know them better and get a better view of what his church is like. 

We now have five training sites up and going with one other site to begin in November. The existing five sites amount to about 250 pastors that we are training! Overall, we are very encouraged by the eagerness and desire for training that so many pastors and leaders have here. 

Upcoming Ministry Schedule
April 16-20 - Training in Cusco 
April 23-28 - Training in Cusco (Nights)
April 30-May 4 - Training in Puerto Maldonado (A city in the jungle. Titus is coming with me!)
May 7-11 - Training in Cusco

A look at my board with the 42 teachings I am prepping for the next four weeks:

  • Ethan and Titus trying some fruit from Pastor Aurelio's field
  • Ellie and Jilly-bean
  • Ethan reading to Ellie and Jill
  • Nora tie-dying a shirt during family night 

Family Update

First, a quick update on Jill. Shortly after our last update she was diagnosed with hip dysplasia so she has been wearing a harness for the last five weeks. We were thankful for our teammate, Courtney, (she is a pediatrician) who caught it early on. Jill has taken everything in stride and continues to get better. She is a really sweet baby and she is really soaking up all the love and attention she gets from her brothers and sisters as well as everywhere else she goes. She will stay in the harness until she is healed.

As for the rest of the family, the oldest three children will be finishing up another year of school in the next couple weeks. Betsy has done an excellent job getting everything done before we leave for the US for a few months of furlough. Also, Ellie has been attending a preschool that is located literally next door to our house. Our goal for her is to grow in her Spanish - and she certainly has! 

We are excited to be going back to the US from May 21-Oct 2 for a time of furlough! It is hard to believe that our first term on the field is winding down quickly and that in six weeks we will be in the US for the first time in two and a half years. We are really looking forward to spending time with family, friends, and ministry partners. We will have more about where we will be and when as the time nears.
  • Jill's hip continues to heal and she has such a sweet demeanor
  • The Lord has provided a car and housing for our time in the US!
  • For Betsy and the kids while Titus and I are in the jungle April 30-May 4. This will be her first time with me out of town since having Jill.
  • That God would exalt Himself in my next four weeks of teaching and that He would give me endurance and clarity in my teaching. 
Prayer Requests
  • For quality time as a family in the midst of a mad dash before leaving for a few months
  • That we would draw near to God and stay there
  • For Betsy and kids to finish school well 
  • For more workers to join us in our work here!!!
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