Dear friends thank you for your faithful prayers and support for our work here in Cusco, Peru. We have just celebrated three wonderful years living in Peru, and are so grateful for your support that enables us to be here.
We have lots of news to share with you and so as we write about the different areas of our lives and ministry we ask you to join us in praying for the different needs as you read them.
We were delighted to visit Yucay back in March when we returned to Peru and to see the maize from the BMS seed project being harvested. Our colleagues James and Julia Henley who are currently at language school in Arequipa plan to church plant in Yucay in the new year. Please consider using the sacred soil harvest video on the BMS website which is based on our work in Yucay and Cusco and please do pray for James and Julia as they start the new ministry there.
La Fuente clinic, Cusco.
Anjanette is nearing the end of her busy few months when she has been the only doctor at the clinic. Old and new doctors from different mission organisations are returning/arriving in Cusco soon to work at the clinic please pray that we will all work together well and be a blessing to the patients that we serve . Do look out for the BMS birthday scheme video it is a promotional video based on a day in the life of doctora Anjanette!
In April we were very blessed to host a terrific team of ministers in training from Bristol Baptist college. We gave them a taste of our life in Cusco as they joined in hospital and clinic visiting, schools work, pastors meetings, church activities, special events and some manual work. We are now gearing up for the next team, the first ever Cusco BMS Action team will be joining us for 6 months in October please pray that God will touch the lives of these 4 young people and that their presence will have a huge impact here in Cusco.
Scott has been busy travelling to various cities in Peru attending and speaking at youth conferences and teaching on the subject of Youth Ministry. The Peruvian baptist convention has no trained youth ministers, please pray for Scott as he seeks to help with training in this area.
New work in Huambutio.
We are gradually getting to know folk in the community in Huambutio; Neil and Amanda teach in the school weekly, we recently had a very exciting time as El Puente Iglesia had an experience of "mission" running a children's' holiday club there and we are still planning to start a small clinic in Huambutio. Please join us in praying that the paperwork for Anjanette's medical license soon comes through so we can set up the clinic.
El Puente Iglesia news
God is transforming our small church plant into a loving, caring family of disciples. He has sent us some wonderful new church members and we are entering a really exciting time in the life of our church. We have some new Peruvian church leaders and it is wonderful to see many different church members serving in different areas of church life, a far cry from when we started the church 2 years ago and did all the preaching, music leading, children's and youth work ourselves. Anniversaries are very important here in Peru and we all really enjoyed celebrating our 2nd church anniversary in August, Pastor Pedro our old language teacher from Arequipa preached , this was a great reminder of God's faithfulness to us over the years. Once again our church is outgrowing the current premises and the time has come to try and purchase our own property. BMS recognises that in order for El Puente to be sustainable one day our supporters will need to stop paying the church's rent, so BMS has set up a special project fund for this sole purpose. If you would like your church to support our fundraising to build a new church in Cusco, please contact Alastair Clunie in our Church Relations Team on 01235 7620. Alastair will be pleased to talk you through how you can support the Cusco project through our Co-Mission programme for churches. With your help, we are hoping to raise the £100,000 we need for this important church planting project.
Well that's a summary of what we have been up to over the last 6 months, thank you for journeying with us.
Love from Scott Anjanette Jessica and Samuel.