“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8.
Chester and Vermont are our Jerusalem/Judea. Peru is going to the ends of the earth, and we do not mean that metaphorically. We love Peru, and Lima where we live. The poor of Peru are our Samaria. Each summer we return to Vermont to be with family during these later years of our lives, to visit and share with our supporters. We are building relationships with this New England community, and that takes time, especially for outlanders.
We have been working with various fellowship groups and churches around New England this summer. We have spent valuable time with family. God has blessed us with beautiful surroundings in Vermont in which we write, pray, read, plan and welcome visitors, even black bears! Ian has been traveling on behalf of the Diocese of Peru and the new 501c3 called Amigos del Peru.
We return to Peru September 8th. We will be moving into a new apartment near the cathedral where we will be working most Sundays. Ian will continue to work to encourage and train clergy, and I will work on the Christian Education materials for the diocese. Other responsibilities emerge each day. Ian works closely with Bishop Godfrey. I have been researching Godly Play and how it could be adapted to the Peruvian culture. We look forward to renewing our friendships with our Peruvian and missionary family. And, of course, we will continue to improve our Spanish and cultural learning!
We thank you for your prayers and financial support. We continue to need both. Winning souls and encouraging believers is a spiritual battle. We count on your prayers for protection and obedience. Financially, we need more support as we spend more of our time in Peru, travel to churches outside Lima and furnish an apartment. The exchange rate is worsening—good news for Peru! Most importantly, we need you on our team. Thank you for being our team, helping us to listen, live among, and love without strings attached.
We like to keep in touch via our blogs and through these occasional newsletters. Also, we love hearing from you via e-mail, Facebook and Skype (see the about Ian page for addresses).
Polly and Ian
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