This last year was a crazy one with Pastor Tito and his wife Patty out of the country because of Patty's breast cancer. Praise God she is well and they are both back in Tacna.
For over 16 months we were working hard in Tacna for God's glory and it was a great year for growth within the three churches, especially Local Central and Ciudad Nueva. With the vacuum created without Tito and Patty many members stepped up their dedication to the church. God moved greatly in the hardest time of the church's existence in Tacna...as he usually does in our lives.
Now that they have arrived it is a new year and there are new changes in the churches and a big change for us...I am now officially the lead pastor in Ciudad Nueva. It is very exciting, but practically the same responsibility that we had these last 16+ months. The new responsibility adds a new level of ambitiousness towards planning the year and working closely with the team of leaders that God has raised up. We are looking into studying at a seminary together as a group once a week, planning visits every other week to get to know all the children's families at the church, and praying and talking over the visits every other week. Our hope is to get to know the families, help them in any way possible, and share the good news of Jesus whenever possible.
Please keep the church in Ciudad Nueva in your prayers, as with the other churches in Tacna. Please keep me in your prayers. I have always had a fear of power because I have seen what damage it can do...but I also know that these positions can and should be used to serve the church, serve the community, and glorify God through it. I am very excited and very fearful. Pray that humbleness and desire for GOD to be glorified will always guide my ways, my thoughts, and my steps. Please pray for wisdom to lead God's church and serve his children and creation.
Lastly, God has opened up a door to possible financial support from the east coast and we also ask your prayers through the process of being evaluated. It is a very missions oriented church. A friend has made a connection and we need to turn in some information for review by their missions committee. Please pray.
Thank you all for your support in every way. Thank you everyone who has helped financially to open up the School Supply store which is blessing to many. Thank you all for your constant prayers which are so necessary and appreciated for the good of God's work in Tacna. We love you.