Dear Friends and Family,
“ The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.” Proverbs 21:1
It’s here! The container has finally been released and arrived at Efata at about 12:30am on Friday Sept. 23rd, ending a 10-month long process that would take pages to explain. We are so thankful to the Lord for His blessings. I must say that I have learned a new level of patience throughout this process.One of the many blessings of this event was that the container storage company, Fargoline, who some say does not give many discounts, granted us a 90% discount on the storage fees for the container. So what would have been over $16,000 with storage and other service fees, was reduced to a little over $4000.00. Glory to God! We are grateful to them and thankful to the Lord for working in hearts. As the verse above states, God turns the heart of authorities (kings).We are extremely grateful to those who gave to make this possible. There were churches and individuals who gave sacrificially for the items that were in the container, the cost to ship the container and all the expenses related to the paperwork processes, storage and movement here in Peru. This was a very daunting and frustrating process but we have learned a great deal.
We are thrilled to finally have the tracts and Bibles that we can now distribute throughout our ministries here in Peru. We are thanking the Lord for church pews, and chairs, used clothing, new clothing, school uniforms, shoes, 28 tables, special needs equipment for a very handicapped little boy, silverware griddles, crockpots towels, sheets, computers for school, huge boxes of toys, plus little bikes, ride on toys, school supplies as well as teachers resources, library books changing table for the nursery, a Ping-Pong table, a Foosball table, and many sports supplies, picture frames and more.
In November we will be having two Bible Conferences, one for the hearing and one for the Deaf. We are so excited about these conferences for our church people.
Please pray for me as I am making contacts with officials in the National Police for open doors into their schools and institutions to teach Biblical ethics and morals. A great need here in Peru. I will let you know more about this as it progresses.
We are grandparents times 3 now! Julianne delivered a beautiful baby boy – Andrew. Sunday night the 25th of September. Lisa and I were returning from a preaching engagement that I had two hours away and when we arrived home at 1:30am we were greeted by a surprise visit from Frank and Julianne and their two boys David and Andrew. What a blessing to hold my new grandson for the first time.
Judson is almost done with his high school. I will be bringing him back to the States to complete his enlistment process for the Marine Corps. Please pray for God’s guidance in this process for him.
James, will be coming down for the Bible conference for the hearing to help with the interpreting. We are so looking forward to seeing him again as well. He just started his Master’s program at Baptist College of Ministry.
Jared continues to work in Fargo, ND and attend Fargo Baptist Church. He is active in the church and is preparing to go into the military.
John, Joel, Jessica and Jennifer are doing well. The kids are growing up and once Judson leaves, we will only have five children at home. Lisa is currently taking care of a newborn baby that the government brought by who was abandoned. Other than getting less sleep, it is nice having a baby in the house for a while.
Thank you all for your prayers and support.
Bro. Joe & Lisa
Judson, Joy, John, Joel, Jessica, Jennifer