What a wonderful month this has been! We have had the privilege of preaching a revival in Moquegua, Peru where our latest church was started. This church is now less than a month old, and we averaged 25 people in the church. During the revival we had 7 people saved and saw God do some incredible things. We ask that you pray for Wilber Hallasi who is the pastor of this churchâ€”that God will show him exactly how to see the church grow and bring honor and glory to him. The church is renting a spot and hopefully will be able to buy a place here in a couple of years. Pray that God would provide for this need.
We ask you to pray specifically for our Bible College students; we had an outbreak of Salmonella. This has been a very trying time. We had 30 students that were sick, and we paid right at $2000 to get the medication necessary to help them get over it. We had a few in the hospital, but most were taken care of here in the College. Pray that God would help everyone get over all of the symptoms. Also pray that the Lord would provide the necessary funds for this need. This money was taken out of an emergency fund our family has because we had to pay for these expenses.
Also please pray for me as I return to the States in the month of August. I will be there for 3 to 4 weeks. I was invited to preach one of the most exciting youth conferences in the States for Spanish-speaking people. If you would like to have us in during this time, please let us know. I will be in California and hopefully can get into quite a few different churches that are not yet supporting the Bible College. We are coming in at around $5000 short every month of what is needed on a very tight budget. Pray that God will raise up new supporters for the College here in Peru. This is without a doubt one of the most important ministries that we have; it is the secret of the success of the ministry here in Peru. God has raised up very successful churches because of men and women that were trained here in the Bible College. If you would like to take the Bible College on as a new missionary, just send the check to Macedonia and on it mark Peru Baptist College. Pray that the Lord will allow us to get into some churches that would like to become yokefellows in seeing the College continue. If you are in the California area and would like to have us in your church, please feel free to write us at firstname.lastname@example.org; we would love to share all that God is doing here in Peru.
We would like to praise the Lord as well for the Faith Baptist Church, we have seen it grow very well and are excited about that. This month, our average attendance is over 400. We are praying that God will allow us to purchase a piece of property here soon. We are well on our way to reaching 500 people and have no idea really how we can continue to grow. The church has already saved up a total of 35,000, but we need $100,000 before we can even start looking for a piece of property. Pray that the Lord would provide for this need.
We thank you for all you do to allow us to be here in Peru. We truly love what God has called us to do, and without the support of people like you, we couldnâ€™t be here. Thanks so much for all that you do. May God continue to bless you in all that you do for Him.
Chris, Andria, Jacob, Hannah and Andrew Gardner