Dear Pastors and Praying Friends,
This prayer letter is going to sound a little different than the others that I send. We have had so many things going on this month. Faith Baptist Church had a great month last month where we saw close to 40 people get baptized. It is so exciting to see people coming to Christ and getting baptized as a normal part of the life of the church. The church has been doing well and we are excited about everything going on. One really difficult thing that they are going through right now though is that in the last part of October we had the roof of the church fall in. It is made out of fiberglass and according to all of the studies that we are doing, the fiberglass had about a 15 year life expectancy and it had been on the roof for about 18. We thank God that the roof fell in about an hour after the services so no one got hurt. The truth is that it could have killed people if they would have been in the church when it happened. Pray for us as it looks like we may have to pay close to $10,000 to get it fixed. We are hoping that we can find another way but for now it is looking like this is one of our only options. Pray that God would provide for this need.
Also, the first week of October we had the privilege of having our annual Pastor’s School. We had a great time with right at 1,000 people there each night. Austin Gardner, my pastor and my dad, was our guest speaker, the people really enjoyed having him there. He also brought a few friends from his church as well as another supporting pastor. We had the privilege of hearing Dad and Derik Lawrence preach each day and each evening as well. We had a great time while down there and were excited to see how we could help the people to learn more about the ministry that God has called them to do. Right after this conference we also had some crazy stuff happen. When I went to Peru for the Pastors School, a man in my church decided to rent a brand new vehicle for me to drive while I was there. It was such an incredible blessing to have an easy way to get around during that time. On my last day in Peru, I gave the keys to Miguel Murillo, he is the director of the college and one of the safest drivers I know of.
Well he was leaving the Bible College with another pastor friend from the north of Peru when he crossed the railroad tracks and didn’t notice the train coming. We thank God that everyone is safe but the car didn’t make it. I have seen on video many times what happens to a car when it gets hit by a train but seeing it in person was mind boggling. Miguel and Sergio got out very shaken up but safe but the car is nothing but a memory. The train actually pushed it into a small holding pool for the irrigation water. It was crazy, but the bad part is that it looks like I will actually have to cover the expenses of the car. I have no idea where we will come up with the money but I do know that God is faithful and that he will provide. Pray with us that we might be able to come up with the $18,000 that we need for this.
In an economy like we are in right now it is good to know that those that give to their local church and missions are giving for an eternal reward, the stock market cannot impact what our investments in the work of God have produced. Thanks for all you have done to allow us to stay on the field. We will be returning to Peru in February, please continue to keep us in your prayers.
Chris, Andria, Jacob, Hannah and Andrew Gardner