It is hard to know where to begin but there are great challenges in Arequipa, Peru right now!
A member of the Faith Baptist Church that we all loved and trusted ran a money changing business (money exchanger), a karate school, and other things as well. He was loved and respected.
This man swindled the church out of its building fund. He took advantage of a lot of innocent people.
But what is causing the biggest crisis right now is that he tried to involve the church and Chris Gardner as though they were part of the scheme. It was part of his front. He used them to appear trustworthy.
Of course neither the church nor Chris had anything to do with the stealing or the scheme. This â€œbrotherâ€ has disappeared taking whatever money he had left over. The church, Chris, and many others were the victims of this elaborate and wicked scheme.
Now many people are trying to accuse the church and especially Chris since he is the pastor of the church out of which the schemer operated.
Chris needs your prayers right now. There have been threats made on his life. He is having to spend a lot of money with lawyers to prove his case and to make it clear that neither he nor the church were involved.
Pray that God will provide the funds to cover the legal needs. Pray that God will protect Chris and his family. Pray for all those whose feeling have been hurt.
Several of the pastors in Arequipa met with Chris yesterday and told him that they remembered when we had the last big attack against the team and ministry in Arequipa. They remember the attack on the Bible college when they stole our land.
After that attack God came forward and moved the ministry forward by great leaps and bounds. They know that they are under attack from Satan. They are standing with Chris and looking forward to seeing God do again what He did before and take the ministry forward like never before.
Will you please pray? By the way, Chris is extremely busy with all of this, therefore he will be unable to talk with you for a while. Feel free to post your questions or comments here and I will try to answer you.
Thank you for all you do!