Dear Pastors and Praying Friends,
What a crazy few months the last ones have been. These last few months have been some of the most difficult yet most fulfilling months of our lives. We have had some major problems arise through the Julio Santos ordeal we wrote about in the last letter. Since the last letter, the Lord has led us to start a new church. We have been truly blessed in this new endeavor. Our church is now 1 month old and we are averaging over 50 people now. God is so good to us and we are thankful for all that he has done. Omega Baptist Church is doing great and we are thankful for what is happening. We are meeting at the Bible College until we are able to find a place to rent, seeing how God has grown the church even being out of the way at the college is pretty exciting and we really think that God is going to bless the church immensely. It looks like we might have found a place to rent for the church. This is really exciting. Starting a new church is always an expensive ordeal, if you would like to help with the starting of this church that would be a great help. Just send your check to Macedonia World Baptist Missions and mark it Chris Gardner / Omega Baptist Church. Any help would be greatly appreciated. We are praying that God would allow us to have around 300 people on our official launch date once we find where we are going to rent. Please keep this in your prayers.
I want to praise God for the great friends that I have discovered that I had in the last few months. During hard times is when you really find out what kind of friends you have and I thank God for the great friends that he has allowed me to discover in a deeper way during this time. Everything is still going full fledge forward and we are excited about how God is moving. We are also excited to announce that we have a couple of young ladies that will be headed to Morocco to work with Project North Africa. We are excited about all that God is doing through this. Pray for these young ladies as they go trying to focus on winning young ladies and telling them of the great love of Jesus Christ for them.
We had the privilege of having 2 medical clinics since we last wrote as well. We had over 1,100 professions of faith during this time. God has been so great to allow us to partake in reaching souls with the gospel. We are thankful for all that he is doing and all that he is going to do. Pray for us as we try and reach out with all of the churches in the city to be able to disciple these people. We will also be working on trying to integrate these people into the local churches in their areas. Pray for us as we do this. I would like to thank Go Forth Missions for their work in Arequipa and Medical Missions Outreach for their work done in Lima. We are excited about what God will do through the work done by these organizations.
Please continue to keep us in your prayers, God is going to continue doing great things in Peru. Pray that we will see him magnified no matter what comes our way. Thanks for all you do and for your faithful support.
Yours for Souls,
Chris, Andria, Jacob, Hannah and Andrew Gardner