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Friday, January 4, 2008

1/4 Update

Travel Status - We have had a busy December, as I am sure all of you have as well. This past month we were able to visit Huaraz, a city in the Andes, participate in special events at two local churches, Musa and Manchay, and continue in our Bible studies and discipleship. Be sure to check out the blog to see pictures and stories!
Future Schedule - On the 14th of January we will be heading out with a group from Musa Baptist Church to Ukrania, a small town near the jungle. We will be assisting in a family conference, working mostly with the children's ministry. Pastor Evelio and Gloria will both be teaching, and we pray that the families of this region will be strengthened. Following this week long trip we will jump into at least two weeks of camp, Pastor's Camp and Missionary's Camp!
Prayer Requests - Please pray 1. that this region of Ukrania will be impacted with the gospel and the families will be brought closer to Christ and to each other 2. that we would continue to grow in our own relationship with Christ 3. for the Bible studies and discipleship that we are involved with, that we would encourage other to follow Christ as we are following Him.
The Peru Side - "The Old Man" - A common tradition here in Peru for New Years is the burning of the Old Man. Old clothes are stuffed with newspaper, trash, fireworks, large explosives, and anything else that will burn They are then formed into a shady looking dummy, and lit on fire around midnight, New Year's Eve. This is done to symbolize the end of the old and the beginning of the new. Thousands of burning "old men" can be found on rooftops, on sidewalks, in the middle of the road, wherever. The result of this tradition is several days of smoggy weather and everything smelling like burning trash.

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