Francisca and I have been frustrated and confused and sad and a mixture of emotions in Huascar. But these past two weeks we have been blessed and joyful and busy and grateful. God has opened the floodgates in Huascar! We are now focusing more in Alto Huascar, up on the hill. Yes, this involves more walking and hiking but its worth it! Over the past two weeks we have made eight new contacts through the movie we showed (a film about Felix Vargas, you can order a free copy at fromthedarkfilm.com) and from me dancing at a traditional festival called Corta Monte. Out of these eight new contacts we have started discipleship with five of them in the past week! And we also finally started discipling two other women we had previoulsy met. That's seven new people recieving the Word of God on a weekly basis! And two of them, Manuel and his daughter Rosio, have accepted Christ and made the decision to live a life with Him!
And this is why I say, God is faithful. He is so faithful to answer our prayers in His timing and in His way. Francisca and I know it all started with Lola. Lola was a little old lady we met a month or so ago in Huascar. We chatted with her and asked her if we could visit her at her home sometime. She said yes, we could visit her but where she lives there is no address. We weren't busy, just wandering around Huascar confused and seeking God's guidance as usual. So we walked with Lola to her house in Alto Huascar. I didn't even know that all these houses on this hill were part of Huascar. Not that we have to stay exactly within the city lines, God doesn't color in the lines, he makes the lines. But we never thought to even go up there. Thanks to Lola, we now are focusing in this place where she took us, this place God showed us through her. Unfortunatley, we have been unable to meet with Lola as her daughter does not want us in the house. But, God used her for His plan, to guide us and lead us directly into His Will.
And as Franci mentioned in theblog post she wrote a few weeks ago, we spent five week in the park waiting for kids to show up for classes on English and the Bible. For five weeks, nobody came. We changed the location to Alto Huascar and on our first week we had seven children! In Alto Huascar its like the belssings just keep coming and coming!
Here are some names to pray for......
Tomas - A older man we have started lessons with and is interested in knowing more about the Bible.
Rosio - A twentysomething girl, married with one daughter, who accepted Christ into her life a week ago Sunday.
Manuel - Rosio's father who also accepted Christ and is very hospitable to us and eager to learn more about Christ.
Richard - Rosio's huband who is not very interested in anything about the Bible but does work with tourists and wants to practice English with me.
Henry - A man we met at the Corta Monte who was drunk when we met him but he did give us his correct address; althought we have been unable to find him at home.
Juan - Another drunk guy from the Corta Monte who also gave us his correct address (its common to get incorrect addresses from the drunk guys), but we have not been able to meet with him either.
Yolanda - A woman Franci met at the movie who requested we visit her but has not been at home when we stop by.
Isabel - A woman who works with the Wawa Wasi daycares and we have seen her both in Huascar and Yanamayo. This past week we started discipleship lessons with her.
Yosephina - The Wawa Wasi leader in Also Huascar. We visit her Wawa Wasi every Friday to play with the kids and teach them a few English words. She has yet to show interest in anything further.
Lourdes - A mother of one in Alto Huascar who works all week as a painter while her husband works six hours away in Arequipa. She is recieveing the discipleship lessons and shows interest.
Yanet - We met her in February but she has been sick and unavailable for a month or more now. Finally, she is feeling better and we have started the first two lessons with her.
Lola - The lady that took us up to Alto Huascar, that we can find a way to meet with her again.
Psalm 57:2-5 & 9-11
I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills His purpose for me.
He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me;
God sends His love and HIs faithfulness.
I am in the midst of lions; I lie among ravenous beasts-
men whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
let Your glory be over all the earth.
I will praise You, O Lord, among the nations;
I will sing of You among the peoples.
For great is Your love, reaching to the heavens;
Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Be exhalted, O God, above the heavens;
let Your glory be over all the earth.