After Wednesday night service, I asked Velisa how she was doing. Two of her family members are dying of cancer, and she was having a rough time with it. She told me that she was okay, but it was still hard. I mentioned to her that since she set foot into our church, she had passed through some mighty storms, and this is how she responded.
“Pastor Patrick, I used to always be afraid and worried. Every day was a shadow, and I had no peace, ever. Then I accepted Christ and found this church. The problems are still hard, but now I have a peace from God, and a family here, too, that will help carry me through. Thank you for being here when I needed you.”
It does not happen too often, but hearing testimonies like this make it worth it all. Velisa came to us years ago in tears, afraid of decisions she had made that were hurting her family. She accepted Christ and joined the church, and her life is completely different than what it was. Please pray for her as she passes through these storms.
May was a month where the church planned its second large event without our help. Mother’s day is a big deal here, and the church came together to make it a very special day. With so many that travel on this day, we ended up celebrating it more the Sunday after, and had standing room only for the service. It joys my heart to see the church work together to put things together on their own.
We do have a prayer request and a praise for you. We wanted to wait and see how it went before we said anything, but Agustin, who had resigned in September of last year, has returned and has been preaching for us for several months. He has recommitted himself to the church and is pastoring for us on a tentative basis until we feel like he has truly made the needed commitment. Please pray that God makes clear His will in this area and that we can train Papo quickly so that he can be there for the church in whatever area they need.
We have begun preparing for our return to the States in October or November. It will be our first time back in almost five years, but it also means that we will be selling all our things again, and giving up our home. It’s exciting coming back, but very hard saying goodbye, even if it is only for a year. Pray for us as we prepare, and if you wish to help us with the expenses, please send the funds marked as furlough assistance.
Please feel free to contact us via email or through our Facebook page at “Pruetts in Peru”. We have lots of photos there to see. Most importantly, we are thankful for your support. We can not do what God has asked us to do without you. Thank you!!