Hi to you dear friends,

Yes, our winter is now, and it is a cold one. At least one of the nights here the water froze in puddles and though ice melts in the day with the sun, it is cool all day too. In the altitude several have lost their animals, llamas and alpacas, as they cannot find food under the snow. Our snowcap volcanoes have snow still and will probably keep it for a long time even though it is the dry time here. My fingertips are splitting and that is ouchy, but it should be better in a couple months anyway.

Anyway, the Lord is good and we are so thankful to serve Him here. Bob has been to the Majes valley and it seems they are doing somewhat better, and can still meet in the home of the brother who caused some trouble. He seems to have a better attitude after our worker, Teodoro, visited and dealt with him. In Espinar it seems there is still some division among the brothers and we ask prayer for the Lord to bring the right attitudes and love between the brethren. A former worker from up there passed away from lung cancer a couple days ago. Thankfully there was a reconciliation before his passing, with God, his wife and grown children and with Bob too. Thanks for praying for the family of Nicolas Ala. We trust he is with the Lord.

Bob now is in a Quechua community in the alteplano near Juliaca, another high and cold place. Every few months two Quechua communities up there have a united meeting. This encourages the brethren there and helps them grow in the Lord. We are thankful Bob can still go to these high places, though trips are a bit more difficult for him as he too gets older! In a few days I will turn 3/4 of a century, (75) and yes, I am slowing down some, but so glad to be able to continue to serve the Lord here.

I am teaching O.T, to 5th graders and 3rd graders this year. The fifth grade class is really good, and they are really profiting from this, I love it! It is a bit more difficult for the 3rd graders. But there are some that can keep up, and I think all are learning. I have to adjust the material some for the younger ones. Again, we are thankful we still have the opportunity to teach God's Word in the school here. It is becoming more difficult again in many places. And here too the govt. programs in education are beginning to eliminate God and teach tolerance of sinful life styles, disobedience to parents and authorities, etc. We need God's wisdom and guidance, thanks so much for praying!

Peru had the opportunity this year to participate in the world cup soccer tournament in Russia. Well, they got eliminated but they did win one game. However, all the hype and build up before the world cup really had an effect here. In one way, good, uniting the country that is so filled with corruption. But honestly it seems they made idolatry over these soccer stars, the whole event, etc. Wouldn't it be great if the country could unite and praise our Lord instead of these very passing sports idols?

Thank you dear ones again for praying for us and sharing with us in God's work here in south Peru. Visit our website, done by our son, Joe, and now has a link to the Spanish website too. It is: bobandnoelrich.com The Spanish site is: decristo.pe Our support address is:

Christian Missions in Many Lands, Inc.
P.O. Box 13,
Spring Lake, NJ 07762.0013 with a note: for Bob Rich Perú.

Many blessings for you all, hope you have a great summer up there! Thanks, Noél for us

Hi again, to you all!

Well, yes, June is "busting out all over". It is a cold winter here. My toes and fingers are starting to split from the cold dryness, but today it is cold and cloudy, and our mountains have new snow. Some of our believers work in high mines and they say it is snowing up there where they work, so it is cold all over.

Regional elections are scheduled for later this year, so all the current governors, etc. are all of a sudden working on special projects to impress people. However the impression during all this work is not so good. Many of the streets, including ours, are all torn up and blocked off. So the horrible traffic has to find alternate routes. Very congested, noisy, everyone honking trying to get wherever they are going first, etc.

Our street has been torn up and blocked off for 2 and a half weeks now. They have changed the sewer and water pipes underground, thus causing some days of water cuts, and every day with lots of dust and noise, etc. We are nice to them and let them keep their wheelbarrows and equipment in front of the church nights, but we all hope they will finish soon. Such is life in a 3rd world country.

Bob had a good trip to Yanaquihua and Charco, as well as the Ocoña valley last month. He was able to encourage the believers, and baptize some new ones. Charco and Yanaquihua are in the mountains. Please help us pray for our believers in all the areas Bob has worked, mountains, valleys, coast, etc. And for leaders to be raised up to keep the work going, and yes, outreach to new areas. Sadly we have had some problems with our leaders. The other elder here in the main church is a precious - really precious faithful believer.

But recently his wife is not cooperating at all with him. She just hardly ever comes to meetings and refuses to give up her business on the other side of town. Now that they have their own home and a baby son besides their two teen daughters, we agree that she should let her brother do the store where they used to live and she work more from her home. Please help us pray for this. The older teen girl is rebellious too, partly cause of this, and it is hard for the family. We really need Fortunato here. Another of the leaders Bob has been preparing also has problems with his wife. Seems as soon as we see God working and raising up leaders, the enemy causes problems.

On a happier, truly thankful note, my neck pain is basically gone. Really this is a blessing. I still have some of it and am continuing with the chiropractor, which helps, but we are thankful it is not an excruciating pain anymore. Thanks for praying!

One of the children originally from the children's home we helped is now 23 and is dying of TBC. This is sad. He had gone to Mollendo to work and has two children who are with their mother there. Abraham seems truly repentant of the life he was leading before and has prayed for peace with the Lord. He seems to believe fully on the Lord and His saving work, so help us pray for Abraham. His times are in the Lord's hands. One of his lungs is totally collapsed and the other is filling up with TB. He has to be permanently on oxygen, but even so every breath is labored - he is really thin and can hardly eat. Talking is also very difficult for him. I can understand how they used to call this disease "consumption". Seems like that is what is happening with Abraham. Thanks for praying, especially for his soul.

The other project on my heart that this children's home is undertaking is finishing the building of a wing on one of their properties for children with leukemia, or other terminal diseases. There are children in hospitals here with this who are basically abandoned. Some have parents who are working in the mountains or elsewhere and cannot be with the children, and others just plain don't have anyone. The hospitals have asked the directors of the home to help them. I think the building is almost finished but they have to get all the required licenses from the health dept, the civil defense, (safety regulations), etc.

Paper work is tedious for anything one tries to do to help others, but it is necessary. We have been through this for years for our Christian school. Being downtown the officials are even more strict. God is blessing the school this year. We have mostly very dedicated Christian teachers and a good spirit. The ministry of education however is really trying to push their curriculum which is anti God in all the schools. God is helping us teach the right way anyway, but we have to report and sometimes they will come "observe" etc. Thanks for praying for the school, for the Lord's values to prevail in our teaching and example.

Thank you so very much for praying, sharing, and standing with us in God's work here. Our support address is:

Christian Missions in Many Lands, Inc.
P.O. Box 13,
Spring Lake, NJ 07762-0013 (with a note: for Bob Rich, Perú)

Thanks, and have a wonderful summer! Blessings, Noél for us

Dear friends,

Thank you so much for praying for us and sharing with us for the Lord's work here. April had its sad moments. A widowed sister who works in a mine has 3 daughters. One of them has her two daughters in our school. But she had a baby boy who developed a brain tumor at a year old. He had been in hospital for some months when finally he died. This was a traumatic experience for the family. I had taught these girls way back in Pionero school now they are married and have children, though this girl, Kimberly, married an Adventist. He lets Kimberly come to church and lets his two daughters be here in school, but there are some conflicts, and the death of their baby boy was a difficult time. God gave us words to console the family at the funeral and now Kimberly is seeing her need of following Christ. WE are thankful for this anyway.

Then, we had a wedding, a young Christian couple from one of the smaller churches we have in Arequipa. It was a testimony too to their families. We need to pray for these young families. So many homes are breaking up. The children are confused and the result is a very corrupt society, quickly losing morals and Christian values. This shows up at school in countless cases, and the required "new" curriculum the government is imposing on schools is Godless. In every area they omit the Lord and try to impose on all schools that this trash be taught.

We pray we will stand firm, though if they come and "observe" how we are teaching, we may be fined (most of these "fines" are really bribes to let us be). We are thankful for the freedom we have experienced for years and pray it will continue, to be able to teach God's Word, His values, and His salvation to all who come here. Thank you for praying for the school and its broad ministry. We are thankful for our Christian teachers. Please pray for them especially.

As always, we ask prayer for leaders to be raised up here, in our main church here, more elders, and in the other smaller churches in other neighborhoods of Arequipa and in valley and mountain areas in the region. Bob has a meeting each Monday afternoon for discipling and training about 7 men for this purpose. Please remember them in prayer. Especially we ask for one of our deacons, Justo Pastor Llerena. He is "our" Pepe's adoptive Dad. Justo had a heart attack a couple weeks ago. It is a miracle he is alive. He had been visiting a granddaughter and helping her ride a bike, like, running the bike some and he just collapsed, severe chest pains, etc. Praise the Lord one of his sons was there with his car and literally raced his Dad to the hospital - running red lights, etc. They got there really just in time.

Justo was unconscious and they immediately wired and tubed him all up, got his heart going. After ten days in the hospital he is home but has to rest. Please do pray for him. He is a bit discouraged, thinking now he won't be able to do all he was doing. He was visiting in hospitals, traveling to especially 2 or 3 areas to encourage believers, etc. He probably won't be able to go to the higher altitude areas, but we hope he can indeed travel some to the coastal town he was visiting. It may be a while, but we and of course his whole family are very thankful God spared his life.

In the last several letters I mentioned our own Peruvian missionaries to the Asheninka tribe in the jungle here in Peru. Joel and Esther are now living in a town in the tribe, concentrating on learning the language and visiting and encouraging the few believers among these people. We had a surprise call from them telling us of a Shipibo Christian couple who are working on helping Bob's brother Paul in the Marubo tribe in Brazil.

They say the Shipibo language is similar to Marubo, and this couple has two older sons married to Marubo girls, living in a town in Brazil close to the border with Peru. Well, we hosted Nestor and Quesaela Mayna here with us for a week, and they were a blessing to our churches. They have worked with Wycliffe Bible Translators but they have to raise their own support. We truly pray that the Peruvian churches will support their own missionaries. Our main church here will help them, and we pray more will also do the same. Of course the family connection here is a special incentive for us.

Well, thanks so much again for your faithful prayers and support. Our support address is:

Christian Missions in Many Lands, Inc.
P.O. Box 13,
Spring Lake, NJ, 07762-0013 with a note: for Bob Rich, Peru.

Many May blessings for you all, and thanks, Noel for us.

Hi to you dear ones,

Well, March is here, and we are marching forward as well. There are some things that make us go backward it seems, but the Lord helps us through those times too. February was a very painful month for me! Somehow I got a really excruciating "pain in the neck" (it was almost where the neck hits the shoulder) Anyway, after many days of pain shots and pills I got brave and went to the chiropractor ("bone cracker"). This is a long journey, but it is getting better, praise the Lord! We paid a lot and I go 3 times a week - he says for 3 months, may be a bit sooner down to 2 times, we will see.

Yes, I am a "pain in the neck" these days, and then to make things worse, I did a really dumb dumb thing. Along some of our too narrow brick streets they have these - like - hitching posts, thick metal posts. I was being a good girl and watching the stoplight (also a rather new commodity for Arequipa) and when it changed I started to cross the street and threw my left thigh directly into this post - ouuuuch.

I almost couldn't cross the street. I have a huge bruise, but that too is hurting less. For a while I could not bend my knee at all, nor do much with that leg. Wonder what the posts are for? I did too. Bob told me they are to teach the cars to not drive on the sidewalk. Believe me, the tons of cars here (and their drivers) need a LOT of instruction.

Anyway, enough for my pains. Something terribly worse happened - in an area of the Arequipa region a bus went over the cliff killing 46 people, still more wounded, children, whole families, etc. Guess it was the worse accident in Arequipa since the Faucett airplane crash over ten years ago. Many roads here are still way too dangerous. Thanks for your prayers, for our health and safety too, and for the many others who need Jesus before they are thrown into eternity.

Last weekend over 63 youth from several of our churches in the mountains and valleys around this region came together for a youth congress. Bob and Jeffrey spoke to them, as well as the missionary who hosted the event, Steve Peat. It was really a good time, of fellowship, preparation and solid Scripture teaching on topics these kids need to hear. Several of them were children of believers, others new believers. Thanks for praying for the results and fruit from these meetings.

Bob is now on a trip to both Pedregal and then the Majes valley, specifically Aplao. We couldn't deal with all the problems and needs when we both went a month ago. We do not know how the church in Espinar is doing, but we thank you for praying for our dear people in these places.

Our school starts Monday, March 5, and we ask you to pray for more students, especially in kindergarten, to replace the grads - it was a big class and now we don't have enough registered for the kinder and younger years. Seems like we have a good group of teachers, mostly Christian, and we need prayer for them too, the spirit in general, the parents and/or tutors, and our directors, Marino and Lupe, for wisdom in decisions and administration.

Lord willing I will be teaching 10 hours a week, "Christian formation" (Old Testament this year to 5th grade and Bible stories to 3rd grade), and the rest English to these 2 grades. Thanks so much for praying for the school. Thanks to you who are helping sponsor some of our needy students. Thanks to all of you who pray for us and the Lord's work here.

The end of this month is the Easter season again. May God bless you as we always remember all the Lord has done, to save us and keep us for Him. Our support address is:

Christian Missions in Many Lands, Inc.
P.O. Box 13,
Spring Lake, NJ (with a note: for Bob Rich, Perú) Thanks so very much!

Many blessings and thanks, Noél for us

Hi dear ones,

February is here. January was filled with - good news - and bad news. Good news: more baptisms, 3 grown children of believers here. They each thanked the Lord for their parents who taught them about the Lord. What a blessing to see some of the next generation following Christ.

Good news: Bob was able to purchase a newer used vehicle. It is not a 4wd but Bob says he really doesn't need it. Hoping that is true as now he is up in the mountains - in rainy season, and the roads can get muddy and sticky. It is a Rav4 Toyota, year 2013. His older Hyundai was traded in but not for very much. Anyway, we are thankful. Thanks for praying. And, as many have asked, yes, we felt the earthquake mid Jan. but here in the city of Arequipa it didn't do much damage. It was big in the province of Caravelí, the northern part of the region of Arequipa. (6.8 Richter) There are still tremors going on up there and one also kind of sizeable down in south of Tacna and northern Chile. We felt that too, but less.

Our summer vacation program at school finished well, we thank the Lord for the students and teachers we have and still ask prayer for new ones for this year 2018, beginning the school year early March. Please help us pray for the school, its outreach to many here, the Word of God taught and these lives and souls come to know and love the Lord. Please help us pray for more sponsors for the children and youth whose folks just cannot pay for their kids to be in Christian school but really want them to be. Thanks.

Good news: Bob and I went to the coastal town of Camaná earlier this week for 2 days. We visited most of the believers from our little church group there and are glad to see the big extended family meeting faithfully and seeking the Lord and His teaching, even though they are busy with their restaurants and beach stands this time of year. It is "summer" here but it is a cool one. here in Arequipa, very little rain so far, and on the beach too, often a chilly wind - it was nice though, I love the ocean and we did get to go a few more times to the beach there. Mostly we are thankful for the believers being faithful, but there are some problems too, a couple struggling marriages there - thanks for praying.

OK, must tell some of the bad news: Last time I mentioned we had a problem with a former worker up in the Espinar area. This problem is much worse, and Bob is there now trying to see at least a partial solution. Daniel Sayco was supported by the church here - we had to cut that off because of inmorality in his family and his not only accepting it but encouraging it. However as soon as we cut off support, even with the nicest words and call to repentance, he became very bitter - toward Bob and the believers here. He is aiming to divide the main church in Espinar and some of the Quechua communities too. Please pray for Bob, for wisdom and at least a partial solution. Thanks so much for your prayers here.

Also some bad news: here in Arequipa there are some struggling marriages, one of them has broken and the other is near that. We are praying and counseling, but it is not always received. It is sad to see some of the couples we helped with their weddings already breaking up, leaving small children torn between papa and mama. Thanks for prayers.

Now, just news: the big thing in the news mid January was the pope's visit to Perú. Not to Arequipa, but to Lima and the north, and a jungle city mid south. Sure shows the idolatry of his creed and church, and the many deceived people there are in that here. Sad, prayer is still needed for blinded souls.

Thanks so very much for all your praying for us and your sharing with us too.Our support address just for support, NOT for snail mail, is:

Christian Missions in Many Lands, Inc.
P.O. Box 13,
Spring Lake, N.J. 07762-0013 (with a note: for Bob Rich, Perú) Thanks so very much,

Many blessings for each of you, Love, Noél for us

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