Announcing the 100th year of God's Kingdom in Moquegua!
08.15.2014 - 10.31.2015 77 °F
Jehovah is good! September and October were months that brought many things to be thankful for.
What an exciting new service year! It was great to feel the enthusiasm of the ministry stay the same from one continent to the next. 100 years of kingdom reign, made us preach ever more urgently. It is such a HUGE blessing to have JW BROADCASTING.. It helps me so much to be able to hear such treats in English! It was amazing to be able to enjoy the entire Gilead Graduation program from the comfort of my room. Thank you Jehovah! I know we are all so thankful for the way Jehovah continues to speed up the work, and give us everything we need to be able to be his collaborators in this most important work!
Well, as soon as I returned we enjoyed our regional convention"Keep Seeking First God's Kingdom"! It was great to see 5 publishers from the San Antonio Congregation baptized! Especially David and Yola, we have worked really closely with them over the past years, and their progress is tremendous! We have seen David transform into an excellent spiritual head for his family. He is very zealous for Jehovah, and loves to do things the right way! His daughters, ages 4 and 7, give the most heartfelt prayers. These make it easy to see that the relationship they have with Jehovah is real. After the morning session Saturday; it was good to see many brothers met to hear about the details of the new school for Kingdom Evangelizers. It will be interesting in the years to come to see the results of such training!
One evening after the convention program Audrey invited us to eat ice cream with a couple brothers from Ilo, and a newlywed special pioneer couple from Juliaca, Puno. They shared their experience on the program about how the followed bible principles in having a small simple wedding. The brother also shared his experience about reaching people with the truth in the dense jungle of the Amazon in the video, Our Whole Association of Brothers. Maybe you recognize him? His wife was very encouraging to us, as she reminisced about her days of serving isolated territories as a single sister. Their example encouraged us to keep doing all we can for Jehovah.
It has been great spending time with our brothers from around we world! Eating and sharing experiences is the best. Many pass through Moquegua to see if they want to stay and support the territory. Enjoy the pics with your brothers from Japan, France, US, and Chile!
David & Yola Condori
I was so happy to buy tortilla shells from Tacna! Thanks Plaza Vea.. jaja.. Mexican-American Tacos!
Buying olives in Tacna.
It was awesome to finally participate in public witnessing here in San Antonio. We set up in the weekend market. It's interesting to wait and see who will approach. The majority of people who pass by, read to themselves, "Que Ensena realmente la Biblia?" Finally a woman approached, and said, "This is so nice!" She grabbed a Bible Teach book, and readily gave her address, saying that she would be happy to study the Bible. I think this approach is so effective, because, for a change, interested ones show us what's in their heart first. We look forward to following up with her soon!
Sitting down for a bible study.
My bible study Ema's guinea pig had babies! They are, of course, anxious to see them grow so that they can eat fried cuy! However, I thought they were cute!
Que privilegio tenerlos aqui con nosotros! Bienvenidos a Moquegua!
We welcomed a new family from Spain into our congregation, Amalia, Loida, Sonia, and Isaac! We love their example, and support. Loida and Sonia support the Quechua language group here. They previously lived in Cuzco for 8 years before coming here to Moquegua. It has been a positive change for them so far, and a huge support to the quechua group since they are able to give weekly classes to help the brothers learn to speak and reach people more effectively. Loida's mother, Amalia, is here for half a year, and is out every morning and afternoon, and night. Sonia's brother Isaac, is a huge help because now San Antonio has 4 ministerial servants! These are pictures from their welcome party, and a day of hanging out in the Mirador and The Parque Ecologico.
At the same time we were sad to say goodbye to Go and Junko! They have been such a huge support system for the congregation. Their interest and humble attitude has done so much to encourage. However, they were invited to the Bible School for Christian Couples, back in Japan. So they will receive the instruction in their mother tongue. What a privilege! But, since they are residents of Peru, we all have high hopes that they will be returning afterward. We'll see! Here's how we said "see you later"... "Vuelvan pronto de Japon!"...
Another day in the Chakra
It's pretty interesting to me how much plant life, and water, and trees and flowers attract us. The creation reflects just how much Jehovah knows us! We were meant to live on a luscious green earth! These facts become more evident to me every time I visit the chakra, or a park here in the area. The territory we work in everyday is dry and full of sand! Ha ha! Needless to say, sometimes I miss the trees of South Carolina and the tulips of Michigan's spring. But this day in Las Islas de Omo was the quench I needed. Some friends from the Aymara Congregation invited us along to have lunch in the chakra. Sister Juanita has several cows, and plenty of land that was growing watermelon. We'll have to return for the watermelon, because they were still the size of tennis balls! The Aymara congregation has less than 30 publishers so they are a very close group. So, the sisters boiled potatoes and fried chicken. Most of the boys got in the river, and then later we played a little vole (volleyball). I even brought my guitar along. It was only the second time that I had played in front of a group! Ahh! Anyway... What a refreshing afternoon!
Chau!!! Until next time!