October 8, 2013
The big news this month is we finally bought a piece of property for the Calvary Baptist Mission here in Huánuco, Peru. In a few days a back hoe will be brought in to clean and level the lot so we can then begin digging the footers. A young Christian brother from one of our churches is an architect and is in the process of drawing up the plans. It has been a long time coming, and the folks here are excited! Please pray we can get the first floor under roof before the rains start in November.
Though we are getting older, Anita and I stay as busy as ever. She continues to work on the Sunday School Lessons for our churches here in Peru. She also has begun a Bible study with about ten women on Thursday afternoons. It has been such a success she is planning on starting another just for the wives of our pastors. I pastor the Calvary Baptist Mission, have two to three counseling sessions most days and teach my Monday night pastor’s class. On top of that I travel quite often to the different works here in Peru to teach and encourage them.
The end of August I was with the Faith Baptist Mission here in Huanuco. Brother Vladimir Espinoza is the missionary/pastor of this new work. We had a great time with the folks teaching them the fundamentals of organizing a Baptist Church.
In mid-September I traveled to the Northern Jungle town of Iquitos to be with the First Baptist Church. This is the oldest Baptist Church in all of Peru, organized in 1937 by BFM Missionary Richard Hallum. While there I presented a donation to the church from the family of Marguerite Hallum, who served with her father and mother in Peru until bad health sent Brother Hallum back to the States. Iquitos is the jungle city where the Amazon River begins. It is always hot and humid there. While there I also spoke to about twenty of our pastors about taking courses online from our Bible Institute. They were very receptive and excited about the possibility.
Last week I was up at 13,000 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains with the Central Baptist Church of Jauja, Peru. It was bitter cold there at night, but we had a great meeting with the church. Four souls were saved and numerous reconciliations. I had the opportunity to counsel with a few folks while there. Brother Dario Estuque is the pastor of this loving, visionary church. As you can see, Peru has a wide variety of climates and geographical regions; a very beautiful and diverse country.
We will soon begin video recording our Bible Institute classes. These will then be available to all of our students online around the country. The initial startup for recording equipment, webpage setup, etc is going to run us about $4000.00. Perhaps someone would like to help us out with this expense.
I would also like to encourage everyone that reads this to pray about giving just a few dollars more each month to the General Fund of Baptist Faith Mission. If each working individual gave just two or three dollars each month there would be sufficient to meet the missionaries needs. We’ve been running deficits during the past year and many cuts have been made. If you are a member of a church we encourage you to give it through your church designated for “General Fund” Baptist Faith Mission. Thank you so much. May God continue to bless you as you remain faithful to HIM.
Until next month.
Apartado Postal 140
(614) 500-8823 – Internet Number
sestantonperu[at]hotmail.com – Sheridan
arstantonperu[at]gmail.com – Anita