Graduated! Exciting Times in Peru

Hi everyone,

We hope and pray you are blessed. Here is our latest newsletter talking about what is going on here in Peru and the exciting things the Lord has in store. Just click on the picture below to check it out!

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Danielle and I graduation night!

 

 

Thank you all for your prayers and support. God bless you!

Love,

Cory, Danielle, and Abigail

New Year, New Challenges, and New Hope

Hi everyone,

2015 is here! The new semester has already started, we are 4 months away from being parents for the first time, and we are still traveling 2 hours down the mountain every weekend to minister in Chilete. Our schedule is full, but God has continued to give us the grace necessary to do what He calls us to do. Thank you all for continuing to remember us in prayer. It is greatly appreciated!

We have now been in Peru for over a year, and it is pretty amazing to look back and see all that has happened. When we first arrived Danielle spoke no Spanish, and mine was very limited, I burned up my computer and charger because I didn’t understand the different electricity voltage here, we couldn’t call anywhere or go to the doctors without a lot of help. In reality we were like fish out of water, just struggling to get acclimated.

A year later we are having doctor visits in Spanish on our own as we get ready to have our first child in Peru. We are ministering in a Spanish only church, and I am even teaching in Spanish. Little by little we are becoming more and more comfortable in South America, and we can see how faithful God has been to us along the way. We have had our share of difficulties and frustrations with language, culture, and other things, but God has taught us more and more to trust Him and depend on His grace daily. The grace of God has held us up, and kept us going when we could not. I think learning to live daily by the grace of God has been the most important lesson we have learned in our first year.

So, now 2015 is here with all the new promise and excitement, as well as new challenges. There are times when we are cast down, but the Bible says hope in God. When we remember He is on the throne and His plan is perfect, we have exactly that. Tangible hope in our all-powerful, yet intimate, God.

So here is what we are up to, and what we are looking forward to this year:

– The semester has started and I am taking my final 3 classes of Bible College before graduation in May. Bill Holdridge is here as the interim Director while John and Pilar take a working Sabbatical in Germany. I am taking both Genesis and Theology with Bill and the classes have been excellent. We have grown so much at Bible College, but we are looking forward to graduation and the next season of our lives.

– I am also teaching my first Bible College class this semester: The book of Nehemiah. Nehemiah has long been one of my favorite books in the Bible, and I can remember holing up in my office back in California and just pouring over the life of Nehemiah. We had our first class last week, and I absolutely loved it. There are 17 students taking the class: Peruvian, American, and Brazilian. Please be in prayer that God uses the class to shape us more and more into people and leaders of God.

– We are continuing to minister in Chilete, taking teams there very weekend and holding both Sunday school and Bible studies. We had two teenagers at the Bible College for Youth Summer of Missions last month, and I think the Lord really used it in their lives. We also have a young women from Brazil here getting to graduate the Bible College in May, but also staying to help throughout 2015. God is so faithful!

– We also are very excited that a team from CC Fort Bragg and CC Ukiah will be here in May to help with the construction project at the Bible College as well as the outreach in Chilete. A couple of guys we really love will be on the team as well (That would be our dads). We can’t wait for the team to come. They are going to be a blessing and a refreshment for all.

– Finally, we are going to graduate in May, have the baby in June, do all the citizenship paperwork in July, and hopefully come back to the states for a time in late July/Early August. It is hard to put into words what our time in South America has meant to us, and what it has taught us. We are excited to finish this season well, see our families, and then continue in the work God has for us here.

Prayer Requests:

– Please pray for Danielle and baby Abigail. That they would both be healthy and that we would have a healthy delivery. We believe we have a good doctor and the costs are very reasonable, but everything is a bit of an unknown.

– Also pray for our workload as we are studying, teaching, traveling, and ministering every week. The load can be tiresome, but we are finding Jesus in the middle of it all, and HIs grace is sufficient for us.

– Please pray for wisdom and vision as we close out our time as Bible College students, and prepare for full-time missionary work in South America. We are trying to take things one day at a time and be faithful to what we have right in front us, while planning for the future as well. God is good to those who patiently wait on Him.

– Please continue to pray for the construction at the Bible College. We are making a lot of progress currently as we have a second floor in our main building now. Praise the Lord we have several teams coming to help, and the Lord continues to provide for all our needs!

Thank you so much for keeping up with us, and thank you again for your prayers. Until next time!

With love,

Cory, Danielle, and Abigail

“I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.” -Job 42:2

Merry Christmas Update

Merry Christmas everyone,

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Christmas season is upon us, and Danielle and I can hardly believe this is our second straight Christmas in South America. We recently celebrated our first year in South America, and we are looking forward to what year two holds for us.

We want to say thank you for all your prayers for us, the church in Chilete, and the Bible College. We have several praise reports, recent news, and some prayer requests since we sent out the last update.

First of all, Danielle and I went to see the doctor today. Our baby is about 3 1/2 inches long and very healthy. Also, Danielle is into her second trimester and has been feeling much better. We are still planning on having the baby here in Cajamarca, and we are figuring out the dual citizenship and embassy process. Thank you for praying!

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Secondly, a large container of supplies and materials was sent from Florida to the Bible College here in Peru several months ago, and after much work and patience we finally received the contents last week. Getting the approval of the Peruvian government was very trying, but the container was finally released and we praise God for His provision and answer to prayer. Again, thank you for praying.

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Third, the church in Chilete is continuing on. I went to a Lima for a conference last month, and the group that took over for a weekend did an amazing job. I was actually able to make it back to Chilete for the service and see the different young people from the Bible College minister in different ways. The teaching and worship was excellent, and the sunday school was run well as usual. Now, all of the students here at the Bible College are either on Christmas break or have returned to the United States, but we have been so blessed by the faithful servants who have helped us so much in Chilete. One of the most rewarding parts of the ministry at La Cosecha is seeing young people grow in the Lord, and to be able to watch them learn ministry and serve faithfully.

Last week, I traveled to Chilete on my own as the journey is still difficult for Danielle, and I had a great time with the kids. It was so cool to see different children see the needs of the church and start helping. I had 9 and 10 year olds wanting to prepare the sunday school worksheets, help me wash dishes, set up chairs, and more. I didn’t say a word, and our little church was operating beautifully and many children got to hear the words of Jesus. God is good!

This week we are preparing to a traditional Peruvian chocolate and cake celebration for Christmas. We will have chocolate milk (Instead of hot chocolate because it is really warm in Chilete, and we don’t have a stove to make the normal hot chocolate) and the Peruvian Christmas Cake, Panatone. Please be praying that many families will be ministered to, and that God will be glorified.

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Finally, Danielle and I are really missing our family and friends back in the States and all over the world, but we are very blessed to be spending Christmas with the Bonners and Bauers here in Cajamarca. Our apartment is becoming more and more homey as we continue to work on it and add things. Today Danielle actually put up some Christmas lights, and thanks to the container arriving, we now have couches and a bookshelf. Praise the Lord!

We are also really looking forward to the team coming from CC Fort Bragg and Ukiah. Lord willing, Danielle and I will get to see both of our dads, one of our littles sisters, and several other people we really love. Not to mention the blessing the team will be to the Bible College and the church in Chilete. We can’t wait, and please be praying!

Thank you all for your support and prayers. We are so blessed by how faithful God has been to us, and the amazing family in Christ He has given us.

Please continue to pray for our growing family, the ministry in Chilete (especially with almost all of our help no longer here), protection over the Bible College (there are only seven us here now, and robberies are very common around Christmas), the class of Nehemiah I will be teaching next semester, and the ongoing construction project here at the Bible College. Thank you all so much!

With love,

Cory and Danielle

Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” – John 11:40

CCBC Peru Construction Update

Hi everyone,

This is a project update Director John Bonner put together a couple weeks ago. By the grace of God we are making more and more progress here everyday. Here is is:

 

Danielle and I are so excited that CC Fort Bragg and CC Ukiah are joining up to come help us in February, and several other groups are planning to come helps as well. Please keep us in prayer. Thank you!

Construction Mission Team

Hi everyone,

We are very excited that our home church, Calvary Chapel Fort Bragg, is planning a trip to Peru to come help with the construction at the Bible College, and the work in Chilete. I also heard CC Ukiah might join the team as well, so we are praying! There is much to do here in Peru, and teams with a heart to serve are a huge help.

Here is a video showing some of the projects they might help us with at the Bible College:

The team is also planning to spend a weekend in Chilete helping us with our recent church plant. If you haven’t seen what the Lord is doing there have a look here:

https://gospelsouthamerica.com/2014/09/23/la-cosecha-update-video-summer-2014/

It would be such a blessing for Danielle and I, as well as the Bible College, to see some friendly faces and have some extra hands in the work. Please keep the trip and team in prayer. Thank you!!

Oh, and if you are interested in visiting us in Peru and lending a hand we would love to have you!

With love,

Cory and Danielle

Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me, as also the king’s words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, “Let us rise up and build.” So they strengthened their hands for this good work. – Nehemiah 2:18

Calvary Chapel Bible College Peru Video

Hi everyone,

We wanted to share the latest video update from CCBC Peru. There are several interviews of people sharing what it is like to be a part of the college here in Peru, and also Pastor Kevin giving his take on the ministry here. Please have a look:

God bless you all, and please be praying for the Bible College!

Also, if you wouldn’t mind praying for me that would be greatly appreciated. I will be teaching my first Bible College class, and actually I will be teaching Nehemiah in two separate classes: One in English, and one in Spanish. It will be a big challenge, but by the grace of God we are hoping for the best. Thank you!

In Christ,

Cory and Danielle

Chilete Soccer Recap: Prayers Answered!

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Well, we made it back safe, tired, but very blessed. The whole experience was so crazy, but so good at the same time. There were times when Danielle and I were completely overwhelmed, and there were times that were so sweet they are hard to put into words. I know we have all heard it before, but we truly could not have done this outreach mission trip unless God was behind us, strengthening us, encouraging us, and providing the help we needed. We had an amazing group of loving servants that included 8 from CC Silverdale, several from CCBC Peru, and awesome man of God from CC Lima. We couldn’t be more grateful for all of God’s goodness, and I just want to touch on a few of the highlights.

We arrived in Chilete Saturday morning and the craziness began. We are in Peru, so of course we were an hour late, but everyone was so quick to help and things got going quickly. We had faithful people doing sign-ups, others setting up, one good friend locating electricity and working with the municipality, and our brother from Lima doing whatever he could fresh off a 12 hour bus ride throughout the night to come help us.

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As things started we had people coming and going, playing soccer with team, and beginning to have their faces painted at our face painting booth when CC Silverdale busted out their 5 foot high planet sized soccer ball. We then immediately broke the pump… but thanks to the help of a few a local kids we were able to inflate it at the local gas station. We then proceeded to roll the ball through town, and make quite a scene. In a small Peruvian town with no “gringo” residents, a group of Americans rolling a gigantic soccer ball down the street was a sight to see. Everyone had a great time, especially the kids, and we kicked the tournament off shortly after.

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One of my favorite parts of the whole weekend was watching the CC Silverdale team perform the “Everything” skit in front of a couple hundred people from Chilete, and then listening to my good friend Aron Diaz explain the play while weaving in his testimony of how Jesus changed his life. I had planned on being the one to invite people to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior, but as Aron and I were watching the skit I felt God had brought Aron to Chilete for a reason and asked Him to do it. Little did I know that God had been speaking to Him through Isaiah 25 and Matthew 28 about preaching the gospel all day. God put his hand upon Aron, and we got to see the Lord bless His Word and several come to the Lord.

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I also loved seeing the group interact with the kids at the face painting booth and during the games, and a super cool part of the tournament was that both the kids and adults championship games went to penalty kicks. If you didn’t know, South Americans are passionate about soccer. To have both tournaments come to 3 kicks apiece after 4 hours of soccer was very intense and a lot of fun. Each team represented a country as we did a World Cup style tournament, and our winners were Peru and Argentina.

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Next, Sunday morning was great as Danielle and Suelene led the Sunday School with the help of many from CCBC and CC Silverdale, while Aron led worship and translated the study for me so both Peruvians and Americans could understand the Bible Study. It was a new step to have separate services for the Adults and children as so far we have ministered to mostly children in Chilete, and we look forward to what God has in the future!

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Finally, I loved hearing what God did in the hearts of the team from CC Silverdale when we returned. One high-school aged girl told be that she had the best experience of her life, and when she finally had to leave for the states she started to cry because she missed everyone so much. She believes God has confirmed her call to be a missionary, and we are hoping to see Rachel again soon.

Another young man shared how blessed he was to share the Word of God with a little girl who has become a faithful part of our church, and how he loved seeing her cherish the Bible we were able to give to her. He said he realized there was no other Bible teaching church in Chilete, and he was just so glad we were going to Chilete to teach the Bible and love these kids. He said he realized if we were’t going, that girl wouldn’t be holding her Bible with a big smile on her face. That comment was the biggest encouragement to me of anything that happened all weekend.

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To close, God truly blessed our weekend and truly answered all of our prayers, and I thank you so much for remembering us in your prayers. We are so grateful for everyone who was a part of this outreach all over the world, and I truly believe those who pray back home are just as important as those who go out here in Peru. Please continue to remember us in you prayers, and we will try to do the same. God bless you all!

With love,

Cory and Danielle

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 19:14