Dear Pastors and Praying Friends,
I hope all of you had a great Christmas season with your family and loved ones. This was our first Christmas here in Peru as a family and it was definitely different, for Katie especially. Since we are on the other side of the equator we are in the summer season during Christmas which pretty much throws the “white Christmas” out the window.
God is really blessing here and we are seeing some major growth happening in our new church plant (Omega Baptist). We are still in the beginning stages of the church but God is blessing in tremendous ways.
We moved into the new church building in November ’09 and in December we were able to start Sunday School. This has been a major tool for growth. Since the church is young, everyone was given an empty Sunday School room and asked to fill it. On our second sunday we had an attendance of 97 in church. It was amazing to see God work and see His people excited about the new classes.
There are a few people that I would like to ask you to pray for that I have been, either, discipling or witnessing to:
Alex is one of the first young men that I was able to come in contact with when we arrived here. I began to spend time with him, and after a while of explaining the Gospel of Christ to him, he accepted Christ as his Savior. He is now growing in tremendous ways and seeing God work in his life in a personal way. He just told me yesterday how he has never felt better and he is really taking his spiritual life seriously. He said: “My desires are changing! When people ask me if I want to drink, I don’t want to anymore! I don’t want to smoke anymore or anything!” Pray that he will continue to grow and draw closer to God
Pablo is a friend that Alex introduced me to. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior a couple of months ago, but has started to fall and not be as involved with me or discipleship as he used to. He has seen a change in his life, but he is still tied to his old life and falls to the pressures of the old Pablo. Pray that he will realize who he is in Christ and serve him completely.
Fernando is also one of Alex’s friends that has been coming around more often. He has yet to come to church or hear the gospel completely, but we are working on him. God is opening so many doors with him and the rest of Alex’s friends. Pray that more opportunities will be presented to share the gospel and that his heart would be ready to hear.
Thank you so much for praying for us, God has been so good to us in allowing us to just be a small part in his redemptive mission. People are being saved and changed. We are grateful to be a part of it.
For His Glory,
David and Katie Gardner
Missionaries to Peru
Macedonia World Baptist Missions