Dear Pastors and Praying Friends,
God has been so good to us and continues to bless in the ministry here in Peru. Psalm 90:12 states, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” We must number our days because the time is short and there is still much to do for the cause of Christ! We must realize the value of just one day.
My Missions & Islam class at the Bible college is going well. We have just started covering some of the basic concepts of Islam. What a great need there is to reach these people with the Gospel! Just being able to teach in Spanish for an hour, 3 days a week is helping my language skills tremendously.
We have been averaging about 35 people in the English classes in the church. We are excited to see some of these people visiting the church for regular services also. In class we are working on learning several English Bible verses (The Romans Road). Please pray that many would come to know Christ by way of this ministry.
The discipleship class I was teaching at the church has come to an end. I am excited to see several students “graduating” and moving up to the next class. Please pray these young Christians would continue to grow in the Lord and be faithful to His house.
We are pleased to announce the arrival of Caleb Mark. He was born on March 6th at 4:44 pm. He weighed 6 lbs. 10 oz. and was 20 inches long. Everything went well and, thankfully, very quickly for Sara. We arrived at the hospital just a few minutes after 4, so we definitely were not waiting long! He is doing fine and getting chubby already. Thank you for your prayers for his safe arrival.
We were thankful to be able to have Sara’s mom visiting for a few weeks to help with the new baby–and of course to see Josiah! We are thankful for the wonderful family God has given us and look forward to having more of them visit in the future. If you would be interested in making a trip here as well, we would be thrilled to show you the ministry that the Lord has allowed us to be a part of. Thank you to all those who have called or sent notes of encouragement to us. It is always a pleasure to hear from you.
The Lord gave us great services at the Faith Baptist Church the week of Easter, with 29 people saved and Christians encouraged in the faith. There is a definite need for the church to purchase its own facility, as our current building is full. We know that this will be expensive because of the area in which we are located, but we also know that the Lord has everything in control. Please pray with us for this need.
We are looking forward to having 2 medical clinics this summer. The clinic in June will be in Ilo, a city about 6 hours from here. I am looking forward to taking my missions class on a “missions trip” there during that time. Please pray for our trip. The clinic in July will be here in Arequipa. The Lord has worked in a mighty way through clinics held in the past. Please pray that people would be helped not only physically, but spiritually as well.
Thank you so much for your prayers and sacrificial giving. May the Lord bless you!
Your Servants for Him,
Robert, Sara, and Josiah Stover