Thursday, 01 July 2004 LIFE AND TIMES OF TARAPOTO, PERU

I KNOW IT HAS BEEN SOME TIME SINCE I WROTE LAST

WE ARE STILL DOING OK AND WORKING IN THE MINISTRY DOING WHAT WE CAN TO ADVANCE GODS KINGDOM

THIS LETTER IS DIFFERENT THAN THOSE OF THE PAST BUT THERE ARE SOME OF YOU THAT HAVE BEEN WONDERING “WHAT IS IT REALLY LIKE HERE ON A DAILY BASIS” SO HERE ARE A FEW THINGS I FELT INSPIRED TO SHARE WITH YOU

THE GARDEN……………………..

I WAS JUST EATING WATERMELON FROM MY “ALL OF A SUDDEN” GARDEN I HAVE IN THE BACK YARD TODAY

TOMATOES TOO

WE’RE COMING DOWN TO THE LAST OF EVERYTHING FROM THE GARDEN

BUT THIS HAS GOT ME THINKING

WHY DON’T I PLANT A GARDEN OF A VARIETY OF THINGS

THIS GARDEN THAT I HAVE NOW CAME ABOUT WITH THE HELP OF MY PARROT THAT LIVES OUT BACK

JOSE THROWS OUT THE OLD WATER FROM HIS CAGE WHICH IS IN ONE DAY VERY DIRTY

HE’S THE DIRTIEST BIRD I’VE EVER MET

BUT ANYWAY I’VE HAD LOTS OF TOMATOES AND THREE WATERMELONS

JOSE SAID TO ME THE MELONS WOULDN’T BE GOOD BECAUSE THEIR GROWN IN THE COAST AND NOT THE JUNGLE

WELL THESE SEEDS DIDN’T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE

AND THE INSIDE WAS RED AND VERY SWEET, SWEETER THAN MOST I’VE EATEN IN MY LIFE

WHAT AN UNEXPECTED AND WONDERFUL BLESSING FROM THE LORD!

WATER IN TARAPOTO…………………….

I’M ALWAYS THANKFUL FOR THE RUNNING WATER IN THE HOUSE, BECAUSE SOME DAYS THERE IS NONE OR VERY LITTLE RUNNING FROM THE TAP

WE HAVE WATER I WOULD SAY 70 PERCENT OF THE TIME WITH A VERY GOOD PRESSURE I KNOW MY PLUMBING FRIENDS UNDERSTANDS WHAT THAT MEANS

BUT REALLY WHEN WE DON’T HAVE MUCH WATER PRESSURE OR WATER WE ARE STILL BLEST BECAUSE THERE ARE HOUSES, LIKE PASTOR JAIME’S THAT DON’T HAVE ANY WATER IN THESE TIMES BECAUSE THE WATER PRESSURE IS ALMOST NOTHING AT HIS HOUSE

THAT MEANS NO SHOWERS, NO WASHING DISHES, NO FLUSHING THE TOILETS WHICH IS THE WORST OF ALL

WE HAVE ONE WATER SPOUT THAT IS CLOSE TO THE GROUND ON THE BACK OF THE HOUSE WHICH I AM REALLY THANKFUL FOR

THIS SPOUT SOMETIMES IS THE ONLY ONE IN THE HOUSE THAT IS FUNCTIONING WITH A LITTLE WATER FLOWING

VERY FEW HOUSES HAVE A SPOUT LOW TO THE GROUND LIKE WE HAVE

THIS IN ITSELF IS A WONDERFUL BLESSING

WHEN JOSE RETURNS FROM THE GYM IN THE EVENINGS, ON DAYS LIKE THESE DAYS OF LITTLE WATER, WE USE THIS SPOUT AND FILL THE BUCKET UP AND TAKE TO THE BATHROOM THAT IS THE CLOSEST FOR HIS SHOWER AND THE WATER IS COLD! SOMETHING HE IS USED TO MORE THAN ME

I LIKE TO WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT DAY WHEN THERE IS GOOD PRESSURE SO THE HOT WATER HEATER FUNCTIONS CORRECTLY AS WELL

ANYONE FROM THE STATES READING THIS

THE CITY GARBAGE………

THERE IS A GARBAGE TRUCK THAT COMES AROUND “WHEN EVER” AND I MEAN WHEN EVER

I AM BLEST TO HAVE A GOD THAT ANSWERS EVEN MY GARBAGE PRAYERS, HE REALLY CARES ABOUT MY GARBAGE TOO

I KNOW BECAUSE WHEN I NEED THE GARBAGE TRUCK TO COME BY, I PRAY FOR THEM TO COME AND BELIEVE ME WITHOUT PRAYER THEY DON’T COME OFTEN ENOUGH

THEY ARE NEVER ON A REGULAR SCHEDULE LIKE YOU WOULD TAKE FOR GRANTED IN THE STATES “OH YES MY GARBAGE IS PICKED UP AT 6 AM EVERY TUESDAY AND FRIDAY” …..NOT……..HERE…….

I TRULY THANK THE LORD WHEN WE HEAR THE TRUCK COMING SLOWLY DOWN THE ROAD BEEPING

ITS KIND OF A JOKE HERE ABOUT THE TRUCK AND HOW SLOW THE PEOPLE ARE USUALLY HERE ABOUT EVERYTHING, TAKING THEIR TIME EXCEPT……. BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP “QUICK GET THE GARBAGE TO THE CURB! IT’S THE ONLY TIME I REALLY SEE ANYONE RUNNING AROUND HERE….. YES WE ALL LAUGH OVER SILLY THINGS LIKE THAT AT TIME BECAUSE ITS PART OF LIFE HERE

STILL IN THE OFFICE……………….

GOD HAS A SENSE OF HUMOR

I’M SURE OF IT

THERE SEEMS TO BE NO END TO THE RECORDING OF THE MORNING STAR CONFERENCE INTO DVD

THIS IS A ONE DAY PROCESS FOR EACH DVD OF 2 HOURS EACH FOR THE FINISHED PRODUCT

THE PROCESS IS LONG AND BORING TO EXPLAIN

OF THE 40 VIDEOS RECORDED. WE NOW ARE DOWN TO 13 MORE TO RECORD…..YEAH!

ADVERTISEMENTS FOR TELEVISION WE HAVE BEEN WORKING RIGHT ALONG SIDE THE WORK FOR MORNING STAR CONF. DVDS

OH HAPPY DAY WHEN I CAN LEAVE FOR A FEW DAYS TO DO OTHER MINISTRY WORK IN THE SMALL PUEBLOS HERE IN PERU

WEB SITE…………………..

IF YOU HAVEN’T YET WENT TO THE WEBSITE, WE NOW HAVE PICTURES OF TARAPOTO FOR YOU TO VIEW

THE ADDRESS:      http:/www.geocities.com/expanding_the_kingdom/index.html

A FRIEND……………………

I THANK THE LORD FOR THE TIME I GOT TO KNOW A MISSIONARY THAT CAME HERE FOR A YEAR

AND IN THAT TIME WE BECAME VERY GOOD FRIENDS

HER TIME WITH ME MEANT SO MUCH TO ME, MORE THAN SHE WILL EVER KNOW

I AM SO GRATEFUL TO GOD FOR KNOWING HER

FOR THOSE TIMES OF SHARING WHAT SOMETIMES SEEMS TO BE THE MYSTERIES OF GOD

AND THOSE OTHER TIMES OF COOKIES AND “ITS JUST OK, I UNDERSTAND” KIND OF TALKS WE HAD

A TIME TO JUST SHARE HOW WE HAVE BEEN EFFECTED BY THE CULTURE AND THE BROTHERS AND SISTERS HERE

A TIME SOMETIMES JUST TO BE UPLIFTED……LIKE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR

WE KNOW THAT THE WORD SAYS IRON SHARPENS IRON AND I’M SO GRATEFUL FOR THAT

MY LIFE WILL NOT BE THE SAME ONLY BETTER FOR KNOWING HER

THANK YOU LORD FOR LYANNE

UNREST IN PERU…………………..

THERE ALWAYS SEEMS TO BE SOME SORT OF UNREST IN THE COUNTRY

I CREDIT MUCH OF THIS FOR THE ANCIENT THRONE OF THE INCA EMPIRE

WHICH IS LOCATED IN THE SOUTH OF PERU WHICH WORSHIPED AND SACRIFICED TO THE SUN GOD SINCE THEN CATHOLICISM AND A MIX OF WITCHCRAFT HAS SPIRITUALLY DEVASTATED THIS LAND

THERE IS A NEW TERRORIST GROUP THAT HAS JUST FORMED IN THE SOUTH THERE

THIS HAS APPEARED AT THE RELEASE OF A FORMER COMMUNIST TERRORIST LEADER

MANY OF THE TERRORIST WERE PUT TO DEATH IN THE PRESIDENTIAL YEARS OF FUJORI

HE IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT AGAIN

AND EVEN THOUGH HE HAS STOLEN MUCH OF GOVERNMENTAL FUNDS YEARS AGO

THE PEOPLE NOW ARE LOOKING TO HIM AGAIN AT THE NEXT YEARS ELECTIONS

IS IT ANY WONDER THE PEOPLE CAN FORGET THE STEALING AND LOOK TO HIM FOR PROTECTION. HE WAS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR BUILDING MANY ROADS, BRIDGES, SCHOOLS WHILE IN OFFICE THE LAST TIME

IN THE NORTH WE DO NOT FEEL THE UNREST OF THE SOUTHERN TERRORIST

I BELIEVE PARTLY OF THIS IS A GREATER NUMBER OF CHRISTIANS IN THE NORTH

THE JUNGLE HAS BEEN QUIET FOR SOME TIME

THE LAST UPRISING WAS 2 YEARS AGO OVER THE FARMERS RECEIVING ALMOST NOTHING FOR THEIR HARD WORK

NOW OTHER UPRAISES SMALLER IN SCALE AS TO THE JUNGLE HAPPENING ARE GOING ON IN LIMA AND TRUJILLO

THE 2 BIGGER CITIES

THE SCHOOLS ARE DOING SOME VERY UNFAIR THINGS AND SO THE COLLEGE STUDENTS ALONG WITH THEIR PARENTS ARE PROTESTING IN THE STREETS

PLEASE PRAY FOR THIS COUNTRY

ONLY GOD’S PEACE {JESUS} CAN HELP THOSE SUFFERING AT THIS TIME



WRITE US AND LET US KNOW HOW YOU ARE DOING

WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU

BLESSINGS ALWAYS

JOSE AND LAUREE

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