July 2011 Prayer Letter

Volume 3.3


While visiting a church in Hulett, Wyoming, we stayed at a ranch about 12 miles outside of town. Each time we drove back and forth to town we drove past this boulder. It's hard to tell from the photo, but it's about the size of a full-size van. Here is a massive boulder split in half by a tiny scraggly plant. As we drove past it, I was reminded of Jeremiah 23:29. There God states that His Word is like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces. The hearts of men and women in our world have been hardened by sin, but God's Word is mighty. When we go out preaching we can have confidence that God will do a work. It is His work and it is for His glory alone!


Summer Travels

Since our boys got out of school at the end of May, we have driven about 6,000 miles in our minivan. We have had the wonderful opportunity to visit churches in Michigan, Wisconsin, Colorado, Wyoming, and Ohio; see lots of tourist sites (Rocky Mountain National Park, Mount Rushmore, Devil's Tower, Wall Drug Store, the Badlands, and the Creation Museum are some of our favorites); make many contacts for meetings in the coming months; and be encouraged by God's Word at 2 conferences we have attended. God is very good to keep us safe during our travels, and, apart from a minor incident with one of our tires, we have had a fun time traveling. We still have about 3,000 more miles to drive before school starts in September, so continue to pray for safety and good meetings in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.

We are slowly adding pictures of our summer travels to our Facebook account. Feel free to check it out at www.facebook.com/steins4peru.


Prayer Pointers


·                                                                                        Peru's new president, Ollanta Humala, takes office on July 28. Pray with us that God will continue to provide a stable economic and political situation in which gospel ministry can move forward.

·                                                                                        Pray for our potential supporters. We have several that should be having meetings soon, and we are praying that God will grow our support significantly over the next sixth months. It is our prayer to leave for Peru late in 2012.   

·                                                                                        Pray for our northern Peru team. Serving in Trujillo are Steve and Evelyn Stilwell, David and Kandie Stilwell, Jon and Julie Stilwell, and Jim and Alethia Lossing. Serving in Chimbote are Steve and Molly Stilwell. Pray that God will continue to work through them to reach their communities for Christ, grow His church in Peru, and train national leaders and pastors.


Peru's Economy


Peru is considered a developing country. This means that the economy is stable but does not provide opportunity for economic advancement and freedom for all its residents (when compared to a Western standard of living). In spite of this, Peru is unique among developing nations. Peru boasts a 90% literacy rate due to the requirement for all children to attend primary and secondary school.

Peru has the fastest growing economy in our hemisphere and is second in the world to China. Peru is the largest producer in South America of gold, zinc, timber, lead, iron ore, and finest cotton, and the second largest producer of copper and asparagus in the world. Antamina is the biggest cooper-zinc mine in the world and Camisea is the second biggest gas reserve. Peru produces roughly 10% of the world's fish catch. Peruvian coffee is considered one of the best in the world, and financially accounts for more income than asparagus.


Thank you so much for your prayers and your continued support of our journey to Peru. We are truly excited as we look to the future. God has done an amazing work in Peru and He continues to do so today. We look to the future fully expecting Him to continue to grow His church in Peru. We are amazed that we get to share a small part in this work.

Until all have heard,

Caleb, Ecko, Joe, Jack, and Isabel Stein


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