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Cuzco, here we come!

This week our Peru Mission’s team leaves for the city of Cuzco.  Our Peru team is made up of Jim & Bev Russell, Donna Anderson, Tara Hahr, Steve Shirley, Cathy Humphrey and me.  The team will be traveling in several shifts.  Five of the team members leave from Miami International Airport Sunday night at midnight; Mrs. Cathy Humphrey joins them on Monday and I will be flying out late Tuesday night.
The city of Cuzco is located in southeastern Peru.  The city is nestled in the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range.  The elevation is around 11,000 feet, and it is most known for being the historic capital of the Inca Empire.  Although the city is close to 1,000 years old, it is still considered one of the most fascinating cities in the world.
We will be working with missionaries Rudy and Lorraine Johnson.  The Johnsons have been missionaries in Peru since of May of 1958.   After spending many years in Lima, the capital of Peru, God has now called them to Cusco…and specifically the town of Pisac.   God has used them in a mighty way in their seven years in Cuzco.  During that time they have been able to start several churches, Open Doors community outreach, a bi-lingual school k4-4th grade, and an Upward Sports program.  You can check out their web site if you would like further information – http://www.cuscoperu.org/CuscoPeru/CuscoPeru.org.html
Our team will be helping to prepare and lead a large city-wide evangelistic event that will take place on Saturday, April 14th.  According to Rudy, hundreds of people from the surrounding community will participate in activities for both children as well as adults.  In addition, there will be an evangelistic service in which the Gospel will be presented to all of the guests.
Here is how you can pray for us
1. Pray for our health.  Anytime you travel to another country, eat new food and adjust to an new environment there is a possibility of sickness.  Specifically pray that our bodies will quickly adapt to the high altitude.
2. Pray that we can be a blessing to the Johnsons as well as the other missionaries in Cuzco.
3. Pray that the Saturday’s evangelistic event will produce fruit.  As with any missions trip, our primary purpose is to share the Gospel with those to whom we will minister.
4. Pray that the Lord speaks to our hearts.  Our desire is that this trip will produce in our hearts a greater burden for missions and a greater willingness to serve the Lord at HCC.
5. Pray for our families during our absence.
Lord willing, we will be able to give you some updates from Cuzco.  I am so thankful to be part of a church with a heart for the world.  Thank you for partnering with us in prayer!
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