Thank you for reading this letter, and for praying for our family. There is nothing more important to our success than prayers of the saints. I truly believe I would not still be on the mission field today if it were not for your prayers.
I want to take a moment in this letter to reconnect with you and apologize for the lack of communication. We haven’t sent out any prayer letters since before our son, Joseph James was born in December! And that’s just not right.
There’s been a lot going on, between being a new parent, preparing and starting the new school year at Efata School for the Deaf, and working in ministry at Efata Baptist Church as well as leading a mission service for the deaf in El Agustino, another area of the city. I’ve been busy, and we’ve seen much fruit.
Still, You deserve to hear from us more often, and from now on, you will. I’ll be printing and mailing prayer letters bi-monthly, and sending out email updates weekly.
For now, here are a few praises and prayer requests I’d like to share.
1. The ministry in El Agustino is growing! We’ve had a constant flow of visitors, and several professions of faith. This week we had 34 in attendance – the most we’ve ever had attend a regular meeting.
2. Our son JJ is five and a half months old, and he’s so much fun. I have to say, I think he’s the most beautiful baby I’ve ever seen. Maybe I’m biased, but still… 🙂
3. Our Christian School for the Deaf celebrated its 46th anniversary this past week. Kids and teachers had a blast celebrating with games and contests. Vernon Miller, the deaf man who founded this ministry in 1970, is rightly remembered as a hero of the faith by the Christian deaf in Peru.
4. We’re starting our yearly missions conference here at Efata next week. Pray that our Deaf and hearing will respond to God’s call to give and go.
Write us back! It’s an encouragement and a blessing.
Joseph and Zulema Kotvas
Missionaries to the Deaf and Hearing in Peru, South America