Dear Friends and Family,
Praise the Lord! “Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.” (Ps. 150:2). God is so good to us, and we are thankful for the opportunity to serve him.
Deaf Camp last week was a tremendous blessing, with one young deaf girl receiving Christ as her Savior and thirteen people making decisions to dedicate their lives to the Lord. Several of you who received my last prayer letter gave to help the campers financially this year; thank you so much! It was worth it.
We had over 70 campers this year. Pastor Frank Chavez and Pastor Jorge Pozo, our two Deaf pastors in Peru, directed the camp this year, and they did a great job. It is wonderful to see Pastor Frank assuming more and more leadership and responsibility in ministry. Missionary Markos Lindsey brought great Bible preaching in Peruvian Sign Language throughout the week of camp, and he and his family were such a blessing to our people.
The campers returned to Efata last Friday, and the church immediately transitioned into a Fires of Evangelism Bible Conference and Youth Bible Conference, with Pastors José Aguero, Gil Torres, Franco Loyola and Carlos Sauceda as guest speakers. Deaf and hearing believers from around the country came together for a week of challenging Biblical preaching.
Zulema is in Peru right now with our two children, and she enjoyed helping with the hospitality and interpreting at the conference. She is going through a lot with her health this pregnancy.
It has been difficult for her, and doubly so these past three weeks as I have been away from the family for the first time in our marriage. Please pray for strength for her and the kids. We are looking forward eagerly to being reunited in Peru on March 9th.
Meanwhile, I have continued to travel, preach, and present our work to churches across the United States, and our labor and ministry of deputation has yielded much fruit. Each church has been so kind and generous to me and to my family, and over the course of the last month, three additional churches have notified me that they are adding us to their missionary family.
Providence Baptist Church in Springfield, TN, Bible Baptist Church in Grove City, OH, and Open Door Baptist Church in St. Louis, MO, thank you for partnering with us to reach this world for Christ! Thank you to each of you reading this letter for your faithful prayers and support. Praise the Lord!
Joseph and Zulema Kotvas, JJ and Esther