July 8, 2008
Greetings to all of you in the precious name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior! It seems that I have felt HIS presence this past month closer to me than perhaps ever before in my life. It is hard watching someone you love so dearly suffer so much with the awful side effects of chemotherapy treatment for cancer. It leaves Anita so weak and sick for about two weeks of the three weeks between treatments. She has only about one week of feeling somewhat strong enough to leave the house. But through all of this her faith in the Lord has remained strong and her passion to return to the Lord’s work in Peru has not weakened. Her love and concern for others has not diminished either; she still finds time to call other cancer patients she has meet to encourage them. Her next and last chemo treatment will be the 15th of July. After about four to six weeks of recuperation the doctors have a mastectomy planned and then possibly six weeks of radiation treatments to follow the operation. We don’t have dates yet for the operation so we will keep everyone posted when we have that information. Thank you all so much for your prayers, cards, e-mails, phone calls and love gifts. It is an awesome experience knowing that you are loved by so many people; every day at least one card comes in the mail with expressions of concern and encouragement. Truly we serve a great and loving God!
We would also like to thank each one that responded to last month’s letter concerning help for my travel expenses. The need was more than met and the surplus will be used to help some of our national missionaries in Peru and also to cover some extra medical expenses that our insurance will not cover. Thanks again for each of you that helped us with this need. The travel expenses are for my upcoming three week trip back to Peru. I will leave one week after Anita has her last chemo treatment and be back before her surgery. When we left Peru in January for a six month furlough, we had planned to return the 9th of July. We made financial arrangements for our utility bills and national workers up until the end of June. So I need to go back and make new arrangements and also to get two new building projects started. Enough funds have been received to help the Grace Baptist church in Huánuco start their new building and also the Jordan Baptist church in Lima is now ready to begin construction on their new meeting house. God has been so good to help us be able to help these works. The work in Peru is growing and maturing for which we are thankful.
Speaking of new works; we still have the need of helping the Faith Baptist mission in Oxapampa with the need to purchase property. The total cost of the property is still $10,000.00. To date I have received $1500.00 designated for this project. Would anyone like to take this on as a mission project? Pastor Carlos Gonzales is the faithful national missionary that started this work and keeps it going. He lost his wife, Maria, last year to stomach cancer, but he and his grown children continue on in the work. Oxapampa is in an area of Peru where we have never had a work before. It is the middle city of three small cities located in a large semi-tropical valley. Just recently the government built a decent highway allowing travel to Oxapampa possible. The small city has no airport or waterways; travel is only by land.
In HIM and for HIS glory,
Sheridan and Anita Stanton
sestantonperu [at] hotmail.com (Sheridan)
arstantonperu [at] hotmail.com (Anita)
Celebrating 25 Years of Serving the Lord in Peru!