July 9, 2009
June was a wonderful month of great blessings from the Lord. In my last letter I spoke of Anita’s and my anniversary of thirty-five years on the seventh. One week after our anniversary I traveled into Lima to meet our first summer mission team. This group was from the Berea Baptist Church of Hiddenite, NC and it was their second trip to Peru. There were nine of them and they worked really hard on the mission project of helping the Grace Baptist Church of Huánuco build a security wall around the property. Digging ditches and then filling the ditches with concrete and rocks was exhausting work but they really seemed to enjoy it! After the work days we took them to Cusco and Machu Picchu.
While in Cusco they helped to paint the newly rented mission building for our Baptist Missionary friends Jason and Rebecca Reinhardt. The group was in Cusco on Sunday the 21st and during the night service I had the honor of translating for our good friend Jim Miller. At the close of the service three teenage girls accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. What a blessing! That was better than the trip to Machu Picchu (which is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World). After Cusco we traveled on down to the coastal town of Paracas where the group traveled out to the Ballesta Islands to view some thirty thousand or more sea lions. From Paracas they traveled on down the coast to Ica, Peru to the Huacachina oasis. This is where the sand dunes stretch for as far as the eye can see, and where they had an incredible time sand surfing and dune buggy riding. Anita and I certainly enjoyed having them with us and we thank the Lord for their love for the Lord’s work here in Peru.
Another great blessing for the month was the purchase of our new double-cabin, four wheel drive truck! Thanks to the Statesville Baptist Bible Institute for their generous donation of half the cost. The other half came from the sale of my old car and the BFM car fund. It is a rugged vehicle and should do well for many years to help get up into the mountain and jungle works. Praise the Lord!
Last month we mentioned the passing of Brother Wallace York and Sister Betty Creiglow. This month we were saddened again to hear of the passing of our old friend, Brother Homer Crain. Brother Homer taught me a lot about mission work here in Peru. He loved his Lord and he loved to preach the gospel. He will be missed.
The greatest blessing of the month came on June 15, when our newest granddaughter, Elizabeth Claire Stanton was born to our son and daughter-in-law, Joshua and Cheri Stanton. The baby and mother are both doing fine. God is good! Until next month
In HIM by HIS grace,
Sheridan and Anita Stanton
Apartado Postal 140
Huanuco, Perú, South América
sestantonperu [at] hotmail.com / arstantonperu [at] hotmail.com