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Missionary Update: The Stantons in Peru (December 2011)

Dear friends and family,
Anita and I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving and we wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year! We spent Thanksgiving day driving over the Andes Mountains returning home to Huánuco from the capital city of Lima. We are always thankful to get home safely. While in Lima, I preached four nights during the 21st anniversary celebration for the Jordan Baptist Church in Piñonate, Lima. All services were well attended and many decisions made to follow the Lord. It does not seem like twenty-one years has gone by since we started this work with our dear brother, pastor Jorge Dianderas. God has certainly been good to us and this work over the years.
It is considered a great honor here in Peru when someone names his or her newborn baby after you. The picture is of me
with the first child named after me here in Peru many years ago. The young man on the right is named Sheridan Danilo Vasquez, and his father on the left is Epifanio, a policeman. Danilo finished his schooling and now works as a restaurant chef. He and his family have been faithful members at Jordan Baptist since its inception. I have about four “namesakes” in this country; Danilo was the first. Anita has one little girl named after her and Danilo’s little sister is named after our daughter, Leah.
While in Lima, we also had our medical check-ups (lab work, doctor visits, etc.) and everything looks good for the both of us. Besides the fact that we are getting older, that Anita has had cancer, and I have had mini strokes – we are in good health! We thank all of you for your love and prayers for us and the Lord’s work here in Peru. To have you as our friends and supporters is truly a blessing.
Those all night bus trips over the Andes Mountains seem to get harder and longer the older I get. Even so, last week I returned to Lima for two days in order to participate in the ordination service of Pastor Severino Bruno. This servant of God has been working in Lima with our good friends, Missionaries Rodney and Rebecca Spears. They started the New Testament Baptist Mission several years ago and have now organized the mission into an Independent Baptist church, with Brother Severino as the pastor. I was asked to preach the charge to Severino at his ordination. It was a good time and great blessing to have been a part.
This past Sunday a young woman here in Huánuco wanted to talk with Anita and me after church service. A few years ago, she made a profession of faith in Christ Jesus as her Lord and Savior but is now convinced that she did not know what she was doing before and is now genuinely trusting in Christ. In the course of counseling with her about this decision, we discovered a cousin had raped her when she was only seven years old. Shocking I know, but this is very common in this part of the world. Probably half or more of the women in our churches have similar stories. In the Bible, the Apostle Paul wrote to the Romans these words: “…But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound”- Romans 5:20. This young woman has learned to forgive and love her Savior deeply by God’s grace. So many of the dear Saints of God we work with here in Peru, are truly trophies of God’s amazing grace! Anita and I thank you all for listening to God’s guidance in your lives concerning your support for the work here. By your prayers and support, we are able to continue on the work that HE has called us to do here in Peru. It is God’s work in which we are all privileged to be able to participate.
Thanks again and may God continue to bless you all as you remain faithful to HIM.
In HIM by HIS grace,
Sheridan and Anita Stanton

Missionary Update: The Stantons (Peru)

stantonsJanuary 6, 2009

Dear Friends,
Happy New Year!  Anita and I trust that this past year was a year of blessings for you and we pray that this year will be even more! This letter is being written from Florida where I am speaking at the annual Bible Conference of the Jordan Baptist Church, Pastor George Sledd. It is 80 degrees outside and we have the air conditioning going, what a blessing! Anita is traveling with me and we just came from Elliot, Mississippi. From here we head up to speak at churches in North and South Carolina. We take our time and make sure she gets her rest, but she really does enjoy visiting with all of you. December was a very busy month for me; I had the opportunity to travel in Ohio, West Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, and two churches in Kentucky and give a report of the mission work in Peru. All of the churches have been very gracious in their hospitality and love offerings for which we are very thankful.

One of the high-lights of the month of December was having both our son and daughter and their families with us for a few days. It was the first time we had all been together since the grand kids were born. Anita and I enjoyed so much our time with them. The added bonus was finding out that our daughter-in-law is expecting our third grand-child in June.

But the best news of all was when Anita went to the doctor for her final visit the last week of December and he told her that her tumor marker count was down (even below the accepted normal level). For this great news we are still rejoicing! She does not come back to see him again until September. Sooooo, we are heading back to Peru the 12th of February. Even thought 2008 was a difficult year because of Anita’s cancer treatments we count it a year of blessings for the many life lessons learned and for having our faith strengthened. We thank all of you for your never ceasing prayers and for your generous support during the year. Anita and I are both anxious to return home and get back to the work God has called us to do. May God bless you for your love and concern for the lost souls of Peru.  Until next month.

In HIM by HIS grace,
Sheridan and Anita Stanton