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Isaiah 58 Cookout 7.19.2011

With ominous clouds looming overhead, we had faith that the Lord would hold off the rain for our Isaiah 58 Cookout…and He did! It was definitely one of the smaller turnouts we have had in the four years we have done this, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t successful. We were thankful for the ones who braved the impending storm to hear the Gospel and grab a burger. The Lord blessed us with guests from Nepal, Iraq, Mexico, South Carolina, and elsewhere. All kinds of religions were also represented…from Muslim to Methodist.

It was not only a great time of evangelism and getting to know our neighbors, but also a great time of fellowship with one another. Everyone worked so well together! Kenny, Charlie, and Denise mastered the grill! Jason, Sarah, and Roger C. served up the hamburguesas, perros calientes, and chips. Helen and Becky R. gave away oodles of cupcakes. Nikki made lemonade. Harry served drinks. Paul, Wayne, the other Wayne, and Chick helped in every way imaginable…lifting 100 lb. coolers of ice and mingling with our neighbors. Pastor Steve presented the Gospel using Psalm 140 at the beginning of the cookout.

May the Lord will use our feeble efforts to bring glory to Himself. It is our prayer that each person we served tonight will be eternally changed by the power of the Gospel. Soften hearts, Lord.

Missionary Update: The Stantons in Peru

Dear Friends,

Anita and I continue to be busy about the Lord’s work here in the Andean Mountain town of Huánuco, Peru. She works daily on children’s Sunday School lessons. As I have mentioned a few times in the past, these lessons are used by all of our churches and we know of several public school systems in the country using her material in their religious courses. Yes, it is the law in Peru that religion must be taught in the schools! Would it not be something great if the United States were to return to her roots and overturn laws that have taken God and prayers out of the schools? We can pray!

I continue to pastor the Calvary Baptist Mission Church here in Huánuco. Even though much of my time is spent in preparing lessons and teaching for the Bible Institute, I always enjoy working with young mission works and seeing them mature and finally become independent and organized into a new church. On average it takes about five to six years from the start of a new work to its organization and Calvary Baptist will be no exception. Please pray for us and this young work.

In last month’s letter I reported that a young medical missionary from Huánuco, Silvia Rojas, was going to be married on the the 25th of October. Well the wedding went very well and Silvia and Benjamin are now married. It was the fourteenth wedding that I have conducted while in Huánuco. Later, after the wedding, I was told that family from both sides of the marriage had made comments about how nice it was to go to a wedding reception and not have it break out in family fights. It is a sad commentary on the culture here that most “non-Christian” weddings have a lot of drinking at the receptions and the liquor seems to take the scabs off wounds of many old perceived wrongs among family members. What a testimony it was for this young couple to share their faith in Jesus Christ before their families. Please pray for them as they start their new life together and serving the Lord at the Diospi-Suyana missionary hospital in Curahuasi, Peru.

Bro. Sheridan marries Silvia and Benjamin who will be working as medical missionaries.
Bro. Sheridan marries Silvia and Benjamin who will be working as medical missionaries in Peru.

The end of the month Anita and I traveled to the coastal town of Trujillo where I had been invited by the Esmirna Baptist Mission to come and preach and also teach on Baptist history. Trujillo is the third largest city in Peru with close to one million inhabitants. We had a great time with the mission work and the young pastor there, Moises Sevillano. He has been in Trujillo for two years now and has three different works; two in Trujillo and one three hours away in the city of Chiclayo, also on the coast. Please pray for Moises, he is very gifted young man with a genuine zeal to reach lost souls with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The city of Trujillo claims to be the “City of Eternal Springtime”, but after four days of humidity, Anita and I both agree that the mountain town of Huánuco where we live still has “the best climate in the world”, as the sign coming into our town claims.

Stantons minister in Peru

From Trujillo we traveled back the capital city of Lima and spent a few days with Jason and Rebecca Reinhardt and the twins, Natali and Neomi. We had a great time taking the girls to the zoo and play park. They are now five years old and really love their Papaw and Nene (me and Anita!). We also enjoyed an afternoon with our missionary friends, Rodney and Rebecca Spears. Our new truck continues to run well and we thank the Lord for having it every time we make the long road trip from Huánuco to Lima and back.

Sheridan and Anita spend time with the twins.

While in Lima, Anita had her check-up with the oncologist and once again all the results of the various tests (blood work) came back with excellent numbers. We thank all of you for your continued prayers for her; I can see she continues to regain her former strength little by little as it has been almost a year since she finished her cancer treatments and was released by the doctor. God has shown HIS great mercy to us, and we praise HIM daily. Until next month.

In HIM by HIS grace,

Sheridan and Anita Stanton

ar Friends,

Anita and I continue to be busy about the Lord’s work here in the Andean Mountain town of Huánuco, Peru. She works daily on children’s Sunday School lessons. As I have mentioned a few times in the past, these lessons are used by all of our churches and we know of several public school systems in the country using her material in their religious courses. Yes, it is the law in Peru that religion must be taught in the schools! Would it not be something great if the United States were to return to her roots and overturn laws that have taken God and prayers out of the schools? We can pray!

I continue to pastor the Calvary Baptist Mission Church here in Huánuco. Even though much of my time is spent in preparing lessons and teaching for the Bible Institute, I always enjoy working with young mission works and seeing them mature and finally become independent and organized into a new church. On average it takes about five to six years from the start of a new work to its organization and Calvary Baptist will be no exception. Please pray for us and this young work.

In last month’s letter I reported that a young medical missionary from Huánuco, Silvia Rojas, was going to be married on the the 25th of October. Well the wedding went very well and Silvia and Benjamin are now married. It was the fourteenth wedding that I have conducted while in Huánuco. Later, after the wedding, I was told that family from both sides of the marriage had made comments about how nice it was to go to a wedding reception and not have it break out in family fights. It is a sad commentary on the culture here that most “non-Christian” weddings have a lot of drinking at the receptions and the liquor seems to take the scabs off wounds of many old perceived wrongs among family members. What a testimony it was for this young couple to share their faith in Jesus Christ before their families. Please pray for them as they start their new life together and serving the Lord at the Diospi-Suyana missionary hospital in Curahuasi, Peru.

The end of the month Anita and I traveled to the coastal town of Trujillo where I had been invited by the Esmirna Baptist Mission to come and preach and also teach on Baptist history. Trujillo is the third largest city in Peru with close to one million inhabitants. We had a great time with the mission work and the young pastor there, Moises Sevillano. He has been in Trujillo for two years now and has three different works; two in Trujillo and one three hours away in the city of Chiclayo, also on the coast. Please pray for Moises, he is very gifted young man with a genuine zeal to reach lost souls with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The city of Trujillo claims to be the “City of Eternal Springtime”, but after four days of humidity, Anita and I both agree that the mountain town of Huánuco where we live still has “the best climate in the world”, as the sign coming into our town claims.

From Trujillo we traveled back the capital city of Lima and spent a few days with Jason and Rebecca Reinhardt and the twins, Natali and Neomi. We had a great time taking the girls to the zoo and play park. They are now five years old and really love their Papaw and Nene (me and Anita!). We also enjoyed an afternoon with our missionary friends, Rodney and Rebecca Spears. Our new truck continues to run well and we thank the Lord for having it every time we make the long road trip from Huánuco to Lima and back.

While in Lima, Anita had her check-up with the oncologist and once again all the results of the various tests (blood work) came back with excellent numbers. We thank all of you for your continued prayers for her; I can see she continues to regain her former strength little by little as it has been almost a year since she finished her cancer treatments and was released by the doctor. God has shown HIS great mercy to us, and we praise HIM daily. Until next month.

In HIM by HIS grace,

Sheridan and Anita Stanton

Missionary Update: The Stantons

July 9, 2009

Dear Friends,

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Your browser may not support display of this image. Your browser may not support display of this image. Your browser may not support display of this image. 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 Your browser may not support display of this image. 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

Missionary Update: The Creiglows

Last month you were probably overloaded with letters and news from me. This month there is a whole lot more. I will try to cram in as much as possible without blowing any fuses.

The first week of February I visited the works at São Salvador (Juruá River not Moa River) and Novo Horizonte. These are about 5 hours up river with my 60HP outboard (30MPH). At São Salvador where we have a good group of believers, I took more time for teaching about the church and baptism. Novo Horizonte is a new work and so preached the gospel. We had good crowds although it rained most of the time. The river bank was very steep and slick, but thanks to the successful knee surgery I am now back to my OLD self.

Here at our home church all is well. We had a couple of families to move away to other cities. This happens almost on a monthly basis. Even though it hurts, I am conformed to the idea that one of First Baptist’s ministries is to supply other churches with quality members. We are still growing though. Last Sunday we had over 500 in Sunday school. Even though it was raining in the evening we still had a packed house. There were 2 more saved. We have a steady number of people saved almost every week. This month I baptized 19. There were 10 women and 9 men. That is a pretty good balance. I have been preaching an average of twice daily for a couple of weeks now. The youth asked me to speak to them on a Saturday night. It had been a long time. They said they had 298 present. Since Bev and I are still very young, I say we had 300 young people!

A few days ago Bev and I went to the city of Tarauacá. This is the third largest city in the state. We participated in a project that our church has been doing for 8 years. We take a large team to a city to do the following activities: doctor’s visits, dental care, nursing, dental hygiene, teach hygiene, hair cuts, arts courses, distribution of dental kits, free medicine, distribution of food to the poor, clothing for the needy, children’s programs, door to door gospel preaching and services at night time. Our 5 doctors and dentists treated over 1500 people. Over 3,500 heard the gospel in the door to door witnessing. There were several professions of faith. We had an average of 250 people in the evening services. One young lady trusted Christ on the last night. Our team is all from First Baptist Church. There were 77 of us in all. Each of these projects costs over $10,000.00. All of these funds are raised right here on the field.
Tarauacá is 160 miles east of here. We were able to drive there in the month of February. That still doesn’t seem real to me. We still don’t have many roads around here. If someone had told me 10 years ago that I would be able to drive there any in the middle of the rainy season, I would have thought them a greater optimist than me. They say that as of this summer the road to Rio Branco will be open year round. I am an incorrigible optimist, but I still don’t believe that story!

A friend of ours who has an apartment in Tarauacá let us stay there while he was on holiday during Carnaval. Oh, but little did we know that the stage for the Carnaval partying was set up less than 100 yards from our building. We didn’t get much sleep as the wildness and extremely loud “music” went on every night up to 4:00AM. There is only one small Baptist church there and not doing much. Pray that they will wake up and start winning their city for Christ.

Now, before I close let me thank all of you who have given more than the usual amount to make our mission trips and work possible. Several have given generous special offerings. God bless you. Also, let me add one more request. BFM and the missionaries have not said much about this, but we depend on you for the cars that we drive here on the field. Our salaries are perhaps the most frugal of any mission supporting process. BFM has a policy of giving each missionary a special offering of $8,000.00 every 4 years to help buy or keep a car. Since the general fund has been running very low for the past few years, it has become almost impossible to keep this project funded. Several missionaries have postponed getting a newer vehicle. Bev and I are still driving the same S10 pickup that we bought 11 years ago. Even back then we were forced to buy a truck that does not have 4wheel drive or a diesel engine because of the initial cost. Many times I have had to return from the middle of a trip because the road was too muddy to get through with the S10. Also, gas is much more expensive than diesel fuel here in Brazil. For the past 7 years we have been praying for a Brazilian made jeep called Troller (check it out at http://troller.com.br). Since the dollar has gone up lately and there are now several tax incentives, the car is a little less expensive. Last year it was still costing $60,000.00. Right now it is about $39,000.00. It is still the cheapest 4 wheel drive diesel vehicle in this country. Two years ago I started building a boat to sell to go as a down payment. Last week I sold that boat for $23,000.00! That is great, but with Brazil having the highest interest rates in the world, I still can’t afford to finance the remainder. The Lord will provide. All this to say, please give regularly or a generous one time gift to the missionary vehicle fund. You don’t have to designate for my jeep. Others have the same need, so even though times are very tough, please give.

Thanks for all of your prayers and support. God bless you as much as He has us.

Mike & Beverly Creiglow
Cruzeiro do Sul, Acre, Brazil

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

Missionary Update: The Radfords in Kenya

Dear praying friends,              January 6, 2009

We hope this update finds you each doing well and busy in service for our Lord. It is hard to believe that 2008 has come and gone. May we truly make the best use of the time that God gives us, and be good stewards of the ministry opportunities that God provides. This update will share current ministry opportunities as well as prayer requests.

This past month, we did a lot of praying in regards to the ministries in Kenya. We truly believe that God will lead and guide His people when they seek His direction. Psalm 48:14 says “For this God is our God for ever and ever: He will be our guide even unto death.”

We thank the Lord that we now have another ministry opportunity in Kitale Main Prison. There is a section of the prison called Annex prison, which currently has around 90 prisoners, but has a capacity for 150. I have previously desired to have a ministry in this section of the prison, but have been waiting on the Lord to show me if this is an avenue to pursue. Psalm 62:5 states “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him.” There is currently an opportunity to extend the ministry to this area of the prison where I have previously had no ministry. Please pray for me this month, as this ministry begins. I will be sure to update you often on the progress and needs of this ministry.  Also, I have recently opened an extension of the prison ministry to those prisoners who were in the
training but were released before finishing. Many of the prisoners have asked me to consider an outside prison ministry for those who have been released, and we have now been doing this ministry for a few weeks.  Those who have been attending are faithful in the churches and have a real desire to continue to learn and serve the Lord. Also, the pastor of the church where this ministry is held is very supportive and feels that many of these men have potential for further ministry opportunities as the Lord leads them.

Attached is a photo of myself and a former prisoner whose name I cannot mention for confidentiality reasons. He assisted me in the ministry since 2002 and was recently released. Please pray for each of the prisoners, for the Annex prison opportunity, and the outside prison ministry. Please also pray for them to be encouraged and continue to grow in the Lord.

nathan-radford-prison-ministry

Finally, the Lord has opened more opportunities for me to be involved in the churches here in Kitale. I have been able to go on church visitation, attend pastoral leadership meetings, and also attend the Bible Institute within the church. I am very thankful for these opportunities within the churches and am asking the Lord for even further opportunities. In closing, please be in prayer for our family and our health. Malaria and other diseases are concerns, but we know the Lord will protect us and keep us safe. God bless you and thank you so much for your interest in the
ministries in Kitale, Kenya.

In Kenya,
Nathan, Carrie, and McKenna Radford  

Contact Information
P.O. Box 4150
Kitale, Kenya              
East Africa 30200             
email:naterad [at] yahoo.com

Missionary Update: The Stantons

November 6, 2008

Dear Friends,
October went by rather quickly for Anita and me. I started the month off preaching in a Missions Conference in Michigan. I spoke five times during the twenty-third annual mission’s conference hosted jointly by the Lake Road Baptist Church of Clio and the Grace Baptist Church of Holly. Chapel Hill Baptist Church of Nicholasville, Kentucky invited me for their services on the Sunday the 12th. The 26th Anita was able to go with me to Ohio and visit the Grace Baptist Church of Fairborn and the Morning Star Baptist Church of Westchester. We thank all of these churches for their gracious hospitality manifested to us.

Anita had another birthday on the 13th and then started her radiation treatments on the 20th. She now has a radiation treatment every Monday through Friday for six weeks. As I write this letter she has completed two and half weeks and has three and half more to go. She seems to be coping with these treatments very well. Her sense of humor has not diminished! The main side effects of the radiation are fatigue and skin irritation in the radiated area. The Lord willing we should be done with the radiation around the end of November. We thank all of you for your continued prayers, letters and cards.

Most of the workers from Peru keep in touch each month and each of them has given a good report. We are still trying to help the new work in Oxapampa with funds to purchase some property where they can build a permanent meeting house. Of the $9000.00 needed we have received $1500.00, leaving us a balance of $7500.00 still to fund. Brother Carlos Gonzales is the pastor of this new work and is doing an outstanding job. If any of you would like to help with this project please mark your donations as Stanton-Oxapampa project. 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

Prayer Request Update

This is an update on William, the little boy Laura requested prayer for on Monday. She doesn’t think anyone in his immediate family or circle of friends is a Christian. Please continue to pray for William and his family. Thanks!

First Update: from Wednesday Morning
The 5-year-old son suffered a severe head injury in a 25-foot fall Sunday afternoon/evening. He is in critical condition, and the next 24 hours are the riskiest. Following is an e-mail he sent to the staff on Sept.30.

“Everyone, William, 5, is still in the pediatric ICU at CCMC. The next 36 hours are the most grave. He has a 1 in 3 chance of survival at this point. It is much too early to make any guesses as to long-term quality of life, but there have been positive signs in recent hours. He is in a stage 6 coma, up from a 5 yesterday. 3 is the worst, 15 the best. He has massive brain trauma, and a portion of his skull was removed to leave room for swelling and relieve pressure. The removed bone was implanted near his stomach so it can be removed and replaced as still-living tissue should he make it that far.

The nature of his injuries have actually served to help him survive this long. The multiple fractures to his cranium allowed his brain to swell without the kind of pressure that would have killed him. Remarkably, there are no other injuries of note and he is able to move all his extremities. We would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of concern, well-wishes and offers of support. We may need more later, but for now, my mother, my wife’s father and my sister are here and trying to keep our 6-year-old son on a routine.”

I went and visited William today. His head is severely swollen, but his numbers apparently were good. He had no other injuries aside from one broken vertebra. It’s a miracle he’s alive, but we’re hoping for at least one more miracle.

Please, any prayers, positive thoughts, well wishes etc. that you could afford to this beautiful child and his family would be appreciated by them and me.

Second Update: from Wednesday afternoon
I have a terrible update. Looking at the latest CAT scan, they think Willie had a stroke. They’re now preparing for the worst-case scenario, which is a persistent vegetative state.

I’m still hoping for a miracle.

*I apologize for not posting this sooner.

Mission Update: The Tates

They have not posted this on their website or sent it as an e-mail, so unfortunately I can’t share the pictures with you.  :o(

An Update from Roger, Julie, Emily, Amy, & Josiah Tate: Missionaries to Kenya!

July 2008: Major Milestones
In this newsletter I want to list some of the major milestones we have passed in the last couple of weeks.  They may not seem very “major” to you as you read through them but they sure are major to us.
Major Milestone #1 – We finished language school!
Major Milestone #2 – We made it to Kitale.
This includes the bus ride to Dar es Salaam, flight to Nairobi, a week in Nairobi & bus ride to Kitale.  Doesn’t sound too major but when you throw three kids, 10 pieces of luggage, and hundreds of other details it took to get us here, it’s major.
Major Milestone #3 – Celebration with the Kenyans.
Mike and Pam had a “sherehe” (celebration) welcoming us to Kenya.  The people from all three churches were there and they gave us a very hearty welcome.
Major Milestone #4 – Amy turned 8.
We had a wonderful day celebrating Amy’s 8th birthday.  We wish old friends could have shared it with us but at least we were able to share it with some new friends (and you should have seen the faces of some of the Kenyan kids while they were eating cake and ice cream).
Major Milestone #5 – I’ve learned to drive in Kenya.
If you’ve ever been to Africa this speaks for itself why this is a major milestone.  I’ve even driven Julie into town, went to a few shops, bought somethings and made it home without hitting anything or anyone.
Major Milestone #6 – We have moved out on our own.
This is probably the “majorist” of the major milestones.  We may have been in Africa for five months now but up until four days ago we’ve been taken care of by someone else.  For four months at language school we didn’t worry about lodging or food.  For three weeks with the Andersons we were also taken good care of and didn’t have to worry about anything.  Now, we’ve moved to a house and we are trying to live in Africa independently.  That means learning how to shop, cook, run a household and basically learn to do everything on our own.  We don’t know what we’re doing yet, we don’t know how anything works and we have hundreds of questions, but we’re trying to make a go at it.  It’s difficult but we knew this time would come.  Please pray for God’s strength and grace in our lives.

Address (for now):
P.O. Box 4150
Kitale, Kenya 30200

Email:
rojuta [at] gmail.com (Roger and Julie)
fpg1.emily [at] gmail.com (Emily)

Website:
http://www.TatesInAfrica.com

Mission Update: Sheridan & Anita Stanton

Sheridan & Anita

July 8, 2008

Dear friends,

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!