Aaron and Nancy Palmatier, Missions Door
At last, a new Amazon river boat! You may remember that our old wooden boat sank a while back. Thanks to your prayers and special giving we now have a big aluminum boat that will last for many years to come. We will be getting the seats and roof installed this month. The student population continues to grow at El Albergue. We now have three full dormitories. El Albergue serves as a boarding house for students who want to attend school but live too deep in the jungle where schools are not available. The students stay Monday through Friday to attend school and then are taken up the river to return home on the weekends. We now have 48 students who would not be able to get an education if not for El Alburgue. Nancy enjoyed her time tutoring the students in English while I evaluated the fish farm and banana plantation. We still have much work to do but I am encouraged with the progress and the excitement of the students.
We also spent some time with our church planters William and Ruth. They serve in the colony of Vantanilla, just outside of Lima, Peru. This area is all hills and we were amazed to see people digging out the hillside to build a house. Even the church is built on a dug out hillside. This is the church that suffered a fire earlier this year when a turf war broke out. I am happy to report that the church has been repaired and is fully functional. While we were there we saw the “next big thing” in economic projects. William is convinced that he can start a weaving school in the church. We need five looms to start. Several people from the community said they are very interested in learning but don’t have the equipment. The products can be marketed to the tourist that come to Lima. Each loom can be built for about $500. I am extra excited about this project because the looms can be used repeatedly to teach dozens of people the art of weaving and generate family income as well as ministry and church income. Please consider giving to the Peru ministry fund project # 93077M.