Calvary Chapel Iquitos

Hi Everyone,

Here is our May 2016 update;

Yes, another very late update, I have no excuses except to say that I am convinced that the months are going by faster and faster each year, I heard it said this this happens when you get older but of course that couldn't be it.

So, I will keep it brief by not mentioning everything that happened since the last update. I will just mention one thing from the past, one thing from the present and one thing from the future, so as not to bore you guys with too large an update. Although much has happened and the Lord continues to bless us and use us.

2015 (The Past)

Well the 2 biggest highlights since the last time I wrote are a Women's Retreat (mentioned in the last update) and a Purity Ceremony.

The Purity Ceremony is something Veronica, Luana and I worked on for several months, although she did most of the work. She leads a group of young girls at the church in El Terminal and 9 of them decided to make the commitment to remain pure until marriage. This is very exciting for us, especially since Iquitos is rampant with teenage mothers.

2015 - Purity Cerimony

We had a Purity Ceremony for the church in El Terminal where 9 of the girls Veronica is working with committed to keeping pure until marriage. We held the ceremony in town to make it special and invited the girl's parents to be present. Veronica and Luana decorated the local and made snacks, it turned out to be a very special night.

They also had a Purity Ceremony at Puerto Seguro at their church on a different night.

Each family at their table

Pst. Raul & family

Veronica presenting the rings


Raul putting the rings on his 2 daughters

Estrella recieving her ring

Albert filling in for the other Estrella's dad

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Vivian showing her ring

The girls showing their rings

Veronica

Please keep the girls in your prayers - that they can stick to their committment.


2016 Church 10 Year Anniversary - EL TERMINAL (The Present)

Believe it or not, we celebrated our 10th year as a church in El Terminal this past April. It has been a busy, sometimes difficult, sometimes frustrating but a joyful 10 years that we have put in getting this church started. Definitely a growing experience for me. We have been blessed by many churches and others visiting and helping us in the last 10 years. Most importantly God has been working and touching many lives during this time. I am especially happy that we have so many teens in our Youth Group now, Pastor Raul & Luzmila are doing a great job with the teens. It helps that their 2 daughters are also very involved in the Youth Group.

Jesus directing the program

The ladies decorated the church

The girls prepared several choreographies


Lidia as head cook

Moms serving the lunch

The kids always eat first

The children's tug o'war

The girls tug o' war

The girls took over the rope

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Please keep praying for our church and our Youth Group


Facebook

In case you want to see more pictures you can check us out on Facebook and get up to date there:

"Calvary Chapel Iquitos" (There are more pictures there than I can send in an update)


2016 Pastor's Conference (The Future)

We are very happy to announce that we are starting conferences for the river Pastor's once again. It has been about 3 years since we have had one but God has heard our prayers and we hope to have 2 this year.

The river Pastor's live in villages outside of Iquitos, along the many rivers that surround this area. Most of them have their farms there and work to sustain themselves and their families like everyone else in those villages. On top of this, the Lord has put it on their hearts to Pastor a church in those communities. Many of them have not even finished High School but are doing a good job where they are. Very humble men with a call on their lives. It is a hard ministry, with no outside support and little encouragement from anyone. Most do not have children's or teen ministries, and some have no leaders to help the Pastor. With little materials, just their bibles and a heart to serve the Lord they are being faithful to the call. This is why they have been on my heart since I started visiting river communities many years ago. I hardly visit anymore now that I am so busy here, but they are still on my heart.

If you wish to help us in this endeavor, you can support 1 Pastor for $32.00, which will include his food, bed, and materials for the conference for 3 days. Each Pastor provides his own travel expenses, some live a few hours away some live a few days away. We do not make any profit on the conferences, but if any funds are left over they will be used for the next conference. We have another one planned in October.


Important Reminder

We thank all those who contribute to the ministries here in Iquitos and to those who contribute to our personal support, it allows us to be here and do what we do. Albert & Jose's support has not changed, it still goes through Calvary Murrieta.

Support for the Ministries (like the children, Special Projects, Bibles, etc..) and support for Pastor Javier & Pastor Raul are now going through Harvest Alliance, (see below for more details).


Wish List

Pastor Jose & Lidia (K43)

Pastor Jose & Lidia are building their house in El Terminal, because of finances, they prefer to build a small house in Terminal and no longer pay rent in the city. he can build a small house for about $15,000. They have already started and have about 8 columns in and waiting on the Lord for the rest. Any donation from $20 or more will be appreciated.

June - Pastor's Conference (K43)


Praise Reports:

Prayer Requests:


Opportunities to partner with us:

If you would like to contribute to any of the following ministries\expenses:

You can send donations to the following address: (Putting our account # (62414)in the memo portion of your check & the ministry you wish to donate to)

	Harvest Alliance International
	P.O. Box 4550
	Oceanside, CA 92052
	Memo: "62414 - XXX"  
(62414 is our ministry number) (Where XXX = General Fund, Children's Ministry, etc...)


*Note: The dollar has risen dramatically it is currently 3.25 or 325 soles for every $100 (U.S.).


Thank you all for your prayers and financial support.
 
         and God Bless you   
 
                Albert Smith 

 
     
     Calvary Chapel Murrieta
     24225 Monroe Avenue
     Murrieta, CA 92562  
 
     Memo = Peru, Albert Smith
 
Or for Jose
     Memo - Peru, Jose Garate 

Pastor Javier & Raul's offerings go through Harvest Alliance International (above).


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