It's a Boy!
Dear family, friends, and faithful supporters,
Before sharing what God is doing in Ayavirí, we are excited to announce that we will be having a baby boy in January. We are thankful to God that so far Heather and the baby are in good health. Thanks for all the prayers!
Two months ago we left our home in the capital city of Lima and began a new adventure in the small rural town of Ayavirí. Although going from the fast-paced hustle and bustle of a booming city to a tranquil, scenic village has been quite the transition, thankfully, we have all adapted well. Whereas random car alarms would awaken us in Lima, we now are greeted in the morning by roosters crowing, a huge pig snorting, and a donkey’s random shrieking. Whereas in Lima, traffic is normally a nightmare, the few vehicles in Ayavirí face an occasional herd of cows or flock of sheep blocking the road. Another benefit of living in the Andes is the beauty that surrounds us and the ability to see stars at night, which we rarely, if ever, saw in Lima.
Some things however, are the same whether in a big city or small town. Idolatry, for example, is still rampant in Ayavirí. In Lima, many people chase after the idols of success, convenience, and comfort, but the number one idol deceiving people in the village is tradition. Tradition has become the people’s god and they are willing to follow their traditions even when they realize they are wrong. Some people have been so bold as to tell us that they understand that Christ is sufficient, but they prefer to worship their traditions. Others have told us that they prefer their sinful lifestyle choices over Christ. However, God is working in many lives and people are asking lots of questions about God’s truth. Does the Bible really say that? How do we know the Bible is true? So, you are married and faithful to just one wife? Surprisingly, the Catholic priest, Armando, has been the biggest encourager and is glad we are teaching people God’s truth. Please pray that He would choose to follow Christ alone and not Christ plus church traditions and works.
Please also pray that we can continue to adapt to Ayavirí culture while pointing people to truth. Also, pray for wisdom as we try to figure out the best times to have the kids’ Bible club and adult Bible study.
Pray that God would give people the desire to know Him more and that they would be faithful in coming to our meetings. Many tell us that they will attend church on Sunday night, but never show up. Please pray specifically for Ricardo, Mercedes, Martin, Fermina, Cirilo, Yessica, and Alonso as they have shown interest in learning more about God’s Word.
Thanks again for your love, support, and prayers. Please let us know if you would like to be added to our Facebook group Ayavirí Adventures with the DeLandclan. It is the easiest way for us to give timely updates.
Serving the Lord in the Perú,
Daniel, Heather, Esther, Joseph, and Caleb Andrés