The sweat trickled down my forehead as my lungs gasped for air. The rioter’s chanting rang in my ears as one thought continued to cycle through my mind, “One step more, one step more, one step more.” At over thirteen thousand feet elevation, the simple command seemed to propel my legs forward after two days of walking without food or water through dozens of riots, roadblocks, and hailstorms, all of course, with my son’s little Mickey Mouse suitcase in tow. For those of you wondering, this was not how we had planned this trip to go. After being invited to speak at a youth camp in Bolivia, a Peruvian Pastor, a Bible college student, Anthony, and myself set out on what would become quite the unforgettable trip. However, as we sat around the bonfire of the last night of the youth camp, with wisps of smoke swirling upwards into the night sky, the testimonies of teenager after teenager sharing decisions that they had made that week from salvation decisions to decisions to go into full-time ministry brought the thought of days earlier once more to mind, “One step more, one step more.”
Many of you will remember having prayed for Enrique and his family. Enrique was a taxi driver that I met and invited to church during our first year here in Arequipa. After the family started coming to church, I began having Bible studies with him, while my wife Jacqulyn also started having a separate Bible study with his four daughters. There is just such a joy in watching the Gospel change lives. Over the past year, we have been able to see first Enrique, then Karina, Luana, Mishel, and then Willy all come to know the Lord as their personal Saviour. Well, this past month, Karina took one more step in her walk as she followed the Lord in believer’s baptism, and we are just praising the Lord for all that He has done both in Karina’s life and in the lives of her family.
Samuel and Gimena are young teenage parents to a four-month-old little girl. They so desperately wanted to make their relationship work, and God brough them to the door of our church, El Salvador. This past month, we began a Bible study with the young couple, and just last week, Samuel took the first step as he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour! Please be praying for him as he continues growing in his new faith, and please be praying for Gimena that she too would take that first step as well.
Your Missionaries to Peru,
Mitch, Jacqulyn, Landon, and Ryan McCormack
• Thank you so much for praying for our transportation need! Through the generosity of several families and churches, God has provided all the funds needed to purchase the van for the church!
• We are praising God that Karina followed the Lord in believer’s baptism.
• We are so excited for how God worked in the lives of so many young people at the youth camp in Bolivia, with many deciding to serve God with their lives and others deciding to accept Him as their Saviour!
• Please continue to be praying for the conflicts in our city and the surrounding southern cities.
• Please be praying for Samuel as he continues growing in his new relationship with the Lord!
• Please also be praying for Gimena, Clare, Andrea, Alex, and Martin, for them to take the first step and accept Christ as their Saviour.