So many of you watched us last night on House Hunters International, or DVR’d it and will watch it soon. I won’t give you any spoilers here, but just wanted to update you on what we’re doing:
- If you want the fuller story of how we ended up in Peru, please check out this quick video. It tells the story in a little more detail than House Hunters International could.
- I (Matt) have worked with numerous missions agencies and dozens of missionaries from all over South America (not just Peru) to help them solve marriage issues, depressions issues, adjustment issues, etc – all to help these amazing helpers fulfill the calling God has placed on their lives. Due to the confidential nature of what I do, I can’t share any details. Please know, however, that the needs here are tremendous – and the rewards of working with every missionary couple, family, or individual has an eternal ripple effect to those they serve.
- Nicole has had the chance to coordinate with several children’s homes and orphanages. She can provide rehabilitation for kids that may not get it otherwise. I am forever amazed at my wife and the work she does. Her huge heart is so much bigger than mine could ever be. She’s also busy homeschooling our kids. Private Peruvian schools are outrageously expensive for our missions budget (and the public schools aren’t really sufficient for a satisfactory education), so homeschool is our current answer. It’s tough, but Nicole shines in this capacity.
- We helped some dear friends launch a new church. Granted, due to our limited Spanish skills, we’re grunt labor. But we’ve made great Peruvian friends and love serving every Sunday. We love our Peruvian brothers and sisters.
- We are hosting a women’s retreat in October for missionaries. This is an unmet need down here that we’re trying to meet. Our goal is to pamper these ladies and refresh their spirits, their hearts, and their relationships. This event is a true example of the Body of Christ coming together to serve each other. While Nicole and I are organizing the event, three other groups are doing amazing things to support these missionary women:
- WinShape Retreat will be providing meals and hospitality for the event. Their generosity and legendary hospitality will be so refreshing to the ladies here.
- JoAnn Kraft, President of LifeJourneys, and an incredible friend who’s been serving marriages and missionaries for years, is our featured facilitator.
- Vida en Surco, our church home here in Lima, is providing worship, volunteer labor, and helping with childcare – so moms don’t have to worry about their kids.
In the midst of all the ministry, please consider two things:
- Pray for us. Adapting to a new culture is tough. Unless you’ve made the transition yourself, I’m not sure I can describe it well enough. Just imagine the toughest life change you’ve ever made, double it, and punch yourself in the gut. Then you’ll start to get the feeling. Also pray that we minister wisely and effectively to those we encounter.
- Give to our ministry. We came down here on faith that God would provide. He always does. But I think He does this through his children. Please be part of the miracles going on down here. Donate monthly, one-time, sponsor a missionary that I’ll serve in counseling, sponsor Nicole to work with an orphanage, whatever you feel led to do. But be part of the change going on here. Your monthly support helps us live, work, minister – and it multiplies as we help others do the same. [Give through our missions agency, Worldwide Missions, and your gifts are tax deductible. Designate your gifts to Matt & Nicole Turvey - Peru.]