Arturo Marin and his family live in the northern jungles of Peru in the department of San Martin. He pastors the Baptist Church of San Rafael and also helps train other pastors in the region.
Greetings and many blessings in your homes and ministries. This month was difficult for my family due to my travels and my wife’s illness, but spiritually, it was a great blessing for us. Early in the month, I spoke with a sister from our church named Maria. Her house was recently robbed, and she came face-to-face with the thieves. Thanks to the Lord’s protection, they did not harm her. She is a very generous sister and a big help to the brothers and sisters in the church. Her husband abandoned her when she became a Christian, and now, she is a single mother of four children.
I also spoke with Julio, a brother who lives in a town called Wimbayo. He is beginning a church plant in his town, and he often calls on me when he needs counsel. I will be giving him different materials and resources to help him in his ministry. After visiting with him, I went to La Libertad, where brother Amado is pastoring a church plant. They recently discovered that his wife has cancer, and they were understandably discouraged by this frightening news. I visited them in hopes of being an encouragement. They seemed to be helped by our time together, and they are trusting in the Lord as they confront this awful disease.
I was also able to visit with a married couple on the verge of separation. They are members of an unbiblical church in our town which runs purely on emotion and has no power to confront the problems that this couple is facing in their marriage. I spoke with them about the need for repentance for the forgiveness of sins and told them that only then would they be able to consider the other problems that have infiltrated their marriage. Though they insist that they are Christians, the fruit in their lives suggests that they have not yet come to a saving knowledge of Christ.
One night, a young lady named Leny came unexpectedly to our house. She was very desperate. Some time ago, I had shared the Word with her, but she had had no interest in the things of God because she was walking in the vanities of youth. Recently, however, someone told her that they had performed witchcraft on her and that, as a result, she was sick. I told her that her sickness was not her problem, but that her problem was sin. I again shared with her from the Word, and we agreed to continue meeting together. The next day she returned. As I was sharing with her about the Gospel, she repented of her sins. The pains and afflictions she was fighting have begun to disappear. Before, she had gone to the local witch doctor to be healed of her sickness and had paid 800 soles (about $270 USD). It did not help her, and she continued in pain. The witch doctor told her not to eat certain foods, but I told her that such food could not harm her. Leny and her husband are now attending our church, but her husband is not yet a Christian. Please pray for them.
Beloved brothers and sisters, many, many thanks for your prayers. May the Lord richly bless you all!