Strengthened in the Lord - Update from the Mission Field
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Hello There!

It's been awhile, but we want to thank you all for your continued prayers and support. One of the more difficult things on the mission field can be finding time to do all the things that need to be done, and that includes keeping in touch with the people we love. Thank you for remaining faithful to keep in contact with us, and pray for us. We can't do this alone.

Paul said in his letter to the Corinthian church, "you also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the gift granted to us through many." (2 Cor 1:11) As we have been going through some very busy and difficult, yet fruitful, times we know that we have been helped by your prayers.

We are back in Peru serving the Lord in South America, and very blessed to be home. Here are some of the things we have been up to, and some things on the horizon, as well as some prayer requests.

Jungle Ministry

When we returned from Israel, we hit the ground running. About a year ago John Bonner asked me to restart up the Youth Summer of Missions program at CCBC Peru. He said, "Make it your baby." Not quite, but I was excited to develop and relaunch the program, and we had an amazing 6 weeks with a great group of students and interns.
We invited high schoolers and recent grads from all over the world to join our awesome intern group of former CCCB Peru students to do missions in the high Andes, the Amazon jungle, and the coasts of Peru. The goal is to teach young people what missions are, give them a taste of real missions work, and be a blessing to the different ministries in Peru while doing it. We start with a 2 week boot camp of classes, workshops, and activities; and then we are serving the Lord and doing missions all over Peru and sometimes in different countries.
The whole six weeks was amazing, but taking 24 hours of busses to get to a jungle city and then going 8 hours up the Moyo River to do VBS, Inductive Bible Study training, prayer nights and church service in a small community was very memorable.
All the pictures from above are from the jungle, and everything below is from the rest of the trip (Visiting village schools in the Andes for VBS, in home visits, handing out 10,000 popcorn bag tracks at the Peruvian Independence Day parade, etc.). We were able to leave a wonderful testimony of Christ all over Peru, and I think we have several future missionaries on our hands!
I especially loved getting to pour into Tadeo (Standing with me on the boat in the red shirt). He was his community leader and after spending several hours in an IBS workbook is eyes absolutely lit up when he knew he was a messenger of God carrying a message of love and hope for His people. Just awesome, praise the Lord!

New Semester

"Beauty in Brokenness"
Danielle is the dean of women this semester at CCBC Peru, and one of her responsibilities was organizing this semester's women's retreat. She had a ton of great help from the staff here in Peru, and the Lord led her to theme the conference on brokenness. From what I hear, it was a sweet time of fellowship with the Lord and one another, and everyone was ministered to and blessed. God is good!
"The Revelation of Jesus Christ"
I loved teaching through the book Revelation to both our Peruvian and International students. Also, notice how we are now teaching in our beautiful new auditorium!
We started with a new semester back in August here at CCBC Peru, and Danielle and I were excited to see what the Lord had in store, and for our new roles. Danielle was asked to be the Dean of Women, while I was asked to be the Dean of Men as well as teach the Revelation of Jesus Christ and be the campus administrator.
One of the first things Danielle began to plan was our women's retreat. She felt led of the Lord to teach on brokenness before the Lord, and it was an amazing success. Several ladies from the Bible College taught as well as a friend from the Calvary Chapel in Cajabamba, and all the ladies were blessed.
As for me, I began the quick turn around from directing YSOM to helping set up our semester and prepping for my class on Revelation. Teaching through Revelation was a challenge, but a tremendous blessing. Some of the biggest things we took away was Jesus' desire for relationship, the necessity of depending upon the Holy Spirit, the compassion of God, and reality of eternity and the imminent return of Jesus Christ.
We also started our Monday night fellowships with Danielle focusing on Joy in the book of Philippians as the men and I studied discipleship in the gospels. Matt, John, and myself were excited to finally be together working on the same page in the same semester, and then we received some more exciting news...

Then they were four...

The Kilgus family will soon welcome the newest addition! It was very exciting news, and something we were hoping to hear, but then things got a little difficult. Danielle began to experience complications and was prescribed bedrest which lasted two months! We had already been in the doctors/hospital/chiropractor a lot lately, and this was a real challenge for the whole family.
We want to thank you for praying for us, as just last Tuesday we went to our new doctor in Lima, and received news that Danielle and the baby are completely healed and healthy. God is good! Danielle is about 3 months along, and we are hoping to know the gender before we come back to the states this winter.

Things on the Horizon

  • We are excited to be preparing for our semester end and graduation that is happening in about 3 weeks. We have 8 graduates who are all nationals here in Peru, and we are excited to see what God is going to do in each of their lives as they leave the Bible College and go out serving the Lord throughout Peru.
  • I will be teaching and sharing at multiple churches during our break during the holidays including our home church CC Fort Bragg on Nov 27th and Dec 4th, CC Ukiah later in December, CC Dayton Valley Jan11th, and possibly a few more. If your around we would love to see you!
  • Attending the Calvary Chapel Missions conference in Murrieta from Jan 2-6th.
  • Teaching at our Calvary Chapel leaders retreat that we are hosting at the Bible College Jan 23-25th. The theme will be leadership in the book of Nehemiah, and I am super excited to see the ministry at CCBC Peru continue to flourish.
  • Visiting and praying over some new sites to see if the Lord might be opening some new doors for ministry.
  • Teaching Church History in both Spanish and English for the upcoming spring semester as well as many other Bible College responsibilities.
  • Our 2nd Youth Summer of Missions program from Cajamarca. Last year, I was able to relaunch and redevelop the Bible College's YSOM program from Cajamarca where we did missions all over Peru. Many people are excited for the upcoming year, and we are excited for what the Lord has in store.

Prayer Requests

  • Health. Please pray for continued health for Danielle and our family. I think we have been to the doctors more times in the last 3 months than the rest of my life combined. We have chosen to have the next baby in Lima, so please pray for traveling mercies as we go back and forth from Cajamarca.
  • Fruitfulness and Rest. Please pray for a fruitful, but restful, time back in the US. We hope to see many people, but we have been going non-stop for about 16  months straight, and we are looking forward to rest.
  • Intimacy. Please pray for intimacy with Jesus and that we would be abiding in Him. The work can become overwhelming and begin to squeeze out our time with Jesus, yet apart from Him we can do nothing. Please pray that we would have that quiet intimacy that leads to much fruit.
  • Our Students. Please pray for the students who are graduating and for those who are returning. That they would grow and mature in the Lord, and be His witnesses in South America and all over the world.
  • Transportation. Living in a rural setting with a family and difficult public transportation is a real challenge. We know many are already praying that God would provide a car, but we would be blessed if you would join us. We have learned to be abased and to abound, but if the Lord wills, a car would be extremely helpful to our ministry in Peru.
Thank you all for praying with us, and for being a part of our lives and the work God has called us to in South America. 
Please, send a quick note if you can, we would love to stay in touch!

With love, 
The Kilgus Family (all 4 of us!)

"Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God." -1 Samuel 30:6

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