Greetings dear friends and family,
“So we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.” 1 Thessalonians 2:8
Hello from Cusco, Peru. Our family is doing well. God has blessed us with 3 beautiful children. Christian will be heading into 6th grade this year and he is growing so fast. Jayne cannot keep enough food in the house to keep up with him. Micah will be going into the 3rd grade and is currently taking piano lessons. Jayne and the boys are enjoying their summer break from home schooling for a bit. The boys spend their days playing with their friends in the neighborhood and the church, and they both also enjoy reading, playing with Lego’s, riding their bikes to the park, and exploring the outdoors.
Eliana, our little sweetheart one year old, is doing well. She can walk, run (awkwardly), and eats everything in site. She also loves fulfilling her sisterly duty by messing with her big brothers. She holds her own just fine.
Jayne and I are continually being conformed by the image of Christ through the sanctifying relationship called marriage. We will be celebrating 13 years of marriage on July 10th. Jayne is also prayerfully considering taking a few Spanish classes while the boys are on their summer break. As for me, I have begun seminary. I am currently taking two classes through the Internet. I must be intentional about my schedule so that I may be able to continue to shepherd my family and the sheep of the church well. I spend most of my time reading, preparing for exams, or doing the work of a pastor.
We are truly blessed to be apart of God’s sovereign plan and working through the local church, Iglesia, Cristiana de la Gracia. We have Tuesday home group, Wednesday prayer, Thursday college ministry, and Sunday’s main service. Between those days we have discipleship, counseling, small classes within the church, and evangelism. Needless to say, we are quit busy. However, as I continue to grow and my relationship with God magnifies, I see that doing these things are needed. I am so glad that God does not need me to do his work but has given me the opportunity to do so. Please pray that God will rise up leaders to continue the good work.
We will be going into the jungle area in August with Calvary Baptist Church. This time I will not be teaching, but I will be translating for our brothers and sisters. Praise God for his faithfulness to service Him, while we still have strength. May his name be glorified and our brothers and sister grow into maturity through these teachings.
How Can You be Praying:
- Please pray for the salvation of Christian, Micah and Eliana
- Please pray for our marriage and that it is centered always on Christ
- Please pray for local church, Iglesia Cristiana de la Gracia. Also, for the spiritual maturity of the members and leadership.
- Please pray for jungle trip coming up that God’s name will be glorified as we teach and minister to our brothers and sisters in the Amazon
- Please pray that God will rise up more supporters so we may continue the work in Cusco, Peru. We are very grateful for what God has provided through the body of Christ; however, we are beginning to see a shift in our support and are in need of more monthly donations.
Why do we go to the unreached people of Peru preaching and teaching? Because we want God’s name and glory to be magnified among the nations. Our vision is to train indigenous leaders and pastors throughout Peru so that they may be better equipped to reach their people for Jesus Christ.
We would like to thank you for all that you do and have done for our family. We pray for our supporters regularly. Please continue to pray that God’s name would be glorified and that He would receive the glory and honor. Please prayerfully consider financially partnering with our family as we continue the work here in Peru. Your monthly support enables us to live and work among the Quechuan people sharing the gospel.
Joe and Jayne Martinez
Serving in Peru