Friday, September 30, 2016

Off to Peru on Friday!

It's finally here. At noon next Friday, October 7, I will be boarding my first flight in Buffalo, New York. Eighteen and a half hours later I will touch down in Lima, Peru, at 6:30 am local time. I will spend the day in Lima with my good friend Santos Garcia, and the following day we will fly from Lima to Tarapoto, then take a one hour car ride to Chazuta.

From Monday, October 10 through Friday, October 14, Santos and I will be teaching a group of pastors an overview of the New Testament. My sections are mostly in the afternoon. Here's what I'm covering:

  • Luke, Acts
  • Romans
  • 2 Corinthians
  • 1-2 Thessalonians
  • 1-2 Timothy, Titus
  • Hebrews
Rock slides are a real risk on the drive between Tarapoto and Chazuta, and the weather report indicates rain all week. In fact, it also indicates a high temperature each day at or above 90 degrees.

Santos convinced me to stay a couple days after the trip is over to visit Cuzco and Machu Picchu, so I won't be returning to Buffalo until Tuesday, October 18.

Please pray for our families back in the States. Hannah will have a lot on her hands, and, believe it or not, she gets lonely when I'm not around. I will not be able to contact her much while I'm in Peru, so giving her a call or sending her an encouraging word via text or Facebook would go a long way. The kids always miss me when I go away, so pray for them too.

Obviously, I want you to pray for Santos and me that we would handle God's word well and that we would not get sick.

After I return I should have plenty of photos and videos to share. Thanks to everyone who's supported me in fundraising and your prayers.

Bonus: Click here for a 360-degree view of the compound where we'll be training.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

One month until PERU!

It's hard to believe that almost a year ago I announced that I was going to Peru in October 2016. Since then my third child was born. I've moved jobs, cities, and churches. There have been ups and downs, but through it all I've found that God is faithful.

With time counting down I have a lot to do. I have to finish my seminary class, do some public speaking this Saturday, buy some last-minute items for my trip, and prepare my teaching notes for the following New Testament books:

  • Luke
  • Acts
  • Romans
  • 2 Corinthians
  • 1&2 Thessalonians
  • 1&2 Timothy
  • Titus
  • Hebrews

Oh, and I'm still about $200 shy of the $2400 needed for the trip. If you've thought about supporting me financially but wanted to wait until I really needed it, now is the time. Online giving is quick and easy. Just click on this link. Be sure to put my name, ANDREW WENCL, in the notes field.
UPDATE: Someone has contacted me to let me know they will cover the last $200!
Those of you who have already given can expect to hear from me pretty soon. Thanks again!

As always, I covet your prayers.

Oh, and one more thing. If you'd like to see a 360-degree view of where I will be teaching, click here.