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Newsletter from Jamie and Anthony Diliberto, who are working as missionaries in Peru.


The DiLibertosServing God in Peru - LCMS InternationalEdition 8 February 2013

February 2013We praise God for all His provisions and blessings in the month of February! Julia and I had a great trip to Lunahuana with the members of the South Dakota team at the beginning of the month. We were able to meet with and pray with our closest friends. We also celebrated the Lords Supper with Fabiola, our one confirmed member in Lunahuana. On February 16, a group from Grace Lutheran church in Midland, Texas arrived to help us with a vacation Bible school in La Victoria where Anthony is working with the Mercy House. The first day we had the lowest attendance with 42 kids! The other days between 55 and 62 children came to hear about our Good Shepherd and the love He has for His sheep. Praise God for the people who spent so much time planning and executing the VBS so that many children would hear the Gospel Message!

John 10:14-15I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.

On Sunday, February 17, we confirmed Cesar and Lidiana and welcomed them as members of the church. They were both very happy to become members and celebrate the Lords Supper with us for the first time. They are pictured with their catechism teacher on page one. Pastor Mark will now be teaching the third round of catechism, and there is currently one person, Gerardo, who faithfully comes. Please keep him and his studies with Pastor Mark in your prayers. Coffee & Conversation has become even more of a hit lately, and weve had more than 30 Peruvians coming each Thursday. We are especially blessed that a few of the people who come have been getting involved in some of our other ministries with the Mercy House, and they have been coming to church. Please pray for Lidia, Manual, Juan, Eduardo, and Carlos as they continue to spend time with us and ask questions about God. I have been teaching the adult Bible class on Sunday mornings, and I really enjoy it. We just finished our study of Colossians, and I plan to start studying Romans this coming Sunday. Thank God for His living and active Word and for the opportunity we have to study it on Sunday mornings.

Mighty Fortress Mercy House in La VictoriaThroughout the Peruvian summer (January & February), Anthony and his team (Rachel & Rosita) have been teaching a summer English class twice a week in a park in La Victoria in order to meet more children there and offer a helpful service to them. Their last class for the summer is today. We thank God for the relationships that were built and the love that was shared with the children. The picture above was taken during the VBS that we held in La Victoria.

Lenten ReflectionsThis year for the season of Lent, we decided to use Chitachay and its study materials for our Wednesday night Lenten reflections. Each of the missionaries is rotating the responsibility of leading the Lenten Bible study. On Ash Wednesday we watched Chitachay and heard a short message from Pastor Mark about Gods promises. I led the study on Jesus as our Good Shepherd the following week, and last night Anthony led our study on the sufficiency of Christs sacrifice on the cross for our salvation.


Prayer Requests1.Praise God for the confirmation of Cesar and Lidiana! Pray for them as they continue to grow in their faith, and pray that they would share Gods message of salvation with others.


Praise God for the teams who came in February. We thank God for their willingness and commitment to share Gods love with so many people here. Pray for the Mercy Center in La Victoria. Pray that relationships would


continue being built and that many children would be helped through the work there. Pray that we find a location for the center soon. Praise God for all the kids who came to the VBS there! Praise God for all the opportunities we have to study Gods Word with others.


Pray that the Gospel would be proclaimed clearly in our Lenten Reflections, Sunday morning Bible class, and Sunday worship services. Praise God for Coffee & Conversation and the way it provides us a way to meet


people and witness to them. Pray that we would boldly share our faith in word and deed with those who attend. Pray for some of our upcoming activities in March: Holy Week and Easter


services (including a Good Friday bilingual service), after school tutoring in La Victoria, and a team retreat.

To support our work financially, you may send a taxdeductible gift to: The Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod P.O. Box 790089 St. Louis, MO 63179-0089. Make checks payable to The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Mark checks DiLiberto Support. Gifts can also be given through the LCMS website on our online giving page at www.lcms.org/diliberto.