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Dear friends and family,

How exciting to begin a new school year with a new baby!  Baby Gabriela Denise was born on March 1st, and after being presented to her big brothers, she can now scream with the best of them. For those of you not able to keep up with us on Facebook, Gabriela had to be readmitted to the hospital for 5 days with severe jaundice ten days after birth.  We praise the Lord that she is now much better and at home, and the jaundice has been kept at bay by her daily dose of sunshine! 

The seminary started its school year three weeks ago, and I (Eric) taught the first class to 2nd and 3rd year students (Doctrines 3 on Sin, Man, and Salvation).  We had some great discussions about the security of salvation a Christian possesses.  Aside from teaching and translating this year, I have the position of “Seminary Counselor”, and have been meeting with the students individually since we initiated classes. (Currently we have about 27 students between first and fourth years.) There have been good responses and I am thankful to be a part of their spiritual development.
Our missions’ conference at New Life Church begins today!  The sanctuary is decorated and many are working to put together special music.  Meanwhile the faithful 15 disciples who are completing the second discipleship booklet will not only be continuing in books three and four soon, but will also be starting to disciple others in the church in just over a month. This is what it’s all about! Christians reproducing themselves in others as Christ changes us all into His image!  We are so excited!

After taking a much needed break for several months due to the pregnancy and birth of the baby, homeschool has begun!  Joshua is now in K-5 and Steven is 3 yrs. old.  Casandra has recovered well from her c-section and is staying busy at home with teaching and tending to the baby as well as helping out with the adult Sunday School class, Awana, and Discipleship during the week.

OANSA (Awana)
With the new school year upon us (the Peruvian school year is Mar.-Dec.), came a new group of about 15 very enthusiastic teens in our JVO OANSA (AWANA) group.  Three seminary students are helping out, and we are more than willing to invest in them by giving them opportunities to be stretched and serve!  The majority of the teens also attend the Christian school where Casandra and I served last year.  We know this neither guarantees their salvation nor their maturity; so we work to challenge them to grow closer to God through the study of Philippians.

By far one of the most challenging tasks we have faced is getting all of our visa paperwork in order.  Currently we have about eight very important legal documents to obtain, each of which has about five steps.  Just one example: Gabriela, being a Peruvian, needs her DNI (national identification card). In order to get this, we need her birth certificate, which we cannot get until an error can be fixed on the hospital level, which cannot be fixed until someone in Lima can help them with a special code they need to get into their own system. Complicated, frustrating at times, especially given that all this needs to be done in Cusco (an hour and a half away), but God has been faithful to give us the strength and grace to endure the delays.
Please continue to pray for us as we strive to do our best for the Master!

In Him,
Eric, Casandra, Joshua, Steven and Gabriela Pardine
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