Travel by Land or Air??

We’re planning a visit to the US in April and we’d LOVE to drive across the country to visit with and update all of our supporters and family. We’re hoping to arrive in Florida in mid-April and then visit North Carolina, New Jersey, Michigan, Washington, California, Texas, & Alabama before we head back to Peru in June.

To rent a car, would cost over $5,000 because we don’t have existing car insurance to extend to the rental, which is WAY out of our budget….SO,…. we’re wondering if anyone has a spare (dependable) vehicle that they’d be willing to let us borrow for about two months (knowing that we’d be putting a lot of miles on it); or if you know someone with a car rental agency that would donate the rental??

Our other option is to fly on Spirit but we’d have to miss out on visiting California, Michigan, Texas, & Alabama because of the added cost.

Please contact us if you are able to help us with this huge request and/or if you would like us to visit you, too and we’ll see how it all works out!


Please locate the new tab we’ve added above….ARISE Perú…. once you click on it, you’ll see the new Support Button to send a monthly or one-time financial gift to help these girls with ARISE!

Academic Resources for Independence, Success, & Excellence (ARISE Perú) has been developed to help connect people who want to give financial aid to those who would otherwise not have the opportunity for higher education.

The Lord started supplying the financial resources through faithful people by putting it on their hearts to give. Scott and I started this non-profit organization to keep the funds coming in and going out in a responsible manner. These funds cannot run through the Home, so this ministry fills that gap. We currently have EIGHT girls studying post-high school courses:

Katherine: Psychology (5 yr course), Ruth: Bank Administration (5 yr course)

Monica: Cosmetology (1 yr), Nedelka: Chemical Engineering (5 yr), Mirian: Missionary (3 yr)

Amanda: Law (5 yrs), Margarita: Missionary (3 yrs), Mirella: English Translator (5 yrs)


Please get involved with this new ministry….we need you!

We also have an ARISE Facebook page: 









Feliz Navidad

We started Christmas celebrations with decorating cupcakes rather than cookies.

The girls did an excellent job!

Then we celebrated at church with many of our girls participating and we prayed a special Happy Birthday prayer for Pastor Darío led by Scott:

We celebrate Christmas Eve slightly different than the majority of people here. Most families have a huge nativity set out for weeks before Christmas and then on Christmas Eve at midnight the whole city explodes with fireworks for a half hour, then a huge dinner is served and THEN they place the baby Jesus in the manger and open gifts. We serve the meal earlier in the evening (the little ones can’t stay awake), we open gifts, and then watch the fireworks at midnight.

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We also enjoyed having family together for Christmas…

We hope your celebrations were meaningful, as well! Many blessings to you all!


Our original thought of how we were going to celebrate Thanksgiving this year would have been a little tongue in cheek. Instead, we decided to do something completely different – no cooking, no baking, no stress – just celebrating the Lord’s many blessings! We went out and had Indian food for the first time and it was DEE-licious!


When In Doubt…

THROW IT OUT! That works for cleaning out the fridge but in this case it’s about my last post which I deleted. After lying in bed mulling over the event, I realized that neither one of us had actually seen any money change hands. Yes we got pulled over, the driver and the officer talked and then argued. The comment was made about the fine and then the driver was told to get out of the car. After a short time, he got back into the car and the policeman drove away. We were confused at what had happened so the driver explained it in detail as he continued on to drop us at our destination.

Something just didn’t seem right about the whole thing. My post was too negative and I realized that it was based on hearsay. Was it true? Was it exaggerated? I don’t know….but it was upsetting and we did learn a little more about being street wise through it all!

Time to park the bus

We have a bus at the Torre Fuerte home. With 30 girls plus the staff, a bus is a necessary piece of equipment for the ministry here.
But our bus is a 1989 Hyundai. In the last couple of years we’ve repaired – and then replaced – the transmission, had major engine work done, and replaced parts of the floor.
We have new holes in the floor, right over the driver’s side rear wheels. That bright light on the floor is where the metal is separating and allowing the outside light to come in.

Now we find that the insurance company is not happy with our bus. We’ve had insurance under the “student transport” category, but the insurance company says our bus is too old for that. So even after fixing the problems, we’ll have to change insurance to something much more expensive.
So… we’re thinking it’s time to raise funds for a “new to us” bus. Something newer, nicer, safer, more reliable, and insurable. Would you consider helping us with this need? We realize that the goal of $50,000 is pretty daunting, but it’s not a huge amount for a bus.

We have a GoFundMe campaign started. Please check it out here:

The Expectation of Power!

When you live in a third world country, things like power and water (which we all expect to have at all times) become even more appreciated. It’s now 3:00 in the afternoon and we finally have power again! This is not only an inconvenience but it also affects the food in the refrigerator and for us, showers! We have electric shower heads which are also called widow makers since the power here is 220 volts rather than 110. Everyone knows that mixing water and electricity is a no no but that’s the only way to be assured of hot water here in Peru. You learn to be careful and not touch it!20191114_150726


We were invited to a friend’s house (rooftop) for a bbq and it was DEElicious!!! This type of bbq is actually called a Chinese Box. It’s a wooden box with a metal interior. As you can see, the hot coals from the wood are on top and the meat is cooked inside of the box. We had pork and lamb which were both cooked to perfection! The pork had a nice crunch on the exterior and the meat was tender and juicy with an amazing flavor and the lamb was cooked perfectly, too. It was quite a treat!