Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Visit home

Just wanted to post a little blog to let everyone know that we are headed to the U.S. for a visit here pretty soon. Eva will spend her first Christmas in Texas! And all her family is really excited to meet our little Peruvian.

But we are already making a calendar. We would love to speak at your church, small group, or just with your family if you'd like to hear us! We love sharing what God is doing here in Peru. We will be in the U.S. from the end of October to January, so please let us know if you'd like to meet up with us.

Little Eva is already gearing up for her U.S.A. visit:


Friday, October 5, 2012

Baptisms!

I'm so excited to say that last Sunday we had 11 baptisms!

We had to postpone our church outing because of a really rainy day, but this last week we went and had a blast! It was our first big outing with Eva, and she did great. She even got in the pool for a few minutes.

It was a great time because we had people from the youth center, our church here in Maldonado, and the church in Puerto Pastora. It was a great time of fellowship and fun. Thank you for your prayers. It was great to see some fruit from these past 3 years of work in all three ministries.

Unfortunately, all our pictures from the baptisms got deleted. We are extremely disappointed to not be able to show you, but we will hopefully be able to get a couple from Octavio and post them soon. We let one of our kids take the pictures, and must have accidentally deleted all of them from our sim card at some point because we are missing a lot of them. But we did have a couple from after the baptisms of us all eating together. Hope you enjoy these:












And Eva was really tired when it was all over. 


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Children's Program

About a month ago, we started back up the children's programs. The only day our 3 youth girls that lead it could all make it was Sunday. So we've started doing that on Sunday mornings.

The kids seem to love it! We only have a few, usually no more than 8. But they come enthusiastically ready to sing, learn the Bible verse, and do a craft. I'm so excited to share that last week, 3 of them accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

The biggest advantage to doing this children's class is training. It's so exciting to see these girls learn to teach the Word of God. I have gotten to see what He has done in their lives these last couple years, and now getting to see them pass it on is amazing!

Please be praying for our children's class. We are hoping that this will be a good training ground for more and more youth.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Things are going great here! We are so excited to see what God is doing in the midst of the people around us and in our own lives.

Our goal for this year have been to raise up leaders at the youth center. August marked two years since we opened the youth center - Safehaven. In those two years we have seen a lot of kids come through, and a lot leave. But we have watched for the ones God was calling to really stand up among their peers and start taking over some of the activities. This year we have seen that.

Bryan has taken every Monday morning to disciple four young men. For the first half of this year (and a little of last year), he has worked with two guys who have been coming a long time. About a month ago, he invited two new guys to meet with him. It has been a time of getting "real" with them, really finding out what they want in life and where they think God is calling them.

I've also gotten a chance to meet with a girl every Monday morning (although sometimes she comes different days of the week because of a busy schedule), and it's been a real blessing. I've learned that meeting one on one with girls is a little harder because they have so many responsibilities in the house. A lot of them don't have mornings free because they are helping wash the family's clothes or cook lunch. 

We've gotten to see these kids really start to take their walk with God more seriously. We've even had a couple older guys come around that had stopped coming for some time. They are now coming regularly and even asking to be baptized.

Speaking of that, I wanted to ask for your prayer. We will be going on a get-away as a church this Sunday where we will be doing baptisms. We'll leave early in the morning, and return sometime that afternoon. We'll be going to a little retreat center about 30 minutes outside of town. There we are planning on doing a joint service with everyone involved in our mission. We have a group coming from Tres Islas, the village church we go to each week. We have a group coming from Pastora where we used to go each week, but they now have a national pastor there every Sunday. We have a group from the youth center, and also our congregation that meets here in Maldonado will be going. It should be a lot of fun! But please be praying for those who are on the edge about getting baptism. They recognize that this is the next step in their faith, and we're praying they have the courage to take it.

I can't update without saying something about my little Eva girl. She's 3 1/2 months old and has been gaining weight really well. Some of you might not have known, but we struggled with that for the first couple months, as she was not gaining anything - just maintaining her birth weight. But we are so thankful that she's started climbing, and climbing fast. She gained almost a pound in the last two weeks! Praise God. Thank you for your prayers.

I also wanted to share another answered prayer. Bryan got a job while we were in Lima teaching English online. It was an awesome job, because he could stay at home with me (and Eva once she came) and still be making some extra income apart from our donations. It was an especially timely job since the cost of living was a little more in Lima. And honestly, it was nice to work for money again and be doing our part in our lives as missionaries. SO... the answered prayer is that Bryan still has this job. Our internet was terrible for the first 3 years we lived here, so it was uncanny and completely a miracle that the exact time our city got high speed internet availability is when we moved back from Lima in June. Although it's been a lot for Bryan to juggle, it's been an answered prayer that we are beginning to pay our own way as missionaries. 

Thanks for all your prayers! Another update soon!

Friday, August 31, 2012

100th post!

I guess it's kind of sad that I've only had 100 posts in 4 years, but I'm glad we finally made it!

Yesterday was Eva's 3 month birthday. Time has gone so fast. It was a real treat last night - we got to hear her laugh for the first time. Bryan was "boo"ing at her, trying to scare her, and she loved it! Bryan and I both teared up a little. Then today, she rolled over by herself from her back to her tummy! She is really growing.

Things have been going really good here. We had a D-Now weekend a few weeks ago. Here's some of the pics from the life-changing weekend. Many of these kids have never done anything like this. They didn't want to leave.











We got the chance to do four bible study sessions, eat all our meals together, play some crazy games, visit a nursing home, do evangelism in the main square, and go to a water park all in a day and a half. It was a very crazy weekend, but we survived and had a great time. Thanks so much to the church that made it happen.  A church in Covington TX gave through their VBS so that we could offer the whole weekend to the kids without cost. Blessings to you guys.

We also had some friends come visit, and it was a lot of fun to be with them. They really helped us in the D-Now, but also cooked for us almost every meal for two weeks. It was amazing and Bryan and I learned a lot!! Thanks for coming Darrell and Taylor!


It's been a really crazy summer for us, but we are so glad to say that we've seen 6 people give their lives to Jesus in these last couple months since being back from Lima. Praise the Lord!

I've also started playing with our praise band - singing and playing keyboard. I'm a little rusty, but they are being patient with me.

Last thing - we've created a Facebook group called "Eva in Peru." Since we have so many people who want to see a new picture every other day, we created this to not overwhelm all our Facebook friends. But if you are not a member and you would liked to be overwhelmed with her pictures, just let me know and I'll add you.

Pray for revival amongst our kids!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Yesterday was 3 years in Peru! I can't believe we have been here that long already and how much God has done in that time. Here's a video we took yesterday in the airport on our way back to Maldonado from Cusco.

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Whole New Life

So for those of you who are parents, you will laugh at me for this. I guess I imagined that life would continue on as I've always known it except that I would have a cute little person to cuddle with when I feel like it. But it has completely changed. And honestly, as challenging as the changes have been, I can already tell that God will teach me so much more through this journey than I ever have been taught before.

In case you haven't seen pictures on Facebook, here is our beautiful angel - Eva Grace Davis:


I will update our ministry stuff soon, but I wanted to go ahead and get a picture of Eva on here. We have a Facebook group with a lot of pictures and videos. If you'd like to be a part of it, just let me know and I will invite you.

Thursday, May 24, 2012


Crazy couple of months! We have been in Lima, and God has been so faithful to provide us with work, some friends, and a time of rest together.

Bryan has been working from our apartment teaching English online. It is an American based company that teaches students all over the world. It is a really cool program! And we really feel like God just dropped it in our lap. Our internet is not fast enough to do this in Maldonado, but it has been a perfect way to pay for our time here in Lima. God is so faithful!

We're still in the waiting process for Eva - I'm now 40 weeks and 2 days! But waiting has become a lot easier since last Monday when my mom and sister-in-law got here. It has been nice to explore the city with them and just enjoy some time together. My dad and brother get here tomorrow and Bryan's parents will be here in a little less than 2 weeks. We are blessed that so many of our family members are getting to come visit us while we're one plane ride closer to the U.S. than normal.

One thing we've done since our visitors have arrived is take pictures. I know normally people take maternity pics when they are 6 to 7 months while their bump is still cute and not enormous. BUT..... oh well. Sarah was really excited about doing these for us, and I think they turned out really well. I'm so thankful for such a talented sister-in-law! Here is the link to see them:

Maternity pics by Sarah!

We've gotten to be part of a really neat church in our time here, and we've met several missionaries and been encouraged by what God is doing among them. Thank you so much for your prayers during this time. Now we just need everybody to collectively pray for Eva to get tired of being in my belly and come out on her own pretty soon. When that happens, another blog post will go up with some pictures!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Moving all over the place

The one who seems to be moving the most these days is Eva. She is pushing her way all around my tummy. It's been fun, but only when I'm not trying to sleep. =) I am now 31 weeks pregnant, and we are so ready for May 22nd (or around there).

This last month has been very busy with ups and downs.

Before I go on, I wanted to share something personal. Some of you might have already heard from our facebook page, but Bryan's cousin and close friend passed away this week from a motorcycle accident. It's still really hard to believe. Please pray for the whole family. We really felt like Bryan was supposed to go to Atlanta for the funeral, so please be praying for safety for him as he travels.

I wanted to update everyone on my excuses for not updating the blog in a while. So here goes...

1. My parents came to visit and it was a great time to hang out with them.

2. Then Bryan left to go up river with some doctors as a translator. I'm still holding out for him to do a blog post about some of his adventures, but for now, you can check out our facebook page to see some of the pictures he took.

3. While Bryan was gone, I was so glad that my mom came to stay with me. Along with keeping all the youth center activities going, cleaning the house as we got ready to leave for Lima, and just daily life things, my mom also helped when our refrigerator went out. Bryan is the one who always takes care of those sorts of things, and she was a good sport to go out exploring with me to get it fixed so that Bryan didn't have something else to deal with when he got home. She also stood by me (or stood and watched) while I was on TV for the first time. Bryan does really good at interviews and formal stuff in Spanish, but since he was gone, I had to do an interview to promote the basketball camps for Hoops for Hope. It was a scary thing and I'm so glad it's over. But it was nice to have her with me while all that was going on.

4. We also had strikes start at the end of her visit and as Bryan was on his way back. The gold miners are mostly illegal because they are not registered with the government - therefore they have no accountability (damages to the environment, work conditions, taxes, etc.) They were striking to be able to go back to work even though they were illegal. The strikes continued into the next week when Hoops for Hope arrived. It was a stronger strike than what we have normally seen in our time living in Peru. Bryan and the team of Americans had to end up walking into town from the river port because EVERYTHING was shut down. The strikes continued and got violent on Wednesday March 14th and 4 people were killed. It seems they have now come to an agreement with the government, but we will see in the next few months. We are thankful that God protected all the teams, and the town's people.

5. As I've mentioned, we also had an awesome team of basketball coaches come with Hoops for Hope. There was a great turn out of kids and it was encouraging how many of them we knew and had kept in contact with since last year. We had about 45 kids total pray to receive Jesus. It was great to see the kids connect with the coaches and with us. The incredible thing was even on the day when the strike got violent and all schools, stores, and offices shut down, we were the only activity still going on in the whole city. And about 80% of the kids still came to the camps. It was amazing because most of them had to walk from their homes to get there since all the roads were closed off. The group was so flexible and reliant on the Lord as we all had to walk to the stadium that day too. It was such a blessing and encouragement for them to be here. They even threw me a surprise baby shower!!! What a blessing!

6. We also had to say goodbye to all the kids in the youth center for a time. We moved to Lima on Friday the 16th, and our last big event in the youth center was the Sunday before. We had a big concert and several of the coaches got to share their testimonies and we had prepared a drama that several of the youth presented. A great surprise to us - two of the girls that I've been working really closely with and that have become leaders in the youth center had a surprise for us. They are shy girls, but they boldly got up in front of everyone there (about 40 people) and sang a song to us and told us how much we meant to them. It was so special and amazing to me to see how God has worked in their lives in these last few months. They are like spiritual daughters to me and it has been really hard leaving them and knowing I won't see them for several months. But we're praying that God will continue to build the faith of the 5 or 6 leaders in the youth center while we are gone. The only reason all of them were okay that we were leaving was that we were bringing back Eva. One of our kids, a really big macho-man boy, looked at my stomach as we were saying goodbye and said, "Hurry up and come out, so she can come back." They are going to be such great big brothers and sisters for our Eva.

7. Lastly, we moved. This is my last excuse. We are so blessed that we found a great apartment that is one block from a large grocery store. It is making it a lot easier for Bryan to go to the US this weekend knowing that I'm within walking distance of everything I could need. We are excited about getting involved in our local church, but we've also found a way to make a little money while we are here. We found an world-wide organization where you can teach English online as an independent contractor. We heard back from them today and they would like both of us to teach with them. It won't pay much, but since we have fast internet here in Lima, it will be possible for us to do our part in paying the bills. We're blessed by this opportunity to become better teachers and have the chance to make some money since we can't work in Peru.

So I think I proved we were super busy =)

But really, we saw God do some amazing things this past month. It has been a month of celebration and grieving and a lot of hard work.

Please keep us in your prayers. Again please keep Bryan's family in your prayers as well since this will be a very tough weekend. Jeremy was a really special guy.

I'm praying that God would reveal Himself to you in mighty ways in these next few weeks. I'm looking forward to the same for myself. Much love.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Music

When we first started the youth center, we felt that God gave us three tools to focus on to reach kids. They were sports, English, and music. We immediately started a free once a week English class for kids after school, and we began volunteering in schools in their English program. We also started a sports time on Saturdays where we play a different sport each week. We also had the privilege of hosting Hoops for Hope to further our sports strategy.

But what we really didn't know how to use was the music side. For the first year of the youth center, we didn't do much with music except for sing and teach Christian worship songs at our Friday and Saturday Bible classes or small groups.

As you've seen over the last few blogs, God has been rocking our world as far as music goes. Our friend David now has a key to the youth center and is working side by side with us to extend God's kingdom using music to bring in kids. We now have several times a week where kids can come in and use the instruments to learn and practice. We are also doing voice practices to get the kids involved with the band.


We had an awesome concert, and the kids even put together a drama to do in the middle of it. It was great! I can tell the kids loved doing the skit and being part of the presentation.

God has brought in a lot of new people since we started the music stuff in November. Please pray for these new kids to respond to the gospel in the same way we've seen from our kids already involved in the youth center.

We have a core group of about 8 that have really been touched by the Lord and we see them growing in their faith. We've also seen them reaching out to the newer kids and including them in a way that does not come natural to 13, 14, and 15 year olds. We also see them eagerly participating in the leadership roles we've gradually been giving them! We are so excited to see how God is removing some daily responsibilities from our hands and giving them to these young believers. Our goal is for the youth center to eventually be able to function without us - just as most missionaries' goal should be.

Speaking of going on without us, it is hard to believe that we are only a month away from moving to Lima for 3 months. Our little Eva is kicking and moving a lot these days, and we're both just thrilled to have this blessing to be parents. We look at each other some days and can hardly believe all the emotions. Thank you for those of you that were praying for us to find a place to live. We found an apartment in a nice area that also has an extra room that can help us host family members that will be coming visit during those 3 months. We're excited about serving in a church in Lima where we hope to make connections for the future. Bryan will be coming back a couple times to Maldonado to see everyone and make sure things are going smoothly.

This next month is a busy one for us. Along with putting an extra push of energy into the youth center, we also have two groups coming. The first is a group of doctors that will be going into a reserved park here in the jungle. It is up river about 2 days. Bryan will be going with them as a translator. The government only lets people with special permission enter the park because they want to save the environment and way of life of the many native groups that live there. They will be gone February 26th until March 6th. Eva and I will stay behind and keep things going here. Please pray for Bryan's safety and for us as we will be apart. There will be hardly any opportunities for communication during that week and half so I know it will be hard on us.

The second group is Hoops for Hope. As I mentioned earlier, they came last year and were SUCH a blessing to us and our ministry. We are so glad they want to come again, and I know that will be a very fun week. They will teach 2 three-hour sessions of basketball skills and drills for 4 days of the week they are here. It will be very busy, but it will give us a great chance to meet more kids. Please be praying for us to get all the last minute details ready and for translators to fall into place.

One last prayer request. We really feel our time in Lima has a purpose for this time in our ministry whether it's making connections with Peruvians who have a heart for youth in the jungle or working by teaching English or something else. Bryan has been contacting some English institutes in Lima seeing if they need any help. We're also considering being private tutors. Please pray for us to find ways to be fruitful while we are away from Maldonado. It's hard for both of us to leave while things are going so well here, but we are obeying what we are hearing from the Lord.

We love you and are so thankful for your support and prayers.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

January Newsletter

Greetings!!!

I hope that everyone is doing well these days. We are having a girl!! We expect Eva Grace Davis to be born sometime around May 22nd. Needless to say we are excited. We are going to be moving to Lima for three months. During our stay there we will be helping out in a church there. I may also be teaching English if I can find jobs. We are in the process of looking for a place to stay while we are there. Please be praying that we can find a place that is safe and affordable as things cost quite a bit more in the big city.

Christmas

Thanks to all who gave to our Christmas program. We were able to serve around 350 kids with sweet bread, hot chocolate, and a toy. We were privileged to see the kids happy. This gave us opportunity to share the Gospel with kids as well as parents with whom we don’t normally have the opportunity. You can see pics on our blog at bryananddelana.blogspot.com.

Testimonies

At the end of December we were taking Obed one of the 14 yr old kids home from the youth center. He told us that he had been teaching kids in his neighborhood things that he was learning at the Youth Center. He has been mee

ting with them for over a year off and on. This completely shocked us to hear that he would take the initiative to start meeting with his friends and teach them about Jesus. We are excited to see what God is doing in his life. We look forward to seeing more fruit. Please be praying for Obed. I am meeting with him personally during his summ

er vacation. He is helping me clean the Youth Center and then we are doing a Bible study.

There is a young girl named Sophia who was saved in the Youth Center. We have been discipling her over the last year. This January she has helped us start a Children’s program in the Youth Center. Folks, I cannot tell you how encouraging it is to see her teaching children about Jesus and praying out loud boldly. Please be praying for Sophia and our Children’s program

Upcoming Events

February 26th I will be travelling upriver with Octavio and a team of medical doctors. I will be serving the team as a translator. The doctors will be seeing indigenous peoples from different communities. We are going to be entering into a protected national park called Manu Park. There are many people we will be seeing that have only h

eard of Jesus a few times. There are also uncontacted people groups inside the park. This is an opportunity to take the gospel to places it has never gone before. Please pray for protection for me and that I would be a blessing to the team that I am serving as I continue to share the Good News. Please pray for Delana while I am gone as well.

I get back March 6th and March 10th to the 15th we have Hoops for Hope International coming. We hosted Hoops for Hope la

st year and it was a huge success. Not to mention it was a lot of fun. This year my friend from school Jon Wible will be leading the team. We will be teaching fundamental basketball skills as well as sharing the G

ospel with about 100 kids. We will have some of the same kids as last year. Please be praying that God would touch the hearts of the kids we are working with. Two of the kids from last year have been consistent in our discipleship classes.

Keeping in touch

If you have any questions or prayer requests for us please feel free to shoot us an email. You can also check out our blog. Delana usually updates it every few weeks.

Blog: bryananddelana.blogspot.com

email: davis.bp@gmail.com

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy 2012!

We had a wonderful Christmas. The money you gave allowed over 300 children to receive a toy, hot chocolate and sweet bread to celebrate on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It was so fun to see the kids so excited about their toys. Here are a couple pictures.




Thank you again for giving! If you want to see more pics from the different Christmas programs, go to our facebook page - Bryan and Delana in Peru. I have a lot more pics up there.

I felt the baby kick today. I've felt little wiggles, but this was the first time I was like "whoa you are in there aren't you little one?" I was 20 weeks yesterday. Thank you for your continued prayers for us as we plan toward adding someone to our family.

We have added two new things to our schedule starting this new year. First, we will have a kids class once a week for an hour and a half. That starts this Thursday. Some of the older kids who come regularly will be helping facilitate this. That will give them a good chance to learn to teach kids and soak up more of the gospel while they are doing it.

Second, we are starting a Thursday night group at our house for people in their 20's ish. We're not really putting limits, but we know a lot of people in that age range that are just kind of floating around and not sure where they fit in. Most of the people going to church are a little older than them, and most of their friends are still in the partying stage. Please pray that God would bring the people who really desire to meet with Him. We don't really know what this is going to look like, but we've seen a need and we feel compelled to do something.

It is exciting to see some real fruit coming from our year of labor with these youth kids. I hope to share soon some of that encouragement here on the blog. But thank you for partnering with us to bring change to this city. We're praying that God will use us to bring the power of Jesus into more and more people's lives.

Hope everyone had an amazing Christmas and New Years!


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