Friday, April 29, 2011

April 2011 Newsletter

Scott and Kim
Saludos (Greetings) to all of you. We want to thank so many of you for holding the rope as we go into the well. We both will have scars for the sake of the gospel as we enter eternity. So much has been developing lately and we see God moving in a powerful way in our lives. We can’t wait to tell you this amazing testimony but we will wait until it happens and then glorify our Sovereign God.

This month was started by preaching at a wonderful church in Big Timber, MT. John Wallace, whom I met at Jordan’s church in Sidney, invited me to preach at his great church. They hold church, for now, in a coffee shop. I pretty much drank coffee from 7am to 3pm, something that I would not recommend. I preached the service, we ate lunch with the church, and then I showed our video from our Peru trip. We met some great people and made new friends. John Wallace and his church are such and encouragement to us with their stalwart dedication to God and His glory. They are truly a biblical church, which is hard to find today.

Matt and Evie
More big news this month. We have a third family joining our team in Peru. Matt and Evie Davis, also from Wolf Creek Baptist, have made their announcement that they will leave all behind and move to Peru as missionaries with the Killillay's and us.  They will fly to Lima, Peru next May or June and attend language school as well as a Bible institute at the Iglesia Bautista Del Salvador, which is a church that was started by Paul Washer in Lima, Peru and is now supported by HeartCry Missionary society.  The Killillay's and our family will arrive in Lima to get visas in September of next year and also meet up with Matt.  It will take us 2 months to get visas and then all three families will move to Cusco, where we will live and work.  We are so excited about Matt and Evie joining us and we look forward to the work that God has planned for us.  Matt’s blog is: I am not ashamed

"Y mi Dios proveerá a todas sus necesidades, conforme a sus riquezas en gloria en Cristo Jesús." Philip. 4:19

Saturday, April 16, 2011

A third team will join us in Peru - The Davis'

Matt and Evie Davis have made their announcement that they will leave all behind and move to Peru as missionaries with the Killillay's and us.  Matt describes what lead him to this decision in his blog:

"Here I am today with an immense burden for the people of Peru, and a desire to go share the gospel.  After taking a trip there in march, and spending a month on my knees, seeking God will for my life, my wife and I have decided to leave all that we have and go proclaim the glory of God in Peru.  I count it as a huge privilege that God would give me this honor and allow a wretch like me to even utter His Holy name, let alone go and proclaim the good news of His Son Jesus Christ to the nations.  What a gracious and merciful God I serve, He has purchased me, redeemed me, and bought me, His own creation from a life of sin and death to the light of His mercy and grace.  Praise be to His name.  This honor that He has given me leaves me trembling, and in total awe of His love."

Matt and Evie will spend the next year doing what we have been doing; getting rid of all their stuff and getting an enumerable amount of things done in preparation to move to Peru with a few suitcases.  They will fly to Lima, Peru next May or June and attend language school as well as a Bible institute at the Iglesia Bautista Del Salvador, which is a church that was started by Paul Washer in Lima, Peru and is now supported by HeartCry Missionary society.  The Killillay's and our family will arrive in Lima to get visas in September of next year and also meet up with Matt.  It will take us 2 months to get visas and then all three families will move to Cusco, where we will live and work. 

We are so excited about Matt and Evie joining us and we look forward to the work that God has planned for us.  To find out more about Matt and Evie you can go to Matt's blog:  I Am Not Ashamed.  They will be updated their blog to give more information about their mission.  If you have questions or and interest to hold the rope for Matt you can call him at:  406-202-2967.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

George Muller

Ever since we stepped out on faith to give our lives on the foreign mission field I have found so much encouragement in reading George Muller's autobiography.  It is a monster of a book, 731 pages of answered prayer.  The book is sub-titled a million and a half in answer to prayer.  Muller depended on God alone for his provision on a daily basis.  He never solicited funds or told his needs but just published a report after the fact to glorify the name of God for how He provided.  When understand God's providence and His decrees, you see that God provided for all of George Muller's needs by raising up people as the means to do it.  We have seen much of the same thing because we have the same God and He still answers prayers.  Here is a snippet of His biography:

If He only might be glorified, and His Church and the world be benefited.  Often and often this last point has of late passed through my mind, and I have placed myself in the position of having no means at all left, and 2,100 persons, not only daily at the table, but with everything else, to be provided for, and all funds gone; 189 Missionaries to be assisted, and nothing whatever left; about 100 schools, with about 9000 scholars in them, to be entirely supported, and no means in hand; about 4 million tracts and 10,000 Bibles yearly to be sent out, and all the money expended.  Invariably, however, with this probability before me, I have said to myself: God, who has raised up this work through me, God who has led me generally year after year to enlarge it, God who has supported this work now for more than forty years, will still help, and will not suffer me to be confounded, because I rely upon Him.  I commit the whole work to Him, and He will provide me with what I need, in future also.

Indeed God did provide for George Muller, all his needs, by faith alone, through prayer and supplication, without soliciting money or presenting the thousands of needs he had.  We serve the same God and He still answers prayers.  Although we shouldn't try and model Muller as far as starting orphanages, schools, and missions society's and expect God to automatically do the same thing, the principles that Muller lived by absolutely apply to us and God will provide in the same way. 

Monday, April 11, 2011

2011 Peru Election - Round 1, communist leads

This report came from

LIMA, Peru—This resource-rich, corruption-bedeviled Andean nation is notorious for its volatile politics. Even so, Sunday's presidential election is shaping up to be the most unpredictable in decades.
Favored to win the most votes is Ollanta Humala, a leftist former army officer who has spooked foreign investors by promising greater state control over the economy and wealth redistribution to favor the poor.
He prevailed in the first round of the 2006 presidential election only to lose a runoff.
Though preferred by 28.1 percent of voters in the latest opinion poll, Humala is expected to fall far short of the simple majority needed to win outright and avoid a June runoff. Which makes the battle for second so crucial.
Keiko Fujimori, daughter of imprisoned former President Alberto Fujimori, was running second, ahead of Alejandro Toledo, Peru's president from 2001-2006, and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who served as Toledo's economy and prime minister.
The latest poll, conducted Saturday by Ipsos-Apoyo, gives Fujimori 21.1 percent; Kuczynski, 19.9 percent; and Toledo, 16.8 percent. That put Fujimori and Kuczynski in a technical tie, given the poll's error margin of 1.6 percentage points.

Presidential votes in Peru have been little more than popularity contests since the 1980s, when established political parties saw their credibility dissolve. Even President Alan Garcia's governing APRA party is hobbling: It's not even running a presidential candidate.
Analysts say that the electorate is even more fragmented than it was in 2006, when Garcia beat Humala, 53 percent to 47 percent. The results were widely seen as a rebuff of leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who had openly backed Humala.
Humala, 48, now eschews all association with Chavez. This time he has enlisted Brazilian advisers allied with that country's governing Worker's Party. And he has largely dispensed with his firebrand rhetoric, though it re-emerged in final rallies, where he promised "a great redistribution of wealth" and called on supporters -- who are strongest in Peru's dirt-poor central and southern highlands -- to be vigilant against fraud.
The uncertainty is excruciating for the candidates: About 25 percent of people who registered a preference in opinion polls said they could change their mind.
"And this process isn't over yet. It will probably end in the voting line," said Giovanna Penaflor, director of the Imasen polling firm.
Humala rocketed into the lead in the campaign's final two weeks, promising free nursery school and public education for all, state-funded school breakfasts and lunches, a big boost in the minimum wage and pensions for all beginning at age 65.
Keiko Fujimori, 35, has made similar populist promises in this country of 30 million where one in three Peruvians lives on less than $3 a day and lacks running water.

But, unlike Humala, Fujimori is a free-market defender. While Humala says he would respect Peru's international treaties and contracts -- 60 percent of Peru's exports are from mining -- many Peruvians don't believe him.

Humala advocates rewriting the constitution, just as Chavez and his leftist allies in Bolivia and Ecuador have done, to make it easier to enact his agenda. He says he does not, however, seek to include re-election, as Chavez did to stay in office.
"We're not going to apply the Venezuelan model in Peru," Humala told foreign reporters Friday, saying he opposes placing the central bank under presidential control and artificially setting currency exchange rates.
Humala's radical change appeals to many in the lower classes, which in Peru is two out of every three people.
"Thirty-seven to 38 percent in the polls say they want a radical change in the economic model. And then another third broadly agrees with the status quo but wants greater redistribution," said Harvard political scientist Steven Levitsky.
The poor have barely benefited from economic growth that has averaged an impressive 7 percent over the past five years.
Humala's biggest draw may be his anti-corruption plank: He promises to give the public the right to fire elected officials at all levels. Last year, Peru was ranked 78th out of 178 countries in the global corruption index of Transparency International, tied with China, Greece, Colombia, Thailand, Lesotho and Serbia.
Keiko Fujimori has a rock-solid constituency that admires her father for defeating the Maoist-inspired Shining Path insurgency and taming hyperinflation during a decade in office. Alberto Fujimori is now serving a 25-year sentence for corruption and authorizing death squad killings.
Keiko Fujimori's campaign and congressional slate are jammed with her father's former Cabinet ministers and other loyalists. Foes complain that her father calls the shots from the police station where he is incarcerated and would be the eminence grise behind a Keiko presidency.
Mario Vargas Llosa, who lost the 1990 election to Alberto Fujimori, stepped back into the fray this week. Winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature, Vargas Llosa has endorsed Toledo, saying a runoff pitting Humala against Keiko Fujimori would be "a true catastrophe."
Toledo, 65, squandered an early lead in the campaign, analysts say, by diluting his early message of greater economic justice, including a greater share of mining royalties for Peruvians. In the campaign's final days he shifted gears, saying "democracy is at risk" if Humala and Fujimori end up in a runoff.
Opinion polls show Toledo would easily defeat Humala in a second round while Kuczynski, 72, would lose against the "comandante." The reason has to do -- as does much in Peru -- with class and race: Toledo is indigenous by blood and was born into poverty.
Kuczynski, a German immigrant's son, is generally slammed in left-of-center news media for having represented foreign exploiters of Peru's mineral riches.
Preferring to woo foreign investors, Garcia has been unable or unwilling to settle scores of social conflicts arising from environmental disputes of mining.
This week, at least three protesters were killed in clashes with police in a southern coastal region over a copper mine local farmers and fishermen fear would contaminate their water. On Friday, the government canceled the project.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Peruvian general election of 2011

The Peruvian general election of 2011 takes place on April 10, 2011. Should no candidate receive more than half of all valid votes, a second round is necessary to determine the winner. This second round will be held on June 5, 2011, as no candidate is expected to get the necessary votes to win in the first round. The election will determine the successor of Alan Garcia, as well as 130 members of the Peruvian Congress and 5 members of the Andean Parliament. The winners will be sworn in on July 28, 2011. The winner of this election will become the 94th President of Peru and will govern the country for the next five years.

Now we know that our God is Sovereign and that He appoints and brings down leaders so we are not worried in any way that this is out of God’s control.  We trust in God fully to prepare the way for us, no matter what the Peruvian government is, even communist.  The communist Ollanta Humala is leading the polls now and if elected, could possibly change things in Peru for us.  He may kick all the missionaries out of the country because of his party’s ideology.  However, if God is calling us, we will go.  We will just have to find more creative ways to enter the country.  Here are the leading candidates in Peru’s upcoming 2011 Presidential elections.

1) Alejandro Toledo: He was Peru’s president from 2001 to 2006 and was first Peruvian president of native Indian (Quechua) heritage, but his politics were free-market oriented. He left office to rather low approval ratings, due to the fact that many felt the macro-economic gains that were made did not extend to all Peruvians. On the other hand, nothing bad or particularly controversial happened during his tenure, which was a welcome change from the late 20th century. He’s considered a strong candidate in the upcoming elections.

2) Lucho Castañeda: He was mayor of Lima (home to about 30% of Peru’s population) from 2003 to 2010 and enjoyed generally good approval ratings, easily winning re-election. He implemented the Metropolitano bus system in Lima, which has to be regarded as a great success – although it’s only a small first step in Lima’s transportation solution. He’s divorced and conventional wisdom says he has little chance of becoming president without a first lady.

3) Ollanta Humala: He’s the villain of them all, widely painted by his opponents as a “leftist” of the same mold of Evo Morales and Hugo Chavez. Humala narrowly lost the 2006 Presidential elections. He seems to have moderated his stance on some issues like foreign investment, but he remains a controversial figure. His opponents and the establishment in general paint a sad picture of Peru heading for the same abyss as Bolivia under Evo Morales should Ollanta Humala be elected, ignoring the fact that Bolivia has one of the fastest growing economies in Latin America and Evo enjoys high approval ratings.

4) Keiko Fujimori: She’s the daughter of former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori. Her father was president from 1990 to 2000, when he was driven out of the country by a popular revolution. During Alberto Fujimori’s regime, Peru saw an end to terrorism and the economic chaos of the 1980s, but his regime was also marked by human rights abuse and corruption, especially in later years. Keep in mind that Peru has a very young population (partly due to the stability that was brought under Fujimori) and something like 20% of the voting public has no adult memory of Fujimori’s presidency. However, there has remained a strong “Fujimori” following and political party in Peru, led now by his daughter Keiko.
The polls for April 4th are as follows:
25%     Ollanta Humala
20%     Alejandro Toledo
18%     Keiko Fujimori
11%     Lucho Castañeda

Ollanta Humala, the communist, is the most feared to win.  The Peruvian Times is saying this about him:

Under Humala, a far-left rabidly anti-Chilean, airports, ports and telecom, energy, probably banks, newspapers and TV would be nationalized, according to his written manifesto. 
Humala refuses to answer questions about his published Chavez-like program. the familiar, dreaded  paraphernalia of up-the-workers cant.   His brother Ulysses has created a stir by going public with a description of him as a little-Hitler dictator.  Another brother, Antauro, a cashiered army major, has been in jail the last six years  for leading a paramilitary gang in an attack, which Antauro says Ollanta planned, on a provincial police station that killed four unarmed policemen.

I don't know what God has planned but we are trusting in Him.  If Humala gets elected, we may have to find more creative ways to get into and remain in the country.