Christmas Mountain Trip

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Each Christmas we make our yearly mountain trip to remote areas of the Andes Mountains. God provided again this year, through His people, to give gifts and food to children like this little guy and the people of his area. There are no stores where he lives––there isn’t even bread.  Because these people live far above the tree line, there is no firewood. Bread puts a smile on their faces and provides an opening to their hearts to share the Christ of Christmas.  This precious child received gifts this Christmas because God’s people care for the lost and the hungry and because our Bolivian church sees the need to reach their own people––even the need to go to this remote mountain area to share the Good News. Now, this little guy will grow up with the light of the world shining in his village.

1 Peter 2:9 says, “that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (NIV)

It is an area without electricity. There are no lights. People walked more than four hours to reach us just to get bread and food. The word spread throughout the mountains that missionaries were in the area––more came.

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Our generator provided electricity. We strung lights and lit a small area to preach the gospel at nightly meetings to this area without a gospel witness. With our projector, we showed the Jesus film in Quechua––the peoples’ first language. They listened, they heard, and many accepted Jesus. Now they will always have light––the Light of the world living in them.

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We washed hair.

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We gave bread.

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We gave gifts.

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We brought smiles to faces of parents.

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Tummies were filled.

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Parents brought their children and heard the Good News.

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She’ll now grow up with the Light in her village.

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She now has shoes and warm clothes.

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This mother ate bread and received the Bread of Life.

“And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” Romans 10:14c (NIV)

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We go so they will hear. They are never too young or too old to accept Christ, but they can only hear if we go to tell them the Good News. We got there in time for this precious lady to accept Christ. She has eternal life because someone went to tell her that Jesus is the way to heaven. We may never see her again on this earth, but we will see her in heaven one day––we all will see her if we believe in the One who was born on Christmas morning and died on the cross to pay for our sins. Won’t it be a glorious day when these saints say “Thank You” to all who gave and prayed so they could be there with us throughout eternity? Thank you for your help and prayers to reach the world with the gospel–even to the ends of the earth.

Really Rare Rabbits Book 3 Released

Really Rare Rabbits Book 3: Giant Ghost Geese and the Winding Wall

Flapping! And Screeching! And, a terrifying shadow. There they were––giant geese––and very real!

RRR3 Cover FRONT FINALChi Chi watches as Fi Fi slides down Al Alpaca’s fuzzy back. They bid farewell to their new friend they had met on their adventure through Peppermint Pass. Now, the brother and sister will head down the yellow dandelion trail to the Winding Wall where Grandfather Rabbit waits for them. But first, they must venture through the mysterious jungle of Selvaland.

They’ve heard a scary story about giant ghost geese who live in Selvaland. Chi Chi shrugs it off, but Fi Fi is frightened. He assures her it is just a story. After all, their friend Al wouldn’t send them into Selvaland if danger lurked there. Chi Chi soon changes his mind when they meet Hotchie, a strange looking creature guarding the entrance of Selvaland. But, Hotchie is not the scariest creature they will meet along the way.

When the rabbits stop to rest, their fears mount. Fi Fi trembles, but Chi Chi encourages Fi Fi to believe God’s Word that says, “Trust the Lord forever, for in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.” Isaiah 26:4 (NASB) Chi Chi doesn’t know how much he and Fi Fi will need to trust the Lord all the way to the Winding Wall––and beyond.

If you haven’t read the first two books, here is a little glimpse into the lives of the rabbits, Chi Chi and Fi Fi. All three books are available in paperback, and the first two are also available as ebooks. Book 3 will be available as an ebook soon. The link is at the bottom of this post.

 Really Rare Rabbits Book 1: Giant Ghost Rabbits Guarding the Inca Treasure Fires

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Chi Chi and his sister Fi Fi are part of a family of giant rabbits. The young rabbits live on a mountain in Bolivia where their ancestors landed with their owners, the Quechua Indians, when they escaped from Machu Picchu as the Spaniards invaded the Inca Empire in Peru.

You won’t see them on the mountain unless you look very close, but you will hear them giggling. A very old legend tells of their unbelievable size and their truly unusual job, protecting a treasure of gold left behind on the mysterious rocky mountain by their owners of long ago.

Every night they sit by their fires, near where they think the treasures are buried. But, one day they hear of a new Light on the mountain that never burns out.  Even though Chi Chi and Fi Fi are supposed to stay well hidden during the day, they decide to venture down the mountain to peer in the missionaries’ windows.

That is when their dangerous adventure begins.

 Really Rare Rabbits Book 2: Giant Green Ghosts and the Secret of Peppermint Pass

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There on the mountaintop stood at least ten giant green ghosts. They were real.

Fi Fi and her brother heard about Jesus when they ventured down their mountain in Bolivia and peered into the windows of the missionaries’ house. Now, she and Chi Chi are starting a long journey to meet Grandfather who went to visit his Inca relatives of long ago. He’s waiting for them at the mysterious Winding Wall. But first, they must journey through secretive Peppermint Pass.

She’s heard stories of giant green ghosts at Peppermint Pass, and she sure doesn’t want to meet any ghosts––especially giant green ones––along the way. So, the morning they leave for the big trip, Fi Fi tells her brother about her fears. Chi Chi waves them off as just stories. While Fi Fi still trembles, she remembers a Bible verse tucked away in her racing heart, “Do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13 (NIV)

Fi Fi realizes why it is so important to memorize Scripture––so it stays in your heart always and comes back to you when you need it. Even so, she has no idea how much she and her brother will need to call on God for help to rescue them from the dangers that await on their journey through Peppermint Pass.

All three books are published by Pix-N-Pens Publishing and available at: http://www.amazon.com/author/peggycunningham

Angels Rejoicing!

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Cinnamon Rolls for Jesus

After my class yesterday, I heard angels rejoicing. I walked down the path with my five new girls (these girls have never been in my classes before), and I watched them scale down the mountain. I yelled, “Watch out for the tigers!” I heard giggles. Then I turned around to walk back up the mountain trail to my classroom. What did I hear then? Angels rejoicing! I could almost hear the fluttering of wings and shouts of joy from heaven, “Five precious teen girls heard about their Savior today. And, all believed in the One who died for them.”

“In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10 (NIV)

We had fun! We made cinnamon rolls, and we talked about the Savior. We kneaded and formed the rolls and then baked them. The aroma of cinnamon filled the classroom. The end product was ready to serve. They were delicious.

In the weeks to come, God will knead and form these girls, and they will begin to look like Him and be used of Him. The process of growth begins. What a privilege for me to be used of God in this process. All the while, He continues to knead me and form me to His image so that I may better serve Him.

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“For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved

and those who are perishing.” 2 Corinthians 2:15 (NIV)

Knead me, form me, and bake me dear God.

Thank you for using me to spread the fragrance of the knowledge of Jesus. 2 Corinthians 15:14 says so!

Grinning Grandparents!!!

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Congratulations, Sweetie!

We are so proud of this awesome girl!

This is what our daughter wrote: SWIMMER of the YEAR!!!! Awesome! And attendance award (she missed 2 practices the entire year), 10 and Under Championships, Junior Olympics, and broke the 100 Fly Team Record from 2004. THIS GIRL IS THE BOMB! SOOOOOOOOOO Proud of her!

 “Children’s children are a crown to the aged,” Proverbs 17:6 (NIV)

We are blessed to have four crowns!

Rumi Rancho Classes

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Bible Studies

This year we have new girls who have never been to our classes before. Some have been through our computer classes, but others just enrolled for the first time in our Life Lessons Classes. These teen girls love learning to bake and cook while learning about God.

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Sewing, baking, and life lessons classes!

Having fun is part of our classes. The girls enjoy laughing together, praying together, and eating together. And, the teacher (Peggy) is blessed to have a part in seeing many come to know the Lord. We’ll be posting the progress of our classes as the weeks go on. Pray with us as we give forth the Word of Life here in Rumi Rancho. May we shine like stars for Jesus so those we teach will accept Jesus as their Savior.

Philippians 2: 14 “…in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life––”

* You may enjoy reading the “Hollywood Stars or Heavenly Stars?” post at http://www.peggycunningham.com

New Release: Really Rare Rabbits Book 2: Giant Green Ghosts and the Secret at Peppermint Pass

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We all have things we fear. But, what about children’s fears? How do we help them through their fears and teach them to trust God? Really Rare Rabbits Book 2: Giant Green Ghosts and the Secret at Peppermint Pass is a tool to help children overcome their fears. These rare, adorable rabbits will take you on a dangerous journey with them to meet their grandfather. On the way, they face their fears and learn to trust God.

We all go through storms in our lives or face giant obstacles in our paths. Maybe they aren’t giant green ghosts, but all the same, we are afraid when they appear. Children also face their giants. Fi Fi trembles when she meets the giants, but she remembers a Bible verse tucked away in her racing heart. “Do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13 (NIV)

I’m sure you will fall in love with the adorable rabbits brought to life by illustrator, Samantha Bell.

RRR2 Cover FRONT FINALRead more about the Really Rare Rabbits books on my website: http://www.peggycunningham.com or http://www.amazon.com/author/peggycunningham

Really, an eBook for Really Rare Rabbits?

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“DId you hear that Chi Chi? Really Rare Rabbits is now available as an eBook on Kindle.”

“Yes, Fi Fi, I heard. But, what is an eBook and who is Kindle?

“I don’t know, but it says to click here to find out.” http://ow.ly/lHCaT

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“Come on Fi Fi. We have to spread the word.

Really Rare Rabbits is now an eBook and available on Kindle.

We have to tell our friends to post it on their Facebook too. That way more people will hear about it.”

“Do they still have to click here?” http://ow.ly/lHCaT

“Yes, Fi Fi, now hop to it, let’s tell our friends!”

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Okay guys, we’re still trying to spread the word. Really Rare Rabbits is now an eBook.

Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills, and everywhere––because it tells kids about Jesus!

Available on Amazon.com http://ow.ly/lHCaT

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eBook at:  http://ow.ly/lHCaT   Paperback at: http://ow.ly/lR2UX 

Eternal Entrance

images-2 I’m thankful to be an American. On this Memorial Day weekend, we remember those who gave their lives for our country––the ultimate sacrifice. I’m also thankful for all who are serving our country now to ensure its safety. Because I am an American, I can serve God on the foreign field. I have that freedom and God’s resources to sustain me to do His work outside the borders of my country. We’ll be heading to the States in a few weeks. When we go through customs, we’ll be greeted in our native language, English. There’s one thing that brings tears to my eyes when we finally cross that line into our country. The custom’s official always says, “Welcome home!” Then we’ll leave the airport, and on our travels we will see our flag flying––a reminder that we are home. Imagine when we reach our heavenly home and we hear Jesus say, “Welcome Home.” We’ll live there for eternity with Him. “That we should live on eternally,” Psalm 49:9 (NASV) What a day that will be when we make that eternal entrance! When we see Jesus, His scars will be a reminder of His sacrifice for us. He willingly gave Himself for us, so that we might have an eternal home with Him. He gave His life for all, not just those of our country, but for all the world. May God Bless the United States and all our brave men and women serving our country. Thank you for your service! You are in our prayers always! And, for those who gave their lives in the service of their country––you are never forgotten! This weekend, and always, we remember your sacrifice!

Matthew 28:19 Baptizing them…

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Easter Sunday was the 22nd anniversary of our Quechua church. We are blessed to have had a part in this church from the beginning days when we trusted God for land and a building. God provided and a church was built in 1991. Now there are leaders raised up from the community here in our area and the church is growing and adding souls to the Kingdom. This baptism was especially precious to us because this young couple is a part of our couples’ class here at Rumi Rancho. They are growing in the Lord and decided to follow Christ and were baptized this Sunday morning.

“Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo I am with you always, even unto the end of the age. Amen. Matthew 28:19-20 (KJV)

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