Jeyachandran Family

Less than 2 months to go...

10 Nov 2016

We are here in Australia for 6 months and we have less than two months to go. We have been encouraged to meet many new people and visit many different churches. It is amazing and humbling to meet prayer warriors we have never met before who are praying for us daily.

Christine with Meg

We have reached about 90% of our monthly support but need 100% by December 5th to get the all clear to head back on the 9th of January. Here's a link if you'd like to support us financially

Our final event will be our commissioning on Sunday 18th December at Concord Baptist. This will be our last chance to see people before leaving (assuming God's provision). If you would like a prayer card for your fridge please contact us.

Our kids having fun with friends Avi and Steph

Camping in middle of Sydney

04 Sep 2016

While we’re on home assignment it’s great to take the opportunity to do things we wouldn’t normally get to do in Peru. Last Saturday night Samuel and I went camping in the middle of Sydney - in Cockatoo Island in the Sydney Harbour. It was a good opportunity for some father-son bonding time.

I asked Samuel afterwards if he enjoyed the camping and he said “No!”. Aren’t kids just too honest sometimes! Samuel did add afterwards that he enjoyed the train ride to Circular Quay and the Ferry ride.

Here are a few pictures from our beautiful city...

Cockatoo Island

Thanks to our good friend Steve for lending us this tent which has been a part of many an adventure when we were younger.

680 students from Sydney Uni

22 Jul 2016
It was fantastic to be part of ANCON2016 - the Sydney Uni Evangelical Union’s Annual Conference. I had the opportunity to spend time with students from Economics, Business, Law and Vet. I shared with these students what God is doing in our University in Peru and encouraged these students to think about serving in places that are less resourced and less reached. 
 
The organisation and scale of the student movement was an inspiration. There were about 680 students at the week long event with many students in leadership. Let’s pray that we will one day have hundreds of university students in Arequipa praising God.
 
Singing  "O Praise the Name of the Lord our God”. I love that song.
 
I took the opportunity to chat with students and staff on how the students ministry work and what I could take back to Peru. How do just 27 staff look after the 700+ students who are part of the Christian group on campus? How are students discipled and trained for ministry and leadership? What systems are necessary to make all this possible?
 
Having fun learning about  Cross-Cultural communication
 
Our small group
 
Christine chatting with students

Visiting churches down under

18 Jul 2016
We are really enjoying visiting churches down under. We have found people so welcoming and excited to hear about our ministry. 
 
Some churches are more down under than others. We recently visited the Corowa Baptist Church all the way down on the border of Victoria and NSW, near Albury. 
 
David, Christine with David and Bec
 
Praise God for our safe journey and a great reception from David and Bec Biddle and all their family and spiritual family in the church.
 
 
Thank-you for your prayers and well wishes for us. 
 
 
 

Back in Australia

11 Jun 2016

Great to be back in Australia! We’re looking forward to catching up with family and friends.

 

Our family after the long flight

 

The twins in front of the Qantas jet that brought us home on a beautiful and sunny winter’s day

 

Big Launch for our Web Project - Uconecta

22 May 2016
We were really excited to launch Uconecta, our web project, at an event with 120 students and lecturers. Uconecta is an online platform for University students in Latin America to share notes, resources, files etc. We now have a pilot group with a hundred students from the main university where I work - Universidad Nacional de San Agustin (UNSA).
 
Our aim is to build a platform that will be really useful for students and also will provide a way for them to connect with our Christian group if they choose to. Read more here.
 
 
Morgan Powell, our SIM Director, opening the event in prayer. Great that we have the freedom to prayer even in official events.
 
The Rector of our University (Vice Chancellor in Australia) spoke about Innovation.
 
Christine did an amazing job organising the catering for the 120 people.
 
 

Arequipa English starts with a bang

23 Mar 2016
We started Arequipa English with a bang! Literally! An electrical transformer on the street burst into flames and our street lost electricity. Our evening  suddenly became a candlelight affair (plus phones with torches/ flashlights). Tonight was our “Welcome to Peru” night for two new missionaries, Anna and Laura, who will work here in Arequipa - Anna for a year and Laura for two. We enjoyed dancing, local customs and food and traditional music, all by students of Arequipa English. Some of these were a challenge in the dark, especially our cleanup, but we had a team that worked together, despite adversity. What a special night it was! I really wanted to make it special because I remember how special a welcome we had when we came to Peru.
 
Our English classes have now commenced with an hour of conversation and an hour of Bible study. We had planned to continue studying the book of Acts, but we’ve had an influx of new students. We realised that students can’t understand Acts without an understanding of the Gospel. We had one new student say “I have never read the Bible before” and it was clear he was not alone.  Praise God for the opportunity to share the gospel with these students.
 
Please thank God for Anna who will take over running Arequipa English when we leave with the help of Laura and Jason. Please pray that people will make decisions for Christ and especially for our “regulars" who often know the right answers, but many who haven’t yet committed their life to Jesus. Our aim is that students improve in their English and also that, through reading the Bible, they will clearly understand the Good news of Jesus.
 

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