The Georges in Peru

Birthing Piglets

08 Nov 2022

Life is an adventure.  The pastor’s wife, Rosita, and I (Mary Beth) went for a run down to the ocean this morning.  We touched the water just for fun and after we got back, we went to visit one of the ladies in our running club who had really wanted to come but couldn’t make it.  When we arrived we saw the reason why:  One of the sows on the farm she works at was giving birth.  The pig, a first time mother, had been experiencing contractions throughout the night and had been pushing for the last five hours.  She was really tired.  Two guys were there trying to pull out the first piglet.  The first one had no experience. “I grabbed its snout and pulled, but kept losing my grip.  I felt its teeth though,”  he said.   Another guy who had quite a bit of experience arrived.  “The first piglet’s really big,”  he said, “and it’s turned around”.  The first guy: “You mean, what I thought were teeth was really a hoof?” “Yup”!  

I looked at Rosita.  “I’ve never seen a sow giving birth before.”  Neither had she.  We were all praying the sow and her babies would survive, but I haven’t heard yet.



Ladies Running Club!

12 Oct 2022

Mary Beth has been taking advantage of the fact that she had surgery and can run easily for the first time in her life by running frequently.  She even started a running club with the women from our church.  They usually run 2 km.  Pray for other women to join them as an opportunity to get to know more people here. 

Three Boxes Left Over

07 Aug 2022

When we bought our house here in La Punta, it came with most of its contents.  The previous owners live in New Jersey and obviously couldn't take all of their things with them, so we bought the house 'as is'.  That means that we had a lot of duplicate items that we needed to get rid of.  So, for the 3rd time in 2 years we had a garage sale!  It was scheduled for Friday and Saturday and we handed out flyers to people on the street and posted some pictures on the 'Buy & Sell La Punta' Facebook page. 

Wow did it work!  Friday morning, people were lined up outside of our house over an hour before our 8 am opening time.  By 9:30 there was little left.  By 10:30 we declared the sale over and put the 3 remaining small boxes and 2 glass jugs on the sidwalk with a 'Free!' sign on them.  They were all gone within an hour!

We're thankful that the sale was a good opportunity to get to know our neighbors better and for them to enter our patio where we hold our church services.  Pray that it leads to some attending church and becoming Christians!


30 Jun 2022

It's been nearly a week of my wife doting on me.  I've been doing my best to not lift over 10 pounds as directed by my cardiologist.  I've been feeling better and better as well.  Yesterday, I felt 100% normal 99% of the time.  We drove from Crete, NE to Fargo, ND, with a stop at my childhood home along the way.  We arrived in Manitoba today and we'll be here a week before heading back to Peru.  Thanks to all who prayed for my surgery to go well!

                             The view out of the front door of my childhood home

I Love Technology! (and my wife!)

25 Jun 2022

Yesterday's heart ablation went well!  I'm recuperating at my sister Alice's (and Keith's) house while Mary Beth waits on me, since I'm not allowed to lift more than 10 pounds.  I didn't sleep very well last night (despite being sent home to a quiet house) as I still have a lot of chest tightness and premature atrial contractions (PACs) that kind of smack me awake out of my sleep.  The PACs are supposed to go away over the next couple of weeks.

Ablation technology is just amazing nowadays.  That one can run a catheter up my leg vein into my heart and find aberrant pathways and zap 'em is incredible.  

Travel technology is amazing.  I can be in Cuzco Friday afternoon and be in Chicago Saturday morning with Sarah and Zach.  150 years ago that would have been a 6-month trip, if you could have pulled it off at all.

Communication technology is amazing.  I could make all of the arrangements for the surgery and travel and housing easily from Peru.

Praise God for all of these great inventions!

                                                                      Post op

Our plan is to hang out in Nebraska for a couple of days while I recover and then head up to Canada for a week before we fly back to Peru on July 11th.

A big thank you to everyone that has been praying for my surgery to go well and please keep praying that I get through this recuperation time without complications.  I have to be on blood thinners for 3 months.

Who do People Think We Are?

07 Jun 2022


We’ve lived a short time here in La Punta and as some of the only white-skinned people in town we kind of stick out which gets small town folks curious and wondering who we are.  It’s been interesting to see/hear about people’s first impressions:


Who do people think we are?  Wealthy, New, Organ harvesters, Druggies, Archeologists, Miners, Friends, Athletes, English Speakers… 


Being church planters in a new area has helped us relate better to  believers in the first church and even to Jesus.  Take Mark’s account for example.  He says:


“Jesus went out, along with His disciples, to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way He questioned His disciples, saying to them, “Who do people say that I am?” 28 They told Him, saying, “John the Baptist; and others say Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” 29 And He continued questioning them: “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and *said to Him, “You are the Christ.” Mark 8:27-30


Everyone was curious about who Jesus was, but few really knew the truth.  They had to spend time with him to figure it out.  That’s how it is when we share the gospel too.  It’s easy to present people with a first impression of Jesus Christ with a five-minute gospel presentation, but just because someone accepts Christ, doesn’t mean that they understand what they did or even that they are interested in being a part of a body of believers.  Walking with Christ is a journey, as well as a decision. The challenge we have before us is to bring people into the journey of walking with Christ.


Today we signed the papers for our new home!

A Growing Church!

15 May 2022

We've had a very encouraging week!  This morning we had 17 people at church, if one counts all of the kids and the two people that came after the service was essentially over!   We met one of the families as we were out for a walk.  We were chatting and told them that we had come to start a church in Punta de Bombón and they exclaimed, "We're Christians too!  We've been praying that God would send someone here to start a church!"  They were so excited you would have thought we were in some country where it was illegal to be a Christian!

After our service, people stayed and chatted and enjoyed little sandwiches that Mary Beth and Rosita had made.  Almost everyone stayed for an hour and a half after church was over!  When one of the dads told his son it was time to go, his 7-year-old said, "Can't we stay a little longer?"

Mary Beth leading the children's feature

We are still waiting for paperwork at the public record office to be updated before we can buy our house.  It is hard to be patient!  Pray it is finished soon!

Arrived in La Punta!

08 Apr 2022

Tuesday we decided to rent a house while we wait for the house we'd like to buy to get its paperwork updated.  A contact we made when we went to La Punta two weeks ago has a house to rent, so we took a YouTube video tour and told her we'd take it! (see below)

Wednesday morning we woke up a bit before 6 am and went out looking for gas.  The gas station two blocks from our house had gas and there was no line, so we filled our tank and went back home.  That was easy!  

We thought Thursday would be a good time to move to La Punta, but they planned to do some major work on the plumbing of the house we were staying in on Wednesday, so we decided that since we had gas we might as well just go!  We packed our car the fullest I've ever packed it and we drove the 2.5-hour trip to La Punta!  It took over an hour to unload it!

Our rental house for the next month or two in La Punta


This is a recap of today's activities:  We got up and went for a 6-km run to the ocean and back.  At the beach we saw a couple of people working out, but no other runners.  On the way back I saw a van I recognized.  It was the MMI (Medical Ministries International) van and they were in La Punta distributing wheelchairs!  Shortly afterward we met the team of a dozen people and chatted a bit.  After breakfast and devotions, we went out looking for the wheelchair project.  We were told it was in the sports complex, but there are 4 or 5 in this small town.  After asking a few strangers where it was, it turned out to be in a tiny village about 1km outside of La Punta.  Luckily, we were on our bikes, so we could get there quickly.  While at the medical campaign we met some people from the mayor's office and when we got home, a pastor from a local church that we've been hoping to meet arrived at our door!  We had a great time talking to him and his family over lunch and talked about how we can help them and their church in the future.  They are having their church anniversary tomorrow night, so we're going to help with the preparations.  I then made arrangements to get internet in our house and we took these pictures before going to the fruit store to get a mango for supper.  While there, a man named Villaomar came in the door and said, "Were you the two people we saw running this morning?"  "Yes!  Were you the people working out on the beach?!"  "Yes!"  We're going to love living in a small town again!

The view of La Punta a short walk from our house


No gas!

04 Apr 2022

Currently, Peru is in the throes of a transportation strike.  Truck drivers and others who buy lots of fuel are protesting against the high price of petroleum products by blocking the roads.  I'll leave it up to you to explain how this is going to cause the price of a barrel of oil to go down!  

Last night, as we drove between our church (where I preached) and  Elvis' church (for their commissioning ceremony), we saw this multi-block procession of cars lined up to get gas at one of the few gas stations that still had any.  Since there are no tanker trucks bringing in fuel, the city of Arequipa has basically run out.  

People in agriculture are getting angry because their harvests can't make it to market and here in the city, the prices of fresh fruit and vegetables have skyrocketed.  We are in the process of buying a house in La Punta, but we are unable to drive or even take public transportation to get there to work out the details. 

Pray that this gets resolved soon.

Blessed Beyond Reason

15 Mar 2022

Blessings pour like refreshing rain from heaven.  

As we think back on our home assignment and our arrival here, we are so thankful.  We are thankful to the many people who hosted us for the night and took us out for meals.  We are thankful for my parents who gave us their ‘Country Cottage’ farm house to stay in during the three months we were in Manitoba and for Ron and Lynn Tanner who generously let us stay in their Omaha house during January and February.  We were so glad for a place to receive guests and make memories.

It’s good to be back in Peru again.  Besides the sunshine, birds singing and fresh air coming in through open windows and doors in a mosquito-less land, we’ve been enjoying walking to nearby stores which are laden with things we have missed while in Canada and the States like mangoes and Peruvian peanuts!  It was encouraging going to our old church on Sunday and feeling the enthusiasm during singing as well as seeing the good church attendance.  Our friends there are sad to see us go to the coast, but are looking forward to coming out for visits and supporting us in our ministry there. 

People lining up to show their vaccine cards and ID to get into the Mall.

The peanut stand at the market.  They also sell a few other things.

Allen was excited to find a new chemistry shop.


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