God Continues His Faithfulness!




Neither White, nor Blue

It’s Christmastime, and while you’re bundling up for the cold, here in Arequipa we’re just getting into summer. The girls just finished their school year yesterday, and are now officially on summer vacation. It takes some time to get used to a warm summertime Christmas.

Another challenge here is that we work with girls who have been separated from their families for various reasons. In almost every case, that makes for a sad and lonely time of year. We’ve had lots of help this year from good-hearted people who have helped to keep things positive.


One group brought a ton of used clothing that they had gathered for our girls. A ton!


And this group brought fun, snacks, elves, more fun, games and smiles!


This group of co-workers got together to bless our girls with panetón (a Christmas sweet bread), chocolate milk, and a wrapped gift for each girl!


This group brought office supplies and hygiene items. Lots of stuff we need!


A family group brought a very nice lunch for the girls, and even the Christmas tablecloths. They also brought a wrapped gift for each girl, and a brand new video projector and laptop!


And finally, a group from the USA raised money to buy a bag of gifts for each girl, and also paid for the annual trip to the beach in February. The gift bags will be used as beach bags!

Yeah, the beach. Remember…. it’s summertime here! So while it’s certain that we won’t see a white Christmas, we won’t be having a blue Christmas, either. Thanks to all who have brought so many blessings and smiles this year. Thank you for reaching out and thinking about others. It’s what Christmas is all about: “For God so loved the world, that He gave…”

Christmas celebrations begin…



Blessing Upon Blessing!

Spending quality time with those we love! ❤

Peru Won!

They’re headed to the World Cup 2018 in Russia! It’s the first time in over 30 years!


Peru vs New Zealand

Michell has her cheeks painted for the big soccer game tonight…Peru vs New Zealand to get into the World Cup! Lizet is on my lap 🙂20171115_152603

Old Toys Make New Fun!


It’s so nice to see the toys of the past being used by the grandkids!


Some of the best toys are the good old-fashioned ones! Rachael and I had lots of fun together today just bouncing the ball back and forth 🙂

Our Newest Addition

We’re thrilled to announce the birth of our new grandson, Ethan Caléb! Hargrove niños

Pictured above are our South American grandchildren: Micah, Rachel, & Ethan




So Many New Faces!

We’ve been amazed at how many new girls have joined the Torre Fuerte family recently. We thought we’d share an updated photo sheet for you to put faces to the names and see just how precious each one is! Please pray for each of these girls and their situations.

foto sheet

Having a large influx of new girls poses some challenges because they’re unfamiliar with the rules and polices at the Home and we have so few girls that have spent a lot of time in the Home to help set a good example.

There are far more little ones that we’ve ever had before. This is especially challenging for the dorm mothers who need to take care of the laundry, bathing, hair care, etc.

We are glad that the ministry is here to take in these young girls to give them care, protection, and love in Christ’s name.

It’s Not What You’ve Heard

I’ve been thinking about the words of Jesus in Matthew 7, about the wise man and the foolish man. You’re probably familiar with the passage, and maybe you’ve even sung the song. We think of it as a children’s lesson, but it’s really more than that:

Matthew 7
24 Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 

26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”


The point is not that smart people are more righteous, or even that we should build on a solid foundation, as good (though vague) as that sounds. The issue is what we do with the truths we learn.

We go to church and enjoy the praise music and a good message from the pastor. We listen to uplifting music and Christian radio. We read devotional books, read the Bible, and even memorize verses.

But, according to Jesus, a solid foundation is really not all about what we take in. It’s not about what we listen to, what we read, or how many verses we’ve memorized.

Both the wise man and the foolish man hear the words of Jesus. The difference is not in what they take in; the difference is what they do with the information they receive.  They both hear the words, but one “puts them into practice”, while the other “does not put them into practice.”

The believer who hears, reads, sings or memorizes the words of Jesus – and then puts them into practice – is like a wise man who builds on a solid foundation. What have you heard, and how have you put it into action?

James 1
22Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.


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