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For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? – Matt 16:26

Peru, Tuesday, June 3rd

Wed, 4 Jun 2008 09:58:41 -0400

Dear Family,

I have as a driver Elogio Tolintino. I call him Eloy or "Clutch". He has driven me for about the last 6 years. I first met him several years ago, before he was a Christian. I had been invited over to his house to have a group Bible Study. I had been invited by Norma, his wife. When I arrived at the house there were more people than just Eloy and his family. I found out why after lunch. It seems I was to teach a Bible Study. Norma's dad, Lazaro and another relative was present at that time. After the study, Lazaro was baptized and I believe also the other relative. A few days later, in the medical campaign Eloy was also baptized.

Shortly after that (perhaps the next year) Eloy started driving for me. I had rented a pickup and had asked for a driver. Eloy was sent to drive. I recall that it was then he earned his name "Clutch". While he was driving, I noticed him "riding" the clutch, so I started calling him "Clutch". The name stuck.

We have had several things happen to us as we have driven together over the years. One time we were going to a meeting with all the campaigners to the San Juan congregation in South Lima. We had just gotten inside and started the meeting when all of a sudden there was a banging on the door. We ran out to find that someone had driven up, broke a glass in Eloy's car and then popped the hood. While the motor and radiator were still hot, they yanked the radiator. They did not have more to 5 or 10 minutes.

Another time, we were leaving the airport and headed to someplace in Lima. We came upon a stop light and wound up about 8 or 10 cars at the front. While stopped, my door came open. Two hands went for my cell phone that I had in my hands. He almost got it but I started kicking him (I was in my seat belt) and he finally gave up. While I was battling my guy, another had come up on Eloy's side and hit him in the face at the same time my guy opened the door. That prevented Eloy from helping me.

A little over a year ago, Eloy was driving a customer to his destination when he pulled a weapon on him, and stole his car. That particular incident really rattled him. I know last year when I used him (he had to borrow a car), he wasn't quite the same (he was even more reserved than normal). He talked to me about it several times and said it was quite an experience. He decided shortly after that to not pursue being a taxi driver. His other profession was a carpenter. Also, Norma's father was widowed and she was spending a lot of time with him on his farm some 2 hours away. Eloy moved up there to Huacho to be nearer Lazaro and shortly after that began to drive a taxi again.

While we have been here on the campaign, he has started talking to our other driver about the Lord. Last night just before services I noticed he was helping a study with an elderly crippled man.

Just before school started Rodolfo informed me that Eloy had wanted to go to school to train to preach. Since it was very late, and the scholarships were so hard to come by Eloy did not get in.

Eloy, Norma and Lazaro have started a congregation where they live. Eloy is the main man to preach, lead singing, etc. There is a slight possibility that we might take a campaign next year to Huacho.

I truly enjoy having Eloy with us on the campaign. I have no doubts about sending people with him with the complete assurance that they will be well taken care along the way.

I don't have a lot of pictures of Eloy mainly because he is busy taking pictures with my camera. I am attaching two with him in it. One was a surprise to Sarah after Eloy got left off a rooming list. It is NOT in his nature to complain about anything. BUT, since I had forgotten to have someone at the airport when Sarah arrived and she reminded me on a couple occasions that I forgot her, I thought I would play a joke on her and have Eloy complain to Sarah that SHE had forgotten HIM on the rooming list. The other picture was him behind me admiring my new hat. I had told him I need a hat because the Sun was too bright and I need protection from it, he drove to a hat place and picked out a hat to my liking. HE SAYS I look good in that hat!!!!! So not jokes from anyone, OK!!

Eloy has come a long way since the first time I met him. Every time we begin our morning runs, he always asks if we can start with a prayer. I am impressed with him and his growth spiritually. I count him as a good friend and a fellow worker in Christ.

Everyone here is well and healthy. I certainly hope it stays that way.

Keep us in your prayers.

God bless.