Dear friends and supporters:

Greetings to each and everyone of you from Bolivia! Our prayer is that each of you is well.

Since we wrote you last a lot has happened. As with many or most of you, we have been following the campaign leading up to the elections. In Sucre where we live, the only cable news channel available is CNN (FOX is not available). We were very disappointed with the election results, but we believe this is a wake-up call to the church in America.

Since coming back to Bolivia from the U.S. in August, I (John) have had the privilege of leading several members of the family of the sister with whom we stay in La Paz to the Lord, as well as one of the employees in the travel agency she runs (now everyone in the agency is a Christian!). That is always a joy, of course, to see someone new come to the Lord.

Life is very different in the city of Sucre from what it was like in La Paz, as we have pointed out a number of times previously in other Bolivia Reports. In the month of September I (John) took some French classes to get refreshed in that language. There is a branch of an international association (the French Alliance) in Sucre, where French classes are taught on a regular basis. I have wanted to take up this language again, since I was fluent in it as a high school student many years ago and believe Starr and I will be traveling to France and other French-speaking countries to minister the Word of God at some point in the future.

Since earlier in 2012 I have been serving in the capacity of Pastor/Counselor to a group of Christians in La Paz that goes by the name of MAPE (an acronym in Spanish for Ministry to the Chosen People). At the end of the third week in September I went to their first national conference in the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia. There  we met with the branch of MAPE that holds meetings in that city. We had a good time getting to know each other and challenging one another on how to present to churches the message of reaching out to Jews.

On the last Sunday in September I ministered in a small congregation in Sucre, called Casa de Unidad (House of Unity).

Our good friend, Pastor Hein from Colombia, South America, arrived with his wife in Sucre the first week of October. They stayed with us for several days and ministered in a couple of different churches here.

For the second weekend in October I helped to organize a retreat outside of the city of La Paz. Pastor Hein and his wife were the featured speakers. This was a weekend for new Christians as well as older ones who wanted to make sure the foundation in their lives was solid. We had a great time.

Starr and I stayed through the following week in La Paz. I ministered Monday morning to a small group of mothers at a school. We also took advantage of our time in the city to visit the American Embassy, where we turned in our ballots that we had used to vote in the election.

The big event the next week was the opening of our Bible Training School on Thursday. We had a class in the morning and one at night. We will go on with regular teachings from the Bible, but we decided to open with a study of Rick Joyner’s The Final Quest (in Spanish). This has been a very popular book among the Christians we have worked with and it is a good “jumping off” point.

We have continued each Thursday on into November with the classes. We are passing around copies of Rick Joyner’s book for the students to read, as well as copies of his other two books in the same series (The Call and The Torch and the Sword in Spanish).

The classes have picked up additional people. We have two couples who are pastors attending, along with two other women pastors and an evangelist. In all we have approximately twenty to twenty-five attending.

We have stopped the classes because of Starr’s and my three week trip to the U.S. to visit my Dad. We plan to start the classes back up in the middle of January.

Starr is continuing to meet with the wives of a number of pastors here in the city to pray and intercede every Tuesday. She enjoys being a part of these meetings.

Thank you for your prayers and interest in what we are doing. Some of you are contributing to our ministry on a regular basis, as well, for which we are very grateful. Thank you very, very much!!

We have one or two prayer requests:

1) That the classes will be able to start up again in the middle of January, as planned;

2) That the Lord will continue to send us all the people He wants to attend.

Thank you very much!!!

We love each of you and would look forward to any comments or questions you may have regarding what we are doing. Please feel free to drop us a line at our e-mail address:

May the Lord’s blessing be upon each and every one of you!

With much love,
John & Starr,

Sucre, Bolivia

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Dear Co-Workers on the vineyard of the Lord,

As always we send our greetings and love in the name of our precious Savior Jesus Christ.

We thank the Lord for allowing us to continue on His service, be it with the nation wide conferences, or with our small church, on every place and on our regular visits, the Lord allows us to have the privilege to guide many souls to his feet, and also to strengthen many brethren with themes related to home and family.

Last February on a small rural town called Sacabamba, we helped on a family camp where like 700 people attended, and even though it was a camp for believers, there were also non believers, and many of them accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior.

Talking about the small church at home, we finally took the decision to join a larger church, and even though this was a painful decision for us, because we were used to this activity for many years. The new dispositions from our government are more often going against the churches; now they are trying to issue a law, taxing the tithes, which here was unheard before.

On the other side the Lord has been showing us another ministry, which we were not sure if it was from Him. Since the middle of February, we were officially invited to lead the National Ministerial Department within our national organization/denomination, under which we have worked for like 40 years. During those years we gave our work and effort adding believers to the more or less 700 churches that belong to our organization in the whole country of Bolivia. Of those who accepted the Lord through our ministries, many have become leaders in their churches, and others have studied and are pastors; and now we have been appointed to minister to them. We know that this is a huge responsibility, because we need to oversee that all pastors and leaders teach good doctrine, and on the other side that their lives and moral are according to the Word of God and also that they fulfill their role as leaders of their families.

Prayer Requests 

– A group of doctors from the States is coming in order to serve from the 7th to the 12thof April, please pray for a fruitful time, both in souls won for the Lord and in people who receive relief from their health problems. And for their safety as they come to our country and as they go back home.

– Please keep our country in prayer; our government is more and more closing their grip on the Bolivians and in some ways on the evangelicals in particular. Pray for a change in Bolivia so we can enjoy freedom to witness and to serve the Lord.

– Please pray for our families, and specially our children who are also experiencing some changes in their schools. They are forced to “study” some of our Andes religions and cults that are usually pagan.

Nothing else by now, receive again our love and gratitude. Let’s praise the Lord on this season for His sacrifice to save us from our sins.

Yours in Christ,

For all the Torricos,

Jaime Sr.

Dear friends and supporters:

Greetings from La Paz, Bolivia! We hope and trust that you are well. The last time that we wrote you was to send our New Year’s Greetings letter. As we had stated in it, Starr and I were at my father’s in Massachusetts over Christmas and New Year’s. We left to fly back to Bolivia on Tuesday, January 18 and arrived here early in the morning the next day.

It always takes a few days to readjust to the high altitude in La Paz. We got back into the routine and started classes of our Ministry Training Center again on Tuesday, February 8. There is a morning class for one-and-a-half to two hours and an evening class of about the same length of time to cover the same material. Depending on their own personal schedules, the students come to one or the other class. Two new couples and several individuals have joined us this year. I (John) taught a series on the Principle of Spiritual Authority in February that lasted three weeks. One of the many things we noted in our study was that when the Lord Jesus was resurrected, as He stated in Matthew 28:18, He now has all authority in heaven and on earth! He sent forth His first disciples with authority and power “over all demons, and to cure diseases” (Luke 9:1). The same is true for believers today! The Lord has delegated to us such authority. We are excited to share with you that Starr has been accepted to be one of the speakers at a conference in Bogota, Colombia on April 16 and 17. This is a conference for women that is being hosted by a Colombian pastor who is a member of the MorningStar Fellowship of Ministries (of which I am also a member), headquartered in Fort Mill, South Carolina . Most of you know that Starr and I spent 10 years in Colombia as missionaries. It looks like we both will be going, and needless to say we are excited to get back to Colombia after many years.

We are also making plans to go and minister in a church in Santa Cruz, Bolivia in a couple of weeks.

We were asked to include PRAYER REQUESTS in our newsletters–which we are very happy to do. So here are some matters for which we would appreciate your prayers:

  1. Starr, that the Lord would clearly direct her as she prepares for ministering in Bogota, Colombia at the Women’s Conference there a month from now. Also, that she would be anointed in a special way as she ministers so that her words would be from the heart of the Lord for the women present.
  2. both of us while we are in Colombia that the Lord would order our steps so that we would be able to go wherever He would have us go and share His word. We are planning to stay about a week in the country to be able to see old friends, etc. from our time as missionaries there years ago.
  3. clarity and clear direction for Starr and me as we minister and teach God’s word here in Bolivia.
  4. that the Lord would continue to draw people who have the same vision and a strong commitment to Him to the work He has given us to do.
  5. that the Lord would give us clear direction in the publishing of a book I have written. The book is entitled, The Silver Cup: Benjamin and the Last Day Ministry. Starr and I need to know if it is to be printed first in Spanish or in English, and how it is to be published.
  6. upwards of some 5,000 people who lost their homes here on one of the mountainsides where La Paz is located due to a
    major landslide that occurred two and a half weeks ago and still shows signs of possibly continuing. These displaced people are presently living in tents in some 24 camps. They will need to relocate to other places where they can “start over” with new homes. The response to reach out and help them has been very good, but there are so many needs to be met still. By the kindness of the Lord, in the midst of this tragedy–possibly the greatest in the history of La Paz–not one person lost his or her life! Of course, there are efforts going on to evangelize these people, as well as provide for their many physical needs.

Starr and I will be coming back for a visit to the U.S. in mid-May and will be traveling up the East Coast in our old car. We would love to see as many of you as we can during our time in the States (until August 3). We would like to hear from any of you by email if we
could come by and share further what we are doing in Bolivia.

We want to thank each of you for your interest in what we are doing and for your prayers. We are very grateful for the financial contributions we are receiving from some of you as well. Thank you for each and every one of them.

Dear Jorge:

Happy New Year! May the Lord continue to lead and bless you in your ministry!

We believe that God has called us to help identify and raise up individuals in each of the five ministries mentioned in Ephesians 4:11: “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers…” (New King James Version). Because of several strong prophetic words over my wife and me, she and I also believe that we are called to help lead a move of God/revival that is to be birthed in Bolivia and then go out to the nations. To this end we have a Bible and Ministry Training School in La Paz, Bolivia that is seeking to place a firm foundation in people’s lives that will help them find their calling and ministry. We are also starting to travel within that country to minister and help lay foundations for the revival in churches that are embracing this vision. Recently a prophet from the U.S. (a man I had never met previously) has been visiting Bolivia again after many years and has spoken about the spirit of Elijah coming upon God’s people in Bolivia and elsewhere in this end-time. This was a confirmation of what I have been carrying in my heart for many years. So my wife and I are starting to teach and seek to impart a vision for such an Elijah ministry to come forth.

I want to share some recent happenings with our ministry in Bolivia. In the middle of last September I went to Santa Cruz, the economic hub of Bolivia, to attend some of the meetings that Brother John Harris, the prophet I mentioned above, was holding in a church there. I translated for him from English into Spanish on one of the nights. After his visit later to La Paz, a group of pastors, leaders, and intercessors involved in the crusade with him there in that city started meeting once a week to pray for the coming revival in the country. My wife Starr and I are involved in this prayer group. She and I went to Sucre (the second capital city of the country!) at the end of October to minister in a couple of churches there over a weekend. I spoke from the Bible about the Elijah ministry that God is going to raise up. Near the end of last November, my wife went with a number of others from the weekly prayer group to Tarija, another major city of Bolivia, to hold teaching sessions and a city-wide evening crusade. I stayed behind in La Paz to speak at the anniversary service of a church pastored by one of our Bolivian sons in the faith. Starr and I came back to the U.S. on December 20 to be with my aging father, my brothers and sister-in-law over the holidays. We will be flying back to La Paz on the night of January 18 and arrive there early in the morning of the 19th.

Thank you very, very much for your interest and support!!!

Love and many blessings,

The Key of David Ministries, International
La Paz, Bolivia
John Powell