Kenya packing meeting

Our final week in the States is here. Tonight, the July Kenya team held a packing meeting to pack and weigh our bags before we leave. Some of the things going:  flip flops,  T-shirts, VBS supplies, sound equipment, toothbrushes and peanut butter.

Lisa Winters goes over last minute details

Lisa Winters goes over last minute details

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Packing supplies for Huruma

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Dave Smiley and Pastor Linn Winters

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Jayna Sweet packs her things


Pastor Isaac Tribute

Pastor Isaac Kamau Mungai Tribute


Lost luggage, sickness, accidents, delayed or cancelled flights, adjusting to different traffic laws, wierd food….

These are all things that we at times experience on mission trips. And the thing is.. you can’t plan for the unexpected. So we at Cornerstone have a theme we live by whenever we go out on the mission field- flexibility. We need to embrace flexibility and have a good attitude about it. We need to step aside and let God do his thing. He knows what He is doing. It is not only good for us, but also the people that we are serving. And it is the only way work will get accomplished for the Kingdom!

I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart. Psalms 40:8 (NIV)

– T. Timmons

2009 Backpack Drive

Hi, It is once again time to get prepared and praying for Cornerstone’s annual backpack drive. This year is bigger than ever. We are expecting wonderful things from Cornerstone again. We would love your help in making this event everything God wants it to be. Let’s be His hands and feet to hundreds of chandler students and their families. Last year we handed out 275 backpacks full of school supplies. This year I believe the need will be even greater. The greatest part of this outreach is that we get to help these kids start their school year off great while telling them about Christ and his immense love for them!!!! This is a great opportunity to get your whole family involved no matter how young or old. If you are interested in serving please contact Nicole at or 480-659-9654. We need help manning a booth that will be outside on the patio for the weekends of June 28th, July 5th and July 12th. If you can stand there in the shade and accept donations and help answer questions it would be such an awesome help. We will be taking donations until July 13th . We will be sorting supplies July 13th and 14th in the Student Center and on July 15th we will be stuffing the backpacks. Finally, on July 18th we will be celebrating with the families at a barbeque we are hosting on Cornerstone’s campus. There are plenty of things to be done and we can use all the help we can get. Please help us to show these families Christ’s love by giving them a great time and a wonderful start.

In His Service and Love,

Nicole and Brett Petillo

Tina’s Sponsored Child Visit


As Seth mentioned, those of us who have sponsored children got the chance to visit with their family. On Thursday, I went to visit my husband and I’s 5 year old, Jose Marcos and his very large family. The reason we are going to his house today as well is because we visit families that are in great need due to their conditions. We bring them items that will help, buckets, blankets, food baskets, etc. His family, the Antons, has an entire end of the street for their family. As soon as we walk up to the homes, Wilda with FH, tells Jose that I am his sponsor and he immediately runs up to me and gives me a hug. This brings tears to my eyes. We enter the home and we are told that Jose actually does not have a mother as she left him (taking his half sister as well) to be with her boyfriend in a different community. His father had already left the family. His Grandma, who was feeling ill and in bed during the visit, and the Grandpa take care of Jose.

We visit with the entire family and hear from the Grandma, Pasquena, that they are full of fears for their children and grandchildren. The conditions this large family lives in is very overwhelming. It definitely puts things in perspective that we take for granted the things that we have like clean water, bathrooms, beds, electricity. All the things we think are basic needs are luxuries to them.

I give Jose the gifts I brought for him, he really enjoys them, but is very timid taking them. A few daughters of Pasquena enter the room with their children and our interpreter, Jorge, reads a book I gave Jose, “The Creation Story” to the entire family. We pray with them and tell that that God will take care of them and loves them all. Pasquena did say that she knows God will take care of them and that does give her hope. What an amazing experience, I want to put Jose in my pocket and bring him home!

– Tina

More From Peru







Wow another day has gone buy here is Peru and we are seeing some amazing things happen! Thursday was another day of construction for us. Its an incredible thing to be able to give someone something as simple as shelter. Something that we tend to take for granted and even sometimes turn into a symbol of status. For them it is simplythe object that keeps their family worm and safe. After a hard working morning we took some time in the afternoon to visit with some families and some of our team members had the chance to meet the children that they sponsor. It was an amazing time of joy to be among a family who never thought they would be able to meet the people who have made such a huge difference in their life. There were many tears of joy from both our team and the families here in Peru. We also had the chance to help do some structural reinforcements to a young woman’s house. This home was made of woven bamboo walls and the roof was falling apart. We used tarps to help keep the water from entering their home and interfering with the place that they slept. It was one of the hardest thing to see. To think that they actually lived in this place and had no hope of being able to upgrade to an actual home with real walls and a real roof was hard to believe! Our night was wrapped up with one of the best parts about this place and that is spending time with the families and especially the kids. We have had many moments of fun and laughter with the families here and there are many more to come!

Also for those who are looking for pictures we are going to have to go back through and update our posts cause computer access is very limited here and we are not able to upload any photos! but we have plenty and they will make it up there soon!!

– S. Wells

We Are Here!!




It has been a long journey so far! We have mostly been traveling. All of Monday and most of Tuesday was spend on plains and buses, But we are here in Chincha! We spent all of this morning working on a house for a young mother in the community. The city is still very much in recovery mode from the earthquake two years ago. There are so many houses to rebuild and so many people without homes. One of our main goals for our time here is to help with the task of rebuilding the city both physically and spiritually. Working with food for the hungry has been amazing.. They are doing a great job of helping this community get to a new place with Christ. Our afternoon was spent with families here in the community and helping them with house hold projects that they can’t ever get to because they work all day. Tonight was an amazing time! We had the opportunity to meet with some of the believers in the city and share some of both our and their testimonies! We also had the chance to teach them a new song for our worship time. They don’t really understand what it means to worship but I think that they long for it. They are a people of passion and need a way to express themselves and I think that we have a chance to show them how!!

– S. Wells