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Come and see what God is doing in the jungles of the Amazon basin! We feel humbled and honored that He has chosen and enabled us to serve Him in this beautiful place.


Brock Fam. Vid.’22



Spend Your Life.

We are alive – I promise!

It’s been a busy rainy season here with two construction teams that have come from the States to help us on two missionary houses that are being built here on base! We are so thankful for the help and encouragement that they bring - also for God’s hand of blessing as He allowed for everyone to have the health to work, He held off the rain for the most part, and He kept everyone safe. 

Out of the three missionary houses being built right now, one has a roof, walls, sub flooring, windows, and most of the plumbing and electrical installed. The second house has exterior walls, beams, and the roof structure has begun to take shape. The third house has exterior walls, beams, and the septic systems have been dug and built on all three house sites. 

For Petra Camp, Vann has built the foundation for a fourth cabin and a kitchen - which now has walls as well! The chapel has electricity run to it and is being measured this week for screen windows and doors.

This past week has been a struggle for Vann as he has had to deal with problems in our electrical substation. Our fifteen-year-old transformer has gone bad and is needing to be replaced immediately. It will cost us above six thousand dollars to replace, which we did not have in our plans, but we trust that nothing comes as a surprise to God.

Vann is recovering from his Long Covid, thank God! He has occasional “Covid days” where he is super drained of energy, but he also has good days in between and is enjoying the ability to work. He has been spending a considerable amount of time designing and overseeing the construction of our church’s new buildings (open air sanctuary, bathrooms, Sunday School classrooms, etc.) on their own property!

As far as my health – I am still up, but just barely. Since Covid my energy baseline seems to have lowered to about half of my normal energy (which on a good day is about half of a normal person’s energy). I am grateful for the burst of energy that God gave me last year that enabled me to help get us back home while Vann was struggling so badly with his energy – that was truly a miracle!

We are so thankful that Corynn was able to come home for Christmas! She is doing very well with her studies at Cedarville University. She has decided to add pre-med classes to her Psychology degree, and will Lord willing, graduate in two years - ready to move on to medical school. For now, she is interested in becoming a psychiatrist and using that immense tool in mission work. We are very proud of her! She could use your prayers as she is working two jobs to try to pay for school and managing seven classes this semester! Please pray that God will guide her, and for her health and energy as she also has “Covid days” on a weekly basis.

Ethan is graduating high school next month with highest honors, a 4.1 GPA, and two years of college credits. We are so very proud of his dedicated, hard work! He is planning on attending Cedarville University as well and pursuing a degree in engineering. We would appreciate your prayers for the many needs that he is facing on his launch into his new life Stateside i.e., a phone, a laptop, a car or old truck, winter clothes, etc. We trust that God will supply all of his needs!

Clara has become my right hand and greatest helper – she makes tea and bakes treats for our visitors and for the bible studies and meetings that we host. She has done an exceptional job on her high school classes as a freshman this year and has enjoyed this last year of having her brother home. Please pray for her as she will be quite lonely as the only child living at home for the next three years, and for wisdom as she decides whether to follow in her siblings’ path with college/dual-enrollment courses through her remaining high school years. We trust that as she draws near to Jesus that he will be her closest friend. 

This June we will be heading Stateside for a couple of months to take Ethan up to school and to visit family. I’d love to say that we’ll be making our regular rounds to visit our churches and as many of our dear supporters as time will allow, but at this point I cannot say that will be possible. My health is still too fragile to be able to plan much in advance. We will certainly make every effort should my health allow! 

“We don’t have a lot of time… So don’t waste your life. Give your life, spend your life, making the one true gospel of the one true God known to the ends of the earth.” – David Platt

            

Grown and Flown.

We are so very happy to be home in Peru again! God has worked such a miracle for me through the proper medication - steroids help my cells transfer energy, nutrients, electrolytes, and oxygen like they should but cannot do on their own – better life through chemistry! At the end of the summer, I was able to pack our bags and help get us home – incredible. I am now at around a solid 50% from my “normal” energy. I can be up and participate in an event (bible study, a visit with neighbors or friends, grocery shopping, etc.) one day, but then I must be very careful to plan one or two days of recovery after any exertion. It can be a bit frustrating to be so limited still, but anything is better than being bed-bound, unable to hardly speak or swallow, and in pain for months on end. I am so very grateful for all of your prayers and for each of you that so thoughtfully reached out to me with no expectation of a response during that time!

Corynn is happy and excelling in her studies! She has taken to life at Cedarville University like a fish in the sea! She is in the honors program and even though she is a first-year student, she is already at a Junior level in her classes – we are proud, to say the least! She could use your prayers for health and safety as she is under a heavy class schedule and working to pay her tuition. 

Ethan is a Senior in high school this year! He is working hard on his dual enrollment college classes to graduate with the equivalent of his Associates degree (like Corynn did), but he is on an accelerated math course. I’m not sure how he does it, but he makes it all look so easy! He is having a bit of a hard time though since he lost his closest buddies that lived on our rural road as they moved back to Switzerland this summer, he is lonely.

Clara just turned fifteen this month and she is a freshman in high school this year! She is diligently working on her Bob Jones University home school classes and is not only loving them but is also excelling in them – no surprises there! She also lost her closest friend this summer when the same family as Ethan’s friends moved across the globe. The life of a missionary kid is just plain tough sometimes, but we pray that God uses these losses in their lives to draw their hearts closer to His and that they would grow in their love for Him every day!

Vann wouldn’t share this, but he desperately needs your prayers too. It’s probably due to a combination of all the things – Long Covid, a year of extreme stress and a double workload for so long while I’ve been down, his mono flaring, the Covid vaccine – have all hit him like a ton of bricks. He was struggling even before we left for the States, then he worked nearly the whole time we were there, but it hit him especially after his shots and coming home to all of the stress – he just can’t seem to catch his breath or wake up feeling well or make it halfway through a workday without losing his strength and feeling completely spent. This is not my normal Vann Brock. Unfortunately, the only way for him to heal is to rest, but he doesn’t see that as an option – there’s just WAY too much to be done! There are three missionary houses being built right now, further construction on the camp, the base to maintain and run, bible studies and youth group to lead, and the myriad of things that he does every day to help people which is his joy. He has reached the burnout point and needs help and rest. We trust that the same God who called us to this work will enable us to continue in it! Thank you all for your prayers and care for us. We give thanks in all things and bless the name of our Good God, Almighty! 

“No normal, healthy saint ever chooses suffering, he simply chooses God’s will, just as Jesus did, whether it means suffering or not.”-Oswald Chambers

Miracle.

It’s a miracle! God has heard our prayers and in His mercy He has made a way for me to get up out of my sickbed of nearly five months. 

I was hit hard by a stomach bug last week that landed me with 19 hours straight of throwing up every ten to thirty minutes, intense nausea and extreme stomach pain - which was resolved by nurse friends kindly coming to my rescue with an IV and meds in my bed. I’ve come through a few days of recovery with a migraine, fevers, a pulled muscle in my side, and a blood clot in my arm from the IV, but I am healing, and most amazingly - I am up at around a solid 25%, and can sit up and talk with some energy and can even slowly walk around the yard! 

God has given me this miracle by allowing this latest suffering to push me to need an IV that I believe infused me with the electrolytes that my body needed (and can’t absorb on its own) to be able to get up! He is always good and He hears our prayers. 

So even though I am still fragile, we are planning on flying all together to the States this week!!! I’m so incredibly thankful for all of your prayers for me and my family!

M.E.

Thank you all for your precious outpouring of love, care and prayers for me over these long four months. It has been a long road, but I am recovering albeit ever so slowly. It feels like I take two steps forward and then fall six back, but my progress has to be measured by the week instead of the day and there has been progress! I have not run a fever since Easter - praise God! Vann has put me on a safe, new treatment of mega doses of vitamin B1 and so far, it does seem to be helping. I have still had setbacks, but am tentatively hopeful. I am able to talk with more alertness and energy, and can sit up for a few minutes every hour and on good days I can even walk a little bit in the house. 

 We have purchased tickets to fly to the States in June to take Corynn to Cedarville University, but I am still not in any condition to travel. This is a deep desire of my heart to be able to be with her through this stage of her life, so could you please pray that I will be able to go? It would take a miracle. 

Today happens to be M.E. Awareness Day and I so hope that there will some day be a cure, but my only real hope rests in God alone. He can heal me, but if not He is still good, and He will be glorified in my illness. 



Amazing Grace.


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To those who have known about our struggles and have lifted us in prayer, thank you - we have needed them and still do. Vanessa is still very weak from this latest flare (that Covid so kindly left in its wake) of her ME/CFS, but she seems to have turned a corner for the better this week. Here is an update in her words:

The fatigue has been so devastating that I couldn’t even speak at times much less sit up or walk. Low grade fevers for weeks on end, neuropathic pain and extreme neuropathic itch, blood clots, digestive issues, and all kinds of other not so fun things that have been going on, but the Lord gives sufficient grace for all suffering. 

My doctor put me back on my old steroid and it has already made a difference. He said that on a cellular level, my body cannot process enough nutrients or electrolytes for any of my systems to work - especially when I was so far gone. There was simply no other way to heal or come back from that drastic state without help. I am finally able to walk to the kitchen and sit up for a few minutes for a meal, so that is visible improvement! I feel like I’m beginning to come back to life a little more every day - praise Jesus!

My Vann is Superman if you didn’t already know - among his other incredible talents he is also the most selfless and tender caregiver ever. It’s also a good thing that God made him strong since he’s had to carry me - and I am not a petite woman! He does have his limits though, especially after Covid, and he could use your prayers too. We’re going into the third month that I’ve been down and it all gets so hard and so old so fast. 

We are deeply thankful for all of the prayers and messages from those who are far away, and more grateful than we can ever express for the tangible love that this community has showered on us in our time of need. Our family has been fed for weeks, our laundry has been faithfully done for us, and so many have helped with groceries too. I have had the most precious people come and visit and pray over me nearly every day. Oh, and the flowers - how they cheer me up when I am bed-bound! 

May God be glorified in everything that we do or say, and when we can’t even speak may He still be praised with every breath.

Covid-19.

Our family has now joined the ranks of the many millions of Covid-19fighters, and by God’s grace we made it to the other side! The children passed through it especially well. Fighting the actual virus was not difficult – we’ve actually had worse colds, BUT due to Vann’s weakened lungs from having had severe pneumonia a couple of years ago Covid settled right in and gave him a wicked cough. He has needed oxygen for the last two weeks, and we are so thankful for dear friends in town willing to loan us their oxygen tank – that kept us from having to take Vann to Lima for help. We are so deeply thankful for prayer warriors that significantly turned the tide of Vann’s health after word spread of his condition – Praise Jesus! God has shown us His care through excellent, long-distance medical care, and loving neighbors that have brought us groceries, medicine and meals through our time of quarantine – we are so blessed.

Although our quarantine has ended, it will be a while longer for me to get back up-an’-at-‘em. I have ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome) from a nasty jungle virus 15 years ago that I have learned to manage with diet, swimming and a careful pacing of my schedule, but my body’s response to any stress or sickness is a prolonged low-grade fever. So, since Covid came through, it has left me with fevers that have lasted for weeks. It will just take time for them to leave and let me regain my strength.

 Although the virus decidedly interrupted our plans for the month, Vann of course continued to work through it all. He goes out to work awhile and comes back in for a rest throughout the days – he is a stubborn one! Albeit slowly, he is still building the deck and stairs for the apartment, and in the meantime the dear family that lives there is using the trapdoor staircase into the garage – they are blessedly patient people!

The camp chapel now has a floor, pillars, and the lower brick half of the walls (the upper half will be screen). The welding crew that helped Vann build the pavilion roof will be coming back to build the chapel’s roof this week!

The children have all begun their online classes with gusto! 

Corynn is taking a full-credit load for her Senior Spring semester with Cedarville University where she hopes to be attending in the Fall. She is already working on classes for her bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Ethan is taking classes with Le Tourneau University for his Junior Spring semester and is enjoying the advanced math. 

Clara is finishing her eighth grade with Bob Jones University curriculum and is enjoying the extra time that she gets to spend with her sister at home. 

We are planning to launch Corynn into her life as an adult this Summer before she attends University. Although this is a normal and foreseen part of the plan for her life it is still hard to think about her leaving home. She has need of a vehicle, a phone, a laptop, a winter wardrobe, and a job to help her pay for room and board, insurance, and a phone plan, not to mention whatever tuition might be left after her awards and scholarships. If any of you are led to help her with any of these needs, or can point us in the right direction, we would be very grateful! 

Thank you all for your prayers and support for our family and this mission! To God be the glory, great things He has done, and we praise Him for all that He will do!


Suffering on our way to heaven is a sure thing, and for the glory of His great name – so is God’s abundant grace.

Word.


And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14

For Christmas, after a long, quiet year by ourselves God gave us a delightful, extended-family houseful! Mikey has been here working with us this month, and he fits so easily into our family! His mother and siblings came down to spend Christmas in Peru, and we were honored to have them here for Christmas Eve dinner. What a precious gift! A couple of weeks before Christmas Corynn received the news that one of her best friends was coming from Germany to spend Christmas with us! Truly, a gift beyond words.

Vann started the construction of the chapel for the camp, but the torrential rains have begun which brings nearly everything to a screeching halt. The camp bathhouses now have counters and benches built in, and Mikey has cleaned out the cabins and assembled all of the bunkbeds – it’s beginning to look a lot like a camp! We are so grateful for his diligent work on this base.

Vann is also rebuilding the apartment porch and stairs before the return of the missionary family that lives there. It had rotted completely through, and was a danger to use, so he is welding up a new one with galvanized steel – which should last longer than the wooden one did! The walls are up on Mikey’s house – next is to roof both of the missionary houses that are only foundations and walls right now.

There have been many hosting opportunities here throughout December – Christmas cookie exchanges, Bible studies, Christmas MK youth group, etc. We love serving people and having the opportunity to do so again is a blessing!

Corynn turned 18 years old yesterday! She is such a treasure. She does everything well with a kind and loving spirit that attracts people to her. We are so excited for all that God is going to do for her and through her precious life!

2020. It has brought change, and with it the need to be flexible. Flexibility – “the ability to change my plans in order to serve those around me” is a definition that has stuck with me from my childhood, and one that I believe shows the priority that God places on loving others above ourselves. May we find opportunities to show deference and love to one another this year for the glory of His great name!

“The only thing that keeps me stable and settled in these days of uncertainty is the absolute dependability of God’s word.”- Elisabeth Elliot

Thanksgiving 2020.

November 2020 still held the same highlight for us that every other November brings - Thanksgiving! We weren’t sure that we would be able to celebrate it this year due to all of the craziness that has affected the globe, but we were still able to host a scaled down version in that wonderful pavilion by the pool – no more tent and chairs in the mud! It was a much smaller of a gathering this year, but still so very precious to have our missionary family to celebrate with us! Along with all of the delicious food, we enjoyed our first communion and worship service led by a dear pastor friend of ours and his wife – such a highlight of our year! And in good, jungle-family fashion we had a lice picking happening on the sidelines of the worship service. Almost nothing fazes us anymore – we’ve seen it all by now - and family trumps bugs. We are so grateful for family!

The rains have officially set in, but in between storms the sun scorches the earth and creates an almost unbearable sauna effect in which work continues! The foundation and walls are up on Mikey’s house now too, so we have two houses that are waiting to be roofed. Vann finished the 18-hole disc golf course – which has proved to be the main source of fun in our neighborhood! He is still working on fixing most of the things that went sideways last month, but we do have dependable internet again which makes everything easier! We are so grateful to get to live and work on this mission base camp!

One of the recent storms blew in as a microburst which lifted the hangar roof and smashed it down on the floatplane of our neighboring aviation base. The loss of this plane is deeply felt as it is the only missionary operated floatplane in this country, and much of the work and help that reaches the remotest parts of the jungle was with that plane. God controls the weather, and we are trusting that He will provide for the work to continue – with grateful hearts we are eagerly watching to see how He supplies this time!

Our teammate, Mikey came for a short visit this month since the borders are finally opening, and he will be on his way back again next month to stay for a couple of months! He is such a blessing to us – he’s a hard worker with a teachable spirit, and a joy to have in our home. He seems to lift some of Vann’s load, and we are so grateful for him!

Nearly everyone that we know and love here has had Co-vid (outside of the missionary community which has been for the most part spared), and several of our friends have died. Much to our sorrow. We had the opportunity to help disperse one dear friends’ belongings to the needy, but oh, how hard it is to face loss. It hurts, but it also reminds us why we’re here – so that we do not have to grieve without hope! Our hope is in God alone, who sent His son to die in our place, so that we might be saved from our hopelessness and sin and be adopted as His sons and daughters! Now that is something to be eternally grateful for!

Thank you to each of you who so faithfully give and pray for us and this mission – we couldn’t do this work without you – and we are so profoundly grateful for you!


“Grief’s darkness fades in the sunlight of thanksgiving.”- Billy Graham

Eye on the Prize.

We have a new German Shepherd puppy! Her name is River, and she is just the smartest, cutest puppy ever, and Marine is a good big sister! We are grateful to be rebuilding our guard-dog pack again.

Our Clara turned 14 this month! We are so very proud of the smart, beautiful-on-the-inside-and-out, kind, young woman that she is, and can’t wait to see the great things that God has in store for her life! She is a bright light in our family that points others to The Light!

The roof for the pool pavilion is finished, and it has already been used for birthdays and family gatherings for those needing a place to come outside of town for some rest and fresh air!

The third Petra Camp cabin is completed, and we have had a dozen bunkbeds made to fill two of the cabins already! The second bathhouse has roof trusses – just waiting to be roofed.

The next missionary house now has exterior walls and beams, and its septic system is in! It is fabulously exciting to see the vision that God gave us so long ago taking shape all around us! There is a waiting list of tribal working missionaries that need a place to live, and we are thrilled that God gave us the vision and is supplying the resources to meet this great need.

In these strange covid days when travel with children is so restricted, we are thrilled to have been able to provide a safe and comfortable place for our fellow missionary families to come and rest for their minivacations!

Then there are the things that have gone sideways  – the internet is still not fixed after much trouble with businesses that have zero customer service (in Peru - the client is never right) sending us the wrong equipment and then refusing to resolve the problem. The motorcycle is still not fixed due to parts becoming more difficult to find in country. The generator is still out of service - it’s complicated. The boat is still not repaired due to the complete incompetence of the technician that we brought from Lima to do the job (trying to delegate doesn’t always work). And the big one – we have had to unplug our solar panels from the grid since the electric company was CHARGING us for the power that they produced. It will be a fight to get them to even try to work with us. UGH.

 

Sometimes we get so weighed down by the difficulty of every little thing.


This month has been full of fantastic progress, but that progress comes at a cost. Every accomplishment has been won with a fight, and Vann is worn thin.

Why do we continue to strive here – not one. single. thing. is easy or fair as foreigners in this blessed country. Why do we choose to live apart from our family for years that stretch into decades – missing them more with each passing year? Why? The answer is only Jesus. He is the prize! He is precious above all things, and worth our lives being poured out in His service. And if we are deeply honest - after the momentary tears - none of the sacrifices even seem like sacrifices compared to the all-satisfying pleasure it is to know and be in service to the King of Kings! Please pray for us as we press on and keep our eyes on the prize (Phil.3:14)!


“Nothing teaches us about the preciousness of the Creator as much as when we learn the emptiness of everything else.” – Charles Spurgeon


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