Tuesday, November 29, 2011


I thought you might like to see a few pictures from Pucallpa to give you a brief glimpse of where we are headed.
Several boats on the shore of the Ucayali River. The greatest tributary of the Amazon River.
Another angle of the Ucayali River.
Typical transportation along the river.
SAM Center
A house similar to the one we will be living in.
SAM Academy. Our girls new school
SAM Academy library.

Sunday, November 27, 2011


Today, we got to Skype with our home church during Sunday School hour. It was great to see familiar faces and hear voices that we miss. This was the first time we have done this in our four and a half years on the field and I hope that we will be able to do it again soon.

Another great thing about today was being able to openly talk about our changing mission organizations. We have known that this is going to happen for quite some time, but because of all of the details to be figured out we weren't able to share it with many people. That part was getting hard especially with all of the emotions that we are dealing with. This experience has again brought me to a point when I needed to depend on God alone for comfort and peace. I am learning not to stress over things the way that I used to and learning patience in God's timing. I believe this is a never ending lesson.

We were so encouraged by our time this morning , sharing what is on our hearts, our excitement, fears and a whole range of other feelings. Our time ended with people from our home church praying for us as the felt led. What a blessing that was.

To our wonderful family at Hespeler Baptist Church, we are so thankful for you, we appreciate you and love you.

Tyler, Brenda, Hannah, Sarah and Myah

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Important Update for our Supporters

In this post you will learn about our up coming change of mission boards. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have. We will have more information for transferring your support from Kids Alive to South America Mission very shortly.

Dear Supporter,
                We recently celebrated four years of ministry in Peru. During this time with Kids Alive we are thankful for the opportunity we have had to grow in our love for the Lord, our love for the Peruvian people and our understanding of the language and culture.  We feel privileged to have formed many close relationships with the women and children within the ministries here in Peru.
“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
                Just as our decision to come to Peru was in response to God’s calling, we are prompted by the Lord to a new ministry focus.   The Lord has given us a love and desire to minister in the jungle among the people there through increased involvement with the local church and evangelism.
                After seeking the Lord in prayer and with the encouragement of the Elders from our home church we began exploring our ministry options.  Our search led us to South America Mission (SAM) based in Pucallpa, Peru.  In July of this year we flew to Pucallpa to visit their ministry sites and meet with mission’s personnel.  We were excited by what we saw the Lord doing there through SAM and by their willingness to partner with us. We have since applied and been accepted by South America Mission to serve in Pucallpa with them and will be leaving Kids Alive at the end of December.
                Beginning in January Tyler’s ministry will involve rebuilding the facilities at the SAM Center in Pucallpa, working with local personnel and visiting work teams.  Brenda will be involved in the local crisis pregnancy center and working in women’s ministries.  We both will be involved in outreach through the local church and the indigenous ministry center.
                Pucallpa is a city of 300,000 located 500 km north east of Lima. It is on the Ucayali River, a major tributary of the Amazon.  Because of its central location in the Peruvian jungle, Pucallpa serves as an air base and administrative center for several mission agencies.
                The SAM Center will provide our family with SAM Academy an English - language missionary kids’ school. There, we can also be part of a large missionary community who meet and encourage one another regularly.
                It is our hope that you will continue to partner with us as we serve the Lord in Pucallpa. Thus we are asking you to transfer your support from Kids Alive to South America Mission on our behalf. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us by email at tbfoss@southamericamission.org  or by Skype ty_foss is our user name.
  Sincerely in Christ,
Tyler and Brenda Foss

Our new prayer card.
Please send us an email if you would like to receive a copy for yourself

Friday, November 18, 2011

Summer Newsletter 2011

Foss Newsletter Summer 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

New Pictures

Did you see the new blog header? I love these new pictures. They were taken by a new friend Jen during her visit to Peru a few weeks ago. I cannot pick a favorite, because I love something about everyone of them. Jen is such a talented photographer. While she was here in Peru, she took a number of great pictures of the kids and family's at the Oasis. If you want to have a look at them check out her blog by clicking on her name above.

I admit there is one other picture that Jen took that means a lot to me and it is this one of Dana and I together. This sweet little girl holds a very special place in my heart and I am happy to have a moment of us together captured like this.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Final Team of 2011

Sweet Little One
Here are a few pictures form our final team of 2011. We had a lot of fun with everyone. The whole team participated in many different activities including; cutting and styling hair, leading a devotional with the women in MHM, repairing a home for a family, helping the moms make a prayer journal, playing and doing activities with the kids of every age, teaching me some therapy things to do with little Dana, and hosting a baby shower for three women who are (were) expecting.

The surprise of the week came on Friday morning when we were about to have our baby shower and one of the moms went into labor. I had the privilege of being with her during her labor to support and encourage her. It was not something I had expected, but it was such a joy to be by her side and see her precious little girl.

Friday afternoon all of the kids and the teachers from the Oasis performed short songs and gave each person on the team a card they had made to show their appreciation for what they had done.

Prayer Journals made with paper bags
Gissele cutting Carmen's hair
Teaching the kids to make braided string bracelets
Dana with her mom
Picture of all the kids and team on the playground