Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Amazon

Hi-lighted are some of the villages we will be serving
A few weeks ago a friend asked me if I would join him and others in an on-going mission work on the Amazon River in Peru. Since 2007, Rick, Royce, and a number of teams from around the U.S. have assisted Peruvians as they share the gospel among their people and establish churches in the Amazon basin. In May, we will be floating down a stretch of that four-thousand mile long river, that begins as streams flowing from the Andes mountains, and carries 25% of the world's fresh water to the ocean. Like a giant anaconda, it twists and turns its way through Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. During the rainy season it can swell to one hundred and twenty miles in width. Schools of flesh eating Piranha patrol its murky waters.

Along the Napo River, that arcs in an imperfect, undulating half-moon along the western side of the Amazon, we will pitch tents and sleep. During the day we will provide basic biblical training for the indigenous pastors who labor there. Not one ounce of desire is in the lot of us to press them into the Western mold of "doing" church and ministry. God's work will arise out of the "good hearts" of Peru's native soil. Our desire, at the Peruvians request, is to help them gain a workable and applicable understanding of sharing the gospel and building up the saints and advancing the Kingdom. All the pastors we will work with are bi-vocational. None of them have had any kind of formal training whatsoever.

Thank God, the gospel is not bound to one culture or people group. Needless to say, I am absolutely thrilled with this opportunity, and greatly humbled by the responsibility that such a privilege as this is mine. According to the Revelation, one day, hosts of people from every kindred, tribe, and tongue will stand before God, redeemed by the grace of God found in Christ Jesus. Until that day, I want to be hands-on involved toward that end.

To whom much is given--much is required.




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