What a busy summer! Thank you for your wonderful participation in our ministry through prayer, financial support, literature supply, and mission trips to the field.
During the month of June we made a quick trip to the States, drove 7000 miles and visited ten churches. Through the offerings given, we were able to purchase 30 more study Bibles for the indigenous pastors in Panama and Costa Rica. We also purchased 100 Bible study courses and placed them into the hands of students in Panama and Costa Rica.
During the month of July we hosted two mission teams from churches in the States. There were wonderful results among those to whom we ministered including orphanages, youth groups, church services, and community outreach through tract distribution and witness.
During the month of August, my daughter, Rachel, and I made a two-week trip to Panama and ministered among three of the indigenous groups who live there. We spent five days among the Ngobe-Bugle (Guaymi) people and taught the book of Revelation to the pastors and workers of these churches. We traveled to Panama City and preached in two Cuna churches and saw six people give their lives to Christ. Later we traveled by canoe to Ikandi, a Cuna village, and taught the truth of salvation through Jesus Christ to 260 students from first grade through high school. We then spent several hours in Piriati, an Embera village, distributing Bibles, study courses and Bible lessons, and fellowshipping with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
As we laid in our hammocks at night in Ikandi, we could hear the monotone singing of the shaman (witchdoctor) in a neighboring hut as he sought to frighten away the evil spirits. We were able to dispense basic medicines and pray for those who had physical and spiritual needs. Thankfully our Great Physician is the Lord Jesus Christ! These people are so grateful and welcome us into their homes, serving us fried bananas, fish, and wild pig soup. We reciprocate by sharing with them one of their favorite foods—peanut butter!
Please continue to pray that God will bless as we minister in other countries in Latin America.
Working together for Christ,
Russ and Lynn Turner