I have just returned from my third trip to Panama this year. We minister to the Kuna, Embera, and Guaymi people groups. I taught the book of Romans during a 3-day conference to 25 pastors and Bible school students in the village of Molejon in the Guaymi reservation. Some of these pastors walked 5 hours from their villages in the jungle to attend this meeting.
As I was teaching a morning session, two men walked by the church with a bamboo pole on their shoulders. Hanging between them in a hammock was a 16 year old girl who was about to give birth to her baby. They asked me to take her to the hospital in my truck. We suspended the meeting for about an hour while I served as an ambulance driver!
During Easter week I was in the Darien jungle teaching the Embera people. At least 300 people from 11 villages attended this meeting. A great number of people were saved during the preaching services there. Some of these people and their pastors walked and traveled by canoe for two days to arrive at the village of Laja Blanca where we held the meeting.
I have taken on the project of getting a good study Bible into the hands of these indigenous pastors. These Bibles in Spanish usually cost me about $50 each. We have been able to purchase at least 22 Bibles and will buy more as God provides. The Indian pastors greatly appreciate this valuable tool to help them study their Bibles and prepare messages from God’s Word for their people.
We continue to plant churches in Costa Rica as well. We are working in the village of Bolivar, visiting, preaching, and winning souls to Christ. Several of the students in the Bible Institute are helping me in tract distribution and visitation as well.
Thank you for your faithful support for our ministry. Please continue to pray for us that God will bless and use us for His glory.
Working together for Christ,
Russ and Lynn Turner