Around midnight, as I lie in my hammock and try to sleep, I hear the shaman (the village witchdoctor) begin his sing-song chant, as he tries to drive away the evil spirits which are afflicting the sick baby. During the next two hours, I pray for the baby, for the witchdoctor, for this Cuna village of Ikandi, for the Indian pastor (Lazaro), and for those who are believers in Christ.
Progress is being made; souls are being saved; there is a church building and Sunday services are conducted. Lazaro has a group of disciples who are learning the Bible and living for Christ.
The people of this village serve “Nucho”, a little wooden god, which they place under their hammocks at night to frighten away the evil spirits. In the morning, the father will say to his children, “Go, and bring Nucho. We must give him breakfast and bathe him. We must care for Nucho so that he will care for us!
By God’s wonderful grace, we have heard the gospel message of salvation in Jesus Christ. God has called us to be His ambassadors to those who haven’t heard. There are few places that are “non-evangelized”, but there are thousands of villages and towns that are “under-evangelized”. Through your prayers and financial support, we will continue to reach these areas for Christ!
We are “on furlough” for the next few months and are living in the States. However, we continue to do overseas trips almost monthly. Recently we have been in Panama and the Dominican Republic. I will be traveling to Amazonia in a few days for a two-week seminar with national pastors. These men are reaching their people in the jungles where the American missionary can no longer go due to government restrictions.
Between these overseas trips, we are visiting and reporting to our supporting churches. I can be reached at 859.351.7078 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for standing with us as we share the good news with those who haven’t heard.
Working together for Christ,
Russ and Lynn Turner