As I crossed the border into Brazil, I noticed that the river level was at flood stage—30 feet higher than November levels. I obtained my entry stamp at the immigration office, caught a riverboat (peky-peky), and began the 3-hour trip downriver to the Bible Institute at Sabonete.
I spent the next three weeks teaching and training national pastors and leaders in Discipleship, Multiplication of Churches, Eschatology, and numerous other subjects as questions arose. We ate yucca, bananas, rice, fish, chicken, and the ever-present fariña (similar to Grape-Nut cereal), cooked over an open fire, bathed in the Amazon River, slept in hammocks, and fought mosquitos and a relapse of malaria.
God did a great work in the hearts of these men and women. They responded to God in prayer, committing themselves to take the gospel to the unreached villages of the Amazon Basin in the countries of Brazil, Peru, and Colombia. As Paul had ordained elders in every church (Acts 14:23), so we encouraged these men to evangelize the lost, baptize new believers, administer the Lord’s Supper, and serve as faithful pastors in their villages and extended regions of influence. Ramon Falcon committed himself to reaching the village of Tepisca. Rafael Perez dedicated his life to reaching the village of Limonero. Immer, a new convert, returned to Segundo de Mayo as the first and only witness for Christ in his village. Many others made similar decisions for the spread of the gospel!
I traveled four hours upriver to Buen Suceso, a Peruvian village in the Javari Valley. We held evangelistic services at night and taught a pastors’ seminar during the day. About 20 people received Christ as Savior, several backslidden Christians rededicated their lives to Christ, and five men followed the Lord in believer’s baptism.
I filled my duffle bag with items they can’t obtain—eye glasses (most needed from 1.00 to 2.00), crayons, colored pencils, coloring books about Jesus, magic markers, stickers, pocket calculators, small packets of peanut butter, and the most sought-after gift—headlamps and flashlights! Perhaps you would like to fill a small box with these items and mail it to our furlough address above.
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