Saturday, February 11, 2012

Mighty Warriors: Vision Caster

If you want the background to this post and what is the mighty warrior series, you can refer to the original post here: original post

Okay, truth be told, Jose barely made it through xtreme training. He opposed us on many different teachings. But as we rolled out the Biblical basis for everything we were teaching he was slowly won over. Then he took the things he learned and began to put them into practice and then teach others. After years of ministry he started his own team and began casting the vision that God had given him to churches who might support him in the task. He was very good at expressing to other nationals the great need of getting the gospel to these people. Lord, send us more who have vision and know how to express your vision to your people. Send us men who can inspire us to work harder for you in the very places and in the ways you desire us to.

update: Jose is still living in Peru and is married and they are expecting their first child. They plan on returning to work with the Asheninka people soon in the future.

Monday, February 6, 2012

212 speed bumps

Speed bumps: 212
Miles travelled: 700
Road hours: 26
Bullet proof vests issued with our new house: 3
Adults: 4
Children: 3
Fuses blown: 2
Cows we saw: 2,000,000 (more or less)
Muslim men smoking a cancer stick: 1
The trip to Kaabong, our future home was a huge success. We met with several key people and learned cultural insights and some language. We learned the roads and ate the food. We got a feel for our new house, which is somehow very nice and still kind of primitive. 
The kids did great. There were a couple of sketchy moments. When we went to the market we were mobbed. I really mean that in the most literal sense. Everyone around rushed to see the white children. Most of the outsiders who have been here do not have children. So the Karamajong were blown away by white kids. They were all yelling and trying to touch Victory and Ember’s  skin and hair. Memphis cried a bit, then he just figured if he ran they would leave him alone. If you know anything about running, you know chubby little Memphis is not going to beat any East African in a foot race. We had to protect our kids and help them to know they were safe. Later Memphis started getting into it. He was in the car making faces at the kids and reaching out the window to shake their hands. By the time we had been there 5 days we went to visit the Ik people. Our friends the Schrocks are working with them. The kids had fun with the other children and felt more at ease. One of the Ik women said, “We can’t believe it, White people give birth, too!”

While we were in Kaabong we did a lot of planning and preparing for the future. I feel like the Lord has a lot for us to do here. I hope you will all join us on this journey.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Mighty Warriors: Storyteller & Self-starter

When Jesus came to us (not the Jewish one, the Chayahuita one) he struggled in his early understanding of spanish, but once he started getting the hang of it and began learning Bible stories in his language he became a superstar with storying. He would tell the stories with such enthusiasm and zeal. You couldn’t help but be interested even though you didn’t understand his language. He and some of his other Chayahuita brothers even began teaching stories in traditional song rythms so they would appeal more to his tribesman. Also, after his training was over he went out to begin working with a new people group. he recruited a team and went right to work planting churches, telling stories and training others. When he would call in to tell us what God had been doing we would always rejoice with him for what God was doing through his faithful servant. Lord, Please send us young men like Jesus. Men who devote themselves to learning your word, and are not afraid to get out there and put into practice what they have learned.

update: Jesus continues to work as a missionary in some of the most remote areas in Peru. He travels to these remote villages with his wife and child. Please continue to pray for his ministry.