Operation Renewed Hope is no stranger to remote areas, however one person said while experiencing the treacherous trail to Pilcopata “We’ve been over long roads, and over rough roads, but probably never one so long and rough. However, God kindly protected us the whole way.
I had the privilege of translating quite a bit.
God sent us a smaller number of patients our first day, which was perfect, because many team-members were sick.
Our first two days were spent in the small town of Salvacion, where Bob and Becky Bass are planting a church.
The next two days were spent in the town of Pillcopata, where Alex and Flor Herrera are working.
I had the joy of working in the vision area each day, where we fitted hundreds of people with glasses during the campaign.
We saw large numbers of patients in Pilcopata.
This is a map of the area, which borders on a national reserve.
Perhaps one of the most exciting things God did during the clinic was to bring these Matsiguenga ladies from their village. They hiked a whole day from a very isolated areas and they would still be considered in “stages of initial contact” according to Peru. The woman on the right is wearing gold nose ring panned by hand and hand forged. Her necklace is made of Pig and jaguar teeth. The baby is wearing a traditional outfit called a cushma. The people grow their own cotton, and pick it, card it, spin it, weave it, and sow it by hand. These women do not speak any Spanish, and most of their people have never had a chance to hear the gospel. Please pray with us for them to be saved.
Romans 15:20 thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation
We thank God for the many souls who made a profession of faith during this campaign, and for the follow-up that is already happening.