We just returned from an amazing tribal trip. We were able to visit 6 different native communities during a five-day stint. However exciting that may seem to tourists and nature-lovers (which it surely would be), our purpose was much greater. We went to help with real physical needs: Medical problems, tooth decay, vision issues, and more. This is not easy: Six professionals from the US gave up a week or more of work, bought their own tickets, spent days traveling, and risked illness to come. Why would we do this? It was not for the joy of being bitten by thousands of bugs, or sleeping on the ground. It was not for the thrill of nearly capsizing the boat and losing all our stuff (that’s another story). It was not for wildlife spotting and photographic opportunities that were presented (although those were great). We did all of those to physically and graphically portray the love of Jesus, because He is worthy. Our family is in Peru to go make disciples, and we are so grateful for friends who help in that endeavor.
We started off by piling us and all of our stuff into our van. This was more difficult than it sounds. Daryn had to stand in the back to keep the mountain from avalanching onto everyone else.
We spent the entire first day on the boat, and stopped in a little village where we had a service in the evening and then a clinic in the morning.
We thoroughly enjoyed the panoramic view from the high village setting,
although the climb was not so easy.
Sometimes we had clinics at night too.
I enjoyed helping people with glasses so they could read God´s Word!
We all enjoyed the wild-life.
Carrying heavy luggage up and down steep muddy river banks is harder in a downpour.
Most importantly, we were able to give the gospel to nearly 300 people.
The fact that Segundo and Magnita speak the language is such a huge blessing.
There were several professions of faith during the week!
Rom. 10:14-15 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
Thank you for your prayers and support! God is at work!