Tuesday, August 26, 2014

September Trip to the Jungle

We are heading back into the jungle in September.  We have a very busy trip planned with a lot of travel and a ton of teaching and preaching.  The schedule is below for those who would like to pray for us.
September 11th - Fly from Cusco to Lima.  Take the night bus for 6 hours to Jauja.
September 12th - Arrive in Jauja around 6am.  Teach a group of pastors and leaders on the function of the local church and how to prepare a sermon.  In the evening, Wehrner preaches.
September 13th - Spend the day driving to Satipo.  Scott preaches the evening service.
September 14th - Wehrner preaches the morning service in Satipo.  Discipleship the rest of the day with Miguel.
September 15th - Spend the entire day traveling to the village of Chembo, arriving by boat after dark.  Wehrner preaches in the evening.
September 16th - Teaching the leaders in Chembo throughout the day.  Scott preaches in the evening.
September 17th - Teaching the leaders in Chembo throughout the day.  Wehrner preaches in the evening.
September 18th - This will be the longest day.  Leave Chembo by boat early in the morning.  Drive eight hours by truck to Satipo.  Take the night bus to Lima for 10 hours.
September 19th - Arrive in Lima.  Fly back to Cusco.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Espinar, Laborers, and a sickening story from the Isrealita cult

I once again find myself overwhelmed with the burden of having an immense amount of need and very few laborers.  We traveled to Espinar today to visit, encourage, and talk about how we might help a new church about five hours from Cusco up in the mountains. 
With a population of around 30,000, Espinar sits at 13,000 feet in the Andes.  It is a very difficult town because half the town is involved in cults.  There are 10,000 Seventh Day Adventists and 1000 Israelitas, not to mention the stronghold of the Mormon church.  We heard a very disturbing story about the evil of the Israelitas in Espinar, which is in the video below.
This little church started when Jorge Trujillo and his friend left the Iglesia Evangelica Peruano (IEP) that they were part of because it started compromising their doctrine.  The IEP made an alliance with the Presbyterian church USA to promote gay clergy.  They started learning sound doctrine with no other books other than a Bible, which is sufficient.  They have learned a lot and desire fervently to learn more.  Jorge, who is 26 years old, asked us a lot of questions about the function of a church and preaching.  We talked a long time about expository preaching and church government.  Even though they preach the gospel in the midst of great opposition, they only asked us to pray for more laborers to bring in the harvest. 
Our church will be getting to know these guys a lot more over the next few years and helping them with resources and maybe some training.  Again, we beg God for laborers.  I could put 14 families in greatly needed places tomorrow if we had churches that were willing to send, and Christians who were willing to go.  The video below is of our trip.