Monday, August 31, 2015

The Village Nazaret and Prayer

We are heading back into the jungle on Thursday to mainly teach in the far village of Nazaret, but also to teach and encourage brothers in three churches along the way.  Mike Hyatt, Kyle Brown, and I will join our Peruvian friend Ronaldo, who will help translate, and pastor Miguel from Satipo.  

Mike, Kyle, and Chad, all from Calvary Baptist in Helena, MT,  have been in Cusco with us since last Saturday.  Mike preached at our church on Sunday.  All is going very well.  The itinerary below will give you an idea how you can intercede for us in prayer.  These trips are long and hard.  We rely so much on the intercessory prayers of our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world.
  • Please pray that God's name to be made great and glorified among all the people we will meet and teach in our travels.
  • Please pray that we will clearly communicate the truth of the Scriptures, despite the language barrier.
  • Please pray that the Spirit will use the Word to awaken people to the truth and free them from their bondage to sin.
  • Please pray that we will be safe in our travels by plane, bus, truck, boat, and foot.
  • Please pray that we will be able to meet up with our contacts and that nothing hinders our connections with them
  • Please pray that the people in Nazaret village will be attentive and hungry for the Word of God and that their will not be the usual distractions to prevent them from hearing.
Our itinerary is as follows:

September 3rd, Thursday: Fly from Cusco to Lima.  Take the night bus all night to Tarma
September 4th, Friday:  Arrive in Tarma early in the morning.  Meet with a group of brothers to teach and give them books from the Gospel Coalition.  Spend the night in Tarma.
September 5th, Saturday:  Travel to Pichanaki to meet with a pastor named Roric and the church.  Travel to Satipo to preach in the church in the evening.  Buy supplies for the village.
September 6th, Sunday:  Travel to the village of Mayapo on the Tambo river, which involves a two hour truck ride and a 6 hour boat ride.  Meet Wilder and spend the night in Mayapo.  Give the few believers hymnals in Ashaninka and build relationships for future opportunities.
September 7th, Monday:  Hike 20 kilometers to the village of Nazaret, teach in the evening.
September 8th, Tuesday:  Teach all day on prayer.  Question and Answer session in the evening.
September 9th, Wednesday:  Teach all day on prayer.  Question and Answer session in the evening.
September 10th, Thursday:  Hike out Thursday morning to the village of Mayapo.
September 11th, Friday:  Hopefull hitch a ride on a cargo boat going up river to Puerto Ocopa and then take a truck back to Satipo.  Take the night bus from Satipo to Lima.  This day will be 16-18 hours of travel.
September 12th, Saturday:  Arrive in Lima in the morning.  Fly back to Cusco and the States.

We will be teaching the village of Nazaret the following:

What is prayer?
Who does God listen to?
Can prayers be hindered?
False ideas about prayer

Prayer is a Discipline
Prayer is persistent
Prayer is expected
Prayer is learned
Prayer is answered
Prayer is intercessory
Prayer is Petitionary
Prayer of repentance    
Prayer of adoration                                                                 
Prayer of thanksgiving     
Prayer in the Spirit
Prayer is decent and in order          

Practice of Prayer
Prayer list
Time alone
Spiritual Warfare and prayer

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A Membership Milestone

Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes!
Psalm 133:1-2

On Wednesday night we had a great celebration as the church instituted membership.  All the members gathered together as a big, united family with the same mind and spirit.  We spoke about the purpose of membership and then we celebrated the Lord's Supper together.  After we all stood and read the church covenant together, we signed it as the affirmation of our dedication to live as Christians together.  After we closed with a prayer, we ate some good food and drank coffee together in sweet fellowship.

Each member received a Bible and a copy of the constitution.  The members will review the constitution during the next month and then we will have another special meeting to adopt the constitution.  We are so excited and it seem the members are so joyfully united, more than ever before.

Because of this, we know that we must not put our guard down because the enemy is prowling around to devour the little flock.  Please continue to pray for us.

Here are a few pictures of this milestone for our church in Cusco.