Sunday, April 19, 2009

The headlines read "To the Death"

This picture was taken by a local newspaper. If you can read Spanish and would like to read more about the strike here is the site

“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not”

The headlines read “To the Death”. The tribes of Puerto Maldonado joined together in a protest defending their land and rivers from being sold to foreign countries. For several years now the Peruvian government has been re-selling Peruvian land to Chile and other nations, and now it seems that they are trying to sell the rivers as well.

Last Monday, April 13 I asked you to join me in prayer. I was specifically praying that:
1. The strike would be conducted in a mannerly fashion.
2. The government building that is a hundred yards from our house would not be vandalized.
3. Buddy would get home quickly and safely.
4. It would rain. Since people tend to “cool down” in the rain.
Our Father answered each one of those prayers. Buddy arrived home safely shortly after I sent the prayer request. The strike was the calmest Puerto Maldonado has seen in a long time, and no government buildings were touched. This was a great blessing since during the strike in August the Municipality was burned down. Public Records, the government building on our block was burned down a couple of years ago. My neighbors´ dad was hurt in the process, therefore she was really worried. I was able to talk to her of our Father and His power to protect us. I explained how you were all praying, this brought her much peace. During the two days of the strike it not only rained but poured. We had no water for a few hours but were able to collect what we needed from the rain.
He not only answered those prayers but as well as some other petitions we had made weeks ago. Many of you are aware that we have been visiting many of the tribes here in the outskirts of Puerto Maldonado. Praise be to God, who has allowed us to build friendships. Just yesterday we went for a ride to see the effects of the strike. Well as we approached FENAMAD (which is the organization that protects tribes and their lands) we saw a group of people sitting on the grass eating. Several different tribes were sitting and eating together. We recognized several of them so we stopped to chat. Many have been asking to see Joseph since Loren and Joseph have not been able to travel with Buddy. (They all really love Joseph. He helps warm their hearts toward the gospel.) As we were sitting there an elderly man approached us asking to talk with us in private. Buddy stepped aside to honor his wishes. This man is named Mario. Mario knew missionary Robert Whatley years ago. Mario seems to be a true believer. He begged Buddy to visit his people. He also gave Buddy contact information for other tribes nearby who are searching for the truth. Mario is especially concerned for the soul of his son. We have been praying for weeks for specific direction to where our Father wants us to go. He has opened the doors to many tribes through this contact and because of our Peruvian fellow co-worker Magnita.
I thought it a necessity to share with you the power of prayer. Thank you for praying but please do not stop because there IS a battle and it’s not against flesh and blood. We love you all and are immensely thankful for you.
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