We wanted to greet you and share with you a report on the recent seminar that was held in our pueblo of Nina Rumi this past week. The seminar actually started on Tuesday, but some pastors began arriving on the Saturday before, especially those from the rivers farthest away as the river boats only travel on certain days.
Our good friend, Pastor Bill Breon, along with his youth pastor and 3 others who helped him in the seminar from his church, Immanuel, traveled from Wilmington, DE, to lead in the presentation of the gospel to the river pastors in this seminar. He comes each January and the river pastors love him and his teachings and he has made a huge difference in the pueblos from his work among these pastors.
We asked Luis, a member of the evangelism team who has been visiting the pastors in the jungle, to give us his perspective of the seminar who wrote us an account.
“It has been a great blessing for me personally to be a part of the seminar that was held in Nina Rumi this past week, This seminar was attended by 59 pastors from different villages located along the Amazon River and its tributaries.
Even a Brazilian pastor participated in this event. We must remark that most of these pastors live far away and took them many hours, in some cases days just to get to this seminar.
The bible says in Psalms 133:1 “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”
There was much expectation of this seminar. God moved in a mighty way through the life of Pastor Bill and his team, to present the teachings, and in one of the first sessions, a spirit of forgiveness was present to encourage pastors to acknowledge their faults to God and asking for forgiveness from the Lord and in some cases, from each other.
I believe this is the beginning of a spiritual revival in the jungle. As we welcomed each pastor we could see in some of their faces joy, courage and confidence, but also we could sense in some of the pastors discouragement, weariness, despair.
But, as the seminar progressed, the pastors were like thirsty deer, they came looking for a word of encouragement and hope. Many of these pastors came to me and David saying: I am so thankful for the invitation to this seminar. I am not only receiving these teachings, but also I am being touched and refreshed by the Holy Spirit” They received teachings like: Marriage and Ministry, Secrets of Giving, Seven Things a Pastor Must Do and Dreams and Goals, which made a great impact.
I believe that each one of the pastors came as empty vessels, but returned to their villages filled with the Holy Spirit.
By the end of the Seminar the pastors proclaimed they no longer had fear, despair and discouragement, but rather that they were returning to their homes and churches with a smile on their faces and a Word from God alive in their hearts. The End
Thanks, Luis, for this good report.
It is our desire and God’s will to continue supporting spiritually our pastors, who are working in the jungle rivers so that we may see the jungle taken for the Cause of Christ. We commit ourselves to accomplish that goal in this year.”
Along with the ministry team, the youth pastor, Nate, led a group from the church to minister in the pueblos with skits, dramas and the preaching of the Word of God. They went by speedboat during the day while the seminar was conducted in our pueblo. About 60 people came to receive Christ as a result of this ministry team. Our nurse, Charles, also treated whomever required medical treatment.
This team of young people were a great team and much good work was done in and through them! They were a pleasure to host and we sure had a lot of fun with this group. Jeff, Joel, John, Mark, Dana, Nate, Shelly, Adaire, Steve, Mike and PB! Thanks for the memories, all y’all!