Friday, April 11, 2008
About a month ago, my husband received a call from the satellite phone in Maripa from a young Ye'kwana man, Lisanio Cortez. Lisanio grew up while we lived in the village. He attended my children's Sunday School class but at about 14 years of age lost interested in the Bible and church and began to drink and party nearly every week end. He did not care to spend much time with us after that. ( Lisanio is the son of Jorge, and grandson of Petra.)
Then the phone call. He wanted to tell my husband he has become a follower of Christ! He made the sacrifice of the little money he had to tell us as he knew we would want to know. What a blessing!
Then, yesterday, Pastor Victor called. He called to ask our prayers for the ministry of the church. The church in Chajuraña is organizing a Bible Conference to be held in June. Several Christians from other villages will be attending. It will require much work and difficulty to arrange all of this without any mission planes or financial help. Some will travel from the Amazonas state. This will be a long trip involving canoes, buses and more canoes! Several days,
if not weeks, on the river...to fellowship with other Ye'kwana Christians.
We are so excited to see the church continue and grow on its own! They are maturing and reaching out independently. What the government of Chavez has tried to halt can not be halted!!!
The very gates of hell shall not prevail against God's church!