30 Hours on the Amazon River (by Peter Brock)
The Lord recently blessed me with the opportunity to travel to Santiago, Chile and Pevas, Peru. As with any missions trip, it is almost impossible to adequately communicate the sights, smells, foods, people and lessons learned. So here, in no particular order, are just a few of the many lessons I was able to learn with some random impressions mixed in.
- Downtown Santiago, Chile reminds me of European cities.
- We have much to learn from believers in other countries.
- Missionaries from the US are still vitally needed in some countries.
- Missionaries from the US may need to consider taking a back seat to the national leadership in some countries.
- The believers in the Santiago prison challenged my life like nothing else on the trip.
- The boat rides on the Amazon river, totaling over 30 hours, were unlike anything I have ever experienced and will ever experience again.
- The gospel of Jesus Christ is alive and well in the jungles of Peru.
|Peter and his ‘translator’|
- I am privileged to call many Chilean and Peruvian believers my friends.
- Participating in the baptism of 6 new believers in the river was a thrill and a privilege.
- Iquitos, Peru, our staging point for our boat rides to Pevas, is the largest city in the world that you can’t drive to.
- I love to hear believers in other countries sing.
- The American church has so many resources that it’s almost embarrassing.
- The missionaries who served on the Amazon River in years past laid a great foundation.
- The pastors that ministered in the Amazon region of Peru humbled me.
- Adelphos is doing a great job around the world.
- Preaching on Friday afternoon in Pevas was easily the hottest environment I have ever preached in. Just about killed my translator.
- I thank God for again humbling me as I was able to see Him at work in this world.
Stewardship Month & April Faith Day 2009 (by Pastor Osborne)
(Author: Pastor Osborne)
We have traditionally made the month of March our Stewardship month. Stewardship month ends on the first Sunday of April which we call April Faith Day. April Faith day is the one sacrificial offering Faith Baptist Church receives each year. Every year we give large gifts to Missionaries or Missionary projects out of our april Faith Day offering. This year we celebrate the blessings God has given to us. Our Capital Campaign draws to a close at the end of March and if all the pledges come in and the property in Lake Wales sells at its appraised value we have a projected total of $2,427,572.44 to the praise of God’s Glory. We want to celebrate God’s goodness by giving two gifts this year.
- A $10,000 gift to missionary evangelist Patricio Oliva who is doing an incredible work for our God in South America. Patricio along with his interpreter Melody (Dooley) Priest has been in our pulpit and been a great blessing to our people
- A $10,000 gift to Jared Malcolm who is our Faith’s 100 Missionary to Brazil. Jared, along with a team of 20 from our church will be traveling to Brazil on June 7 to finish building the house that Jared will be living in (pictured here). this gift would finish the work on the house and furnish it as Jared stays in Brazil to assist the missionaries and Brazilian people by providing a quality working camp facility.
With great joy we can sing To God Be the Glory great things He is doing here at home and overseas.