Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, 21 equip you...(Hebrews 13)
Our previous monthly church planting meeting was stalled by a letter. It was from the formerly unreached community "Sanchim" deep in the Amazon jungle and close to the boarder of Peru. They were greeting us in the "name of our Lord Jesus Christ" and advising us that they "are progressing in their faith" and the most amazing news was that the community had agreed to donate a piece of land for the construction of a church. But I asked the question of the five pastors who oversee our different zones "This is a wonderful testimony, which of you have been there? Or for that matter who knows exactly how to get there?" The room was filled with silence. Each one looked at the others and we all awaited a response. I think it was in a moment like this that Simon and Garfunkel wrote their wonderful song "The sound of silence". None the less, the silence continued and finally it was broken by the suggestion to investigate.
After two days we found out that one of our many Bible School students had been visiting and using an audio bible in the native Shuar, as part of his many assignments and he had been met with unbelievable success. In a matter of months the transformation had taken place, the darkness had been dispelled and the truth proclaimed and it was all the result of equipping. Placing the right tools in the hands of able and willing people. This is but one story of many that are occurring on a rather frequent basis. Each month at four different locations, there are more than 120 able and willing servants that walk, wade streams and canoe to receive their equipping. These leaders are the foundation of our next push to plant 100 new churches in 10 years. But now we need to do another type of equipping, the practical kind. This December we have a group of 50 church planters that need to be "equipped". We want to outfit them with a backpack, small hammock, rain poncho and a flashlight. Each set will cost $50, but we cannot do this without your help.
Would you pray and consider partnering with us to "equip" these leaders who are able and willing?
May the Lord bless you,
Joil and Leah Marbut
Drew, Will, Emelia and Aidan