|Update from Peru|
|Written by Sharon Malcolm|
|Monday, 02 April 2012 09:58|
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Dear Faithful Prayer Warriors,
I want to thank you so much for lifting up the last trip to the villages of Santa Clara and Santa Rosa a couple of weeks ago. As a result the Lord moved mightily through our combined intercession and I am scheduled to go back April 6 – 12over the Easter weekend.
I am excited to share with you that while in the village of Santa Rosa we had a small women’s meeting with 5 women who had some questions about the changes that they had seen in Maria, a strong Christian Shawi Indian that came with me to minister and was translating for me. This eventually led us to discuss the women’s belief system and what practices they perform to complete their religious obligations. It was revealed that they make sacrifices to Mother Earth, rain, certain trees believed to have power and some other things. As we talked the women told Maria that they don’t sacrifice to the trees anymore since they’ve been hearing the Word of God from me and from the people that I’ve brought over the last five years, especially the Shawi pastors and their wives. Glory to God the Word is going forth!
I was thrilled to be able to explain to the women that since all of them had prayed to ask Jesus into their hearts they now had to take the next step in ceasing the worship of idols and any other practice that is contrary to the Word of God. They were very willing to do this and so I suggested that they gather up all their idols and everything they use to perform the sacrifices and burn them as an act of repentance and commitment to make the Lord their only God. They wanted to do this but they said that they men are in charge of these things and they would have to agree to it first. Apparently the women prepare the sacrifices but the men actually perform it.
That evening in a combined service I presented this same challenge to the men since most, if not all had also prayed to ask Jesus into their hearts. There was an affirmative answer from them, although not as strong as the women’s, and so I suggested that we do this on my return trip during Easter weekend and invite Santa Clara to do the same. For all that will do this we will lead them in a prayer to renounce the practices and renew their commitment to Christ then have a baptism followed by communion at the evening service.
I want to thank each of you so very much for standing with me in prayer for these communities. What a thrill to be able to work together to see such break throughs happen through our combined intercession so that the Kingdom of God can advance. God bless you all for everything that you are doing for this work.
The prayer requests for this next trip (April 6-12) are:
1) That everyone, without exception in both villages will participate in this act.
2) That the Lord will move mightily through this and they will sense the presence of the Lord in their lives stronger than ever as a result of this act of obedience.
3) Protection over us as we travel.
4) That there be no rain during our travel back and forth or during the day so that the people come out for the meetings.
5) Wisdom to do all that the Lord has put in our hearts so that He will have His way in these villages.
6) Anything else that the Lord shows you.
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|PERU VILLAGE PRAISE REPORT|
|Written by Sharon Malcolm|
|Wednesday, 20 October 2010 15:13|
Dear Faithful Intercessors,
I want to thank you so very much for standing in the gap with me for this last trip to visit four villages. I am pleased to be able to tell you that the Lord kept and protected us all the way as we traveled. In spite of a few minor delays such as motor trouble on the way down and getting stuck three times on fallen trees in the river we had a very good trip.
We had the opportunity to pray with several people and encourage them in the Lord as we checked on their water filters and stoves. We also showed Christian DVDs including a very impacting message by an American pastor
named Don Wilson that was translated into Spanish.
I was especially pleased to see that the stoves that were done by the short-term teams that came down in the summer were very well received. They are being used regularly and many families have transitioned to only using the stoves instead of the open fires that they had been using. This is important since the smoke from the open fires causes upper respiratory problems in the women as they inhale the smoke on a daily basis. In the same way, all of the water filters in the homes that were done to purify dirty river water are also being used regularly providing cleaner drinking water for the families on an on-going basis.
While visiting one of the villages I had the opportunity to visit with Edwardo, the man that broke his leg in the boating accident, and Daniel, the boat owner and driver of the accident. Edwardo seems to be much stronger and is exercising his leg regularly. Unfortunately, he said that he still has a lot of pain and there is an infection in his leg where two of the five 10" pins have been inserted. He will be coming into Yurimaguas to see the doctor about this and will also have his leg examined with x-rays to see how he is doing.
I want to encourage you to praise the Lord with me as we see His hand moving on the hearts and lives of the people that we are praying for through the different ways that the Gospel is going forth. Through the projects, programs and follow-up visits I have the opportunity to visit each family to establish relationship, present the Gospel and pray with each one while meeting a very real physical need. I want to thank each one of you for joining with me in this ministry to realize the vision of seeing the lost come to Christ in a powerful way. I know that we can see the completion of this work as we continue to stand together in the gap for those who have yet to hear and for those who are taking their first steps in the faith. God bless you in every way as the Lord leads you onward.
Standing With You in Faith,