When working with an indigenous people group one must be prepared for unexpected events. Such was the case for me on this last trip to Peru.
With the inauguration of the school of theology I was teaching an in-depth study of the first 5 chapters of Genesis which includes the first mention of God’s teaching concerning marriage. This led to a number of good questions and discussion with my students. Obviously God was at work convicting hearts of these believers who were raising families under common law marriages.
The church is new and the pastor had not yet performed a religious wedding ceremony so I was asked to perform the ceremony. On Saturday, after the course was completed, I was privileged to officiate a four couple wedding ceremony. The thought of doing this had never crossed my mind but it was indeed a blessing to take part in this step of obedience of these precious couples.
Al and Mike – a quick update from a river boat on trip to Pucallpa. Sunday they will officially open the Shipibo School of Theology in the jungle about 6 hours by boat from the tropical city of Pucallpa. View Video. Read More
I’m sitting here at the airport after some intense days of preparation for this trip to Peru. Sunday we will officially open the Shipibo school of theology in the jungle about 6 hours by boat from the tropical city of Pucallpa. The coursework will consist of one week of intense teaching four times a year for three years. I will begin the first section of an in depth study of the book of Genesis. Read More
Bree Williams is one of our Surge Global Ambassadors. A graduate of Biola University (La MIrada, California) she is a key leader in our soccer outreach to refugees in the Salzburg, Austria area. While she plays locally for a women’s team in Salzburg here she is in goal at our refugee Christmas tournament, the only female participant.
In partnership with the Aztec Washer company, Surge International has launched a new program for helping kids around the world. Many of the places we travel have very little soccer gear, equipment and often have no real playing field. These new “kones” are durably built to hold up under the most rugged circumstances and they are heavier than plastic cones so they don’t get blown away either. A few “kones” will mark out a playing field, where there isn’t one and create goals where there are none. Add a ball and the magic of the beautiful game is underway, bringing smiles to all. Check out more details of the project by clicking the k4k project.
Along with medical clinics the main focus of the week in the jungle was to continue a construction project for the new Bible school for training lay pastors. Rain, mud, bugs, heat and humidity are good descriptive words for the days of work, but it was well worth the effort as this building is now ready for use. There are some other projects still planned to be fully functional, like an attached kitchen area but it is great to see the progress.