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February Tuttle-tidbits

There are so many events and ministries that we took part in last month that it's hard to know where to begin. There were children's meetings, open air meetings and church meetings. There were baptisms, discipleship adventures and family outings. There were thermal springs to visit, marriage conferences to give and Bible training courses to teach. It was a full and very exciting February!

There's nothing better than swinging from vines like Tarzan in the jungle with a bunch of village kids! This was just one of the many exciting kids events that we participated in last month. Some of these children will grow to be the leaders of their communities, and churches. It has been a great joy to do children's meetings from village to village and to share the love of Christ with as many of them as we can. Please pray for the many kids that we were able to impact with the gospel in several villages during the course of the last few weeks.

While visiting the neighboring town of Yurimaguas I took some of the brothers into the market to do some evangelism. I walked up to a man and his son and started a friendly gospel conversation using my evangecube..... before I knew it there were about 40 kids crowded around to see what I had in my hand. After a ten minute message to the kids, many adults started listening in... So I jumped up on a table and began to sound forth Gods word with all the vocal cords I could give it. It was awesome! A hush kinda went out across the market as people were trying to listen from afar. After my voice was gone I handed it over to some of the young men with me and they took it from there. Please pray that the Lord would use His word that went forth that afternoon!

There is no greater joy for a parent than to see your children walking in the truth. We thank the Lord that our kids are following the Lord and desiring to be obedient to Him. Mya is our fifth child and the latest to profess faith in Christ. Last Sunday it was a great honor to baptize her before many witnesses from our Tarapoto church. What a great symbol of identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection! Please pray for Mya as she grows in her relationship with the Lord!

Nearly twelve years ago the Lord used us to start the assembly in Tarapoto. The body of believers have gone through many hard things. People have come and gone. Many have professed faith in Christ. Some have fallen away and some have changed churches but others have continued on and are serving the Lord with their gifts and abilities right there where they were planted. We thank the Lord for each member of this local body of believers. They are precious souls and it is always a huge joy to visit them and take part in much mutual encouragement!

It's always great to do a group workout on the shores of a jungle creek in front of a thermal hot spring! We did two unforgettable river trips last month. On the first I took eight brothers with me and on the second I took six brothers and six sisters. On the first trip we visited three villages and on the second we visited four. Both trips were full of evangelism and teaching and kids ministries.... and adventure. A huge thanks to doctor John Gill from Pitsburg who set up medical clinics in each village and blessed so many people with his expertise, medicine and spiritual encouragement!

Everyone in the family enjoyed being back in Tarapoto and being with old friends and visiting the churches. We thank the Lord for the amazing kids that God has given to us. They are such a blessing and help in the ministry. The only sad thing about this trip is that we didn't have Javen and Cullen with us. Many of the Peruvian brothers and asked about them and have missed them greatly. It was interesting to see Bria and Josiah step up and take on the role that Javen and Cullen had when they were going on river trips with me and when they were involved in the youth ministry. They grow up fast!

One of the most important events that the churches put on each year is something called: "Capacitation Biblica". Brothers and sisters come from all the surrounding villages to do intensive bible study for two weeks. On the classroom side of things, I had the privilege of teaching through the book of Revelation and then on the practical side of things I got to take the students out to do evangelism each day. It was a super valuable couple of days as these students are key future leaders. Please pray that these students would continue to dedicated their time and hard work in the study of God's word.

Amy and I had a fantastic Valentines day! We were able to separate February 14th, in its entirety, to one big long date. Strong marriages make strong families which make strong churches which make strong communities. Marriage must be worked at, it must be nurtured, it must be invested in. There is a major need everywhere to strengthen this God-ordained institution. Please pray for us as we desire to cultivate a Christ-centered, thriving relationship and then, in turn, help others in this area.

Missions quote for the day by C.H Spurgeon: "I wish that our ministry -mine especially- might be tied and tethered to the cross. I would have no other subject to set before you but Jesus only"

Micah for the Tuttle's

As our boat motored down the turbulent, chocolate-colored waters of the Huallaga river it was absolutely stunning to take in the vibrant colors of the amazonian rain forest. Six guys were with me and we were on our way to visit three different villages over the course of five days. We ended up having a "fantastic" time in every sense of the word. The best part of the trip was the opportunity to seek the Lord together as we read large portions of scripture out-loud, spent precious times in prayer and sang praises to our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

The best discipleship always happens along the way as you seek the Lord with younger believers and then give them opportunities to do ministry after you've set the example. In each village we had kids meetings, open air meetings, church meetings and home bible studies. We did jungle treks, swam with piranhas, ate interesting foods and slept on boarded floors. Each one of the guys took on their given responsibilities with much gusto.... Yes, it was Fantastic!!!

The little kids in every village are such a delight to work with! They always come running, full of energy and excitement to the organized "horita feliz" which we did in the morning and then again in the afternoon. Usually these meetings consists of a game, then a memory verse, then a bible lesson, then some songs and finally, some kind of snack with a drink. These children are the future and we must invest in them! Usually by the end of our first kids meeting the ninos are hanging all over us and soaking up every second of attention that we can give them. It is a great honor that, in nearly every village, there is some little boy that's been named after me: "Miqueas"! I'm praying that the Lord would raise up many of these kids to be faithful witnesses for Him for many years to come.

One afternoon, in-between meetings, a group of villagers took us on a hike to see a beautiful cascade that poured into a deep pool of dark, foreboding waters.... We were hot and sweaty... and the water looked good... So I jumped in! The villagers that had taken us on the hike were quite alarmed about this but after they saw that the piranhas, alligators and boas didn't do anything to me they all started to jump in too. We had a blast jumping off rocks, swimming and refreshing ourselves. The view looked like something you might have seen in the garden of Eden! Absolutely spectacular!

Open air preaching works quite well in the villages and I try to make it a priority to sound forth the gospel in the main square everywhere I go. There is nothing better than thundering God's word over the ripe harvest fields and to rain down His warnings and His love on the general public. This is what we did in every village and there were professions of faith and recommitments to Christ each time God's word went out! Please pray for these new brothers and sisters in these pueblos.

There was no way to communicate with these particular villages to let them know ahead of time that we were coming. Nevertheless, the brothers and sisters dropped everything to received us with much love and hospitality! When we unexpectedly arrived they were so overjoyed to see us that they sprang into action, spreading the word to everyone to come out to the gospel meetings. In two of the villages they slaughtered the few chickens that they had in their possession and cooked up a feast for us. In the other village one of the brothers set out on an all-night hunt so that he could bring us a tasty jungle rat for breakfast. The outpouring of love was very humbling! It's amazing to be part of the universal body of Christ!

Missions quote for the day by C.T Studd: "Christ's call is to save the lost, not the stiff-necked; He came not to call scoffers but sinners to repentance; not to build and furnish comfortable chapels, churches, and cathedrals at home in which to rock Christian professors to sleep by means of clever essays, stereotyped prayers, and artistic musical performances, but to capture men from the devil's clutches and the very jaws of Hell. This can be accomplished only by a red-hot, unconventional, unfettered devotion, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to the Lord Jesus Christ."

Micah for the Tuttle's

During the course of this last month it has been more evident than ever that we are in a spiritual battle! The end of the ages has come upon us and the devil senses it. He is targeting men, husbands, fathers and especially leaders of ministries. We have recently seen one of our closest friends and co-workers go down hard. It has served as a huge warning... "Stand firm against the schemes of the devil.... Put on the full armor of God!"

In the midst of the raging battle the Lord has opened many opportunities to infiltrate enemy territory. Please pray for us as we look to Christ while on the front lines and in all of our upcoming travels. We take these opportunities very seriously and very much desire your intersession on our behalf. Here is our "Special-Ops" schedule for the next four months.

January 12-17 Intensive marriage retreat in Branson MO.
January 20 The Tuttle-Tribe flies to Peru!
January 21-26 Construction work on the Tarapoto Bible institute
January 27-31 Missions trip along the lower Huallaga river
Feb 1-7 Evangelism and teaching in Tarapoto
Feb 8-13 Missions trip along the upper Chipurahna river
Feb 14-16 Special Valentines weekend with Amy!
Feb 17-29 Training course for the jungle leaders in Yurimaguas
March 1-3 Packing and preparing for travel back to the USA
March 6-15 South Florida missions conference.
March 27-29 Westby WI "7 Billion Reasons Why" conference
April 12-15 Amy speaks at a Women's retreat at Shiloh camp near Seattle WA.
April 17-19 Northgate Bible Chapel retreat at Lakeside camp near Seattle WA.
April 24-26 Mens retreat at Eagle Fern Camp near Portland OR.

This last month provided many open doors to make Christ's name great. The following three paragraphs contain information on some of the most exciting spiritual military operations that we have recently taken part in.

1. A Christmas day evangelistic banquet with 400 Indian Hindus: On December 25th Amy and I and the kids went to Des Moines to share the Christmas story from the Bible at a dinner for the Hindu community of central Iowa. I was able to preach a straight forward gospel message to hundreds of east Indians. It was a spectacular chance to share the love of Christ with a big crowd of precious souls that had never heard it before. Afterward I spent a few hours in great personal discussions with many interested people. If I would have preached that same exclusive message of salvation in Christ alone in the north of India on a street corner I could have been stoned to death. The Lord has truly brought the foreign mission field to the USA! As ambassadors for Christ we must take advantage of the unique times in which we live! Please pray for those who heard the message that day and are still wrestling with the biblical truths that were laid on their hearts.

2. A New years conference with about 1000 brothers and sisters from all over the USA. The day after our epic gospel meeting with the Iowan Hindu’s we traveled to Murfreesboro Tennessee where we had the opportunity to share in the ministry at the "Believers Rise Up Conference". It was a fantastic chance to impact a good crowd of young people and then later share about the importance of discipleship with the adults. Our whole family had a good time as we were all encouraged and challenged by the brothers and sisters that were there. Please pray that the Lord would spark a burning desire in the hearts of His people to take risks for our great God and His great cause while trying to do evangelism and make disciples.

3. A gospel presentation to 30 students at one of the secular universities in Dubuque. A friend of a friend who teaches at one of the local non christian universities in town heard that we were missionaries to Peru for many years so he asked if I would come and teach a cross-cultural relations class to a group of students who were preparing to do a "social work missions trip" to Lima. I told him that I would love to teach the class but with the understanding that I would give it from a Christian missionary perspective. The atheist professor was fine with this stipulation and just like that I had the unique opportunity to share the gospel with a bunch of non-believing college students in a social work case study venue. The message was very well received (even though many thought I was crazy) and it led to many great questions and discussions throughout the class. Please pray that these students would investigate the claims of Jesus and come to a saving faith in Him.

Missions quote for the day by C.S Lewis: "There is no neutral ground in the universe. Every square inch, every split second is claimed by God and counterclaimed by Satan."

Micah for the Tuttle’s

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! God took on flesh and blood and came to earth to make things right! That means we've got both good news and bad news. The good news is “God is here”.... The bad news is: “God is here”.... the same truth is both good news and bad news..... it just depends on what side of that truth you find yourself. If you are surrendered to Christ this is great news..... He’s your Savior! But if you’re rebelling against Him.... this news is terrifying..... He’s your judge!

I'll be preaching this good news, bad news message in different ways and different places this holiday season. Please pray for me as I proclaim the gospel to about 400 Indian Hindus on Christmas day in Des Moines IA! What an opportunity! After we spend December 25th with our Indian friends in central Iowa we will head to Murfreesboro TN for a conference where I'll be speaking to the youth and teaching on discipleship. From there, Amy and I will head to Branson MO for a marriage retreat and then finally in mid January we all head to Peru for two months! Can't wait to see how the Lord will teach us and use us in all these places!

Missions quote for the day by C.S Lewis: "The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God."

Micah for the Tuttle's

November Tuttle-Tidbits

We are living the dream! What a joy to do ministry from place to place with my wife and kids at my side! Over the course of the last two months our family has experienced a real whirlwind of travel as I have been preaching, teaching and doing evangelism in the places where God has opened doors for us. We have been given opportunities to make Gods name great in NYC, Greensboro NC, San Fransisco CA, Baltimore MD, Plumbsteadville PA, Pittsburg PA, Omaha NB, Nashville TN, Guttenburg IA and Dubuque IA. So many things can be said about what the Lord did and how He is working in each of those places but it would take a whole book to put them all in print.

As we travel across the continent there are many encouraging things that we've seen God doing but at the same time its shocking to see how North America is rapidly turning away from the Lord and from His word! As I feel overwhelmed with a sense of urgency to get into the battle I ask myself what can be done? The answer that always comes to mind is "Pray and Preach... Pray and Preach" .... So pray and preach is what I do.

Probably the most important event that I participated in during the past two months took place in San Jose CA where I went to a five day long prayer meeting. Twelve men came together from different places around the country to simply pray. An Airbnb house was rented and we basically prayed all day every day. We put a map of North America on the floor, got on our knees around it and prayed for hours that the Lord would spark revival in the land. It was a special and powerful couple of days as we sought our great God and asked that he would do great things.

Amy and I see our ministry as an all out effort toward preaching the gospel and inspiring missions with urgency anywhere and everywhere we can..... We are grateful for God's clear direction and the busy schedule that He has given us with itinerant work in the USA and beyond. We thank the Lord that He has opened up many doors for us to preach His word and to encourage His people.

We do not have a salary and we do not work for a company or any kind of an organization. We remain CMML missionaries that are commended from Eastgate Bible Chapel in Oregon and we simply depend on the Lord to provide for us through His people so that we can dedicate a full time effort to missions in the States. Thank you to all of you who pray and give. It is greatly needed!

Missions quote for the day by Jim Elliot: "Father, make me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road; make me a fork, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me."

Micah for the Tuttle's

Bogota Colombia
Last week Amy traveled to Bogota to help Brian and Sharon Killins pack up and prepare for a move. The Killins have been faithful missionaries to Colombia for forty years and the Lord has used them to plant more than 20 churches in and around Bogota. They have had a tremendous impact on so many lives in so many ways over the course of so much time. The house church movement that they started, began in their apartment in 1978 and then spread across the city. Now, due to new ownership of their building they have been forced to look for a new place to live. Packing up after living somewhere for so many years can be difficult!... So Amy and her good friend Betsy went to the rescue! Amy and Betsy brought good cheer, motivation and a tireless work ethic to help get the job done. It was a whirlwind trip of just five days but the Lord used Amy greatly for the help and encouragement of these dear missionary friends. May the Lord raise up more missionaries like the Killins!

Day Break Point Bible Camp
We spent Labor Day weekend on Anvil Island near Vancouver B.C. About 130 young people showed up for this college and career retreat where I preached several messages on revival. We had a great time meeting new people and encouraging one another in Gods word. The scenery was incredible and the fellowship was even better. The Lord was really working in many hearts and some of our most precious moments were spent with individuals in conversation about the person of Christ. It is my prayer that the Lord would raise up a new generation of bold believers that would give everything to make His name great among the nations!

Share the gospel with everything that moves!
In between our latest trips and over the course of the last two weeks I’ve been able to form an evangelism team here in Dubuque. A great core group of gospel-workers has come together and we have been able to share the love of Christ with many lost souls... It has been exciting to see the Lord work as we've gone out two by two passing out tracts, doing questionnaires and preaching the gospel in downtown Dubuque. Several contacts have been made and a few bible studies have even been started! Please pray for this work. It is so encouraging to see many college students jumping into this ministry with zeal and fervor! May we be guilty of "turning the world upside down" (Acts 17:6).

The Tuttle-tribe
We are so thankful for the wonderful family that the Lord has given to us! Javen and Cullen have begun their third year at Emmaus. Both of them have befriended some pretty high quality girls whom you can see in the picture below! Bria and Josiah are driving with their permits now and are very involved in their youth-group. Mya just turned twelve years old and is really growing up! Ellia is five years old and is a pro at bringing joy and happiness to everyone she talks to. Homeschool is a big part of life for Bria, Josiah, Mya and Ellia. Please pray for them as they learn and grow and come closer to the Lord with each passing day.

Missions quote of the day by George W. Peters: "Our God is a God of Missions. He wills missions, He commands missions. He demands missions. He made missions possible through His Son. He made missions actual in the sending of the Holy Spirit."

Micah for the Tuttle's

While walking through the huge crowds of people at the fair last Saturday we decided to strike up a gospel conversation with a few cowboys… boots and hats and chaps and all. They were sitting on a bench sipping beer and taking in some sunshine when I walked up and asked them if they would like to participate in a questionnaire about family perspectives. Immediately it was evident that they were totally drunk… but they were also totally interested in the questionnaire! Three of their sober friends gathered around and also agreed to participate. So we dove into the questions:

1. Someone has said that the family is the basic unit of society. Would you agree?
2. How would you define a family?
3. What do you think is the most important element in keeping families together?
4. Do you think religion plays an important part in raising children?
5. Were you raised in any kind of a religious environment? Did that up-bringing help/hurt you?

We had some great conversation about questions 1-3 and then when we got to #4 one of my drunk cowboy friends said: “I’m an atheist”. I responded: “Oh, how interesting, why?” In a classic drunken stupor he slurred his words while mixing them with all kinds of cursing and cussing but at the same time communicating that “God wouldn't approve of all the wars that have been fought in the name of religion” to which I responded: “I agree…. but let me tell you something: You’re not an atheist” He said: “Yes I am” I said: “No you're not” He said: “Yes I am” I said: “No you're not”. After about a minute of this back and forth he was exhausted and finally said: “I’m not?”

I responded: “No, you’re not an atheist… you know that God exists…. you just don't believe in religion… I actually don't believe in religion either…. religion is mans attempt to get close to God but biblical Christianity teaches that God did everything to come close to man and now He offers us a relationship not religion.” At this point the two drunk cowboys exchanged a surprised look and then they gave each other a big high five. The rest of the group started asking some really good questions and we had an amazing conversation for about 15 more minutes. Finally I put my arm around the atheist (who wasn’t) and I said: “can I read you a verse?” He said: “Sure” So I read 1 Cor 6:10. “Nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

I looked into his eyes with love and I said: “Cowboy, you're drunk…. You heard the verse. I’m worried about you…. What are you going to do on judgment day?” He looked at me and with tears rolling down his cheeks he said: “I don't know… What can I do?” I replied: “Look at the next verse! You can be washed! You can be sanctified, you can be forgiven in the name of the Lord Jesus. Your only hope is Jesus man! What are you going to do with Jesus?” My atheist cowboy friend gave me a big hug and just kept repeating “That’s what I need… That’s what I need.”

While this whole thing probably looked quite comical with the hugging drunk cowboy, it actually really was a serious moment for him and the rest of his buddies. Everyone of those hardened guys (some were drunk and some were sober) wanted to hear more about Jesus! Please pray for those cowboys and for the hundreds of others that heard the gospel last week at the fair!

Our whole family had a blast at the Testify camp where I taught evangelism to 40 valiant evangelists. After preparing in the classroom we went out and actually did it. The above story is just one of many awesome conversations that we had as we tried to share the gospel with everything that moved at the fair. Please pray that the Lord would raise up and inspire more evangelists to take the gospel into every corner of our dark and needy world.

Missions quote for the day by the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:16 "Woe is me if I do not preach the gospel."

Next up: Micah preaches at a college/career retreat on Anvil Island in BC Canada (8/30-9/3) Amy travels to Bogota Colombia to help long time missionaries and friends Brian and Sharon Killins (9/3-9-7)

Micah for the Tuttle's

Camp Li Lo Li

After spending three amazing weeks at camps in PA, NJ and NY we finally headed back home to Dubuque IA. Now, after regrouping and repacking, we are off again. This time we are traveling a few hours west to Des Moines where we will be participating in an evangelism camp called "testify". I'll be teaching and preaching several times and I can't wait to see what the Lord will do as we go into the Iowa State Fair to share the love of Christ with anyone and everyone. Please pray!

As you pray for us during this coming week of ministry please give thanks to the Lord for the great things He did last week at Camp Li Lo Li! The camp was packed out with 280 souls most of whom were High-schoolers. There were kids from all kinds of backgrounds. There were non-churched kids, wrong-churched kids and super-churched kids. There was a huge need for the gospel. I preached 12 times in all and the Lord really seemed to use it! Every night I had several kids approach me and in brokenness wanted to talk about their spiritual condition.

One of my favorite conversations was with a group of atheist kids that had taken pages and pages of notes about my sermons. They had scores of questions for me. As we talked one of them was astonished and said that she had "never heard any of these things before!" I had another conversation with a nominally catholic young man who said: "Everything I've heard at this camp is totally contrary to what I've been taught my whole life". The biggest questions that these kids were wrestling with were about absolute truth, the reality of hell, the exclusiveness of the gospel and the free gift of grace.

The root behind all the questions and doubts was always sin and it was amazing to see the Holy Spirit working and convicting each one in the ways he or she needed it. Several young men came to me in great anguish about hidden sin. One couldn't even speak as he came to me with his problem. His whole body was trembling as we prayed together. Praise the Lord that our great God gives much grace and restoration when we come to Him in repentance and renewed trust in Christ.

Missions Quote for the day by John Stott: "We must be global Christians with a global vision because we serve a global God."

Micah for the Tuttle's

We have been on the east coast for two weeks now. The Lord has opened up doors for us to preach His word and encourage his people at a few camps this summer. Please pray that God's word would set our hearts on fire for Him and that He would raise up a generation of bold believers that would use their gifts and abilities in radical ways for God's glory.

A week ago we wrapped up a fantastic time at Greenwood Hills Bible Camp near Chambersburg Pennsylvania. Amy and I and the kids had a fun and encouraging time there with everyone who came out for the family camp meetings. I preached 13 times on the theme "revival" to a diverse group of young and old people. We had a blast as a family and at the same time we experienced some sweet fellowship with the saints. The Lord really seemed to use the messages. Many of the older people came to me with a brokenness over becoming spiritually cold. The youth staffers were greatly affected too. I was pulled aside by the staff leader who told me that the whole group of young people was up until 2 am on Wednesday night talking about the messages and were under great conviction. Please pray that the Lord would continue to work in these hearts!

Missions quote for the day by David Smithers: "God has huge plans for the world today! He is not content to merely establish a handful of struggling churches among each tongue, tribe and nation. Even now He is preparing and empowering His Church to carry the seeds of revival to the uttermost ends of the earth."

Please pray for us as we continue with the following schedule this month:
August 4-10 Li Lo Li Teen Camp near Allegany State Park NY.
August 11 Northgate Bible Chapel in Rochester NY
August 15-17 Iowa State Fair Testify Camp in Des Moines IA
August 18 Creekside Bible Chapel in Urbandale IA.
August 30- Sep 2 College and Career retreat at Daybreak Point Bible Camp (Vancouver BC)

Micah for the Tuttle's

Epic Jungle Trip!

The muddy and turbulent waters of the Huallaga river carried our rubber raft deeper and deeper into the rainforest. Brother Joel and I were on the first leg of our trip to the churches in the Chipurana valley! Yes, I was on my way to see the assemblies that I love so much that are situated along my stretch of river in the province of San Martin, Peru! The calendar said that Amy and I were supposed to lead a team to Spain but because of complications that trip got canceled. God knew what he was doing and miraculously, there was a flight to Tarapoto that was half the regular price even though the flight was for the very next day... so we decided to go for it! Now I found myself going to my favorite event of the year... I was traveling through the jungle for a surprise visit to the convention of river churches! We were armed with nothing more than our Bibles, prayer, and a great love for the brethren! Those people are my people! My heart is in those villages. I couldn't wait to see those precious souls that I had poured the gospel into for many years!

There were moments, while in the boat, that we got roasted in the sweltering heat and at other moments we got drenched in torrential rainstorms. Finally after about eight hours of alternating sun and rain, we arrived at the trail-head town of "Huimbayoc". After regrouping, getting some rest and some food we hiked another five hours with our 50 lb. packs on. The walk involved lots of mud and several river crossings. It was hot, it was muggy and there were lots of mosquitoes. But when we finally arrived at the convention village of Leche we walked right into a huge round of applause and a standing ovation from the brethren. They were stunned to see us! It was pretty humbling and flattering and exciting all at the same time. There were faces everywhere of men and women that I had led to the Lord and discipled at some point over the last 15 years. It was an emotional moment for me. It was intense, it was exhausting, it was awesome!

That night I preached my heart out in the open air meeting and the Lord really seemed to use it. In all there were six professions of faith during the course of the conference and I was able to sit down with all of them and really invest some quality time in trying to put them on the right track as far as how to read the bible and how to pray and how to meet with the brothers at church and how to grow spiritually. It was a great opportunity to get the local church leaders involved and to show them their responsibilities in discipleship.

All conversions are shocking but one of the most shocking salvation stories at this jungle conference was that of the town drunk. The man "Florencio" had caused so much damage to his family and really to the whole village that no one believed he had really become a Christian. I spent several hours with Him personally and then a few more hours with he and his wife and kids in family counseling. He kept on saying: "Las cadenas se me han caido!" ... "The chains have fallen off!" His wife and son were incredulous while his daughter was sobbing and afraid to even look at him. They hadn't seen him sober in months! It was an extremely heart-wrenching hour when Florencio tried to convince his daughter that it was for real. He kept pleading for forgiveness and proclaiming: "I'm free now"..... "I'm a new man now." Please pray for Florencio and his family! It will take time to re-establish trust, respect and love but in Christ he now has the power to live victoriously. It was a great honor to baptize Him the next day in front of his village and his hopeful family.

One of my favorite moments was when I walked into the children's Sunday-school meeting. About 40 kids jumped up and mobbed me! They were all yelling: "Hermano Miqueas!" "Hermano Miqueas!" ..... Every time I visit the villages I try to invest in the kids. I try to just love them and play with them and, of course, preach to them. They are the future of these villages and I'm always urging the adult brothers and sisters to pour into the kids! I had a blast sharing bible stories and singing and coloring with them while participating in a few of their meetings.

I tried to take advantage of every moment with the believers! When I wasn't preaching or teaching I was meeting with individuals or groups of ministry leaders. I tried to pray with them, share some encouragement from the scriptures and give counsel where they needed it. I met with the Bible teachers. I met with the evangelists who are regularly going out to preach in the surrounding villages. I met with the children's workers. I even had one meeting with the elders of the churches that went from 7 pm. to 2 a.m. on the last night. There wasn't much time for resting or sleeping but it was time well spent that the Lord blessed in many ways. I'm so thankful for the opportunity to invest in these brothers and sisters who are key ambassadors for Christ in their respective villages.

After some intense days of ministry we had to say our "good byes". Everyone wanted to know when I would be back again. That is always a difficult question to answer. My hope is to try to attend these key gatherings every six months but our schedule is busy with so many opportunities and doors that the Lord has opened up for us in North America and beyond. Some of the village churches are doing well and others are struggling. My heart longs to be there working along side them in the gospel but I know that God is sovereign, it's His work not mine. He has directed Amy and I and our family to the States for a time to inspire and encourage evangelism, discipleship and missions in the homeland. I'm called to a person, not to a place. The place may change but the person of Jesus never will. I can rest in that!

It was great to get back to Tarapoto and to civilization! After regrouping and resting for a few hours I was able to visit with many of the precious brothers and sisters there at the assembly in town. It is my mission to share some encouragement from Gods word wherever and whenever I can. I preached at a few church meetings, youth meetings and even on the radio. "Woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!" It was also good to see the two missionary families in town and the team from Seattle that was visiting the Mattix family at the time. It was difficult to try and see everyone (My trip was just 10 days total). So I actually tried to sneak around town and go incognito hoping I wouldn't get distracted from the list of people I needed to see but every time I ventured into the center people would spot me and someone would yell out: “Pastor!” ....... A few even called out: “Predica hermano, predica!”

Missions quote for the day by Gailyn Van Rheene: "Missions is the very lifeblood of the church. As the body cannot survive without blood, so the church cannot survive without mission. Without blood the body dies; without mission the church dies. As the physical body becomes weak without sufficient oxygen-carrying red blood cells, so the church becomes anemic if it does not express its faith. The church . . . establishes its rationale for being—its purpose for existing—while articulating its faith. An unexpressed faith withers. A Christian fellowship without mission loses its vitality. Mission is the force that gives the body of Christ vibrancy, purpose, and direction. When the church neglects its role as Godʼs agent for mission, it is actually neglecting its own lifeblood.”

Its hard to kiss the jungle goodbye :)

Micah for the Tuttle's