Yesterday Amy and I and the kids loaded up into the van and went to visit one of the assemblies in Yurimaguas. As we made the spectacular two hour drive through the jungle I reflected on how God has blessed our family! God has given me an amazing wife and five awesome kids. What a tremendous gift! At the end of this month Amy and I will celebrate 17 years of marriage! We can't believe it! How time flies! And what a huge responsibility to love and cherish each other! I realize that the most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. Please pray for me in this. If I can get this right everything else will fall into place. There are many things in our ministry that I could ask you to pray for. But the following pictures represent my six most urgent prayer requests! Please pray!
We just finished up a two week trip to the coast of Peru where we had a wonderful time attending a conference in Trujillo. Amy's mom and brother were visiting and helped to add some excitement to everything. It was a fun family event and we all enjoyed seeing some of the brethren on the other side of the country. In one of the Lima assemblies I preached through the book of Jonah, had an open air meeting in a park and preached in a few buses. It was a great opportunity to make Christ's name great to those who heard!
We turned the 16 hour drive home into a 3 day trip and visited some really spectacular places along the way. We saw some incredible waterfalls, fascinating ancient Inca ruins, and breathtaking landscapes in the Andes mountains.
Now we are back home in Tarapoto and settling back into ministry here. Thank you for your prayers and support! We really need it. There is so much to do and so little time. Please pray that we would be able to maintain a strong family and at the same time honor the Lord in our ministry.
Missions quote for the day by Hudson Taylor: “God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on him.”
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Preaching, teaching, praying, boating and trekking were the main events for 15 bible students and I last week. On Sunday afternoon a few brothers and I took off in the Lord's boat (El Chasqui Del Rey) and picked up students from several different villages along the river. These students are all preachers, teachers, and evangelists in their respective pueblos and are very key men who want and need biblical training.
During the course of the week we visited six villages where we did everything possible to get the gospel out to the people. Every afternoon we did "hut to hut" evangelism while passing out tracts, praying for the people and sharing Christ with them. In the evenings we held evangelistic open air meetings and then counseled interested souls.
Every day began with Bible reading and prayer and then we spent 5 hours between breakfast and lunch going through a course on Ecclesiology (study of the church). We went through the whole book of Acts and several key passages in the pastoral epistles. This was an extremely valuable time and great opportunity to pour into these men that God is using for His glory along the Huallaga river. Please pray for them!
Missions quote for the day from William Booth:
“Not called!' did you say?
'Not heard the call,' I think you should say.
Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help. Go stand by the gates of hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father's house and bid their brothers and sisters and servants and masters not to come there. Then look Christ in the face — whose mercy you have professed to obey — and tell Him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish His mercy to the world.”
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In our last ministry update I mentioned that God has blessed us with a boat! We are sooooo thankful for the brothers at Heartcry Missionary Society who provided us with a generous gift to help purchase this tremendous ministry tool. It took about a month to build it and now it's finally ready for use.
We have decided to call the boat "el Chasqui del Rey". "Chasqui" is quetchua for "messenger" and "Rey" is spanish for "king". Therefore this boat is "The King's Messenger". We are very excited to use this boat for the glory of our King Jesus! Pray for us as we use the "Chasqui del Rey" to make God's name great in this part of the world.
Yesterday I hitched the boat up to our Isuzu Trooper and hauled it for four hours from Yurimaguas (where it was built) to Chazuta which is a strategic village along the Huallaga river and a sort of launching pad for missions in the area. I was a bit nervous towing something so big and long on our landslide-prone highways but in the end the trip was without difficulty. God is good!
When I arrived in Chazuta about fifty brothers were anxiously awaiting my arrival. They all sprang into action helping me to get the "Chasqui" down to the river and then helping to mount the 60 horsepower Yamaha outboard motor.
Seventeen brave souls jumped into the boat with me and risked their lives as I learned to work the outboard motor. Brother Roberto (who drives a boat for a living) taught me what to do and then we were off. I raced up and down the river...... without a single accident! :) On Sunday afternoon "the Chasqui del Rey" will be making its first ministry trip. I'll be taking 15 brothers on a week-long missions trip to six different villages. Please pray for this upcoming trip and thank God with us for this wonderful boat.
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Missions quote for the day by Martin Luther: "I have held many things in my hands and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess."
Greetings from the jungles of Peru!
Last week I spent a few days in a village called "Tununtunumba"..... Yep, that's how you spell it.... "Tununtunumba"..... Kind of fun to say isn't it :) Most of the inhabitants (more than 1,000 people) speak both Spanish and Quetchua. This village is not on my normal circuit and so this was my first time in Tunutunumba which is just one of the many villages along the Huallaga river. The brothers in this pueblo have been begging me to come and preach in their village for the last couple of years and it just hasn't worked out until now. There are so many villages and so much ministry to be done!!!!!
People need the Lord! Many people in this village are HIV positive, homosexuality is prevalent, witchcraft is being practiced on different levels, and Coca is being cultivated and harvested in secret. All day long I went from hut to hut sharing the gospel, giving council, praying for people, giving out medicine and New Testaments. In the evening many people gathered in the soccer field to listen as I preached the gospel with everything I had in me. It was a tremendous privilege to preach the love of God to these needy and lost souls. Please pray for Tununtunumba!
Praise the Lord! God has provided a boat for our river evangelism!... Well, almost... It is being built and it should be ready in about two weeks. Some brothers from "Heart-Cry Missionary Society" visited us a few months ago and wanted to help in the work by providing us with a boat. We are going to share this 25 passenger, aluminum, ministry tool with the brothers in Chazuta who are also faithfully preaching the gospel in several of the villages along the Huallaga. Please thank God with us for this tremendous blessing.
We have a new kid! No, not really, but we do have a short-termer staying with our family. Twenty-year-old Christine LoPiccolo from Houston Texas is staying with us for the next three months. She is a wonderful help to Amy in the homeschooling of our little kids and is willing to help with everything.... even digging a ditch.... :) she has brought us much encouragement and we are grateful that she is here!
Missions quote for the day: "To belong to Jesus is to embrace the nations with Him." — John Piper
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I'm so sorry for not posting an update for a while now. We have been very busy and I just haven't separated the time to sit down and write about all the action. So here's a quick summary of our major events this last month.
After three weeks of home-school conferences in the States Amy arrived back home in Tarapoto. What a relief! We survived without her, but not without great difficulties. It's great have her back again. Now the kids are getting back into the regular school routine and no longer have to suffer in submission to "home-school dad style"
Just before Amy arrived we were blessed to have a wonderful team from the mountains of Cajamarca come and visit us for a few days. It's great for our kids to "rub shoulders" with these teams of fervent believers that come from many different places to visit us and help with the ministry here in the jungles of Peru. This team helped in construction and evangelism before going on to a national youth conference in the next city over.
I have been taking the opportunity to preach open air in many different places and in many different ways lately. In the park. In the main square. In the market. In the street. Last week one of the assemblies in Yurimaguas asked me to hold a tent meeting in the street in front of their chapel. It was a great time as the whole neighborhood gathered around to listen to the gospel. I preached until my voice was gone and even then the people didn't want to leave. Could have gone on for hours. Many people were convicted and reflecting on their spiritual condition before the Lord. Please pray that God would work in the hearts of many who are hearing the gospel!
In the midst of all the evangelism last month I was also able to squeeze in three conferences in three different cities. In Yurimaguas I spent a week teaching two courses. One on the book of Nehemiah and one on the Christian home. In Sisa I spent four days at a youth conference preaching on the theme "Don't waste your life". And in Chazuta I taught on leadership to 22 indigenous pastors.
The time in Chazuta was especially interesting as I shared with the key Christian leaders of different tribes in the Amazonian jungle. These brothers came from all over the place, some of them traveled for more than three weeks to get to the conference! All of them speak and read Spanish as a second language and it was very interesting to hear them all chattering away in their different tribal tongues. These natives literally took off their face paint and indigenous dress and put on normal clothes in order to come to the "big city" for this conference. Most of them are from tribes where there is very little Christian witness.
It was an amazing opportunity for me! I tried to take advantage of every moment to encourage each one of them. Twelve of these brothers had nothing more than a simple New Testament as their only study material. I was able to give each of them a John MaCarthur Study Bible, a Randy Alcorn booklet on heaven and a evangecube. I'll never forget the brother from the Jivaro head-shrinking tribe that thanked me profusely with tears in his eyes. Please pray that The Lord uses these men for His glory as they exalt Christ in their tribal contexts.
Missions quote of the day from Living Waters: "You want Beautiful Feet? .....skip the pedicure.... Share the Gospel!"
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Home-school dad-style continues! (I'm sorry, I'm really have fun with this :) Today after intensive Bible reading, mixing cement, lifting weights, and reading about the first century heretical gnostics we took a break to dig a ditch.
Josiah calls this home-school class: "ditchology". More than anything, this class is aimed at forming character, constitution and callouses. It's an entry level course that even the most struggling student can pass, but at the same time it can be a very difficult study for even the most advanced scholars.
Work quote for the day: “My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition. ” -Indira Gandhi (I don't know about this woman's theology..... but she has a good quote here)
-Micah for the Tuttle's
The last 10 days I've been trying to be both Dad and Mom for our five kids. Please pray for me. I've still got 10 more days of trying to play the mom part. You kinda recognize what a great job moms do when you have to do without them for a while :)
Amy is attending two different home-school conferences. One in Minnesota and one in New York. These conferences are very helpful and encouraging to her and she is excited to be able to attend them. Amy is an amazing mom and now I realize, more than ever, how challenging her job is. The kids all say that home-school "dad-style" just isn't the same.
The schedule I've given them since Amy left for the States has been:
Run several miles
Read Church History
Work (pouring cement)
Read Church History
Pass out tracts
Work (sanding boards)
Work (pulling weeds)
Listen to online sermon
Do pastoral visits
Go to evening church meeting
Note: We tried fasting one day (not for spiritual reasons.... just so we could get more done:) .... but after 24 hours everyone was about to revolt so we had to quit that idea.... We really need Amy back!
Note #2: Mya is having trouble with the 35 lb dumb-bells (I told her she needs to toughen up a little more and "no pain no gain") ..... Please pray for us!
C.S Lewis said: "Homemaker is the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only -- to support the ultimate career!"
-Micah for the Tuttles
Last week was a real marathon for me. I had the privilege of preaching twelve times in eight days to large crowds in Trujillo. Aside from the preaching I also taught a 10 hour course on pneumatology in the Bible Institute. As I came to the weeks finish line my throat ached, my head hurt and my body was tired but at the same time my heart was glad to be used up for God. Now I'm back with my precious family in Tarapoto and am recuperating before the next marathon starts :)
The Lord seemed to use the ministry of His word and many people were convicted of "sin righteousness and the judgment to come". I can't explain exactly what God did, I really don't know, only God knows what goes on in the heart of man. There were many who made professions of faith and many who were reflecting seriously on their spiritual state before our great and holy God. Please pray that God would continue to work in those that heard and that He would be magnified.
Missions quote for the day from John Westley:
"Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can as long as you ever can."
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