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After arriving in Portland Oregon last month we have had a great time seeing our families and visiting with many dear brothers and sisters in Christ. We have been able to enjoy many family events, BBQ's, hikes, hunting adventures and general fun while here with many loved-ones. It has been wonderful to catch up with our families!

There have also been many opportunities to preach in several different churches like Eastgate Bible Chapel, Grace Bible in Battleground and at the Red Bench retreat near Spokane Washington. Last Friday I even had the opportunity to teach a missions class at Moody Bible Institute to about 70 prospective missionaries. It was a tremendous chance to inspire and encourage missions to a group of young people with high hopes of being useful to the Master in the task of making Christ's name great among the nations.

Missions quote for the day by Eddy Ho: "Since God is a missionary God, God's people are a missionary people."

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After traveling 6,000 miles and preaching 30 times in 50 days we are finally with our families in Portland Oregon. We thank the Lord that all our travels have been easy-going and problem free. Not a single car problem! It has been so refreshing and encouraging to be with family in Christ everywhere we go. Precious brothers and sisters hospitably received our Tuttle-tribe as we invaded their houses in 12 sates and 2 Canadian provinces. Only two nights were spent in hotels and that was only because we chose to go through the spectacular Banff and Jasper national forests in Alberta. On several occasions we were even received by brethren we had never met before. What Jesus said is true: "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” We are grateful to so many of you. Thank you!

It has been a bit exhausting at times but everyone in our family is thoroughly enjoying themselves. We hope to continue to preach Christ and to be an encouragement to others as we visit with many more people in the next few months. Our schedule for the next few Sundays looks like this:

Eastgate Bible Chapel Portland Or. (August 17)
Grace Bible Church in Battleground Wa. (August 24)
Red Bench Bible Church in Spokane Wa. (Sept 5-7)
Eastgate retreat at Eagle Fern Camp (Sept 12-14)
Clinton Street Bible Chapel in Portland Or. (Sept 21)

Missions quote for the day by Robert Murray McCheyne: “God gave me a message to deliver and a horse to ride. Alas, I have killed the horse and now I cannot deliver the message.”

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Running wild in the USA

We are in the USA! Four weeks ago we landed in Dallas and ever since then we have been running wild all over the place. The Lord has provided us with an excellent 12 passenger van on which we have already put more than 1500 miles. We thank the Lord for smooth travels and no mechanical difficulties so far. We have been received with much love and hospitality from the brothers and sisters in several different places. The only drawback is that we are gaining weight fast as we eat great breakfasts, lunches and dinners in different homes each day.

(You just don't gain as much weight when you are eating breakfast in the jungle villages!)

Our kids are having a great time seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Javen and Cullen fully enjoyed high-school camp at Sandy Creek near Houston. Bria, Josiah and Mya have all had fun swimmming, biking and playing with kids their age at each of our stops. Ellia is now fully recovered from her pneumonia and is growing fast. And Amy and I are having a wonderful time visiting with the Lord's people.

It has been exciting to share about the Lord's work in Peru and to preach God's word as He opens up various opportunities. We feel like, as missionaries, part of our job is to encourage and promote missions amongst the believers in the USA and it has been fun to do just that. I've been able to preach to churches (Spanish and English), youth groups, men's groups, home groups and even on live national radio. Please pray for us as we continue to have these opportunities. Our desire is to make Christ's name great wherever we go.

We have gone from Dallas to Houston to Kansas City to Des Moines. Next up is Sioux Falls SD, Windom MN, Dubuque IA, Davenport IA, Guttenburg IA, Minneapolis MN, Watford ND, Williston ND, Ft McMurray Alberta, Seattle WA and Portland OR. It sounds like a lot but so far the whole family is really having a good time and we feel like the Lord is using us to encourage and challenge the saints wherever we go.

If you want to contact us by phone our cell number for the next 5 months will be 832 745 1272

Missions quote for the day by John Piper: "Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn't"

Personal evangelism

Javen and Cullen and a few other brothers went with me the other day to do some personal evangelism in the market. We were able to pass out a lot of tracts and talk to a lot of people about their souls. There is nothing more exciting than standing between God and men sharing the greatest message in the universe. Please pray that Christ name would be exalted!

Missions quote for the day by Charles H. Spurgeon: “We are not called to proclaim philosophy and metaphysics, but the simple gospel. Man’s fall, his need of a new birth, forgiveness through atonement, and salvation as the result of faith, these are our battle-ax and weapons of war.”

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Must-watch missions video

Brother Martin Manchego from Lima came last week to film some of the action here in Tarapoto and along the river. He is a real master at putting together videos and wants to do it for God's glory and to further Christ's kingdom. The following video is a short piece that he put together in hopes to promote missions within Peru and among the Peruvian believers. We pray that God would raise up Peruvian preachers, evangelists, pastors and teachers. Please watch this well-done video and pray for the work here in the jungle.

Missions quote for the day by Dave David: "In our lifetime wouldn't it be sad if we spent more time washing dishes or swatting flies or mowing the yard or watching television than praying for world missions?"

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Wild boar brains, huge maggot grubs, Yucca spit juice and jungle rats were all on the menu last week as four brothers and I made a trip along the Chipurana river. Those foods are not my favorites but they are a part of missions in this part of the world. Yes, I am now a few pounds lighter than before we left last week but when you eat what the locals eat you identify with them, you earn their respect and you earn the right to be heard.

I was able to preach 18 times as we visited 6 villages in 7 days. We preached the gospel to the lost, we encouraged the saved, we gave council to the hurting and prayed for the sick. There were church problems to discuss, divisions to work through and false doctrines to correct. We held meetings each evening (sometimes until midnight). A few of the mornings the brothers insisted on more teaching from 4 to 6 a.m before they had to go into their fields for work. Needless to say we didn't sleep much and we are now totally exhausted!

We traveled by car, speed-boat, canoe and on foot. One day we were on the trail for 7 hours slogging through the mud and traversing landslides. It was hot, there were lots of nasty bugs, there were dangerous rivers to cross, thieves to avoid, and there was the ever present danger of tropical diseases.... Why do we do this? Because Christ died and rose again! C.T Studd said: "If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him." Christ also died for these people in these villages and I want to be a part of making His name great here in this part of the Peruvian jungle.

It was an extremely profitable time in each pueblo. We thank the Lord for His love and protection and help. It's great to be home with Amy and the kids. Now I'm back to my real job: Love and nourish my family. Please pray for us that God would bring forth fruit from all these labors.

Missions quote of the day by David Brainerd: "Here am I, send me; send me to the ends of the earth; send me to the rough, the savage pagans of the wilderness; send me from all that is called comfort on earth; send me even to death itself, if it be but in Thy service, and to promote Thy kingdom."

Micah for the Tuttle's

Back from Lima

After visiting the concrete jungles of Lima we are now back in the Amazonian jungles of Tarapoto. It's great to be home! We had to go to the big city for about ten days to do the daunting task of updating our passports and resident documents. Thank the Lord that everything went relatively smooth. It's really great to have that job done!

While in Lima we were refreshed and encouraged by the saints from different congregations. There were several opportunities for ministry as I preached in churches, I preached on a bus, I preached in a home to a packed out living room, I preached on a soccer field and I preached at a prayer meeting. In 1 Tim 4:2 the apostle Paul said: "Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season". In The New Micah Translation it says: "Preach Bible any time you can and to anything that moves"

In the midst of all the business we were able to fit in a two day trip to the sea with some friends who invited us to their beach house. It was a really great time of fun in the sun. We played in the ocean, played in the sand and played in the pool. Our kids loved it.... So did Amy and I..... We thank the Lord for those good times and the wonderful memories.

Micah for the Tuttle's

The princess baby Ellia and Queen Amy are doing great! The two other beautiful princesses, Bria and Mya are great helpers, and Amy's mom has also come to be a help for a couple of weeks. With things settled at home, I figured the time had come for the warriors of the family to go out and slay dragons.

Last week, Javen, Cullen, Josiah and I with a few other young men from the church set out on a long and dangerous jungle trek. We walked for 7 hours slogging through the mud, crossing streams, traversing mountains to arrive at the lake 25 kilometers on the other side. It was hot and it was humid. Lots of sweat. Lots of blisters. Lots of perseverance. We ran out of water. We ran out of food. We ran out of energy. But we toughed it out. This was a "man trip". We were out to conquer the jungle - to do hard things - and we were victorious.

When David heard the words: "Give me a man," (1 Sam 17:10) he RAN to fight the giant. (17:51)
Please pray for us as God helps us to raise boys who will become men who RUN to the Lord's battles, slay today's dragons, and through Christ are victorious!

Micah for the Tuttles

Where are the prophets?

Where are the prophets today? I mean those that preach the truth with conviction, with power, with authority, with courage. Where are they. I don't care about their education or if they have a seminary degree... I ask: Where are the men who have really met with God? .... Look at the men that God used in the Bible. Peter a fisherman, Gideon a nobody, David a shepherd.... Amos was a farmer but roared like a lion.... Jeremiah was a youth but he had fire in his bones... Elisha could see things that others couldn't. Where are these kinds of men today?.... They are busy playing on their I-phones. They are checking the scores of yesterdays game. They are catching up on twitter. They are looking at facebook. They are posting on their blog..... Uh.... I gotta go now....

Micah for the Tuttles

I arrived home from preaching in the villages on Tuesday and on Wednesday morning Amy went into labor (three weeks early). The birth was without complications but it was very long and difficult! Finally, on Thursday at about 4:30 a.m her water broke and after about two more hours the travail turned to elation as we got to meet Ellia Ana Alegra Tuttle. She was 7 lbs 14 oz, 19 inches long and very beautiful! Amy was amazing. I think if I was her I would have fainted from a combination of exhaustion, pain and fear but Amy had incredible stamina and courage to get to the finish line. Once the baby was born it was as if all the difficult labor was completely forgotten .... well maybe not "completely" :) But like the apostle said: "The anguish turns to joy" (Jn 16:21). Birth is a real miracle!

We are officially a BIG FAMILY! With the addition of Ellia we now have three girls and three boys. I can't think of a neater combination of kids! We thank God for His many blessings! Amy is the ultimate "Supermom". Javen and Cullen are the best teenage boys in the world. Bria and Josiah make us almost explode with joy. And now Mya has Ellia, the perfect partner to shine with in unspeakable cuteness. You might think I'm gushing.... but I don't mind. I just never imagined having such a great family.

Someone asked me the other day why we have so many kids and I replied: "My wife and I are extremely intelligent people and we feel that it would be a real waste if we didn't do our best to keep passing on these great God-given genes" :)

Micah for the Tuttle's