Ten days ago brother Eber and I headed down river in the "Chasqui del Rey". The Lord really seemed to use us as we were able to encourage the brethren in several pueblos. Along the way we picked up a few key brothers to go and study at the much anticipated "Capacitacion Biblica" in Yurimaguas. We spent the night in one of my favorite villages (Achinamisa) where we preached in the square, taught in the church and worked on their construction project. After a great time with the church we continued our journey on to "the big city" where the Bible classes were to take place.
Before I left on this trip Bria wrote me a note admonishing me with several things including: "Don't be lazy" and "Preach God". I tried to follow her instructions.... In Yurimaguas I taught 40 students in two classes: Evangelism and Eschatology. The students had to bear with me for five hours every day and in the end I think they enjoyed the long and grueling study :) We desperately need God to raise up biblical preachers and teachers here in the jungle to carry on the work. Please pray for me as I keep to Bria's advice, make disciples and prepare key men in this forgotten corner of the world.
Each evening after the classes were over and after having rested a bit I took several of the students with me to go and preach in the open air. On most occasions we started out singing to draw a crowd. Then I would preach. After about 30 minutes my aching vocal cords and sore abdominals couldn't hold out and I'd have to quit. Then, being drenched in sweat I'd sit down to speak with heartbroken individuals. All the while the students passed out tracts, gave council and did one-on-one evangelism. These were great times of being used by the Lord and used up for His glory. Please pray that God would cause fruit to be born through our labors!
Missions quote for the day by George Whitefield: "I love those that thunder out the Word. The Christian world is in a deep sleep! Nothing but a loud voice can awaken them out of it."
Micah for the Tuttle's
I'm an irresponsible missionary! I had my monthly river trip all planned. I organized a wonderful team of seven people that would go with me. I had coordinated with the villages that we would preach in. All the brethren in these villages were excited about my arrival. Then, the night before our departure we all sat down to go over the last details of our trip and I announced with a big smile: "I'm not going!" "You guys will do fine without me."
The last two months have just been too full and and there is still a lot left on the calender. To a certain extent I've been neglecting my family. My family is more important to me than the ministry and I want them to know it. I don't care about a dynamic ministry reaching lots of spiritually needy people if I, in the end, lose my family. There are too many preachers who have tremendous ministries and their family is a disaster. I'm not going down that road.
The team (5 believers from our Tarapoto assembly, 1 from Trujillo, and 1 from Bolivia) went along without me and did a great job of preaching, teaching and encouraging the brethren in the villages. They are back now and all the reports are excellent. Here at home we had four wonderful days of "just us". It was awesome! We haven't been "just us" for months. Amy and I went out on a date every day for four days. We all did home-school together. We had a ping-pong tournament. We played football. We watched movies. We ate ice-cream. We played Stratego. It might have been the greatest 4 days of the year..... Maybe it wasn't so irresponsible to drop out of the river trip :)
Marriage quote for the day by Martin Luther: "Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave."
Micah for the Tuttles
January has been very busy! I preached 52 times this month. All of those messages have been in different settings and to different kinds of people. I kept thinking of the prophet Jeremiah who said: "God's word was in my heart like a burning fire, it was shut up in my bones, I was weary of holding it back and I could not." We must press on! We must preach the word in season and out of season!
On Friday, as I finished up a week of preaching at a youth camp I was feeling quite exhausted but at the same time I felt "weary of holding it back". That night I ended up preaching at the camp-fire for about two hours. God really seemed to use it as the Holy Spirit worked on the conscious of almost everyone. I don't really know how to explain it... A lot of brokenness over sin. A lot of repentance. A lot of restoration. Please pray for these youth!
I arrived home from the youth camp feeling drained... But then rejuvenated as we had a "surprise visit" from some of the brothers at Heart-Cry Missionary Society. It was extremely encouraging and really great to see them. Just as they were leaving God blessed us again with the arrival of Chris Mattix (missionary to Bolivia). He will be with us for about three weeks preaching and teaching here in our Tarapoto assembly. We thank God that he sends help and encouragement at just the right time.
Missionary quote of the day by John Wesley: "You have nothing to do but to save souls; therefore spend and be spent in this work."
Micah for the Tuttle's
I'm on my way home! After two tremendous weeks of preaching and teaching on the coast of Peru I can finally take a quick breather. Aside from the class-room time, many hours were spent in counseling and exhorting and helping the brethren. It seems like God really used the time for the encouragement of many of these future church leaders. It was fun to see so many of the Lord's servants together in one place.... but now all I want to do is see my family.
I'm presently on my way back home to Tarapoto where I'll be with my wonderful wife and kids for about two days and then.... I have to travel (again) to take part in a week long youth conference in one of the villages along the river where I'll be teaching. Please pray for me as January and February are VERY full and I feel torn between ministry and family.
Micah for the Tuttle's
Please pray for me as I head toward the coast of Peru. I'm sitting in the bus right now on my way to the city of Trujillo (17 hour drive). I'll be with the Bible institute for two weeks teaching through the book of Genesis and also teaching on the "Christian Home"
Tremendous opportunity to impact key church leaders! Please pray!
Leonard Ravenhill said: "A sinning man stops praying, a praying man stops sinning"
Thank you for praying! The Lord really blessed our bi-annual convention of river churches! Brothers and sisters came from almost all of the thirty villages that are on my preaching circuit. Brother Mariano and myself spent 5 days preaching until our throats were raw. When we weren't preaching every spare moment was used up (during meals, between meetings and late at night). Sometimes it was marriage counseling, sometimes it was trying to heal church divisions, sometimes it was distributing medicine and at other times it was dealing with false teachers. It was exhausting but at the same time it was exciting to see the Lord work in lives of many people.
Huge vampire bats owned the night sky, and razor-toothed piranhas swarmed the waters of Navarro's lake. "It's a jungle out there!" As I preached during one of the mid-day meetings I couldn't help but notice a commotion at the back of the congregation. I had to stop when people started to jump up out of their chairs yelling: "Afaninga! Afaninga!" After a brief tumult we had one dead snake and about 200 shaken up brothers :) That's one way to keep everyone awake! Never a dull moment in the jungle :)
The boat that the Lord has provided continues to be a huge blessing as we were able to transport many of the believers to and from their villages. I was able to taxi from pueblo to pueblo rather safely and I only hit rocks twice.... I'm still learning :) .... We praise God for His protection! The convention was a great time and I loved every minute of it but my favorite moment was arriving home to squeals and laughter and hugs and back-slaps from from my family. So good to be home with my wonderful wife and kids! Just in time for Christmas. Thank you for your prayers!
Missions quote of the day by David Brainerd: "I care not how or where I live, or what hardships I may go through, I care only that I should gain souls for Christ.”
Micah for the Tuttle's
Please pray for me as I head down river today with ten brothers from our church here in Tarapoto. For the next five days we will be having our bi-annual convention for the believers along the Huallaga basin. This event is taking place in a village called "Navarro" and I will be teaching for about 7 hours each day on: "Sin And It's Consequences". These conventions are the most important meetings of the year for the river churches and all those who are involved. Pray that Christ will be exalted!
Right now the river is high (dangerous) and I'll be driving the boat.
Edith G. Cherry said: "We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender! We go not forth alone against the foe; Strong in Thy strength, safe in Thy keeping tender, We rest on Thee, and in thy name we go"
-Micah for the Tuttle's
Here's a video report that I give from a makeshift raft as we float down a sting-ray infested stream here in the jungles of Peru.
Please pray that the Lord would be magnified and glorified in these villages as we continue to preach the gospel.
Baby coming up!
Thank you for your prayers concerning Amy's pregnancy. We are all VERY excited about this new addition to our family. Amy is doing well and we are looking forward to the due date which is around April 15. Please keep praying!
For the first time in three months we are without visitors. Short-termer, Christine LoPicolo recently returned to Houston Texas. She was a huge help to Amy and the kids and a real blessing to our family. Everyone here was sad to see her go. To add to our "roller-coaster" of joy and sadness we had a wonderful few weeks with my mom and dad who also have now come and gone. It was sooo good to have them here with us in Tarapoto!
Missions quote for the day by William Carrey: "There are grave difficulties on every hand, and more are looming ahead - therefore we must go forward.”
Micah for the Tuttle's
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!