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Flood Relief {Video}

Video edited by Javen Tuttle

Our God is great! We've been praying that the Lord would provide, not only for Papa playa, but also for five other villages that have been severely affected by the flooding along the Huallaga river. On May 2nd our CMML deposit came and we were overjoyed to see that the Lord moved many people to give about $5,000 that was specifically designated for flood relief! We were able to add even more to this designated money because of other gifts that weren't designated but were in excess of our personal needs!

As soon as we received these gifts we were able to buy about 13,000 lbs of food!  Several of the believers from Tarapoto helped me pack it all into 3 overflowing trucks and we headed down the road to Papa playa. Upon arrival there was an eager crowd waiting for us and after preaching for about two hours we distributed to each family a ration that included 50 lbs of rice, 10 lbs of sugar, 10 lbs of beans, 10 lbs of noodles, 10 lbs of oats, 1 lb of flour, 1 gallon of cooking oil, 1 sweet bread and a New Testament.  Each of these rations cost about $40 and will feed a small family for about 2 months.   

The next morning we loaded the rest of the food into a boat and headed up river. Each time we arrived in a village I would walk the length of it and yell at the top of my voice: “Jesucristo loves you! He has sent a blessing for everyone that will come and receive it! Come and hear the good news and receive His blessing while it's still available!” Of course these words had a double meaning and the people knew it. They knew that I was going to preach the gospel and they could see that we had heaps of valuable food so almost everyone came running to the meeting. Those that were present were blessed and those who were absent missed out big time. It all served as a huge illustration of Matthew 25:10 “And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.”

Each of these villages consists of about 40 households and we were able to help every single one. In all, we were able to give out rations to 241 families! I made it very clear that we are not trying to buy people into Christianity.  Souls can't be bribed.  We had come to show the love of Christ to everyone whether they trusted in Jesus or not. Many people had tears in their eyes and were commenting that while the Peruvian government hasn't done anything to help, the Christians have. I can't emphasize how big this was. Christ's name was REALLY exalted in each of these six villages as I explained that this help came directly from our great God!  Many of the villagers wanted me to extend a huge "THANK YOU" to God and to those whom He used to make this help happen.

Missionary quote of the day:  "God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supply" -Hudson Taylor

-Micah for the Tuttle's


At May 14, 2013 at 9:44 AM Anonymous said...

Dear Micah,

Thank you so much for sharing what God is doing with you and with these people. It is such an inspiration and an example of God's provision and grace in even the darkest circumstances. I pray he continue to use you in this mighty way and thank you for allowing us to be a part of it. Our little church here is taking a small leap of faith to sell their church and buy a bigger one near the ball field, skate park and community center where the kids hang out. There is such a drug problem here and 1 in 8 kids are without a permanent home - sleeping on friends couches, the beach, etc. It is our desire to provide a message and necessities to this group. Your message bolsters our spirit and God renews our conviction through the work He is doing through you. Many blessings,

Debbie & Don Williams

At May 15, 2013 at 9:54 AM MarshaMarshaMarsha said...

Thank you for sharing God's love with these people. Thank you for allowing us to be a small blessing to your work. We continue to pray for your family and that these people will come to know Jesus personally.

And Javen-- great job on the video!


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