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IBEM SELVA has begun!

After months (really years) of praying and planning, our Bible institute here in Tarapoto has officially begun! We really want to have an evangelistic/missional focus and for that reason I started things off last week with a course on personal evangelism. Every day was absolutely awesome as we studied what our message should be and how we should present it. I tried my best to stamp eternity on the eyeballs of each student and to burn into their hearts the importance of being Christ's ambassadors here on earth. For the rest of the school year (until October) we will be going out into the plaza, the streets, the parks, the villages and door to door to share the greatest message in the universe with lost souls that need Christ.


We have fourteen students. Five are external and nine are internal. The internal students are a diverse group. Five are young men that are living with us while four are women that are living next door with the Mattix family. Two students are from Colombia, two are from Lima, three are from Tarapoto, and two are from the villages. It's a small group but it's perfect for discipleship and enables us to work out the kinks and details that come with the first year of starting a ministry like this. We thank the Lord that everyone seems to be really bonding and doing very well at learning to live and work with one another.


It has been a major adjustment to have our house become the center of activity every day from 6:00 a.m until 11:00 p.m. but we are learning to adapt to the changes. Classes and meals and campfires and devotionals and singing and prayer and games and study and team evangelism and new friends have really made things extra exciting around here. The Mattix family and the Cacho family are tremendous co-workers and we are all forming a good team. Our kids love the action and camaraderie but they need to keep their focus on homeschool too! Please pray for our family!


To add to the pandemonium we still have some construction projects that are slowly but surely progressing. There has been, and still is a steady flow of workers in and out of the property all day long. Buzzing saws and pounding hammers can be heard most of the time. Our infrastructure is almost at a point where it can handle more students and be able to host teams at the same time. We have basically been living on a construction site for the last several years and it is great to see everything finally coming together. We are so thankful for God's provision and the people that He is using to make this ministry happen. Please thank the Lord with us!


Missions quote for the day by David Sills: "The highest and best use of your life is to do exactly what God calls you to do in the place where He leads you to do it."

Micah for the Tuttle's

2 comments:

At March 18, 2016 at 9:51 AM Marco and Monique Laura said...

Wow, so amazing what God is going through your work there. Now, a bible institute!!! As you know, Amy, I serve on the coast of Peru with my husband as a missionary and I am a fellow AO companion ;) Is there some information you can send to me about your institute? I may have some potential students to send your way ;) Blessings to you and your lovely family as you serve our King in Tarapoto.

 
At March 22, 2016 at 6:50 AM anne-laure said...

Great to read about how things are going over there! You are in our prayers and hearts!!!

 

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