2007 Mission Report
Pastor Anibal's First Jungle Mission in 2007
I am thankful to the Lord for your partnership in the Gospel. Thank you for your effort to support our Indigenous Mission Ministry in the Peruvian Amazon basin.
Your prayer support and financial aid have been a great act of God to us, In that we are not alone in the battle field. Also that Jesus is leading us to work together and to carry out His work in the farthest corners.
1. OUR FIRST MISSIONARY JOURNEY to the HUITOTOS, March 2007.
Our trip started in Procucer Market Port from Iquitos city, Saturday, March 31st at 6.00 pm, sailing 45 minutes in a powered boat to Mazan district. It is a beautiful town located between the long Amazon and the Napo River. After we left the boat we traveled through the village in a mototaxi (this is motorcycle).
Fishers of man
Next, we went to the port at Mazan Napo River. In Mazan we rented a boat, bought enough gas to sail. Napo River is a big river that in some places divides in enormous waterways and canals where only a native sailor with experience dares to sail, because he will recognize the zone.
There were obstacles on our way such as islands, sandbanks, barriers and dangerous currents. But there were also precious sceneries of native forest, several kinds of birds, pink dolphins, which in my opinion welcomed us with their pirouette.
Sailing up stream took us two days, because we got stuck on several sandbanks, where villages were on the left and right side of the river.
Hut along the shore. Simple life in the jungle
After this we arrived at the Tutapisca Port, the place we left the Napo River to sail in the black water of the Pintuyaco and sailed two hours further to arrive at our first destiny.
It took another half hour to arrive at Santa Elena.
2. ABOUT THE CULTURE
The Huitotos and Cotos are two tribal settlements located on the left and right banks of the gorgeous Yanayaco River. These places have an abundance of woods.
They speak a dialect called “Mayjuna”, but they can also speak Spanish pretty well: Deo Beces ñatagu! (good morning), Deo beces naijt! (good evening), Doigut (Brother), Jesusue (Jesus).
The education is advanced comparable to other tribal communities. They have bilingual teachers with university degrees. These people show great hospitality, and are the funniest people.
The men do not use dress shirts but when strangers are nearing their port they run to their house to put on shirts or t-shirts. The women wear specific clothing. The food and the meals are somewhat different, and exotic for us. They do not use oil, only salt. They mainly live from hunting and fishing.
They show little interest in agriculture and will eat only a ripe banana and yuccas.
Young girls caught their "dinner"
This was a great opportunity for us to taste tiger, squirrel and the most popular meats of lizard, buillboar, tapir and partridge. In the picture below, I am eating a head of buillboar.
Now about their drinks. They prepare three kinds of soft-drinks made of yucca, bread of tree and pijuayo (the two last are a native fruit).
I was treated as one of them
3. OUR LABOR FOR JESUS
Thanks to the Lord, we have visited 22 river village communities, Milagros, San Antonio, Pintuyaco, Salvador, Flor de Agosto, san Padro, Aucaposa, Miraflores, Nuevo ^Porvenir, Santa Marta, Huaman Hurco, Saraisla, Canton, San Francisco; Oro Blanco, Puerto Abeja,Nuevo Oriente, Yarinaisala; Nuevo San Juan, Copalillo and Florida, where we have distributed 2000 tracts and reached 600 peoples with the gospel in their own area.
In these places the people are hungry for the Word of God, but it is a pity that there are no workers for all the villages. In the tribal community from Huaman Port, we have done two meetings for children and adults. There were 50 participating adults and 30 children. In this area we have distributed pencils, anti parasite medication, 25 Bibles, 50 New Testaments.
Fourteen years ago there was a church planted by a pastor who was trained by the Swiss Mission, but he backslid. When we preached the Word of God he and his family came back to the Lord. He is now working with the Apo, and the Tribal leader donated land to construct the future church there.
Santa Elena is the place were I am with the Apo, who holds a dish of tiger meat in his hand. They all are believers, but three years ago the pastor who ministered there left and never returned. Here we prepared bread and milk to eat, before starting meetings with children and adults. There were 70 people in the two meetings. They returned again to the Lord and promised us not to smoke any more tobacco. They invited us to come back again.
I am standing beside the Apo
After we distributed Bibles, New Testaments, and lessons for the mail box club, we went to bed. Early in the morning we returned directly to Mazan. With the help of the river’s current and of the Lord the sailing went good. Saturday morning we arrived home again.
3. SOME PRESSINGS NEEDS TO PRAY:
* For the Christian leaders of the tribal communities of Human Port, Brother Jose Romero, and for the Coto tribe, Brother Alberto Mosoline.
* For a hand motor saw to prepare wood to construct church, the cost of a Chainsaw Stihl 066 (Germany) the cost here is 700,00 US dollars.
* For the Lord to bring leaders from Iquitos to visit the tribes there and spreading the Gospel together with Brothers Mozoline and Romero.
* If you feel in your heart to come and visit these areas, we welcome you.
One of the tribes we visited
It was good to visit the tribes and present them Jesus, the Christ.
Peace be unto you: as My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you. John 20:21