Guest post by Donna Lee Schillinger
A group of six of from Hilltop Bible Church just finished a two-week trip in Peru, hanging out with the Walking Man, Narciso Zamora. It was an awesome trek in which we retraced our way from Chota in the mountains back to Narciso’s spiritual roots, outside the jungle town of Moyobamba. We had the privilege of meeting his spiritual parents – the family that took him in when he was “yet a sinner” and loved him into the family of God – Don Jose Tiburcio and Doña Emelina. We also met mots of the grown children of the family, and were hosted for two nights by “Agucho”, the oldest brother (Agustin).
Narciso spent more than two years with that family, and after they helped him through seminary in Lima, he returned to the jungle and worked there for two more years…which was why it was rather surprising to learn that Narciso had never held a monkey! Well, we remedied that!
We set out in boat from Iquitos, motoring two hours on the Amazon, before coming to the Amazon King lodge, near a tiny jungle town – more like a settlement – I looked for it Google Maps, and well, it doesn’t make Google, it’s off the grid. Near the lodge is a small animal rescue operation where we were able to hold and touch a lot of jungle animals that live there while they are on the mend. They were not in cages and were free to roam and go whenever they wanted, including the anaconda that was featured in this video. It was like being behind the scenes at a zoo, but better! Here’s a brief compilation of some of our jungle fun, and in particular, the historic first of Narciso holding a monkey! (Note his joy! Haha)
Tomorrow begins a general strike in the city of Cajamarca and the news reports are that it will last indefinitely until there is a resolution to the concerns about the mining companies in the State of Cajamarca. I’m concerned that the strike will close the roads and airport, so Udelia and I are leaving here on Wednesday to go to Lima, to make sure I can travel to the States on June 13.
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Since entering into a strategic alliance with Christian Triumph Co. to print and distribute literature in Peru, we have distributed about 20,000 tracts – surprising even to me!
Udelia’s health is particulary bad just now and we are making frequent trips to the clinic. Prayers please.
Also, I have an upcoming trip to the U.S. planned – June 16 to July 2. I will mostly be in Texas with maybe quick trips to Oklahoma and/or Arkansas. Please contact me if you’d like me to visit your church in one of those states. I’ll need to nail down my schedule by the end of this month. In Texas, John Anderson, an accomplished young opera singer, is going around with me to offer a few songs of praise to go with my speaking. Should be interesting! Here’s a video of a performance of his.
Join us in prayer for Norberto Kurrle and his daughter Anahi as they mourn the loss of wife and mother Julie and son and brother Timmy who were killed in an automobile accident this morning. Anahi was hospitalized at last report. Julie, an ordained minister and missionary to Paraguay with the Church of God, initiated, developed and directed the Children of Promise sponsorship program in Paraguay from 2004 – 2010.
You may want to visit the Kurrle’s blog and read what Julie was up to on the day before the accident. And please consider a gift to help Norberto during this time of loss. There is a donation button on the blog, you will need to designate the donation for Norberto Kurrle, as the donate link goes to a missions organization.
Children of Promise is also accepting memorial gifts. Julie Kurrle Memorial Gifts for special health needs of sponsored children in Paraguay; local administrative support for the program in Paraguay; resources for the spiritual formation of the sponsored children in Paraguay; and other sponsorship program needs in Paraguay as determined by the Kurrle Family and Children of Promise.
Timmy Kurrle Memorial Gifts for unsponsored children in the Children of Promise program in Paraguay for food, education, and health care for these children until new sponsors are secured. In this way, the fund provides continual care for Paraguayan children.
It is at times like that that we are so very thankful for the hope of the resurrection!