The Amazon rainforest covers more than 300,000 square miles of dense jungle in Peru. Far beyond the last road, believers from local tribes ply the rivers with a servant’s spirit and a heart for the lost.
The Amazon has at least 12 broad tributaries in Peru and many secondary rivers. Along their banks and deeper in the jungles live members of some 36 indigenous tribes in the northern region alone.
Some indigenous groups have heard the gospel but have never been discipled. Others are entirely unreached. These women are accompanying their husbands at a gospel training center, where the men will be equipped to share Jesus with their neighbors.
Local believers are eager for tools to help them preach in villages up and down rivers and deep in the jungle. Many of them, like Gustavo Ferreira, also pastor house churches in their own villages.
The Aurora Training Center welcomes tribal members from the region for training in evangelism and church planting. Our team recently visited and distributed dozens of devices from the In Touch Messenger Lab.
These men have found life in Christ and now want to spread the good news. Some of them traveled up to eight days by motorized canoe to learn how to share their faith and disciple others.
Local pastors receive training on a projector that will enable them to show the Jesus film in jungle villages with no electricity. Renew World Outreach is sponsoring this project.
Aurora attendees receive In Touch Torches. This solar-powered device can play the entire Bible, dozens of sermons from Dr. Stanley, and other discipleship material for large group listening.
The Torch offers content in both Spanish and an indigenous language such as Capanahua. Six indigenous languages are currently available. Micro SD cards with the same content were also distributed.
The In Touch team interviews Eugenio Martinez, a local pastor who uses the In Touch Torch in his ministry.
Women occupy a low or even despised position in some Amazonian cultures. The gospel lets them know they are loved and valued by God.
Though they usually do not become pastors, some of the women have accepted Christ along with their husbands, and are serving Him among the women in their villages.
Alcoholism and domestic abuse are problems in many villages. But as the gospel changes lives and hearts, fractured families are being restored to health.
Marcos Costa, head of Aurora, wants to see the gospel carried to all unreached groups in the jungle. “I would like to see everyone, without exception, have the opportunity to choose—receive Christ or reject Christ,” he says. “But not go to hell because they have no other choice.”
Most indigenous groups in the Amazon basin have oral cultures; reading is not emphasized. We are thrilled to offer tools that allow them to hear the gospel spoken aloud in their heart language.
This boy’s parents will be able to provide him a home filled with God’s Word when they return to their village carrying an In Touch Torch.
A pastor takes a break from training. A spirit of joy fills the center as local Christians encounter their brothers and sisters in Christ from neighboring tribes and from the American teams.
Those who have received training will travel around their regions by boat and by foot, using In Touch tools and other ministry materials to share Christ and disciple believers.
Bathed in prayer and equipped to minister, these believers are ready to carry out Jesus’ words: “And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand’” (Matthew 10:7).
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