27 years ago Jose Cabral and his fiancee attended a Marriage Conference in Mendoza, Argentina, that I directed. A few months ago he called me and asked me to do the same conference for the married couples in his church. This summer we rented most of a hotel in South Florida and had a wonderful weekend with some great couples. This was one of the most exciting ministries that we engage in.
Summer of 2015 Don was invited to return to Tarapaca to meet with the leaders of the Ticunas, Yaguas, Witotos, and Bora tribes who live up river from Tarapaca on the Putumayo River in Southern jungle of Colombia for a week of teaching and training in Bible Study and church ministries. Don planted the church in Tarapaca 40 years ago that has now spread upriver thanks to the heroic labor of several Colombia servants. I was the first evangelical missionary to enter this town and plant a church. God used Tiberio Nieto, a coffee grower from Neiva, Colombia, under great risk, who regularly returned to Tarapaca throughout the past 35 years, when missionaries were forbidden and guerrillas and drug trafficers controlled the jungle region. What a thrill to see all that God has done.
The largest gathering of house church pastors in the history of Nepal occurred in Feb, 2014 for the purpose of honoring and training these courageous church planters in this historically hostile country to Evangelicals. Sixty years ago there were only a handful of believers in the country, yet today they number 1.3M believers. Now their greatest need is training for their ministry to keep them faithful to God’s Word and encourage these pastors in the face of multiple persecution.
Invitations from pastor’s associations, Hermanos Libres [Free Brothren] denominational Annual Convention in Bolivia, and pastor’s association and training institute in Argentina have extended invitations for me to train leaders in discipleship, mentoring and missions. They are committed to the Great Commission, but now want to know how to accomplish it.
2013 (May) Colombia project with Liberty University and Seminary Students going to Bogota and Amazon jungle
This trip with 12 Liberty students will embark on four different areas of ministry: large urban city ministry in Bogota with ABWE where we served 35 years before, a National training center for tribal workers with New Tribes Mission, then to the jungle to see how churches are planted in small jungle towns, and finally a week living among an Amazon tribe. The following pictures are they experienced.
Johnny Moore and I led a trip for our seminary students to the five key religious centers in India to the Tibetan Buddhist Center (residence of the Dali Lama), the Golden Temple of the Sihks, the Shrine of the origin of Buddhism, the sacred Hindu Ganges river and the largest Islamic mosque in Deli. Each site had an hour with religious leaders and Q & A with the students. Amazing trip.
Don traveled with 17 students from Manaus, Brazil up tributaries of the Amazon River visiting some of the 32,000 small villages with medical and dental aid, while other team members did sports and musical evangelism projects. Everyone learned how to pull a tooth and a Brazilian was trained to do extractions to be able to continue helping these Brazilians deep in the Amazon jungle.