Please pray for the new men arriving at His Steps.
Chad is new here from AL. Please pray for him to fully surrender to the Lord.
Alex is also new here from Detroit. Please also pray for him to surrender to the Lord.
Paul continues to grow, please pray for him as he works on seeking forgiveness.
Jonathan is leaving next week, please pray for a job for him and his continued growth.
WOW, what a month! July was one of the most ministry packed months we have had in a long time. Kit and I left for Peru July 7 for 12 action packed days of ministry. We went to serve with Brad and Gina Shaw. Brad is training church planters in Cotahuasi, Peru.
Cotahuasi is a very remote town 200 miles and 10 hours away from any city and is nestled at the bottom of the deepest canyon in the world. Our objective was to lead a seminar for the Christian leaders and their families from the many remote villages in the canyon. I was to speak on the topics of "Integrity" and "Parenting".
Last year, Brad went on a country wide hunt for a Toyota jeep for him and some of the church planters for the purpose of reaching some of the very remote villages. After six weeks of looking, they found one. It was in very rough condition and needed lots of work. The two months prior to leaving, Brad got busy on the computer and began ordering lots of parts to rebuild the jeep. Almost daily a package arrived at our house in Georgia.
The mechanics in Peru are very good they just can’t get parts. The best way to insure the arrival of stuff like that is to have someone bring it. We wanted to be sure were setting the right example for the Peruvians who many times think nothing of taking advantage of the law as long as you don’t get caught. With this in mind, and the convicting the Lord did in my own heart while I was preparing a message on integrity, we set out to be above reproach and not hide anything from customs. Someone had even given me money to cover the costs of all the taxes that could be applied.
As we were approaching Lima, the flight attendant informed us the custom forms never made it on the plane, so we would have to get one once we landed. The custom forms they handed out were in Spanish; I did the best I could filling it out. Kit and I prayed that we would get these things through customs without any trouble.
Once we had all the luggage we headed towards customs. We were met by a young smiling lady who took my form and showed me the mistakes I’d made and told me how to do it in the future. She then told me to put everything on the belt for scanning. I placed all the bags on the scanning machine and walked through myself and looked back at the man looking at the screen. He was turned all the way around not looking at the screen at all. I was biting my lip to keep from smiling. I was fully expecting to have to open all the bags and explain everything and pay taxes on it, instead we were able to bless Brad and Gina with some extra money since we didn’t have to pay the taxes.
Once we arrived in Cotahuasi we had a great time of fellowship with Brad and Gina. The next day people began to show up early in the day for the seminar the next evening, many of whom came from villages way up in the canyon. We were blessed when 95 people showed up. They were a very attentive group from 7 different villages.
After one session we had a Q&A. I was really rattled in my soul by some of the questions. I'd been speaking on how important it is for us to spend time in God's Word on a regular basis, and one lady stood to ask me a question. She was around 50 years old and asked me what she was to do in spending time with God because she didn't know how to read. Then another stood and said the same thing. This rattled me because it showed me the overwhelming amount of work that needs to be down in this very remote part of the world. Another lady began to cry and poured out her heart in concern for many of her family members and friends in her village that are severe alcoholics. She asked if we could come to her village and help with the problem of addiction. Just these couple of incidents showed me again of the work still to be done.
After the seminar we were blessed to be able to spend some good quality time with Brad and Gina; they have been serving here for 14 years. Brad and I even got to go fishing one afternoon and caught some rainbow trout in the Cotahuasi River! We brought them back and Kit fried them for dinner.
Upon returning to the States, we left a few days later for Seattle to speak at a picnic banquet for the "Mission House". This is a program just like His Steps and is run by Lyle Skillman who went through the His Steps program six years ago. We were really blessed to see how our Lord has used His Steps in reaching so many people in the Seattle area. What a refreshing time it was for us to hear so many testimonies of God's grace.
Jesus is Lord,
Tim Brown Director of His Steps Ministries
As always we thank the Lord for your faithfulness towards this ministry.
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