Thursday, August 25, 2011

Marañón River visit and Estrecho, Peru

We departed May 3rd on a commercial flight to the beautiful city of Iquitos. Upon landing we headed to Masusa port to board the public launch Gilmer I for the 24 hr. trip up the Maranon River. We finally arrived at BW David Saboya’s home base, Santa Rita de Castilla, at 6pm.

Our visit began in Leoncio Prado with two days of encouragement and further training in stewardship and other topics. The brethren are very active and enthusiastic and have already built their own chapel. Now they are putting the final touches on, such as the door, window screen and frames.
Leaving Iquitos

Our beds

My wife enjoying the trip in her hammock

Heading to Leoncio Prado

Chapel in Leoncio Prado

Next stop: back to Santa Rita to share the Sabbath with the brethren from Leoncio Prado and Santa Rita. We had a beautiful day of praising God and studying His Word. We stayed in Santa Rita through Sunday.
Sacred service in Santa Rita

We enjoyed the six hour trip to San Rogue aboard the Eduardo IV. Monday morning we awoke to the sad news that one of their teachers had committed suicide during the night. His wife had been at the home of a colleague and was devastated to learn what had happened. The whole community was a buzz. This couple’s situation was terrible: the husband was very jealous and was often abusive to his wife. We went to visit the widow, who is also a teacher. She confirmed that the day before he had disfigured her face, after which, he took his own life. We shared with her about Jesus and her need to seek solace in Him. We then rejoined the small group of brethren that we have there for a short meeting.

Brethren in San Roque

Off to San Jose de Parinari

San Jose de Parinari was our next stop. We were with them two days ministering to their spiritual needs. We challenged them to finish constructing their chapel this year.
Arriving in Parinari

Enjoying the wonderful meal

Brethren of San Jose de Parinari

Next stop: Santa Rita
We again spent time in Santa Rita before the nine hours back to Iquitos, during which I prepared for my trip to Estrecho, a community along the Colombian border.
My wife stayed in Iquitos at the house of an acquaintance until I returned. The trip by river takes 14 days but by air it is only 45 minutes.
The plane that took me to Estrecho

Arriving in Estrecho
Estrecho is the capital of Putumayo district and lies on the shores of the river of the same name. The Adventist church entered this area in 2004 and 2005 but, unfortunately, was not able to continue ministering here until now. My purpose for this visit was to see how our brethren there are faring. Of those baptized members left in 2005 there remains only two faithful families that have not let go of their faith. I met with them a lot during the few days I was with them. God willing, we hope to be able to send a Bible worker to the area and make the work grow for the glory and honor of our loving God.


Estrecho wharf

Colombian tug

The delicious Copoazu: a Brazilian fruit
The Sánchez family sends greetings to all the brethren who will one day come here and help them, as well as for all their brethren in Christ in all places.

Brethren of Estrecho

Waiting room at the Estrecho airport

Peruvian Air Force Twin Otter


We thank God for all His care and love for us and for all our brethren in the world. - Pr. Aholiab Lozano

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