Sunday, May 22
The North American members of our team have returned safely to the United States. Praise God!
Saturday, May 21
We made it back to our port city with absolutely no problem. It only took us 6½ hours to get here (as opposed to 13-plus hours last year). The roads were much better this year and our “m” said if we left really early we would have no trouble with traffic. We are back to our hotel. We'll be getting up at 5 a.m.Sunday to go to the airport and fly back to North America.
Friday, May 20
We arrived in the city with the hostel. The trip was fine. Really long, but we are well.
We left the Valley at 6:30 a.m., saying goodbye to “D’s” family. We blessed them and then left.
We had no problems while driving and arrived at the hostel at 6:30 p.m. We will leave for our entry/departure city at 6 a.m. Saturday.
Thursday, May 19
We spent our last day in the Valley today. We start our two days of driving back on Friday and fly on Sunday.
We helped our friend “D’s” family today; they moved all their yaks down from the hills to their tent.
We found out there’s been a rumor going around about us, saying that we are coming to convert everyone and if we do they’ll be different. Some people have said, “Don’t listen to them.”
Our “m” told us to be careful around “D’s” sister. One of our team spent some time talking to her.
We feel that while “Y” and his family have taken huge steps forward, “D’s” family has taken steps back. We still feel if we could help “D” medically it would make a difference spiritually. We videotaped his movement and what he’s able to do and what he’s not able to do so we can show some doctors in North America.
We wanted to pray over “D” tonight in their tent, but it didn’t work out. Our “m” thought that might have been for the best. We still prayed on our own and continue to believe in a miracle.
We know God is going to do even greater things in this Valley.
Wednesday, May 18
We left “Y’s” house this morning and walked 20 kilometers (about 12½ miles) to “L's.” There were a lot of people around when we were getting ready to leave so we couldn’t talk to “Y” again about making a commitment. But our “m” pulled him aside and told him we would be praying for him. He said he was encouraged that we came back and he wants to know more about Jesus.
“L” was out working when we arrived, but he came home and we had one hour with him. He had to go back out into the hills with their herd because they’ve had a lot of yaks dying on them. But the time we had with him was good. We are hoping for another visit with “L” on Thursday before we leave the Valley on Friday.
It’s hard to tell where “D” — “L’s” son and another of our friends in the Valley whom we’ve been ministering to the last three years — is spiritually. He’s been playing with his beads and spinning wheel more when he’s around us. In addition to the spiritual battle that’s going on, we found out he had a brain aneurysm. We’d taken brain scans “L” had gotten of his son back to North America last year. Doctors suspected “D” had had some sort of head trauma years ago, which was why he was partially crippled on one side and could not speak. We don’t know if there’s anything we can do medically.
Everybody on the team is doing really well. We’re all healthy. Our “m” has been great. We’re feeling so good and we’ve got so much energy. It’s great to see all God is wanting to do here right now!
Tuesday, May 17
While the team hung out and played with a group of children, our “m” and “Y” took a long walk into the hills to talk, where “m” witnessed to our friend, who — praise God! — has been diligently reading the Bible, listening to the Christian radio program, and even reading our discipleship packet! Our friend told “m” that the only thing holding him back from accepting Christ into his life is his reputation in the Valley.
We told “Y” that we wanted to pray for him, and that knowledge of the Lord wouldn’t ruin his reputation. He is open; he just needs to take that final step to ask Jesus into his life.
We will talk with our friend again in the morning before we leave this area and head back to see our crippled Buddhist monk friend “D.” We will stay with “D” and his family once more before heading home.
Everyone on the team is extremely excited about “Y’s” softened heart and we continue to pray for his salvation.
Monday, May 16
We found our good friend “Y” at the end of a 20-kilometer (about 12½-mile) hike. As we approached the area, all of the children came out to greet us. It was a great reunion and great to see everyone again.
On our hike in, we met many people along the way who spoke with “m” and came to realize that we were here once again, and that we were going to keep coming back to see them. That made a huge impression on them.
We will play with the children today and stay at our friend’s home tonight, then hike back out Wednesday. Everyone is well, and God is good.
Sunday, May 15
“As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.” — Jesus praying to the Father about His disciples in John 17:18
We are focused again on why we are here. Jesus sent us. We are of One accord. Everybody is doing really well.
When we saw our friend “D,” who is a crippled Buddhist monk living with his family in the Valley, he was walking without a limp and he could speak much better. It was incredible. The last two years he limped severely and was mute except when he chanted. We have prayed with and for him since the summer of 2009. Our “m” has visited him since we were here in April 2010 to disciple him.
We spent the day with our friends and “D's” family, including his young niece and nephew.
We also visited another family’s home and talked for a long time. It was super encouraging.
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release from darkness for the prisoners...” — Isaiah 61:1
Saturday, May 14
We’ve arrived in the Valley and set up camp. Everything was really good today on the drive. It was only 12 hours all the way into the Valley, where in past years it has taken us 1 ¼ days to drive as far as we went today. Things are going really well. People have already started to come to visit our camp. The team is really tired at the end of another long day of hard travel — and the culmination of four days of travel — but we are having dinner and expect to stay up to visit with those coming to see us.
Friday, May 13
We have arrived in the town that is about the midway point in our ground travel to the Valley. The trip today was good. We ended up being stuck in traffic for three hours due to the usual road construction and we think a landslide. There were also many “stops” with people checking information, but we passed right through every one.
We still arrived here at a decent hour. The owners of the guest house where we are staying tonight have been extremely generous and are making our stay very welcome. We just ate dinner and are now playing a local game. On Saturday, we will continue with another long drive and look forward to reaching the Valley and seeing our friends.
Thursday, May 12
“We have arrived. We are here. Everybody is doing really good, but we're super tired.”
The team traveled by air from very early Wednesday morning to Thursday afternoon to reach its entry point. After getting some sleep, they will set out Friday morning by land to the first overnight stop on the itinerary.
Tuesday, May 10
Our Mission: Peru and Mission: Possible 6 teams met in Los Angeles on Monday for a day of training today in preparation for these two Evangelic Expeditions. After enjoying dinner and fellowship Monday night, seven team members from three time zones in North America dug into the Word and teachings that will be applied to respective trips.
We opened with the first of two weeks of daily devotionals and prayer. We then watched Louie Giglio’s study “God’s Passion for God’s Glorification” before an extended C4C teaching on one of the world’s religions about to be encountered by the MP6 team. There was more sharing, prayer, singing (Tommy Walker’s “He Knows My Name” accompanied by the backpacker guitar), and In-N-Out Burger lunch.
Both teams have overnight flights out of the country and are eager to go and glorify His name. We have C4C members waiting in the respective destinations to help us deliver the Good News.
“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.” — Romans 11:36
The Mission: Possible 6 team, consisting of four members, has been gearing up and is ready to embark on this journey. The Valley, which is the destination point, has been visited twice before and it holds many fond memories and dear friends who we plan to visit.
There are many preparations that need to be done before a trip. C4C puts a strong emphasis on not only training physically, but being ready spiritually as well. Prayer is crucial as we ask God to prepare our divine appointments and make our paths straight.
Isaiah 40:3-8 says: “A voice is calling, clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness; make smooth in the desert a highway for our God. Let every valley be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; and let the rough ground become a plain, and the rugged terrain a broad valley; then the glory of the Lord will be revealed and all flesh will see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken. A voice says, 'Call out.' Then he answered, 'What shall I call out?' All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.”
After reading this passage of Scripture, one of our returning team members reflected on the geography that this Scripture pictured in the mind. In the Valley, the mountains are high and low, the valley is narrow and broad. There is green grass everywhere; the yaks graze on it. The wildflowers are picture-perfect! As she was praying through the trip our team member asked God to speak to her. Here, she shares what she saw:
“I saw a picture of someone stabbing a sword into the ground in the middle of the Valley. The effects of this spread out like waves throughout the Valley. Everyone stopped dead in their tracks and paid attention and were in awe and reverence at what just happened. I felt so strongly that the sword was the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God. Together linked with the Isaiah 40 verse and this picture, I felt God saying that every rhema word (spoken word) or logos word (words in the Bible) that has been spoken over this Valley will stand firm, and it will penetrate the people and the glory of God will be revealed. The word of our God stands forever!!!”
Please continue in prayer for our Evangelistic Expedition. The team is excited and in anticipation for all that God has in store for these two weeks in May.