Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Jungle - Iquitos' Regional Convention with Pastor Victor Gonzales (Boyle Heights, CA)

Yesterday, we returned home from 5 days in the jungle city of Iquitos, where we held our regional convention. Bro. Victor Gonzales from Boyle Heights, CA came, as well as Bro. Andres Panduro from his church. Bro. Gonzales preached each night. God was very good and several received the Holy Ghost.

My father, who lived there as a missionary's kid back in the early 70s, had told me several stories about the jungle, but up till now, stories were all I knew. Now I've experienced it, and have fallen in love with it. I hated to leave. One day I want to return.

While there we made a lot of neat memories - from guarding our wallets and hiding our cameras in the city markets to riding the mighty Amazon river to having service with no electricity 30 minutes down the Amazon to preaching the gospel to a hungry trinitarian congregation and watching them receive the Holy Ghost to having revival at the home church, ICAP, in Punchana, Iquitos. It was definitely an unforgettable experience that I want to relive.

Wednesday, the day after Bros. Gonzales & Panduro arrived from the states, was spent in Lima (as our flight to Iquitos was scheduled for Thursday morning). That day, Bro. Jaime and I took them sightseeing around town and we had a special service back home in San Felipe that night. Thursday morning through to the following Monday morning was spent in the middle of the Amazon jungle.

I posted just a few photos of our week. Please enjoy.

Lima's Regional Convention with Pastor Carlos Gutierrez (Panorama City, CA)

July 28-30 was a tremendous weekend for the churches in Lima, Peru. Pastor Carlos Gutierrez from Panorama City, CA was with us during that time and preached like a house of fire. We had a great time while he was here and filled him with our typical Peruvian dish, Pollo (chicken). We ate so much chicken while he was here, I seriously doubt he's touched it since he's been home. :) In all honesty though, Peru has the best chicken I've ever tasted. Anyhow, Bro. Gutierrez preached and several got the Holy Ghost, thank the Lord!

Here are just a few pictures that I took while he was here. Hopefully after seeing these, you will get a group together from your church and come visit us. We love company. :)