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Team Prayer Needs

Please pray for us as we get some much needed rest and as we adjust to being back home.

Trip Team Members

Susan Harding

Steve Harding

Vanessa Ramsey

Alyssa Hood

Brenda Esters

Michael Brooks

Mary Tillberry

Lisa Torbett

Marci McCarver

Tony McCarver

Penny Davis

Sabrina Mobilio

Jason Carney

Ken Brooks

Trip Schedule

  • June 25: Travel to Santa Cruz
  • June 26: All to Poza Verde- men to visit with Ayore men and boys, women to do Vacation Bible School (VBS) with the children
  • June 27: All to Poza Verde- men to visit with Ayore men and boys, women to do door-to-door visits with the ladies and give gifts, then VBS in Pailon. Ayore group departs for Pailon to catch train to San Jose and FUA (they will be working with us).
  • June 28: Devotion, fellowship, and spiritual preparation for the trip in the morning, depart for San Jose around noon.
  • June 29: All to FUA and Santa Teresita. Men to help clear the road to Santa Teresita, then church construction in FUA. Women to do VBS in Santa Teresita (around 30 kids), then VBS in San Jose (approx. 100 kids). Tour of Jesuit church complex.
  • June 30: All to FUA and Santa Teresita. Church construction and Women's Study with FUA and Santa Teresita women (around 30).
  • July 1: All to FUA - Finish up church construction, women to do VBS in FUA (15 kids). Visit Ayore village in Urucu. Ayore group remains in Urucu.
  • July 2: Sightseeing in Santiago and visit to hot springs (joined by Ayore group). Travel by train to Santa Cruz.
  • July 3: Rest and shop for gifts.
  • July 4: Shopping for gifts, 4th of July cook-out with Dan and Jenny Strebig.
  • July 5: Travel to Atlanta

June 30 - Day 5

Riding through the jungle to Santa Teresita before we got the flat

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Fua

The Jesuit Mission in San Jose de Chiquitos. As a treat we had some down time in the morning and enjoyed a tour.  Later that evening we had another surprise compliments of Toni Mercado. We returned to the church for a private performance by the Orchestra of the Mission of San Jose de Chiquitos.

Fua

Tony McCarver, president of MRI, takes a moment before the day gets underway.   

Fua

 

Mary and Sabrina take a break before we set out to Fua.

Fua

 

Back to work on the church, Vanessa, Michael, and Steve set to work on attaching the roof.  

Fua

 

 

 

 

Caesar, MRI's newest missionary, helping with the roof.  Caesar and his wife, Mirtha, live in Poza Verde with the Ayore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fua

 

 

Tony getting ready to examine the progress on the church.  As some of us head out to Santa Teresita, the men go with Placido and the Ayore into the jungle to cut down trees to be used in the church building.

Fua

On our way to Santa Teresita, another Ayore settlement further into the jungle.  We almost didn't get to go. There was a dispute between the two villages (Fua and Santa Teresita). A non-Ayore (not one of us) had been given a chainsaw by one group to remove trees, and the other group took it away from him stating he had no business being there.

Fua

 

It's important to stress we were the first team to go to into Fua and Santa Teresita.  Toni and Placido had been there before, but never taken in a team.  We were fortunate to have with us, as friends, Ayore from Poza Verde to help break the ice. Here, Benial stands next to Sabrina.

Fua

 

On our way we drove over a stump and got a flat.  Here Toni is assessing the situation.  We quickly discovered we didn't know where to find the jack (it was under the hood!!).  Fortunately, Diane knew how to change a tire.  She quickly took charge of the situation which was a relief to us all. In the middle of the jungle it didn't take long for the mosquitoes to discover our misfortune.  We were all very thankful to have mosquito spray. 

One really cool benefit of our situation was we got to know some of our new friends from Fua a little better. As Dan later said, much more of my ministry occurs by what happens to interfere with it.  

Fua

 

Some of the Ayore boys found a large log to place under the axle and, since we couldn't find the jack, the only alternative was to lift the truck up as they pushed it under.  After two unsuccessful tries, Toni lead us in prayer, and we succeeded...

Fua

 

As we are fixing the tire, some of the boys have gone out into the jungle to get help.  They find them in the jungle cutting down the trees for the church. We no sooner finish changing it when Placido, Caesar, and Jason arrive to help.

 

Fua

 

 

We are once again on our way!! 

Fua

 

 

A cross stands alone in a field in Santa Teresita

Fua

 

 

A church building in Santa Teresita.  

Fua

 

 

Sabrina gets the robin's eggs ready for the David and Goliath story and vacation bible school.

Fua

 

 

Some of the boys that are with us run ahead to help us gather up the children in the village.  Meanwhile some of our group go with Toni to have a study with the ladies. 

Fua

 

After we tell the story with the flannel graph, Sabrina quizzes our students about the story. Jose, Toni and Placido's son, translates for us.  Most of who participate are from Fua. Only a small group from Santa Teresita join in.  There is much to do there in building relationships.  According to Toni, it was that way in Poza Verde in the beginning as well.

 

Fua

 

 

Jose and one of the boys from Fua getting to know each other better.

Fua

 

 

Lisa hands out bags for the five smooth stones. Note that age doesn't make a difference among the Ayore when it comes to participating in our VBS's.  We frequently have all ages, from the very young to the very old.  

Fua

 

 

Young Benial uses Dan's truck as a table to decorate his bag.

Fua

 

 

One boy from Santa Teresita joins in on the fun.  

 

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Marci taking a picture with the boys from Santa Teresita.

Fua

 

While some of us are having VBS with the children, the rest of our group are having a time of fellowship with the ladies.  They shared a message and decorated caboodles.  Toni felt making the crosses would be too difficult on this first short meeting.

Fua

 

 

One of the ladies with her son.

Fua

 

 

Saying goodbye to Santa Teresita. It was a short visit, but hopefully not the last for us.

Fua

 

 

Back at Fua, a young girl gathers water.

Fua

 

Later that evening, some of us return to the church in San Jose de Chiquitos to have vacation bible school.  It's a sweet church, which we all agree, reminds us very much of the church in Pailon.

Fua

 

 

Marci prepares the students for the video by telling them the events leading up to the story of David and Goliath

Fua

 

Lisa explains how to decorate the bags while Jenny translates.

 

Fua

 

The children show off their bags.

    

 

             It has been a long day. We go back to our rooms and get some much needed rest.

 

July 1 - Day 6

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