June 20, 2013
Peruvian Amazon Mission
On May 31 our 2013 Peru Crew will leave for the Amazon Rainforest for another mission trip to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and action. This will be the 11th consecutive year that members of our congregation, under the leadership of Pastor Dave, have traveled to the Peruvian Amazon to complete a construction project, hold a Bible School for the children of Tamshiyacu, work with the special needs children of the SCOTA School, worship and fellowship and sing and play with the folks of Iquitos and Tamshiyacu, Peru. This year the Peru Crew, consisting of Emily Collins, Audrey Gaines, Markus Corley, Dr. Megan Adamson, Pastor Dave Henry and five members of the Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church (Quarryville, PA) will build church pews, complete the fence around the church and school, and repaint part of the church and school. They will also deliver medical supplies and water bucket filtration systems. A full report of their trip will be printed in this space when they return.
Water is life. The World Health Organization states that every year more than 3.4 million people die as a result of water related diseases making it a leading cause of death around the world. The vast majority of water borne illnesses are caused by organisms that are found in a water source that has been contaminated by sewage.
The residents of Tamshiyacu live in a remote village along the Amazon River. Their main water source is the back tributaries of the Amazon River, which is contaminated by human waste and trash dumping. The majority of the patients we saw were treated for water-borne parasitic infections that are preventable. Most patients did not understand that drinking river water was making them ill.
Jesus Christ is the living water! John 7:37 “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said,"Out of the believer's heart shall flow streams of living water”.
Medical Mission: To provide primary medical care, water purifying systems, public health education, and spiritual inspiration to our Peruvian brothers and sisters. Together, we can make an immeasurable impact in the daily lives of our neighbors in Tamshiyacu, Peru.
From your family for their family: Opportunities will be given for us to purchase water-purifying systems for a Peruvian family as a symbol of Christ's compassion.