Monday, April 11, 2011

Back from the Momon River - Hen Hen Village

Hey Guys,

Greetings from Iquitos, Peru, land of rice, chicken, mosquitos, and sweat!!! I had an amazing week last week that ended in a river outreach. I´d like to fill you guys in on what happened. So here we go, We packed thursday and headed out friday at 11 am, With jeans, rubber boots, shirt, and baseball cap, all the guys and I loaded up the bus from the 70´s with all the suitcases. Let´s just say we all knew whose bags were the girls and who the guys were. It was a 2 day trip and the girls brought i think maybe half their wardrobe along with tent-hammock, sleeping bag, and a pad... The guys we could throw up on the roof with ease, majority with one hand, the girls... well a crain (sp?) would be nice... Anyways, we unloaded the bus and loaded up the boat and took the boat down river 2 hrs. It was everything I day dreamed about and more, I loved it. We went through little passage ways in like two feet of water, then to a big part of the river, all the way it was like a big swamp wit some big clearings where you could tell the river was deeper. It was just incredible, and the farther we went down, the more interesting it got. The more we traveled down river, the more interesting it got. I saw a villager flash us, I didn´t look twice so I didn´t feel bad... It was so different, and new, and exciting. We got there and were greeted by smiles and hugs and kisses (something Im starting to get used to I guess...;-) and we tood all our gear about a mile inland to a village. The people were so awesome, very unique, they were happy, a little smelly and dirty, but I just got filled up with a love for them. A deep need in me to just minister to them in whatever way I could. I had a gang of some village boys following me around. They were laughing at my low voice, and we all had a blast. THey gave me coconuts and we all drank coconut juice, and laughed and had a blast. I was also filled up with a boldness I had never experienced before. I wanted so badly when we went door to door to invite people to our program first for kids, then for adults that afternoon, to pray for them. I had a desire for them to be touched by God in a unique way, and nothing else. My prayer is that I not feel for poor people in a hut in the jungle, but I pray boldly for people in mansions in DFW. It always blows me away how happy the people are, how entertained they can get and how they are so welcoming and inviting. Yes they have problems, just like I and you do, but the way of life there is so simple, its just good. I see both sides to the different lifestyles, but enough of that. I got to meet an indigenous people group there, the Alama tribe, and was honored to pray for the chief. They put on a song and dance, which I figured they would, normally they wear clothes like you nad me, well, a lot more dirty and older, but hopefully your picking up what Im putting down... It was just awesome to minister to the people of Hen Hen, the kids, adults, Iwas filled up with a boldness and I pray it lasts, everywhere I go. Well I gotta get going but hopefully I painted a picture for you. Oh yeah, I held a toucan, like the fruit loops bird, and got to experience some just incredible things. I gotta run, I love everyone of you and I pray that the Lord uses you in some incredible ways this week yourselves in your own lives.

God Bless,

George Palmer

Sunday, April 3, 2011

In tune!

Hey guys,

So about a month before coming to Iquitos, a student from a previous DTS gave his information on a facebook page for anyone who has any questions to ask him. So I called him and talked to him and he answered a bunch of my questions and it was great. He spoke to me about a thing called Inner Healing week, he said it was good and that was it, he went over other stuff, and I was glad I talked to him. So sunday night I was spending time with God and was wondering what the speaker was going to talk about, I shut up and just meditated on God and was silent, then I heard the words loud and clear, sort of like from the phone conversation, this next week is going to be inner healing week. I was like well that´s cool, what are we going to do sit in a circle and hold a candle singing coombaya... I mean I just wasn´t expecting much from it, as far as I knew I had turned over a whole bunch of things over to God and he healed me from a bunch of things, well I was in for a big surprise. I have been hearing from God a whole lot and monday morning I came down and asked one of the staff, hey is this week inner healing week? She looked at me wierd and was like um yeah, it is, why do you ask. I was like oh just wondering... I told her later, but it was just cool to be affirmed like that. Later on I told the director of the school what had happened and he was like well it sure seems you´re tuned in... That´s how I can describe this school experience so far, plus culture shock, learning spanish, and everything else, its like Im getting a tune up from God Himself. You take a car running or not to get a tune up so it runs with more efficiency and prevents any major damages later on. God healed me of many things over this past week and it literally felt like a weight was lifted off of me. I felt maybe around 2 lbs. maybe 3..., and I was so joyful, smiling ear to ear with the joy of the Lord. I´m learning more and more spanish as the days go on, I am able to speak to people in spanish, very broken and with a lot of que´s?... Im going on a mini outreach this next week-weekend. We´re going to go out into the jungle and preach and do drama´s etc... So, ive waited this long to let you guys know so here I go. The second week here we started drama, doing skits, drama´s, all sorts of stuff to perform to large crouds. After doing this for a week I said I can do some of the dramas, but as long as I don´t do a lot of the stuff for kids like all the baby dances and especially being a clown I´ll be fine. Well a part of God giving me a tune-up is giving me the role of a clown, that or the Trinity is having a blast with me up there... Yes, I said it, they think I would be a good clown, and it gets better, I am going to have to teach others how to be a clown. We go into villages gathering people and then preach and share the gospel in many ways. All that drama stuff is good and all, but I can´t wait to go door to door, or hut to hut and evangelize, im not fluent but i can do alright, and Im gonna be doing some preaching as well. Thanks so much for all of your support, prayerfully and everything else. I can´t thank God enought for each and every one of you. I am learning life lessons for ministry in the future-present, and am just overwhelmed with thankfulness to everyone who has made this trip possible. My prayer is that God will be alive and well and giving you a tune-up in your own lives. God bless you all.


George Palmer