Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Carnival on the Shishinahua River

People celebrating Carnival by dancing around the "tree"
while playing musical instruments.

             Our last trip to visit the communities of the Shishinahua River proved to be a very interesting one.  It seems that we arrived just in time to see some of the families celebrate a national holiday called Carnival.  This holiday is celebrated not only in Peru but in all of Latin America and has its roots in Catholicism mixed with each area’s pagan traditions.  It is typically a party lasting several days but accentuated with the costumes, traditional dancing and musical instruments of the local indigenous groups.  Common to all celebrations is the Yunsa or Unsha, which is a tree planted or set up with presents on it.  People would dance around it while playing musical instruments (usually drums and flutes) until the last day of the celebration where the tree would be knocked down and the presents snatched by the participants of the celebration.
The Yunsa or Unsha tree decorated with gifts

Antonio and his wife Magnolia dressed in their traditional outfits
to celebrate Carnival.  They are painted with red and black dye
as part of the tradition.  Antonio is the steward or organizer of the event.
            In the village of San Francisco where our first church plant is, five of the seven families are Christian and so did not participate in the celebrations but two of the families, who are not Christian, did.  The celebration is intended to be the last hurray before Lent and is basically the Mardi Gras of Latin America.
             Usually when this or any other event is celebrated in a community it is not without fermented yucca which is a root plant that is boiled, mashed and let to sit for 3 days until it is fermented equal to alcohol.  Often when the whole village participates in getting drunk on the yucca there is clearly a very dark presence and someone inevitability starts a fight sometimes causing a lasting feud between families.
              During this event however, none of the Christian families participated in the celebration and Magnolia, Antonio's wife, actually commented to Nilton, who one of the church leaders, about it.  She noticed that none of the Christian families seemed to get sick like the non-Christian families do nor do any of them drink or get into fights.  Nilton had the opportunity to then explain why this was so and told her about the saving power of Jesus Christ!  Later, Nilton's brother and I went to Magnolia's house and shared the salvation message with her and her children starting with Adam and Eve which later led her to pray with us to accept Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.  While she had prayed with us before to do this something in this presentation of the Gospel seemed to "click" which is why she wanted to pray again.  I am so overjoyed that the witness of these Christian families is so obvious that the non-Christian families of this and other communities could not help but take notice.  
This is such a powerful testimony of the work of the Holy Spirit that transforms whole communities.  Our prayer has been that these families and communities will also experience the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ and live in harmony with each other and in the fullness of the Lord.

Adult Literacy for Two Communities!
Sharon teaching two of the students their letters
Adult literacy class learning to write their letters

                 Another great thing that happened on this trip was the start of adult literacy classes in the villages of San Francisco and New Jerusalem.  This is so very important so that they are able to read and understand things when they come into Yurimaguas but mostly so that they can read and understand the Bible.  The Word can be opened to them in a powerful way if they are able to read it themselves and allow the Holy Spirit to touch their lives through the written Word of God.
                 Would you pray with me for these precious ones that are learning to come into the world of literacy that they will have a passion for it and set their minds to grasp and use what is learned.  
                 Also, would you stand with me in intercession for the village of San Francisco so that they would hold fast to their profession of faith and walk firmly and boldly in what the Lord has given them.  There are many temptations in the villages and many, many opportunities to be the victim of malicious rumors that could tear down a Godly witness and destroy someone's character.  Let's stand in agreement with our brothers and sisters for protection at every level and that they will recognize and yield to the gentle correction of the Holy Spirit when needed.
                    May the Lord bless you in all that you are doing for the Kingdom and thank you so very much for all the ways you support this work.  God sees and takes note!

Together in The Harvest,
Sharon Malcolm
Missionary to Peru with 
Go To Nations since 1998

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

I just got back from the river yesterday and I am so excited to share with you that all of our prayers were gloriously answered!

Together we prayed that the Bible Institute course on Divine Healing would penetrate the minds and hearts of the people that attended so that they can move with confidence in their authority to pray for the sick.  The result of our prayers was:

Jilton, one of the men from the Bible Institute, had a headache for days and "tormenting thoughts" but after praying for him he was gloriously set free!  When I asked him how he was the next day he said "calmer".  Thank you Lord!

Next was a woman from a neighboring village who could not move her arm higher than shoulder level due to extreme pain.  After we prayed for her and I asked her how she felt she said, "better" and shot her arm straight up above her head with no pain and no restrictions!  Thank you Lord again!

Lastly, the wife of one of the men in the Bible Institute, had terrible pain in her left leg and restricted movement in her right hand.  After we prayed for her she was able to move her leg with no pain and was able to open and close her hand with almost no restraint!

Besides these healings after the evening church service a woman in the congregation asked for prayer for pain in her stomach and after prayer she also was completely healed, glory to God!  The reason these are so important is not only for the obvious release of the people's discomfort but also for the visible evidence of healings for the Bible Institute students.  They must see that their prayer of faith is forceful when praying for healing.

The next prayer that was answered was the effective presentation of the Gospel to those who have not yet heard and for the understanding of the Bible lessons for those who have heard so they can walk strongly in their commitment to Christ.

This happened as we visited the village of Saint Paul to share the Word of God with an older couple and their three grandchildren, one of which was a 14-year-old mother with a one-year-old girl.  After briefly explaining salvation to all of them they prayed with us to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior!  We will be going back to this village to disciple the new believers and also invite other families who have not yet heard the Gospel to join us in studying the Word of God.  This again comes as a result of our combined prayer and intercession for the people of the Shishinahua River.

Antonia, Herman's wife, wearing her traditional Shawi dress. 
All of the necklaces, head and hair dress and skirt are all hand made.

Along with this, a very significant thing happened as we shared the Word of God to the new believers of our second church plant of New Jerusalem.  The village leader named Herman, is a witch doctor, and has heard some teaching on how demonic oppression can result with such involvement, not to mention how offensive it is to the Lord and so he decided to lay down all of his witch doctor practices and accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior.  Understandably this is a big commitment and so he has not done so yet.  However, on our visit to this village I had the opportunity to share with the community how dangerous these practices are not only for the one doing it but also for the ones receiving it.  Since it is a common practice for parents to bring their young children and babies to witch doctors for healing as well as going themselves it creates open doors for the enemy to come in and cause problems.

We then offered the opportunity for everyone who has had any kind of involvement with witchcraft to come forward to renounce all such dealings, ask the Lord's forgiveness and fully repent of any further involvement and everyone participated, even Herman.  Ironically Herman's wife Antonia was the first one to respond!  Afterward, I strongly suggested that they go through their house and burn anything that had to do with witch doctor practices, no matter how much it costs, as per the incident in Ephesus in the book of Acts, in order to completely separate themselves from it.  This was a glorious step toward full cleansing and on our next visit in two weeks we will address this again.

I can't thank you enough for your diligent prayers for this work and your faithfulness to stand with us in taking these grounds for the Kingdom of God.  This is faith in action!

The last prayer point was for clear whether as we traveled so that the rain would not hinder us from getting to the villages or the people from attending the meetings.  By the Lord's grace there was only rain when we were in class during the Bible Institute but not while traveling to the villages or conducting the meetings!  Thank you Lord!

The village of Progreso at the mouth of the Shishinahua River.
Under all of the water in the foreground is the land the village sits on.
Until the water recedes the people have to use canoes to go from house to house.
Because of the intensity of rain that we've been having over the past several months there has been a great deal of damage due to flooding and landslides in various places.  Accidents and deaths have occurred because of this but praise God, nothing like this has happened to us!  Although this is our rainy season the rain has been unusually severe causing great soil erosion which results in massive flooding as seen in the picture above.
I was eager to share this update with you so that you know how vital your prayers are for this work and how the Lord is using you through them.  Together we are reaching souls for the Kingdom and changing lives.  May the Lord bless you in every way for your faithfulness to Him.

Together With You in The Harvest,
Sharon Malcolm
Missionary to Peru with Go To Nations

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Two Glorious Teaching Events

I want to thank everyone who stood in prayer for us during the two teaching events to minister to the Shawi Indians and to the Ashenika Indians respectively. Both conferences went very well and both had a very good turn out.

First Conference with the Shawi

L-R: Pastor Jim, BJ translating into Spanish and Pastor Alberto translating into Shawi.
Shawis and team members listening attentively to the teaching
I especially want to thank Jim Bethany and his team from Richland Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia for coming to minister to the Shawis through teaching on the subject of deliverance from demonic oppression. It was a much needed teaching followed by much needed prayer. Each night the team of 12 people divided into groups of three or four and prayed for everyone that wanted ministry. I am so blessed to say that although Shawis are typically very shy about stepping forward, in this instance everyone that attended came forward to receive prayer.

One man in particular named Herman, who came with his family to attend the conference, also came forward for prayer. What made this so special was that Herman is a witch doctor and is not a Christian yet. His wife was not a Christian either but she also came forward to receive prayer and then received Jesus as her Lord and Savior!  Herman is the Apu or spiritual leader of his village named New Jerusalem, which is made up of his children and their families.

I mentioned in a prior news letter that Nilton, who is training to be the pastor of our first church plant of San Francisco, visited this village several times to talk to them about the Lord. Later he and some others from the church of San Francisco also visited to do church services and one by one the families came to know the Lord as their Savior…all except Herman and his wife Antonia.

At Nilton’s request Maria and I visited the village as well to present the Gospel. On one particular visit Antonia told Maria in Shawi through tear-filled eyes how grateful she was that we came to share with her about the Lord because she knew that we both traveled quite a distance from our homes to be with them. Through the continued visits and tons of prayer for this village Antonia’s heart became more and more open to the saving grace of Jesus Christ as her children’s had been and so during the conference she invited Jesus into her life to be the Lord and Savior.

Over time as the families of this village became Christians Nilton asked them if they wanted to form themselves into a church and they heartily agreed and so now we have two churches on the Shishinahua River. This is huge because in the 23 years since San Francisco existed they have never a church in their village and to my knowledge, since I’ve been working on this river from 2007, there has never been a Born Again church on the entire river either.

I tell you this so that you know that your faith in what you are praying for concerning this village has become sight!  Together, as we have been led by the Holy Spirit, we took ground from the enemy and established the Kingdom of God in its place!  This is truly glorious!

Nilton assured me that although Herman did not accept the Lord at the conference he was well on his way since his whole family did and he can see the difference in their lives. He will, of course, have to lay down his practices and submit to God but what a small price to pay to be free forever.

Please join me in continuing to pray for Herman and his small village to grow strong in their faith and understanding of what Jesus did for them and that they will be witnesses to others of what He can do for them as well.

Second Conference with the Askenika

Some of the attendees from the second conference. The man in the red shirt is the pastor with his wife next to him and son squatting in front of him in the Army green shirt.

Maria sharing a powerful experience she had at the end of which every person wanted to rededicate their lives to Christ.

The theme of the second conference, with the Ashenika Indians, was on The Power of Prayer and the turnout was very good. Pastor Gilver invited people from several neighboring villages to attend and thankfully they came. The material is from the Bible institute that my mission, Go To Nations, has developed to train local people to become pastors or church leaders and has been very successful in several countries. This was the course that we just finished in the Bible institute that we are doing for the village of San Francisco and so I thought it would be very useful to do it for this event as well.

Pastor Gilver has a passion to see the neighboring villages of his area saved and walking strongly with the Lord. He has often gone to these nearby communities to share the Gospel and invite them to church and because of this many have accepted the Lord and are growing in their faith. This course on The Power of Prayer fit so easily in what Pastor Gilver is doing among his people because it instructs them how to pray, what happens when they pray and what is their authority to pray. We practiced some of the techniques in the course, such as praying from the Bible, so that everyone can understand the power of the Word and how to use it effectively. It was a very enriching time and I could see that people were really trying to receive from it.

On the second day I asked Maria to share the life-changing experience she had last year where she died and came back to life. There was no medical examiner that could confirm this but according to her family she was not responding and not breathing for an hour. During this time though Maria saw her spirit leave her body and she was able to see it as it was lying there. She said she tried to get back into it but her hands went right through her body.

She eventually was taken on two paths that the Lord describes in the Bible as the wide road, where most people go, and the narrow road where few people go. She was led on the wide road first and heard horrific cries from men, women and children of every nationality from hell begging for help and mercy from the Lord. The young boy that was leading her said that she has family members there, namely her grandparents and aunts, and family members still living that do not know the Lord. He told her that they will come here too if they do not repent.

She was then taken on the narrow road which leads to heaven and it was beautiful with vibrant colors. As she got closer to the “end” of the path which led to the entrance of heaven she saw a brilliant light in front of her but could not see any facial features but she knew it was the Lord. She heard Him say that it was not time for her to come here yet but that she must go back and tell her family that they must repent before it’s too late. She said that the boy then took hold of her shoulders, turned her around to go back and, in an instant, she was back. She woke up to find her family all around her crying and terribly upset. She told them all about what she saw and every one of them rededicated their lives to Christ or accepted Him for the first time. When she told this experience to the people at the conference every person there had the same response as well.

The last day of the conference we prayed strongly for each person and everyone could sense the presence of the Lord. It was a very good time together and we will continue to minister to this area as time permits.

I want to thank you all so much again for your faithful prayers and all the other ways you support this ministry. God is truly moving and transforming people’s lives and we, as the Body of Christ, have the privilege of being a part of it!

Many and Rich Blessings on You,
Sharon Malcolm

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

November Newsletter

Shishinahua River

To all of you that have been so very faithful to stand with us in prayer, support or just interest, let me say a great big THANK YOU!  I so appreciate your position to join with us in reaching the lost for Christ and disciplining new believers to walk strongly in their faith.  This is so vital for the advancement of the Kingdom especially in these rural areas where there are no churches or any other Christian resources.

Reliance on witch doctors for physical healing, cursing feuding family members or trying to find out why bad things are happening to a person or family is prevalent and is usually the first line of defense when dealing with any of these issues. Unfortunately when people solicit this kind of service they open themselves up to whatever spirit the witch doctor is operating under and can cause extra problems that did not exist before.

Such was the case with the 9-month old baby we prayed for who had a reoccurring fever for a month. In the September newsletter I mentioned that we were asked to pray for the baby who’s parents brought him to a witch doctor for healing before and after asking us to pray. I had the chance to explain why this could be so dangerous for the baby and for the parents and then asked Maria (the Shawi missionary who’s been working with me for about 8 years) to pray with the mom in Shawi asking for the Lord’s forgiveness and renouncing any ties to the witch doctor she and her husband made through the agreement of his practices and by paying for his services. 

Once this was done we then prayed for the baby. When I saw the father the next day on our way out of the village I asked him how the baby was and he said he was better. Unfortunately that was not the case because within two weeks the baby died.

I tell you this not to discourage your prayers and intercession but rather to increase them with an understanding that we are truly not fighting against flesh and blood but rather “against the rulers, authorities, cosmic powers and spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places”.

So often in situations like this going to the local health post is not an option because the villagers believe that the medical staff will kill or harm their loved one. While this is never the intention it is sometimes the case due to misdiagnosis, poor resources or simply pride in not wanting to send the patient to Yurimaguas for more professional care.

My long-time burden has been to educate, equip and pray over the people in the villages who accept the Lord so that they can minister effectively and powerfully in His name so that only His presence is sought after for any need the people might have. We are consistently working toward this goal through the 3-day training sessions, the Bible institute designed to train church leaders and the regular visits Maria and I make to the villages to evangelize and disciple the people.

We have seen some wonderful changes in people and villages as a result of these efforts and the Lord is continuing to bring villagers into more and more freedom due to the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Please continue to pray with us for total transformation of every village on the Shishinahua River.

On a positive note the last river trip to the Shishinahua River, just about a week and a half ago, went very well. A well known Shawi pastor and his wife joined us to minister to the people in three different villages and the response was very good. Pastor Alberto preached evangelistic messages and then prayed over people for healing. He told me that where he ministers many people come to the Lord through his preaching and are healed of physical problems and so I was very glad to have him come to our area and minister as well.

Pastor Alberto praying for healing

During his time with us we saw many people rededicate their lives to Christ while others made Him Lord of their lives for the first time.

Authority of the Believer conference

Pastor Alberto will be translating into Shawi during our upcoming 3-day conference with a team from the USA which will focus on the authority of the believer and how to be free of demonic oppression.

This conference is very important because it will teach every believer that attends what our authority in Christ is and how to clearly and effectively overcome the enemy through applying Biblical truths to our lives. I am especially interested in the Shawis grasping this reality so that they can recognize and reject any attempt of the enemy to lead them into error through believing in superstitions and relying on witch doctors.

Would you please join us in praying strongly for this conference so that everyone who attends will receive freedom from oppression, physical healing and especially the knowledge of the Truth to set them free of all false thinking that leads to fear and bondage. 

The dates for this conference are November 12 -14 and the prayer points are as listed:
  1. There be no attacks on the US team in any way so that all of them and their family members are protected from harm or danger as well as all their possessions.
  2. That all of their travel to and from Yurimaguas, Peru will be easy, smooth and peaceful without any loss or damage to any of their belongings.
  3. That every person that attends the conference will be set free from demonic oppression causing mental, emotional or physical bondage.
  4. That every person that attends will truly understand their rights as sons and daughters in the Kingdom of God and begin to fully operate in it.
  5. For the Lord’s strong hand of protection on the everyone who travels to and from the conference from their villages.
Power of Prayer training

Less than a week after I get back from seeing the team off to go back to the States Maria and I will be traveling to another part of Peru to conduct a 3-day training on the “Power of Prayer” for a village church that will host several other communities. This is a very important training and can gloriously equip the saints in these villages to take hold of their position in Christ to bring down strongholds and claim spiritual ground for the Kingdom of God. Would you also include this training in your prayers?

The dates are November 24 – 27 and the prayer points are listed below:
  1. Save and quick travel for Maria and I and that there be no delays in the connecting flights, the 7-hour car ride to the nearest river port of this village or the 45 minute car ride to the village.
  2. Nothing of our belongings or ministry material will be lost, stolen or damaged.
  3. That the people will grasp the concepts of prayer and understand and use the different types of prayer that will be studied.
  4. Safety for the people as they travel back and forth to this training so that nothing of theirs will be damaged or lost and they themselves will be kept from harm or danger.
  5. That the Holy Spirit completely have His way in accomplishing all that He desires to do during our time together.
I want to thank you so much again for all of your prayers, support and encouragement in this work and may the blessings of the Lord be upon you mightily until they chase you down and overcome you!

Serving With You,

Sharon Malcolm

Monday, September 3, 2018

September Newsletter

The Church of New Jerusalem

Wagner (orange) and Victor talking on the river’s edge of the Shishinahua

Several months ago Nilton, from the village of San Francisco where we have our first church plant, started visiting a neighboring village called New Jerusalem. Although this is a very small village like San Francisco (both only have seven families) New Jerusalem did not welcome Nilton with open arms. They seemed to be open to some visits but not very open to hearing the Gospel. This did not stop Nilton from visiting or sharing the Gospel but unfortunately this was met with some hostal responses. Nilton told me that Wagner would threaten to fight him often, Herman, Wagner’s father, would be very cold to him and the women would not respond to him well. However, after repeated visits of lovingly reaching out to these families Nilton finally won them over and one by one they started to accept the Lord into their hearts. Changes began to be evident and a hunger for more of God started to dominate their behavior and so Nilton and some others from San Francisco continued to visit them and share the Gospel and disciple them.

After some time they brought Maria and I in and we also began sharing the Word of God and prayer with them. In fact on this last visit just last week Maria was sharing with Herman’s wife and two of his teenage daughters, and as she did the girls were so moved they started crying. Since they are not familiar at all with the movement of the Holy Spirit they did not understand why they were crying until Maria explained that it was the Lord touching them and showing them how much He loved them.

Some of the mothers from New Jerusalem. The woman on the right is Antonia, Herman’s wife

When it came time to leave Herman’s wife Antonia, was thanking us profusely for coming and was also moved to tears that we would come from such a long distance at our own expense (although I pay Maria’s way each time) and leave homes and families to come to them to share Christ. The Lord is truly doing a huge work in the lives of these families and we are determined to help them become a viable church body. Wagner, the one that often wanted to fight Nilton, has since accepted the Lord, was baptized with his wife and wants to be a leader of the church. He is very hungry for the teachings of the Bible but does not read and so I have coordinated with the school teacher in San Francisco to hold evening classes for adults to learn to read which Wagner is interested in attending.
Nilton (left) and Jilton (right), Nilton’s brother-in-law, baptizing Wagner

Our prayer now is for Herman, the father of these families that make up New Jerusalem. He has not yet experienced the saving power of Almighty God but instead is a witch-doctor. We are praying for him to be softened to the Lord  through the evidence of his children’s lives so that he can see what the Lord can and wants to do in his. Please pray with us for this community as they make the great transition from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light.

A glorious answer to prayer came while Maria and I were in San Francisco last week. There are two families in this community who have not yet accepted the Lord and so I have been praying for their salvation along with others in the community. The day finally came when one of these families asked Maria and I to pray for their baby who had a fever for about a month. As it turned out the baby of the other family who had not accepted the Lord yet also had a fever and since Maria was not available at the time Nilton and I went to pray for that baby not realizing that it was the wrong family!  This family did not ask for prayer and the baby only had a fever for two days but there we were praying for them. We ended up praying for the baby and her mom then sharing the Gospel with her, her sister and her mother and all three accepted Christ!  We then went to the right family who asked us to come and prayed for that baby as well and briefly shared the Gospel with the mother but she did not accept the Lord at that moment. We were however, able to explain to her the dangers of bringing her baby to a witch-doctor, which she and her husband did. We then prayed to break the power of agreement that the couple made with the witch-doctor to do whatever he felt was necessary to heal their child. I asked the father the next day if the fever was gone and he said it was so glory to God for His manifest presence and power to heal.

We will be traveling to another river this Wednesday and returning on Monday called the Nucuray River. We have ministered on this river before and the people are very open to the Gospel. In fact often while waiting for the boat to take us to the river people from two different areas asked us to come to their villages to share the Word of God. The need for evangelism and dicipleship is huge here since there are no churches or ministries that are coming in to tell them about Christ. The harvest in this area is extremely ripe and the laborers are extremely few. It is quite a challenge to balance the time needed to minister on both the Shishinahua River where the villages of San Francisco, New Jerusalem and so many others that need Christ reside and the Nucuray River where there are no churches or ministries to serve the people the Bread of Life. Would you please keep us in prayer for this trip to the Nucuray River that we will use every minute and every opportunity to wisely and effectively bring everyone to the knowledge of our dear Lord and Savior.

Thank you so much for keeping us in prayer for safe travels, strong guidance and direction for delivering the Word of God and open and receptive hearts to all that the Lord wants to do in the people.

Many Blessings to You in Every Way,
Sharon Malcolm

Friday, June 22, 2018

Five Churches to Start on the Shishinahua River (June)

Five Churches to start on the Shishinahua River

Nilton has been strongly instrumental in talking to the neighboring villages about the Lord and as a result 6 of the 9 people baptized  during the anniversary event were from the village of New Jerusalem.  This small village of 7 families is committed to starting a church in their community.  They have already put up a simple structure to hold their church services and we will begin training the leaders to take an active role in leading the meetings.

A second village, San Pablo, recently expressed interest in having a church in their village as well and so plans are being made to start dialoging with them about what the Church is and is not so that they can move forward with clarity and understanding.

Before these two villages showed interest in becoming a Church there were three other villages with the same desire and we have been working with them to raise up leaders to be trained to lead meetings and initiate church services in their communities as well.

I can’t begin to express how overwhelming this is.  Eleven years ago in 2007 I started on this river where the spiritual forces were so thick and dark that many times it literally felt like I was walking through mud up to my knees just going from house to house in the communities.  Now, after so much intercession and ground breaking in the Spirit through our combined prayer, village after village is desiring to establish the Kingdom of God on their own land and declare Him and only Him as their Lord and Savior!  This is nothing short of a miracle and my dear brothers and sisters in Christ we did this together through the power and direction of the Holy Spirit moving through us and going before us!

While I am still in awe of what is happening on this river and also how the Lord has opened new doors to do the same thing on the Nucuray River, I am not unaware of the struggles and temptations that these fledgling new Christians are facing.  Over the years I have seen strong interest among the villages for the things of God but the temptations to go back to the old life were too strong and so that took precedence over their commitment to the Lord.  This was largely due to lack of leadership and accountability among the new Christians but we are actively trying to change that through regular visits and training.

In light of that we will be having a 2-day conference from July 2-3 for the Shawi communities followed by a 2-day training for the churches in Yurimaguas on July 4-5.  We are expecting great things to happen during this time and so I am asking if you will join with us in praying for this very special event.  It is so important that the Shawis be trained/educated in the things of God and to know how to practically live that out.  Since this is extremely important for every believer to know and understand I have included the churches in Yurimaguas to participate in this as well with their own conference immediately following the Shawi conference.  Please stand with us in believing for transformed lives through these conferences so that they can be advocates of the One true God in their communities.

I pray this news blesses and encourages you to see that nothing is impossible with God in all that you are standing in faith for in your personal lives.  I also pray that you being part of this amazing work of the Holy Spirit through your support of prayer, encouragement and finances will richly bless and encourage you to continue to stand with us to see the expansion of this work.  May God abundantly bless you and keep in all that you are doing for the Kingdom.

Together in Reaping the Harvest,
Sharon Malcolm

2-Day Training on the Nucuray River (June)

2-Day Training on the Nucuray River

L to R:  Kim, Alicia, Charis and Donna doing children’s ministry in the villages

A team of four young women from a supporting church and I went to the Nucuray River to do a 2-day training for the only two Christian churches on this river.  The purpose was to equip and encourage the believers to go out and reach their unsaved village neighbors with the love of Christ.

We also did evangelistic outreaches to two of the un-churched villages near them and they expressed a strong desire to have a church established in their communities as well.  We are diligently working toward bringing that about through training leaders in these villages that can lead a Bible study and initiate church meetings.  In the meantime we are encouraging the two Christian churches to visit these villages to help and guide them as they grow.

There is much work to be done on this river but step by step we are gaining ground and establishing the Kingdom of God in this area.  Please pray strongly with us to complete this task and see the Body of Christ firmly rooted on this river.  Truly the harvest is great but the workers are few.

Sharon training the village of Huancayo y Progreso