We have been praying since deciding to become full-time missionaries in Nauta, Peru that we would need to attend a language school so that we could learn the Spanish language. We have now been on the field for over two and a half years. Last year we attended language school for a month. Although that helped, we also knew that eventually, we would need to return to complete the full six-month course.
by Joel McGee
|The survey team at work in a village|
|Being towed by the canoe with the peci peci motor|
|JungleMaster’s disabled boat at a dock in Miraflores
Thus, the same man who had pushed the survey team downriver to Miraflores also gave the group a ride toward this next village. On the way, they spotted a ferry heading down the Marañon. Knowing that this boat would take them to Nauta, they tried to catch it, but try as they might, the little canoe was not fast enough. The distance between it and the ferry was quickly growing. At that point, about halfway into the Marañon River, they saw another ferry coming. Thank God, they were able to catch this one! And so, the four men made it safely back to Nauta.
We at JungleMaster are thanking God for His loving provision for the group on their trip back to Nauta. Please pray for His continued physical and spiritual provision as the group continues the survey and for financial provision for the repairs to the boat.
|Meeting with the pastors in the village of Atenas|
Once Joel was able to speak with these pastors face to face, they seemed relieved. Joel explained to them again that he is now the Interim Director of JungleMaster and that his family is still living in Nauta. He assured them that he and Tom Clark had shared the same vision and that JungleMaster’s mission in the Amazon will continue in much the same way as before.
After their face to face meetings, the pastors committed to coming to the next seminary training session in Nauta, to be held in March. But, as Joel says, “You never really know until it happens.” Please pray that these pastors will feel reassured of JungleMaster’s continued commitment to them and that they will follow through on their promise!
|At the farm of Francisco, the head of the cofraternity|
|Meeting with a member of the cofraternity in the village San Juan|
We’re All About Partnerships!
|The new church in Mundial|
|Our 6 seminary graduates!|
|150 HP motor|
|Our new boat|
|The George Fox University team|
|The trip upriver to Nuevo Union|
- For your continued support!
- The cofraternity members are working together to complete projects of their choosing!
- Our 22 member churches are now officially registered with the government!
- Six of our pastors/leaders graduated from seminary this year!
- We have a new boat!
- For our ability to help other missionaries!
In Other news:
Did You Know?
Carmen is active in ministry, as well! Before the McGee family furlough, she was being trained to lead small groups of children during an on-going Saturday kids’ program at their church in Nauta. Carmen gathers neighborhood kids and puts on English classes for them, and she tutors teens who are taking English at school. She also recently had the opportunity to read verses and do riddles on a morning Christian radio program!
- For the family of Tom Clark
- For the logistical adjustments that need to be made in order to continue effectively ministering to the leaders in the jungle without Tom
- For an easy transition in January back to life in Nauta for the McGee family
- For continued effective training and equipping of the local pastors
- For successful application of the principles learned by Amy at the Dannah Gresh conference
- For funds needed to build churches in the villages of Progreso and Prado, for the purchase of 2 chainsaws and a boat & motor for the cofraternity, and for the money to make needed upgrades to our mission house in Nauta
1) Assisting pastors to receive seminary training in Nauta, Peru.
2) Mentoring the cofraternity of 22 pastors that has been established deep in the jungle. Tom felt that this cofraternity was key to reaching our goal. The group has begun to learn, for the first time, how to collaborate with each other in order to do projects of their own choosing. Members are currently working together to build churches in other villages. But, collaborating is a new skill for them. Suitable transportation that will allow them to travel between villages will be needed. Training in basic financial skills will be required. We are also working to help them come up with a plan for doing discipleship in their local areas. These pastors will need our continuing encouragement to become confident and competent in all of these areas.
To the many friends and supporters of JungleMaster Ministries:
It is with deep regret that we must share the news of the passing of Tom Clark, the founder and president of JungleMaster Ministries. Most of you have likely heard this news already, but some duplication may be necessary in order to ensure that all of our faithful supporters receive the news. It is perhaps best said in the words of Tom Clark’s children. Please read their letter below:
Dear Community, Friends, Family.
It is with the greatest of sorrow that we have to announce the passing of our father, Thomas Michael Clark. He died on October 31st, of a sudden heart attack while bicycling home from work in Bellingham, WA. If it offers anyone any consolation, he did not suffer in the weeks, days, hours, nor the moment of this unfortunate event. He will be remembered as a loving husband, a caring father, a devoted brother, and a passionate missionary, unfaltering in the face of adversity and unyielding in his love for God and man. Through his mission work with JungleMaster he touched many lives, both in Peru and here at home in the United States. Memories were created which will last beyond our short lifetimes, and a legacy built that will touch and improve the lives of many people for many years, most of whom will never be lucky enough to meet our father in this physical world.
We as a community of friends and family now have been given a great task; to be a salve for each other’s wounds in this time of grief and continue to be beacons of light in a world that often seems dark and perilous. Tom had the amazing ability to do these things for us while on this earth and now we must do this for each other until we can join him.
There will be a service and reception at Cornwall Church in Bellingham, WA, Monday the 7th of November at 1pm.
Tom loved each and every one of you,
The Clark Children
The following is a link to Tom’s obituary: http://www.westfordfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Thomas-Clark-20/#!/Obituary
Please keep Tom’s family in your prayers. The JungleMaster board also asks for your prayers as we seek to understand God’s will for the future of this ministry. We will keep you posted as God’s direction becomes clear.
Thank you so much,