DID YOU KNOW?
The McGees have a PO box in Peru where they can receive letters, cards, or gift packages! If you would like to send them something once they’re back in Nauta, you can mail it to:
Joel & Amy McGee
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A MCGEE FAMILY UPDATE
We have certainly been looking forward to the day when we will be able to go back to the place where we feel God has placed us! And that day has finally come! On December 16th we will be returning to our home in Nauta!
Our family has been well cared for throughout the nine months we’ve been in the States. God has given us the chance to rest and heal from some of the challenges of living in a different culture. We’ve had some good times traveling, serving together, and connecting with extended family and friends. But we’ve also had some challenges. Not having a place to really call home has been hard. And we’ve had to deal with many other difficult family issues, as well.
I would never try to say that I know what God is up to, but I do like to ponder at times. As I’ve thought about the Pandemic and all of the missionaries I know personally who have had to leave their field and return to their passport country (many of these being from the U.S.) I can’t help but think, “Has there ever been a time when we’ve needed missionaries to spread the Gospel in the U.S. more than we do right now?”
Of course, I have no idea what God is up to, but I do know that he will use it all for His Glory, and that puts a smile on my face.
Again, thank you so much for your generous support, not only financially, but through your prayers, as well!
Following Hurricanes Laura and Delta, Amy, Carmen, and Joel had the privilege of traveling to Louisiana to volunteer with Samaritan’s Purse. Joel is pictured above, working on the roof of a house.
LEANING ON OTHERS
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, 2020 has looked very different this year for JungleMaster Ministries. Because my family has been stuck in the States since March, unable to return home to Peru, the ministry has had to lean heavily on the relationships that Amy, Carmen, and I have built during our years of living in Nauta. I’d like to share a little bit about several of these relationships and what has been accomplished through them.
We’ve leaned heavily on our good friend, Laura, a missionary from England who lives in Nauta. She has helped us to handle JungleMaster’s in-country financial business, as we have not been able to be there to manage these tasks ourselves. We are so extremely blessed to have this relationship.
We are also blessed with the relationship of our brother, Keny, who is Peruvian and lives in Iquitos. We leaned upon Keny this year when the people of Santa Rita ran out of many of their daily use medications during the pandemic. The Mayor of the town had gone to find more, but when he still hadn’t returned, they contacted us. Keny, who has many connections in Lima, was able to locate, purchase, and transport the needed medicines from Lima to the medical clinic in Santa Rita.
We continue to be blessed through the relationships with the many Peruvian pastors we have worked with. Through their churches, many of them helped distribute food to people who couldn’t work because of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Some of the latest and most exciting news from the jungle is the recent anniversary celebration at Monte de Sinai Church in Santa Rita, where Abram, longtime friend and partner of JungleMaster, is pastor. Several couples were wed in Godly marriages during this anniversary event. We can’t help but be extremely excited that God’s redemptive grace is being lived out in some of these couples. Abram shared that the healing and forgiveness that some of these couples had experienced in their broken relationships, and their desire to enter into godly marriages, is a miracle; a true testament to God’s faithfulness, as well as to the faithfulness and hard work of these couples. Praise God!
Amy, Carmen, and I can’t wait to get back to Nauta, but we are so thankful for these relationships, and others, which have allowed the ministry to continue in our absence! We’re also thankful for your generous, on-going support during these challenging times! Your prayers and financial gifts are so appreciated!
A wedding during the anniversary celebration
At Monte de Sinai Church in Santa Rita
Prayer & Praises:
- Praise that God has continued to provide for the needs of the ministry in Peru while the McGees have been here in the States
- Praise that the McGee family will finally be able to return to Peru on December 16th
- Please pray for safe and uncomplicated travels for them.
- Please pray for a smooth transition for Joel, Amy, and Carmen back into life and ministry in the Amazon.
- Please pray for the funds needed to sustain this ministry.
- Please pray that God will provide Christian fellowship in Nauta for the McGees. Their friend, Laura, who has been meeting that need, will be moving out of the area in May.
As we all know, 2020 has been an extremely different year, but we can cling to this promise given to us from the apostle Paul in the book of Philippians: “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” That verse is so calming for me, especially during our earthly trials, knowing that God will carry on His work.
We want to extend our heartfelt thank you to each of you for standing together with us during this year. Your continued prayers and support have brought help and hope to our brothers and sisters in Peru during a time of uncertainty for all of us.