Bryan Baptist Association in
partnership with the
Iquitos people of Peru 2009 - 2014
First Edition March, 2009
Revised June 2009
Bryan Baptist Association
BRYAN COUNTY, OKLAHOMA
STRATEGIC COORDINATOR ASSOCIATION
IQUITOS PEOPLE GROUP,
AMAZON BASIN, LORETO, PERU FROM 2009 TO 2014
This mission project will be the adoption of and partnership with the Iquito un-reached people group in the Amazon Basin, in the state
of Loreto, Peru. We will be classified as a STRATEGIC COORDINATOR ASSOCIATION with the International Mission Board. It requires a 4 to
5 year commitment. The task will be to evangelize, disciple and plant churches. As the Lord directs, it will be our responsibility to plan,
implement, oversee and complete our own strategy. IMB missionaries and indigenous translators will assist us. We will supply
5 to 7 member teams to go 4 times a year – winter, spring, summer and fall - and more if possible. The Lord may give us some that will
go and stay for an extended time. We were informed by the missionaries that these isolated indigenous people in the Amazon Basin tend to be skeptical about groups that visit. In years gone by groups have promised to return but never have. Again and again, the people have been built up only to be let down. May the Lord grant us special grace to complete a long term commitment. We do not want our promises to be empty talk.
The Iquitos people are in the villages of San Antonio, New Atalaya and Unguluahaul. They live on the shores of the Nanay and Pintoyacu
Rivers, a 6 to 8 hour boat trip. The pastors/leaders names are Mariano Tuicima Gonzalis in San Antonio; William Donez Churisuta- wife, Doris and children, Milagus, Mike, Carol and Piero in New Atalaya (pictured) and Jorge __________ in Unguluahaul. They are
called an un-reached people because less than 2% are believers. These mission trips will be extreme. We will leave our comfort-zones far behind. However, if reasonable preparation is made, a God-called, Spirit-filled, healthy, passionate, tough, mature follower of Christ will do quite well. Each trip will be approximately two weeks in duration. Six of these days will be in travel, six will be up river in the villages working with the people, and one or two days for sight-seeing and shopping.
1. Large back pack (70 liters) and water-proof back pack cover or large duffle bag (50x30; 42x25
2. Compact sleeping bag or blanket
3. One or two man tent (free standing if possible because of being on a concrete floor) or hammock (mosquito net if with hammock)
4. Head mount flash light
5. Small battery powered fan
6. Extra batteries for fan and flash light
7. Compact blow-up mattress and pillow
8. MREs, dry food meals, flavored drink mix and snacks (extra water bottle or cup for drink mix)
9. Water purification bottles and tablets, water purifiers and 10 liter water bags (Katadyn water purification supplies provided for each team by a special ministry of the WMU in Birmingham called PURE WATER-PURE LOVE)
10. Miniature fuel burner to heat water (one for the entire team)
11. Knife, fork and spoon or small mess kit
12. Plastic zip-lock bags and garbage bags
13. First aid kit (one for the entire team)
15. Light weight hiking shoes, crocs or sandals (foot-powder recommended for hiking shoes with socks)
16. Insect repellent (100% deet) for skin (repellent for clothes is also recommended)
17. Hat and sunglasses
18. Lots of hand sanitizer and pre-moistened miniature handy-wipe packets
19. Bunches of pocket size packs of tissue
20. Medication for diarrhea, constipation, nausea, etc.
22. Small towels and wash cloths (Shamwows recommended)
23. Rain poncho
24. Bible and note pad
25. Book to read
27. Small duffle bag (fanny pack and money belt recommended)
28. Light weight long sleeve shirts and long pants (only 2 or 3 changes while
29. Light weight jacket (it can get cool while riding in the boat)
30. Shorts (wear while bathing in the river)
31. Various toiletries
Even though it may seem so, this is not too much equipment and supplies to take. You’ll be surprised how much you can neatly put into
one large 70 liter back pack or large military duffle bag. Things like tents and sleeping bags come in very small compact sizes.
Missionaries will allow team members free use of their cell phones to make brief calls home. Cell phones can be
taken and used if international calling is purchased. This can be expensive. Internet cafés in Peru can be used at about 1 sol per minute.
Instead of unnecessarily spending lots of money on equipment, team members are encouraged to borrow such things as tents, backs packs, etc. The BBA will keep some supplies on hand for lending purposes. There is limited space in the boat. Please bring only what is absolutely necessary.
The weather is hot. Day time temperatures reach up to 100 ° throughout the year. Rainy season is from November to April but it could
rain anytime of the year. Because there is an abundance of insects (mosquitoes, gnats, chiggers, flies, etc.) each person is strongly advised to wear long sleeve shirts, long pants, socks (even though the weather is hot) and lots of insect repellent. Changing clothes each day while up river will not be necessary. It’s okay to stay a little dirty and stinky for several days. Sponging off will probably be the only means of getting clean. Bathing in the river is a possibility. Dream about how a good shower and clean clothes will feel when you get back to the city. The hotel in Iquitos will keep valuables in a safe place while we are up river.
Gifts should include such things as fish hooks, line, garden seeds and small souvenirs from USA. Passports, cash and other valuables should be kept on your person at all times. Do not bring unnecessary valuables such as jewelry, etc. They are hard to keep up with and are easily lost or stolen. Fanny packs and money belts come in very handy. Make sure you have an up-to-date passport. Make three copies of it
(photo page), and your Medical Assistance & Evacuation International Card with list of medications (if any), and International Certificate of
Vaccination or Prophylaxis. Keep one set of copies for yourself, one for your team leader and one to keep at home. Bring the original of your
Passport only. Visas are not needed. "Make 3 copies of passport, etc.."
“Sol” is the name of Peruvian currency. The exchange rate averages about 3.0 soles per dollar. US cash can be used in many places in Peru. However, some money will need to be exchanged. It is important to bring only crisp, new bills. They will not be accepted if worn, have ink smudges or tears.
MISSIONARY BE-ATTITUDES FOR SHORT TERM MISSION TRIPS
1. BE PREPARED - We will spend as long as six days and seven nights up
river in the jungle, almost totally isolated - no phone service, emails,
texting, convenience stores, medical facilities, etc. Please start
physical, mental and spiritual preparation well in advance. It is
absolutely vital. Check several times to be sure you have all necessary
equipment and supplies. Lack of thorough preparation could result in
2. BE PRAYERFUL – I Thess.5:17 – The entire mission project must be
saturated in prayer for God’s anointing to be upon everything we do.
Start praying well in advance of your trip.
3. BE PURE IN THOUGHT, WORD AND DEED – I John 1:9; II Cor.7:1 -
Holiness is absolutely necessary for the Lord to use us as He desires.
4. BE SPIRIT FILLED – Eph.5:18 – The Holy Spirit will empower us in sharing
5. BE FRUITFUL – Gal.5:22-23 – Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, meekness, self-control are the character traits
we must exemplify.
6. BE WARRIORS – Eph.6:10-20 – Satan’s forces are out to hinder and
frustrate God’s work. We can always defeat him by wearing the whole
armor of God.
7. BE FLEXIBLE – Things won’t always be what we expect. Surprises tend to
happen. Adapt to the occasion and “roll with the punches.” Keep a good
attitude of cooperation and be ready to do whatever the situation demands.
8. BE CREATIVE – Activities will include everything from STORYING to sports
events. Be alert to ways of establishing relationships with the people and to
creatively present the gospel.
9. BE A SERVANT – Keep a humble, servant spirit and work hard. Don’t
murmur and complain.
10. BE A LISTENER – Careful listening to the people will enable us to
understand them and their worldview. This is extremely important in doing
our best work among them.
11. BE WISE – Eph.5:15,16 - Take advantage of this rare opportunity to travel
to one of the most remote places on earth. The people, for the most part,
are lost, hopeless and forgotten. Buy up every occasion to serve.
12. BE CAREFUL – Don’t take unnecessary risks. Always let others on the
team know where you are at all times. And keep up with your stuff.
13. BE TOUGH – There will probably be many times in which you strongly feel
the discomfort of being out of your comfort zone. Get a little tougher when
the going gets tough – Gal.6:9.
14. BE FEARLESS – From a human perspective, a trip like this is risky. If we
allow our minds to wonder, we can think of many fearful things that could
happen. But when God calls we must obey and not let fear hinder or stop
us. It is much safer to go when He says go than to stay and disobey -
Isaiah 41:10; II Tim.1:7.
15. BE HAPPY AND PRESERVE THE MEMORIES – Have fun and enjoy the trip.
You will cherish the unforgettable memories for the rest of your life. Take
photos. You may even want to keep a journal – Phil.4:4-8.
16. BE THANKFUL ALWAYS AND FULL OF PRAISE - I Thess.5:18.
THE NEED FOR PRAYER
This is a very exciting, God-sized mission challenge. The need to
saturate the entire project in prayer is enormous. Please pray regularly for:
1. Special grace and spiritual power to faithfully and with much
perseverance accomplish this long term mission project.
2. Many individuals and churches to get on board with us and give
wholehearted support by praying, sending, giving and going.
3. Funds and other physical resources to be abundantly supplied.
5. The Iquitos people and others to whom we minister to accept us and
welcome our ministry among them.
6. The Lord to open the hearts of the Iquitos people to receive Christ and
become His faithful and mature followers.
7. Wisdom and understanding in knowing how to plan, strategize,
implement, oversee and complete our work there.
8. Each individual team member by name.
9. Physical and spiritual safety and protection.
10. The name of Jesus Christ be exalted and a mighty spiritual awakening
to take place throughout the Amazon Basin.
11. IMB Missionaries with whom we will be working:
Jeremy Nelson – IMB missionary in Iquitos, Peru – 1-804-302-4499 -
email@example.com ,Boots Holder – 1-864-561-3712 or 864-569-0718
(US number) & 1-864-569-0718 (Peru number).
12. Translators and others who will assist and with whom we will work.
13. Peru Mission Director - Terrell Suggs - DOM
First Ministry Team Members to Iquitos
July 1- July14, 2009
Terrell Suggs – 924-2351 - Team leader
Exodus 20; John 19:17-37; John 11:1-44; Acts 9:19
Kaci Dills – Western Meadows – 775-3576
II Kings 4:1-7; John 8:1-11; Mark 4:35-41
Shireen Wright – Blue River – 775-4161
II Kings 5:1-14; Job 1; Luke 10:25-37
Scott Melton – Faith Bokchito – 295-3488
Genesis 1; John 3:1-9; Matthew 28
Randy Loper – Silo – 760-0305
Genesis 3; Luke 24:13-35; Acts 3:1-10
Jimmy Moore – FB Colbert – 931-7855
I Samuel 17:1-58; Numbers 21:4-9 & John 3:14-16; Acts 1:4-11
APPROXIMATE EXPENSES PER PERSON
(all costs subject to change)
1. Airfare from USA to Lima………………………………..……$597-$1300
2. Lima to Iquitos………………………..…......................................$123
(We will send airfare for trip from Lima to Iquitos to IMB in Richmond so it can be sent to Lima
for the missionary to purchase tickets)
Attention: Sharon Edwards
International Mission Board
P.O. Box 6767
Richmond, VA 23230-0767
3. Boat trip up River:
a. Boat rental: $75.00 per day = $450
b. Translator: ($15 per day) = $90.00 (team is to supply meals for translator
both in city and up the river)
c. Gas & oil: (approximately 165 gallons at $2.00 per gallon = $330.00 >
Oil = $60.00 for 3½ gallons).
or $186 divided 5 ways; $155.00 divided 6 ways; $133 divided 7 ways.
5. Shots and pills:
a. Hepititis A & B > $70.00
b. Yellow fever > $100.00
c. Typhoid pills > 55.00
d. Malaria pills > $21.00
e. Tetanus > No cost if in Durant at Health Department
6. Insurance through IMB………………………..…$3.30 per person per day > 14
days = $46.62 per person.
7. Food while up river: MREs, packaged dry food,
snacks...$10.00 per day per person > 6 days = $60.00
8. Hotel……$15.00 per person per night > 6 nights =
9. Meals in the city (Lima and Iquitos)..$7.00 per meal >
Approximately 12 meals = $84.00
10. Miscellaneous expenses…………………….…$100.00
Troy Phillips – 580-380-3405 - Winter team
Jim Pena 580-775-4663– Spring team 2011
Need - Spring team for 2010
Terrell Suggs – 580-924-2351 - Summer team
Jacob Toews – 580-434-2395 - Fall team
We will be trained in STORYING (chronological Bible stories). This is a specialized
method of teaching the Bible to oral learning people. Most of our
evangelizing and discipling will be done in this way. Each team will work sequentially
together in planning and implementing ministry activities on each
trip. This method has been found to be the most effective way of communicating
the gospel to oral people. A very important word to keep in mind is REPRODUCIBILITY.
If we are to do effective Christian work among them, we must
understand their worldview, culture and way of life. STORYING involves the
following four things:
Tell the Bible stories accurately several times without commentary. Ask
those to whom you share to listen and try to repeat the story.
Coach them I accurately repeating the story until it is adequately learned.
Observe how they tell the story to others and give necessary coaching.
Trust God that He will do His work in their hearts and leave it with them.
Do “book end” STORYING. Then ask five questions:
1. What do I like best about the story?
2. What is hard for me to understand?
3. What does the story tell us about God?
4. What does the story tell us about people?
5. How can I apply the truths of this story to my life?
We are to be creative in assigning homework for the people to do
between team visits. Show them how to minister. Teach them such
things as how to pray, especially intercessory prayer. Model before them
how to care for the spiritual needs of people. Encourage them in ministry
involvement. Invite them to be ready to report their ministry activity to
the next team that comes. Every effort will be made to establish strong
relationships with the people and discover their world view. It will be our
job to evangelize and disciple, not to Americanize.