Bellingham, WA (PRWEB) April 24, 2007
Tom Clark, Director of JungleMaster USA (http://www.junglemaster.org), announces the establishment of a ministry base in the village of Santa Rita de Castilla in the Peruvian Amazon. Working with Peruvian leaders and establishing a Non-profit organization in Peru, JungleMaster has succeeded in building a Peruvian lead ministry that cares for the physical and spiritual needs of the unreached in the farthest parts of the jungles.
"After two years of prayer and hard work I have a solid foundation of leaders in the Amazon now," said Tom Clark, Director of JungleMaster USA. "JungleMaster was started in my garage 6 years ago and during the last two years I have really been able to focus in on our ministry model and objectives."
"Last year I discovered that the group I had been working with in Peru had been withholding funds for the projects on the rivers and in the villages. I flew into Iquitos Peru and headed up river to Santa Rita to investigate and found that for the last 20 years that had been the model in the jungle. The big churches in the city would take the visiting American mission groups up river and get them excited about what God was doing there and when the funds started to flow from the U.S. they would be stopped in the cities." Pastor Javier said, "the blessing stop in Iquitos"
"This really broke my heart", continued Tom. "I soon discovered who the villains were and who could be trusted. I set out to establish an organization that I had some level of control over and I contacted a local lawyer and established JungleMaster Peru as an "ONG" the Peruvian equivalent to a U.S. Non-Profit. God lead me to the man who would become the Director of JungleMaster Peru and with his help we built a Board of Directors with four Peruvian leaders and myself as president. The Director in Peru, Roger Rios, and myself went back up river and met with the leaders of the churches on the rivers. we set up a covenant that would establish the basis for ministry and trust. With this we confirmed that JungleMaster Peru is a coalition of Churches whose vision is to reach the lost in all the jungles with physical, material and spiritual help."
JungleMaster Peru now can legally own property and maintain its rights to the equipment and tools it takes to the villages on the rivers. As a partner in ministry with JungleMaster Peru, the churches have the unlimited use of the property, chainsaws, generators, outboard motors and boats that JungleMaster Peru keeps in Santa Rita. The direction and vision of JungleMaster Peru is established by the Peruvian board of directors.
With this established, JungleMaster Peru built a ministry base in Santa Rita. The base consists of a Church, the Pastors house and a dormitory for visiting pastors and missionaries. The base has video and DVD training capabilities and soon will be the location of a portable sawmill to produce wood products that can be sold and begin a firm economic foundation for the ministry there.
"God is doing amazing things in the Amazon." Tom said, "He has raised up leaders and provided the funds and vision to reach deep into the jungles. We have a long way to go yet, but the national leaders there are ready for the challenge. In fact, we soon will be establishing two new church plants in Cocoma Native villages that are 5 days by canoe, up remote rivers. Its just unbelievable how God has used this tiny ministry in Bellingham to touch lives in the Amazon."
Tom Clark works full time as a marine service tech in Bellingham, WA. Tom also shares his story on "How God can use anyone to change lives anywhere" at churches and mission conferences.
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