Doug Springer – Executive Director
In November, Board Member Terry Pasiuk (from British Columbia) and I traveled to Colombia in South America and visited Church Portico de Salomón in the capital of Bogota.
Our purpose was to look at the children’s education program that CMRC has been providing laptops to in Bogota, hosted by Pastors Germán Escobar and his wife Pastor Elena Barrera of Church Portico de Salomón. For one week we were taken around Bogota and even out into the jungle area to give us a good perspective on the ministry and work of the church.
This church’s goal is to establish branch churches in the surrounding areas of the city of Bogota that has a population of 8 million people. To date they have planted more than 10 new churches. It is exciting to see the work they are doing in discipleship and evangelism. I was able to teach a course on video production to 25 leaders and young people to help them with their media goals.
The church wants to record the sermons and then send them weekly to the other churches who do not yet have full time pastors and they are well on their way to reaching that goal with the training and equipment supplied by CMRC.
On Wednesday night I was asked to preach and I discovered there was a group of about 25 Uounaan Nonan indigenous people from the Choco area in the congregation. Three months previously they had been forced off their land by the guerillas still operating in the area.
Albeiro Oretiz, a young father of 4 was in a wheel chair but was very cheerful and had a positive attitude. I discovered that he had been bitten by an X snake (or in Spanish equis) 5 years ago and was paralyzed from the waste down. What a life. No home, can’t walk – but he was still smiling and happy.
This family lives in a run down home. Albeior has little money for food or diapers or rent. Yet he never complained or asked me to help. Since returning to Canada we have sent some money for them to buy diapers and food and supplies so they can make the beautiful bowls they sell.
Also, I have decided that on my way back from Peru in early February I will stop in Bogota to see if there is some other way to help this indigenous group long term. Thank you for your prayers for Albiero and his family.
On January 19th our team of seven will head to the northern Amazon region of Peru.
Continuing in CMRC’s tradition of assisting pastors and ministries serving in communities of poverty, we will build a new church in Nuata, a population of 30,000 at the headwaters of the mighty Marańon River, and have a dedication service the Sunday following completion.
Of special interest is the Pastor’s dinner slated for Monday January 21 in Iquitos. A time to bless and pray for these shepherds, many of whom work and pastor.
Doug Springer, Rick Tyler, Peter Kecskes
Norm Sonnenberg, Pat and Doug Stanlake, Cam Thompson
Our Peruvian Associate and his wife Marisol are expecting their first baby – a girl due in October. Please pray that Marisol’s pregnancy will go well as they are overjoyed at becoming parents.
Keny is our “man on the ground” in Peru, facilitating short term mission teams, managing the Paul Springer pastor resource library, and as a liaison to pastors.
~ Pray for Doug Springer and board member Dennis Curley as they travel to Cuba from September 11th to 18th to meet with pastors and record some interviews for our new updated ministry video. Watch for it.
~ Doug Springer will be speaking at Spring Bay Pentecostal church on Manitoulin Island on September 30th. If you are nearby be sure to meet Doug and hear what we are doing first hand.
~ CMRC is partnering with a church in the City of Bogota, Colombia to provide computer training to children living in poverty surrounding the church. We are planning on traveling to Bogota in mid-November to set up the classroom and investigate possible future partnerships with the local churches. Please pray for wisdom with this endeavor.
~ Pray that those God is speaking to about going to Peru in January will respond to that urging and apply to go.