March 2020
God at work in Columbia – by Doug Springer

On Saturday February 1st Team Peru returned to Canada after a very successful time in Iquitos while I remained in Lima for another couple of days. Three days later I flew into Bogota Colombia to spend time with our partner church and visit some of the people that we have been working with for the past two years.

The first full day in Colombia Pastor Edwin took me to visit Albiero and his family. As you may remember, Albiero is an indigenous man from the northern part of Colombia and was paralyzed by a snake 7 years ago. Albiero is now able to walk with crutches as God is healing his paralysis. Pastor Edwin and his church is doing a great job of ministering to the indigenous community that is displaced due to the guerilla activity in their area.

The next day we visited a Christian member of the congress who told us of the work that they are doing in the political realm to stem the tide of secularism. The rest of the day we spent touring the facilities of a ministry to the poor in Central Bogota called Conviventia. Director Missy Christie showed us their facilities where they train students in jewelry making, welding, sewing, baking and other occupations.

On Thursday, the day before I left, we drove up into the mountains above Bogota and visited with a lady who is under house arrest for 4 more years. Sandra was convicted of drug trafficking but was allowed to serve out the remainder of her 6 ½ year sentence at home. Sandra found the Lord at a Bible study in the most notorious prison in Colombia and is now growing in her faith through Bible studies and being mentored by ladies involved in prison ministry work.

Sandra, Prison Chaplain, Pastor Edwin 

   Alberio and family

What an interesting and exciting time in Bogota to see how God is changing lives and bringing hope to those in very desperate situations. Please pray for the believers in Colombia.

I also learned more about the huge influx of Venezuelan refugees into Colombia who have left everything and walked for days to escape Venezuela. Many would rather beg on the street than live under the restrictions in Venezuela. There is so much work to do.

God at work in Peru – by Rick Tyler

Every January CMRC takes a team of volunteers to Peru – the last few years to Iquitos in the Amazon region. Each year the team consists of a different mix, presenting a unique skill set to which mission activities are often tailored.

Peru Team 2020 was no exception – a retired school teacher, a retired business man, and a young man in construction.

Anne and her helpers were greeted by smiling faces each day as returning children were excited to sing and do scripture related crafts. David and Dave enjoying humorous moments with our Peruvian friends while sawing and hammering. All their faces illuminated with smiles.

Yes, faces tell stories. We witnessed pain and bondage in addicts, gratitude in parent’s eyes as they speak of their daughter Sindy in CMRC supported computer education classes, and absolute joy in convicts that though incarcerated, sing praises to Jesus who has given them new life.

I am reminded of Psalm 139:

You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.
God knows our hearts, regardless of age, race, education, and circumstances.
This was made very clear to me on a visit with Rodo Rojas to pray with addicts in a drug hole on a hot, humid afternoon. One man, Christian is his name, was so at peace as the Holy Spirit resided with him despite his addiction, despite the smelly garbage strewn place, despite the appearance of no hope. God knows.
We are grateful to you, our CMRC family of supporters who give and pray. The Sindys and Christians and other faces we encounter are grateful too.

Sindy’s parent, Loyda and Miguel, express their appreciation.
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Prayer Points

~ Pray for everyone effected in some way, with the situation surrounding the spread of the coronavirus – Covid-19. Restrictions on travel could effect missions travel and even our ability to take crucial support to areas such as Cuba and Peru.