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CERT Newsletter Oct. 2012

CERT Newsletter Oct. 2012

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Dear CERT family,
As we enter into the thanksgiving season, please consider a dark reality to the contrary.
 Imagine living on less than two dollars a day, Thanksgiving is just around the corner and your children are sick. A message of hope rings through your village, a team of doctors is coming to provide free health care.
Your sigh of relief quickly turns todespair as community officials forbid their services … because they are Christians.
Helpless and hopeless, the message you feel is . . .
This is the dark reality Paul was describing in his letter to the Ephesians. “For our strug-gle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world andagainst the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
Ephesian 6:12
 In our July newsletter we posted an urgent prayer request from a team in Peru’s Andes Mountains, which is the crux of this letter. Please allow me to recount the story and describe answered prayers as more has been revealed.
Our Peruvian partner, Inocencio, had scheduled nine days of free medical clinics. If you recall any of our stories aboutInocencio, a former governor removed from office because of his Christian faith, is above all a servant to his people. Onevillage, Rahuanki made it clear that no Christian team would be welcome
so His people prayed.
There was concern about what might happen Friday at Rahuanki. The good news came Thursday, when city officials saidwe could hold our clinics at the local school … as long as there were no Christian activities. I can’t help but smile as I ponder Jesus’ healing ministry, the Model CERT follows to spread the Gospel. The city officials had no idea that …
A family of new Chrisans live upstairs,photo right. Despite the fear of loosing theirhome they connue to hold church meet
ings downstairs. Above, your CERT medicalteam brought loving care & encouragementby joining in an evening service.
Turn page for more on spiritual warfare in Rahuanki.
October 18, 2012
This is only part of the battle in Rahuanki.
Six months ago, Inocencio had five families in Rahuanki accept Jesusas their Lord;
and the lion goes on the prowl.
Those families became the local church. After a while they renteda building in which to hold meetings. When this “Christian church” became local knowledge, village officialshad the Christian renters removed.They are now holding meetings in one of the families’ homes, (
photo on front page
). Some of the residents, beingled by city officials are fearful of Christians infiltrating their “ancestral religion”, steeped in ancient Inca animism.This battle has greatly intensified, now they are trying to have the Christian’s removed from their homes.
Can you imagine having your home taken away … because you are a Christian?
This small group of babyChristians has no one to turn to but Inocencio. Fighting back the tears, Inocencio confessed this burden with theCERT team leader. Thus we pass this spiritual battle on to you … faithful family of CERT and brother Inocencio… knowing our prayers are the greatest weapon. It is written:
“ … your Father Knows what you need before you ask him.”
Matthew 6:8
The evening after the clinic, the team participated ina church meeting with the small group of believersand others invited at the clinic.
As the meetingproceeded, God was already there.The team busdriver; who before this night was just a hired busdriver, recognized the need for Quechua language,fetched his Quechua Bible from the bus and pro-ceeded to preach the gospel in their ancestrallanguage.
Photo right
… the bus driver was not aCERT team member, nor a partner of Inocencios … but a messenger of the Lord, prepared for thismoment. Inocencio, recognizing the anointing,translated in Spanish so all could “hear”.
That small family of believers was so encouraged,
they told the CERT team leader : “even if they takeaway our homes we will not stop being Christians”.
A CERT partner translated this update fromInocencio. “One of the Christian families in Rahuanki had their land confiscated and the community plowed it up. Ino-cencio filed a complaint and the “larger government” warned the local officials about violating constitutional rights.They backed off for a bit, but now they have cut their water off. Inocencio is in the process of filing another complaint.”Incocencio and the small groups of believers scattered throughout the Ancuahasi region are in desperate need of our  prayers and support. There is not time to go into the many battles Inocencio and his wife Bertha have endured in Christ.
He has recently received threats from Rahuanki that if he continues to return, they are going to wreck his car.
Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling aroundlike a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. 1 Peter 5:8
An angel disguised as a bus driver, with Sword in hand … slay-ing demons of the darkness in this eternal bale for lost souls
It’s this type of constant political corruption and a leading from the Lord that now has Incoencio attending law school.A man of integrity, many of his people begged for his return as governor. But he told me he could not because of thedepth and width of political corruption.
Let us pray that Inocencio will continue to “rise above it all” and earnhis law degree so he can be the voice for those without.
It’s hard for us to imagine this stark contrast, living in America. As we enter the Thanksgiving season let us befaithful to pray Paul’s guidence for our Peruvian family to, “Be joyful always, pray continually: give thanks inall circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16
Please forgive the order of events. We never “design” newsletters in this fashion, but then we’ve never had this muchconstant feedback from remote partners.
God’s design!
 Inocencio sent another email yesterday … please hear his heart and cry for help for his people:
“The situation of the five Christian families in the community of 
Rahuanki, is very delicate.
Three of them have lost their landwhich is the only thing they have to provide for their families.
Itis very worrisome. I spoke with many lawyers and on Friday the12th we wrote out a complaint with the Fiscal of the province. Lordwilling we hope to see good results and the return of their lands.According to the Peruvian constitution there is freedom of religiouspractice, but in reality many times it is not respected, and the veryauthorities don't follow the law, and often go against it also in theeducational system making children of Christians practice worldlythings.Pastor, I ask that all of your Christian contacts and friends pray forthese families and above all that I can finish as soon as possible mystudies in Law to be able to defend such cases.In Cusco I know various Christian lawyers but unfortunately eventhey haven't understood how necessary it is that they help the work in areas such as this,
maybe theyhaven't had this experience like the brothers from Rahuanki are having, but I have lived it in my own
Sincerely, Inocencio
Brothers and sisters … let us shake the Andes Mountains by praying this scripture over Inocencio:
“With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count youworthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purposeof yours and every act prompted by your faith.”
1 Thessalonians 1:11
Let’s close with a story where:
We recently had a small medical team partner with Kids Around The World in Peru. Their purpose was to install a play-ground at the Christian school in Anchuasi and another in the jungle village of Boca Manu, while providing free healthcare. Both playgrounds were installed to support the ministries of CERT partners Inocencio and Pastor Tomas.Thanks to your prayers and financial support both of these ministries are thriving. In Anchuasi, with the recentadditions of the Christian School, a community health post and now a large playground, it has become a communitycenter. Dr. Lindakay Rees, pediatrician and CERT Board Chairman led the medical clinics, providing free healthcare to needy children.

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