On Wednesday, March 14 our small team made the 3.5-hour drive from Valledupar, Columbia into the northern high desert to visit an indigenous tribe where ALMI Missionary, Amber Fouts has opened a work among them.
This area is true desert made up of cactus, thorn bush, sand…lots of windblown sand, along with the prerequisite 100+ degree temperatures. We got the girls (Amber & Jennifer Norman) settled into the little mission house Amber has had constructed and I went to the indigenous hostel about 200 yards through the bush. By the way, neither the mission house nor the hostel had running water or electric.
That afternoon I had the distinct honor of presenting Abundant Life Missions International to this band of the tribe and one other. I presented to them our organizational structure, doctrine and operational procedures. I was received well by the elders, they listened intently, and asked appropriate questions.
That evening I was scheduled to preach an open-air service. Over 130 people showed up for church, coming on foot, bicycle, moto, and pickup truck. Amber led praise & worship, Jennifer did personal work and I preached. We had over a dozen come forward to receive Christ and we prayed for the sick for nearly an hour. It was a tremendous evening for the kingdom.
Thursday morning the elders asked for a Bible Study and I taught on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Afterwards the elders expressed interest in bringing the tribe into the mission. I promised future meetings with them before our team departed.
Amber has done a meaningful work among the tribe. The indigenous people are hungry for the Gospel and future discipleship. ALMI has a great door open to minister. Pray for Amber and the teams she will be taking in the future to this forgotten desert of Columbia, S.A.
James A. Setser