JIEL Becomes Seven Times Hotter!

Amazonian Wednesdays 🌴

I recently shared a picture of the current me holding a sloth. Here’s me from twenty-some years ago holding one! These are definitely among the most adorable of jungle creatures 🥰

Today’s share are the thoughts I wrote up in February of 1998:

“I feel dirty and ashamed, like I’ve lost something. My step-dad abused my siblings and me for three years.”
“I want to serve God, but the pressure from the world is so strong, and it’s all around me.”
“My mom is in the hospital with malaria.”
“My family doesn’t stop fighting.”
“My parents abandoned me and my grandma has been raising me.”
“Sometimes we have nothing to eat in the house.”  
“My dad died of a drug overdose a few years ago.”
“Somebody love me!”

Do you hear them? These are the hearts’ cries of the youth of Iquitos, a city of one of the poorest nations
in Latin America. These are the cries that have become dear to my heart. They call to me in the morning hours when my mind is stirring into awakeness on my bed. These are the words that I have heard from the young people I am coming to love in the church here in Iquitos. They are JIEL, the Youth of the Church of the Free Gospel (Jovenes de la Iglesia del Evangelio Libre), and their new banner is Siete Veces Más Caliente: “Seven Times Hotter.”

I’d like to introduce you to some of them. Edgar is twenty-six, and he was saved last year. After a life of drug addiction, he has surrendered his heart to the lord. There’s Tania, who’s fifteen. She’s somewhat shy, but very excited because after much prayer her mom has come back to the Lord. Moisés is twelve, but he’s in there with the best of them. At our all-night prayer vigils, he is the first to bury his face in his hands and weep and cry with all his heart, seeking the Lord. He went out on the streets with us and a group of Americans last week in an evangelistic effort in which over 8600 were saved. Lucy is eighteen and she loves me just about as much as I could possibly be loved. I am discipling her and training her to be a leader. Danver, also fifteen years old, is the clown of the group, buy he declares with much sincerity that he would like to be a singer for the Lord. Roger, tall, thin, and freckled, is another fifteen-year-old who Continue reading JIEL Becomes Seven Times Hotter!