“The lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.” Psalms 28:7 NLT
“If you pray for God to send missionaries to the world, you need to be willing to be part of the answer to your own prayers.” Wedge Alman, an American missionary with YWAM spoke at a tiny church in Leticia, Colombia where in 1976 a young Jaime Useche responded to Jesus. “This touched me so deeply that I got up from the chair where I was sitting and went forward and knelt and poured my heart out to the Lord, giving Him total reign over my life and dedicating myself to his service. The very next day Wedge Alman invited me to be a part of the missionary training school and I sold everything I had and traveled to Bogota to study.”
In Bogota, Jaime began training with YWAM (Youth With A Mission), a global missions movement dedicated to making God known to the world. Jaime remained focused on Colombia until God opened up an opportunity in Mexico where he served eight years before coming to the United States and sharing his gifts with a YWAM Base in Arkansas where he met his wife, Lori. Lori was in her first year of missionary training after college. Marrying in 1987 they decided to continue their work in Mexico.
In 1995, God laid a plan on Jaime and Lori’s hearts to return home to Leticia and train up pastors for church planting in the Amazon’s remote communities who are without a gospel witness. This passion was strong. After an introduction made by Wesley Hilliard (one of Central’s pastors at the time) to some of Central’s members a relationship began between Central and the Amazon ministry. A ministry set on “building the Kingdom of God and uniting the body of Christ to disciple the Nations.” Central helps provide some of the tools necessary through Bible donations, financial assistance, as well as, yearly short term medical mission trips.
So what is a medical mission trip like? Lori explains: “We wake up very early out in the river communities to the sound of the birds and roosters celebrating the arrival of a new day.” She describes very eloquently a day that begins in God’s creation, a fulfilling breakfast and worship with devotions. Then everyone takes their appointed role in the medical clinic. “There are all sorts of things to do like helping count vitamins to give out in the pharmacy, guide patients from one station to another, play with the children waiting in line, or praying with each person who comes through the clinic. The morning flies by accented by a few special patients who make you realize how important this opportunity is to them, to you and to God.” The day continues with lunch followed by a siesta. A steady stream of people are constantly arriving by boat. “We see patients until the sunset takes away our light, usually around 5:00 and then we take a refreshing bath in the river, followed by dinner.” Later in the evening an open air meeting is held in the local soccer field. Testimonies are shared and Jaime’s passionate preaching fills both the air and people’s hearts. As a missionary you worship with everyone and pray with people as they come forward. “Later you crawl into your tent totally exhausted but deeply satisfied and eager to do it all again the next day.”
God provides each short term missionary with the opportunity to experience his love through Jaime’s passion for His people of the Amazon. If you are interested in more information about the Amazon trips, contact Greg Gibson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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