Doug Dennis Ministries
June 2017 Newsletter
I will be leaving for Brazil in a few days (on June 5th), and will be in the Amazon region for about 2 1/2 weeks. Then at the beginning of July, I will be having the Bible school with the Indigenous leaders in Venezuela. In the meantime, like always, I am busy making radio sermons. I currently preach on 6 radio stations, some every day, some a few times a week. Sometimes I preach live but usually I record the messages with my mic and computer in the house and then, once I record 10, we take them to the stations and they put them in the computer for my time slot.
The above photo is where we took the Bible school to Taremo. Taremo is an Indigenous mountain tribe that takes about 16 hours to walk there. They enjoyed the Bible classes (I am preaching on the screen) and the different Christian movies that they watched. I feel the Bible school is important to train (disciple) all believers. So, for those who can’t come to the Bible school we have in the town, we take the “Bible school” to their mountain tribe. There were 17 new people who received Christ after watching the videos last month.
In a couple of days I will be going to the Amazon jungle in Brazil with a Brazilian named Renildo. He asked me where in the Amazon I would like to go. I was going to give him the automatic answer of “anywhere,” but after thinking about it I told him, “I don’t want to go where they have been saturated with the gospel (most people preach close to cities where the gospel has already been preached a lot), but I want to go where they haven’t heard the gospel, and also where we would be able to go back and keep preaching and discipling the people.
I am prepared for the trip. I feel that I have always been prepared even before going to the mountain tribes in Venezuela. It’s just something that I feel that I am graced to do. All I need are 2 things: my water bottle that has a filter, and my hammock that has a built in mosquito net. When going to the tribes in the past, I didn’t know that there was such a thing as a water bottle with carbon filter that filters parasites and bacteria. I would always get sick to my stomach almost every time I went to the mountain tribes. After buying the filter (probably 15 years ago) and taking it on the mountain trips, I haven’t got sick since.
My other necessity is the hammock with a mosquito net. It’s one of the best feelings in the world knowing that there are a ton of mosquitos outside the hammock that want to suck your blood all night, but knowing that they can’t get through the net. It adds a sense of peace. Before when I didn’t have one I would wake up with the sound of mosquitos in my ear, and I would get eaten alive. It’s terrible trying to sleep but can’t because you’re getting bit up all night long. Plus it’s dangerous with yellow fever, malaria and other parasites that mosquitos carry down here. I remember one time when I was at a faraway tribe and it was a very hot night. I was in the sleeping bag and I had the choice of putting the sleeping bag over my head so that the bugs wouldn’t bite me, or keeping my head exposed all night and get bitten. I chose to just get bit all night because putting my head in the sleeping bag and covering it was too stifling hot. I give my main Indian leaders who go on the trips to the mountain tribes a water filter bottle and also a hammock with a mosquito net. It makes the trip a lot better.
As far as taking food, I don’t worry too much about what we will eat. Most Indigenous people have plantains, bananas, yucca root or something similar. I eat about anything. I have eaten monkey, snails, macaw parrot, a jaguar (at least I think it was), rodents, etc. For all the animal lovers out there, I didn’t hunt anything, but the Bible does say to eat whatever they give you, so I didn’t want to disrespect these people who tried so hard to hunt.
Plus I was hungry. The one thing that I won’t eat (or at least haven’t yet) are the staple big white grub worms to the right. I guess they would be alright if they were cooked good, but the Indians like them raw too, which right now I don’t think that I could eat.
When I go to Brazil, my idea of how to convert people is to pray for the sick just like Paul did when he arrived on the Island of Malta. I always did this approach, and it has been successful. People believe because they see.
Near the shore where we landed was an estate belonging to Publius, the chief official of the island. He welcomed us and treated us kindly for three days. 8 As it happened, Publius’s father was ill with fever and dysentery. Paul went in and prayed for him, and laying his hands on him, he healed him. 9 Then all the other sick people on the island came and were healed. 10 As a result we were showered with honors, and when the time came to sail, people supplied us with everything we would need for the trip.
So I’m looking forward to my trip, and pray that it is a door that God is opening, I will know more once I go there. I would enjoy ministering in Venezuela and Brazil (Lord willing).
I want to share a testimony from one of my Indian leaders. Fredi, an indigenous leader living in the Kiripomsa mountain tribe, (which is about an 8-hour hike) had a supernatural experience about the rapture. He told the testimony in the following way: “During the night while I slept, I had a dream and in my dream, I heard the sound of a very loud trumpet blast. After hearing that sound, I saw a flash of very bright light. From the light came a voice saying that what I heard and was now seeing is the rapture. He told me to ‘tell the church that the time is very soon.’ I answered the Lord by saying, ‘I have a very small church’ (meaning that where he lives just him and a few family members attend, because he lives in an isolated place over an hour from the closest tribe.) The voice said, ‘you are the church,’ implying Jesus’ body. Fredi then said, ‘In the same moment, my wife, my children and I started to rise. While we were ascending in the air I saw that there were many more people coming up next to us in the rapture. I then saw a very large book in which there were many names written. Then I looked down and saw that many people were on the earth, who missed the rapture of the church. Jesus, who knew my thoughts without me asking, answered me saying they missed the rapture because their names were not written in the Book of Life. After hearing that, I woke up.”
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Well thank you for all your prayers and support. It makes all of our work in Venezuela and Colombia possible.
In His Service,
Doug, Veronica, James, & baby Ana