About The Peruvian People
The Peruvian people are diverse with estimates of 32 million people in this South American nation. Indigenous people make up 45% of the population with 92 distinct languages spoken in Peru. The tribal people in the Amazon Basin live in a beautiful yet harsh environment. 70% of the people in the Loreto Region of Peru are living at the poverty level or below. This area is in Northeastern Peru and is the largest region of the Amazon. Malaria, Dengue Fever and other illnesses oppress the people living here. Yet many times we hear the testimony from individuals thanking God for the blessings they have. It is a privilege to work among these humble people. This region is where much of the focus for Amazon Outreach takes place and we enlist your prayers for the light of the gospel to travel to every tribe and village.
About Amazon Outreach
The Ministry of Amazon Outreach had its beginnings when Bill and Carlene Pepper began ministering in the Peruvian Jungle in December 1964. They began evangelizing on the Tapiche and Nanay rivers and soon had many disciples. A Bible Academy was started in January of 1968, with the first students attending in a rented facility. By 1970, a facility was built to house students and hold classes in Iquitos to train and equip ministers of the gospel. In 1976, the Peppers moved to Alaska and the Peruvian leaders they discipled began to lead the organization in Peru know as MEPI. Continued below…
Bill and Carlene continued to give oversight and help to the Peruvian leaders. The organization has planted more than 250 churches in Peru and also trained leaders from Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil. There are Bible Academies in both Iquitos and Contamana. Mobile Schools are held in 4 outlying regions to train leaders and equip new pastors. In 2014, David Pepper replaced Bill Pepper as the President of Amazon Outreach. Amazon Outreach is a non profit organization in the U.S.A that continues to give oversight to MEPI, organize missions teams and raise resources for projects, the academies, evangelists and outreaches.
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Meet Our Leaders
Bill & Carlene Pepper
Bill was raised in a Christian home and came to Christ at seven years old. He was filled with the Holy Spirit at 14. As a teenager he preached in street meetings and youth groups. He attended Bible College for two years. Read More
David & LaRae Pepper
In February of 2000, the Lord led David and LaRae Pepper to plant a life giving church in Wasilla, Alaska. They began by holding services in the home of the Dargis family to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Church on the Rock grew to multiple campuses and church plants in other cities across Alaska and beyond. Read More
Jon & Beth Clark
Beth believes that being in the Amazon rain forest can change lives…forever, especially hers. After warding off insects of every kind and size, surviving the affections of a pack of woolly monkeys, getting stuck on river sand bars, she still LOVES leading teams. Read More
It was a warm and beautiful day in the jungle. My name is Raimundo, I’m an evangelist and I had been helping construct a new church building in the village of San Ramon on the Chapuri river. The Condoshi (Kandozi) tribe live in this remote region and we were working hard in the heat of the day when news arrived from the neighboring village that one of the Condoshi young men killed a government worker and wounded the boat driver as well. He had been drunk and got into a dispute when he fired his gun. This was terrible news as the village this government official was from was the third person killed by Condoshi people in recent times and fear began to spread among the Condoshi. The people grabbed some belongings and fled into the deep jungle away from the river fearing retribution. I went with them and to be honest I feared for my life as well. Then I remembered what God has called me to do and I prayed for courage and boldness. I took this opportunity to share the gospel with the hundreds of families that were in a time of crisis. More than three hundred people received the good news and came to faith in Jesus Christ. When they asked me what I thought should be done I shared that the young man should be taken to the proper officials and police. We came out from the deep jungle back to the river and met with the police who had come to investigate. A meeting was set to meet with the officials from the village of the murdered man and the young Condoshi perpetrator was brought out and handed over to the police. In the midst of terrible news, the good news of Jesus saves, redeems and brings wisdom from above. A tribal warfare was averted as the gospel is lifting people out of desperate situations. The Kingdom of God is advancing and we ask for your prayers to travel to places of darkness and death with the light of the gospel.
Evangelist Raimundo Navarro
My baby girl Emily was just married on June 18 to an incredible young man, Paul Sliwa in Palmer, Alaska. The emotions I experienced were joy, happiness and gratitude for the grace of God. It has been beautiful to watch the journey they lived out through their courtship and engagement. Living for the applause from Heaven and running counter culture to a generation in which purity, honor and commitment are no longer core values leading up to marriage. After the amazing celebration (hours of dancing and laughter) and reflecting on what I was privileged to experience the Holy Spirit prompted me with the memory of another wedding that is soon to take place. When what is written in Revelation 19:7 becomes reality . “Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” I had spent the previous month in Peru, traveling to many churches (the bride of Christ) where the love the people had for God and each other was tangible, pure and vibrant. When individuals spend more time criticizing the Bride of Jesus than loving who Jesus loves, my spirit grieves. Jesus loves His bride, He bled for her, died for her and has the greatest investment in all of history as a groom. Why would we tear down who Jesus loves? In the posts to come I will be sharing testimonies of redeeming love that will encourage you and elevate your view. There is a bride that is making herself ready in the Amazon Jungle and we can rejoice and be glad and give Him glory! Thank you Paul & Emily for being a modern day picture of Revelation 19:7.
I’m looking forward to being with our good friends Jeff & Lexi Centers and Riverland Church in Summerville, SC this weekend. We have had the privilege of being a part of their journey to plant this life giving church and to witness the testimonies of the gospel of Jesus transforming people. Then on Monday I’m flying to Lima, Peru and connecting with our MEPI pastors in the capitol city and then on to Iquitos to prepare for our teams that will be coming in late May and June.
Our mission is to make disciples, train leaders and plant churches. We accomplish this by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ, manifesting the power of the Holy Spirit and a demonstration of love that transforms people.
What Team Members Are Saying
If you are a part of a missions-focused church for any length of time, you will hear of incredible stories, testimonies of God’s power and grace, tragedies that face people all over the world and the triumph of God’s Kingdom prevailing over all things. You will hear about the people they visited; their great hunger for the gospel and the love and joy that flow from them, amidst extremely challenging life circumstances. (more…)
During my time here in Peru, God has been developing in me a gift of healing. Thank you for all of your continued support in prayer.
As you have heard, on our trips to various tribes and villages, our team has witnessed people with all types of pains and illnesses healed. But it was in the Yahua Tribe that I had a special revelation. (more…)
This little village church was built 11 years ago. The people love God so much that all they needed was a donation of iron sheets for the roof and gas( petrol) for their chain saws and they cut down wood for themselves in the forest and built the church. They use cow dung for the floor. (more…)
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Battle Ground, WA 98604
Beth Pepper (Team Organizer)
David Pepper (Missionary)