I HOPE YOU ALL ARE HAVING A HAPPY 2004 NEW YEAR!
-CONFERENCE IN TARAPOTO-
WE STARTED THIS YEAR OFF BY THE WHOLE MONTH OF JANUARY VIDEO AND AUDIO TAPING A SCHOOL / CONFERENCE BY MORNING STAR INTERNATIONAL. THEIR ORGANIZATIONAL CENTRAL OFFICE IS LOCATED IN MANILA,  PHILIPPINES. WITH BRANCHES IN THE STATES - BASED IN CALIFORNIA AND ANOTHER GOOD SIZED OFFICE / BRANCH IN TEXAS, LIKE 'CHAMPIONS FOR CHRIST' OUTREACHING THE SPORTS WORLD, WITNESSING IN ALL AREAS CAPABLE. THERE USUALLY IS A TEAM THAT COMES FROM THEM ONCE A YEAR BRINGING FAMOUS BALL PLAYERS READY TO PLAY AND WITNESS

THE CONFERENCE WAS MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY ALL JANUARY LONG
PASTORS FROM ALL PARTS OF THE JUNGLE OF PERU WERE INVITED TO COME AND STAY FOR A MONTH TO LEARN ABOUT EVERY ASPECT OF MINISTRY WITH ALL MEALS AND SLEEPING QUARTERS INCLUDED FOR FREE SUPPLIED BY MORNING STAR AND THE ESMYRNA CHURCH HERE IN TARAPOTO.
PASTORS CAME FROM NOT ONLY THE JUNGLE BUT ALSO THE NORTH AND COASTAL PARTS OF PERU ALONG WITH PASTORS FROM OTHER SOUTH AND CENTRAL AMERICAN COUNTRIES
THE CHURCH IN TARAPOTO WAS FULL OF PASTORS READY TO LEARN EVERYDAY BRIGHT AND EARLY
THEY WERE TAUGHT BY PASTOR JAIME, (THE RESIDENT PASTOR HERE IN TARAPOTO) WORLD MISSIONARIES, PASTORS FROM THE STATES, A SPECIAL MINISTER FROM BOLIVIA WHO IS ORIGINALLY FROM EGYPT AND A FEW FROM LIMA (CAPITOL OF PERU). THE PASTORS RECEIVED STRONG SOLID TEACHINGS ALONG WITH REVELATION KNOWLEDGE

FOR THE PRODUCTIONS TEAM:
EVERYDAY OF RECORDING CONSISTED OF EARLY IN THE MORNING HAULING ALL EQUIPMENT TO THE CHURCH BY FOOT ( 1 BLOCK AWAY) 
THEN THE WORK OF INSTALLATION WHICH TAKES 1 HOUR
WHEN THE LAST CHECK IS DONE, WERE TAPING IMMEDIATELY FOR 3 HOURS
FOLLOWED BY A BRAKE, WHICH SOMETIMES THERE IS NO ONE TO RELIEVE US IN HELPING US WATCH THE EQUIPMENT ON BREAK, THESE ARE THE DAYS THAT FEEL VERY LONG
THEN THERE IS THOSE WINDY DAYS
THE DUST AND DIRT BLOWS ON THE EQUIPMENT
HENCE EVERY 30 MINUTES AT TIMES I AM CLEANING THE EQUIPMENT 
AND ALWAYS AT NIGHT IT'S THE KIDS, MANY FROM THE TRIBES, WHICH HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THE EQUIPMENT WE HAVE, WANTING TO TOUCH EVERYTHING
FINALLY I ASKED A SECURITY PERSON TO WATCH FOR THE KIDS SO I COULD WORK THE EQUIPMENT WITHOUT DISTRACTIONS
THE PARENTS WERE INTRIGUED AS WELL SCRATCHING THEIR HEADS 'HOW DOES ALL THIS WORK'  IF YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN IN THIS KIND OF SITUATION, ITS JUST HARD TO IMAGINE OR JUSTLY GIVE A GOOD EXPLANATION WHAT IT IS LIKE TO RECORD AROUND JUNGLE PEOPLE, I'M TALKING ABOUT THE ONES FROM THE SMALL PUEBLOS THAT WERE IN THE CONFERENCE THAT DON'T HAVE ELECTRICITY IN THEIR HOMES
I THINK A BIG CLOSED TENT WOULD PROBABLY TAKE CARE OF THIS PROBLEM IN THE FUTURE
IN THE AFTERNOON - READY TO RECORD THE AFTERNOON / EVENING SESSION
LASTING UNTIL 9 PM NORMALLY
THEN THE CHORE OF UNINSTALLING EVERYTHING AND HAULING ALL BACK TO THE HOUSE
YOU MAY ASK 'BUT WHY EVERYDAY?'
THERE IS NO REAL SECURITY AT NIGHT IN THE CHURCH
THE CHURCH IS AN OPEN AIR CHURCH, FOR A LACK OF A BETTER WORD OF DESCRIBING IT
IN THE OFFICE WE HAVE ORDERS THAT NEED TO BE FILLED- WHETHER IT BE AUDIO CASSETTES OR VIDEOS COPIES TO DUPLICATE

WEEKENDS CONSISTED OF MORE THE SAME - MAKING COPIES FOR THE ORDERS OF AUDIO AND VIDEO RECORDINGS OF THE CONFERENCE
EVERY NIGHT WE JUST FELL INTO BED AND IN THE MORNING GET UP AND DO IT AGAIN
I CAN'T THANK ENOUGH MY HOUSEKEEPER WHO COMES 3 TIMES A WEEK TO PICK UP AFTER JOSE AND ME. WITHOUT HER THE HOUSE WOULD NOT HAVE RAN SO SMOOTH
WHICH IS IMPORTANT WHEN THE OFFICE IS IN THE HOUSE WHERE WE LIVE.

SO MANY EXPERIENCES FROM THE MISSIONARIES THAT CAME TO SPEAK SPOKE TO MY HEART. USUALLY I AM THE ONE MINISTERING, WAS NICE TO BE MINISTERED TO FOR A WHILE. LIKE I HAD BEEN ON THE BACKSIDE OF THE DESSERT AND FINALLY RECEIVED A CUP OF WATER. SOME ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS I HAD SINCE I HAVE BEEN IN MISSIONS ONLY MISSIONARIES WOULD ENCOUNTER AND UNDERSTAND WERE MET AND WERE GIVEN WITH UNDERSTANDING FROM THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN IN THE FIELD FOR SOME- THIRTY YEARS. 

AS ALWAYS MUCH LOVE TO YOU ALL 
JOSE AND LAUREE

Some pictures from the conference

Salvations from the opening night ceremony

Sons of Thunder Banner hung in the church for the festivites

Attendance was more than full

One of the evening sessions

Praying for the nations

Our productions gear / equipment we hauled each day

One of those long days. Jose waiting with the equipment for the evening session

Pastor Jaime looking on from a distance in the yellow shirt (my spiritual Dad)

The long line everyday for lunch. Everyone was fed for free everyday

A day session

One of my friends from Jaen (a town the size of Tarapoto in the north region of Peru)

Children that came to visit the house on the week-end. Their parents were in Tarapoto for the conference- from a small pueblo called La Victoria

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