December, but soon to be January

It has always been my calling to develop leaders to plant churches to share Jesus in the Amazon. That’s summed up by the JungleMaster tag line

 “Bringing Hope to a Hidden World”.

So, “how do you do that?” you might ask.
Thanks for asking, let me explain. We often bring hope by bringing doctors to remote areas of the Amazon; those missions develop the relationships that allow us to ask if we can bring in our missionaries and have them start the work and sharing Gods word.
“Are these missionaries North Americans?” You wonder
Many times our first contact will have North Americans in attendance but we always use National Doctors and National Missionaries. We often team up with the people that live and work in the jungle to begin the work but the work is always carried out by the National Missionaries in the jungle.
“Where do you find the National Missionary workers?”
Great question! We team up with the local churches and use their leaders as missionaries. In fact right now we have 40 plus churches on our team but the leaders in the jungle decided they needed a more pro-active group to work together. They have begun a group called the “Co-Fraternity of Pastors of the Upper Maranon River.” (Amazon River)  JungleMaster has helped them get their legal papers in order and they have become their own recognized organization. In fact in the last month JungleMaster has worked with them to put a new roof on the Church in Roche Fuerte and we are working together supporting missionaries in a distant Indigenous community.
“But how do you know what these missionaries are preaching, where have they gotten their training?”
Now you have gotten to the really big question, great work!  Yes, we know what they are teaching because we are training them. This is the really beautiful thing, God in His awesome grace, has brought together a team of teachers and leaders and 2014 will mark the “5th Annual Amazon Mission Festival” that JungleMaster will host. The inter twinning of relationships through the years has assembled Guillermo Powell of Logos Software as the director of the mission festival and with his contacts this year we will have 17 world class teachers coming to the jungle to work through a Bible basics course.
Even greater than that, if it could be greater, is that these teachers are coming to teach the jungle Pastors and leaders to teach. We have shifted our focus from teaching only the Pastors to teaching leaders to lead and teaching teachers to teach, from Children’s leaders to women ministries our team will be coming to equip a new group of teachers for all areas of ministry.
This is where we find our missionaries. We grow them! (God does the real work!)
We fully expect 800 Pastors, Leaders and Family members to come for 4 days of in depth teaching and building of relationships this February to the 5th Annual “Amazon Missions Festival”.
Now is where you ask 
“How Can I help!”

We need your support. We expect this year’s festival to cost $13,000 and at this point we look to fall short. We need your help to provide the transportation, food, housing, materials and resources. You can go to and use the link to PayPal or send your gift directly to JungleMaster Ministries. 
December News Letter


Pastor Andy
God’s moving in the Amazon Jungle of Peru and He’s using JungleMaster to forward His purpose. As I recently spent a few hours walking beside a young Pastor named Andy in the village of Roca Fuerte, this truth was cemented in my mind.

When we arrived in Roca Fuerte the greeting was similar to other villages; crowds on the bank, kids and adults rushing to greet us and carry our bags. Yet we immediately felt something different here—a heaviness that oppressed us. We had come to serve and encourage Pastor Andy, but we had no idea how much it would demand of us.
Pastor Andy’s request seemed simple—join him in praying for his parishioners. Three-year-old Rosa who was ill and out of medication. Walter, a young worship leader tormented by deep despair that confined him to his bed. Lamar, a man who had spent 10 months lying on a wooden floor suffering from a heart condition and ulcers. Magalina, Chandler, and countless more.

As I stood with Pastor Andy, lifting the needs of his people up to God, I was overwhelmed by the difficulty of bearing the burden of these people, something Andy and the pastors of this region do daily.

Our calling is to stand beside pastors like Andy and lift their arms as they fight on the front lines of the battle being waged for the souls of this region. These pastors feel a strong calling and deep burden to bring the hope of the Gospel to every person in the Amazon, and they are the right ones to do it. As they seek to meet physical and spiritual needs of their people, our role is to empower, encourage and equip them.

Lost Boys
You have heard it said the local church is the hope of the world. I know this is true in the jungle and I’m convinced that pastors like Andy are the catalysts for change. Standing beside them is our privilege and together, with your help, it’s the best way to reach the peoples of the jungle for Christ!

Your partnership in prayer and financial support will help forward this mission of taking the Gospel to the least reached and the un-contacted people living deep in the jungles of the Amazon.

Here are a few ways your year-end gift will impact lives in the jungle. $5,000 builds a church in Bolivar. $100 will help us empower and equip two pastors at our upcoming 5th annual Amazon Missions Festival, $200 provides food and fuel for national missionaries reaching far up distant tributaries to serve the forgotten. $600 helps bring a guest teacher from South America to the jungle mission festival.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join in the work God is doing in this region of the world to bring the Hope of Jesus to those lost and desperate for His touch.

Thank you so much for your partnership in Christ

Tom Clark
JungleMaster USA

Deeper into the jungle still

A little update..
I'm working on getting a newsletter out and thought that maybe taking a moment to write my thoughts down in a semi organized fashion may help. Forgive me if my ideas and direction wander here but I have a lot to contemplate.

Javier and Nanita

Lets add up the year so far.

  • We did a medical mission into a tiny village called Dos de Mayo. The river was low so it stopped us from getting all the way to our destination. The team was amazing, the North Americans had time issues so we sent our Peruvian team members further up river as we headed back to the airport. It took the Peruvians 10 days to make the last 80 miles and return.
  • We celebrated with 680 pastors, leaders and their families at the 4th annual Amazon Missions Festival. We are using licenced curriculum from Ceteca Seminary in Guatemala. We have educators from Argentina, Mexico, Peru and the USA; this is truly an international effort, and we are doing it 200 miles up river from the nearest road or airport. Our goal is to train national leaders to better equip them for ministry and to send them into further into the jungle. 
  • We finished another medical mission into a new area, working in indigenous villages with national leaders. As a result we are now building a mission base much deeper in the jungle , using national missionaries. This will be a stepping stone to taking the gospel to the deepest parts of the jungle. 
  • There has been an on going battle with JungleMaster Peru's Director of Ministry Javier Sinarahua's health. As I write he is in Lima getting his 5th Chemo treatment. Even though we have signs of some victory in this battle we still need lots and lots of prayer for Javier. 
  • Wilder
  • And my greatest sadness... We lost my dearest friend and helper Wilder Rios in an accident last June. If you could pick one man to help you in the jungle, to have your back and protect your interests, it would be Wilder.. You may remember Leandro and his medical issues, Wilder is Leandros father. 
Whats next?
I'm taking a group in late this September and we will be hosting a meeting of JungleMasters partner churches to discuss our future and leadership in case Javiers medical treatment fails.

We are also planning the 5th Amazon Missions Festival to be held this next February. 

What you can do..
Pray; we so much need your prayers to get us through these difficult paths we are on. I rejoice in being given the opportunity to serve God in this ministry and take it as an honor that the enemy would find this so offensive that he is will to throw his best (worse?) at us. 

Give; opps, sorry. Yes this ministry is cash driven to a large extent and these are difficult times as Javiers medical treatment is costing us an extra $2500 per month.

Last thought;
I receive a newsletter from "Survival International", they are a group that works to "protect" un-contacted  indigenous groups from outside influences. Much of what they do is great work but they are very anti Christian Missions. In this last newsletter they mentioned un-contacted groups in Peru and how other native groups in the area are aware of their existence and they know that these un-contacted run from white people when they are seen. That again brought together JungleMasters using national missionaries to train indigenous missionaries to push deep into the jungle to reach those that are un-contacted. These missionaries know the jungle, they know the culture and they are not white. Makes sense huh???

Rev:9-10 After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. And they were shouting with a great roar,

"Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the lamb!"


Update on the flood relief

As you may know there have been multiple efforts to raise funds for the flood relief on the Amazon. The really amazing thing is to see what happens when we "release" God to do as He wills... That may sound odd but I heard the same thing from the brothers at two churches in Bellingham. it went something like this, "The board discussed giving JungleMaster  an offering but we decided to open it up to the congregation and see what God will do through His people".

I can now report that God has provided over $13,000 through just those two offerings.. plus there have been individual gifts and other churches help that will bring the total to over $16,000 to provide food for the flood victims in the jungle.

Today our team in Peru are moving over 8,000 lbs of food up river to help. This is the second wave of food that we have transferred into our ministry area, 200 miles above Iquitos Peru on the Amazon. We are purchasing rice, beans, farina, cooking oil and soap in Iquitos and moving it up river on the ferry. The food will then be distributed through our network of 27 partner churches into more than 40 villages. Our relationships with the leadership in these communities makes the perfect distribution network and as we get the help out to theses communities we will be taking photos and video to report back to those that have so generously helped. Next week we will send the third load of food up river adding another 10,000 ponds of food to the communities on the river.

So.. you may be asking why us, why JungleMaster? Its because we are the only help they have on this part of the river, there are some organizations working closer to Iquitos but we are the only group working this far up river. The staff in Peru reported that one Peruvian national group from Iquitos went as far as hiring a boat and loading a few dignitaries up, they ran up river with a few bags of rice and made some promises, but nothing more has come of it. So there really won't be much help from the government. 

 I will be getting out reports as we get the food up river and we get the next couple of shipments going...
Thanks from the people of Peru and God Bless you all
Tom and Janet Clark

Amazon Mission Festival

Greetings friends….
As you may know JungleMaster is about 6 weeks from the third annual “Amazon Mission Festival”. This three day conference is your premier JungleMaster event each year. This year we expect over 300 jungle pastors and leaders to attend three days of intensive instruction on the basics of our Christian faith, sermon preparation and evangelism. Made possible only by God working through you by your prayers and support…..

This year we have an amazing staff of world renowned Spanish language teachers coming to the JungleMaster Missions Center deep in the amazon including:

Jaime Mirón, VP of Luis Palau association – evangelist.
Abel Hofkamp, pastor from Cordoba, Argentina.
Rafa Quinteros, youth leader from Cordoba, Argentina.
Tim Marlier, Dallas, TX
Sam Powell, Colorado Springs, Co
Mark Bofill,  Calvary Worship Center in Colorado Springs, CO.,
Jorge Arévalo, pastor in Lima
Guillermo Powell - Logos Software.
Jim Bates – Pastor Columbus NE ……..…and more!

Guillermo Powell again will build content for the conference this year, his experience last year in the jungle has lead him to reach out to an amazing group of friends, to ask them join our team. Guillermo has seen the value and impact that this conference is making, deep in the Amazon. Immanuel Bible Church has assembled a team of support people to bring together all of the odds and ends required to support a three day conference.

We also are working on purchasing  200 MegaVoices, these small devices are much like a I-pod with an external speaker, they are solar powered and  hold the entire Bible, 220- 30 minute devotionals and the entire Jesus film audio version.     Imagine……a tiny community in a dark remote jungle village, gathered each evening with the only entertainment they have; an audio Bible! These devices are available to us for under $40 dollars. We hope to give one to each pastor and leader that attend the conference this year. What better investment can you have in the lives of others; life to the full through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Put that together with the work God has done in the last three years;…. the only missions training center for 200 miles, the only bible study resource library with 100+ written resources, a jungle based missions sending church and a yearly bible conference that is the equal in quality and attendance to any anywhere!
And What Do You Have?
Your opportunity to be involved in an amazing work of God

That said; this is huge and I need your help. Our budget this year is $14,000.00 plus the cost of the MegaVoices and we have raised about $9,000.00 to date. All of our supporting churches are invested and now I’m reaching out to you to help and make this possible once more.  Prayerfully consider an investment in this project………. Thanks Once again……………..
As I settled down from a busy week in the jungle it was great to be back in the city and able to relax in a air conditioned room, my mind settled on the fact that the problems with logistics and safety were over. I opened my computer thinking that I would write on the blog but decided that I would check E-Mail first.
The first E-mail read: Flight Cancelled - Contact Your Local Office. The elections in Peru mandated that airlines cancel all flights on Saturday. I'm not too sure how a presidential election would require that everything in a country stop, but that’s what happened. The stores were closed, the airlines canceled flights and the entire country focused on the election. I can't figure out why this was a surprise to the airlines but they sold us the tickets during the work stoppage.

We were now rushed and the time to relax had to be delayed. I phoned the airline and managed to secure 12 seats but that left me with ticket and no way out... but a friend in the airport that managed to get me the 2nd to last seat on another airline. All that to say I had been delayed at getting out information on the Missions Conference.

So...Stats, 788 miles on the Amazon transferring people and equipment. 6 round trips from Nauta to Santa Rita. 27 Churches represented, 25 communities, 2400 meals served, 276 pastors, leaders and families. Our attendance was lower than expected due to the compulsory voting laws in Peru. (One lesson learned) But God knew and our food equaled the number of people perfectly. To the last detail everything went perfectly, that’s not to say there weren’t changes and a couple of glitches but each and everyone on the team took up the challenges of the tasks without a single issue.

We had moved the teams up river prior to the conference for 3 days, I set some to be leaders and left tasks to do and each time I returned up river I was completely blown away at the amount of work completed and way each one had become connected to the others. Never have I seen so much done by a team in such a short time. I would have never imagined that bringing 25 people together and with 1/3 of them not knowing the others would they have all meshed so perfectly. It really was a God thing……

The first group were building bunk beds and painting, the second; painting and cleaning, all of the tasks were done and the mission center was 100% ready when our guests arrived.

The voting in Peru is madatory, so all residents must return to their place of registry to vote or be fined 100 dollars. That made attendence to the seminar lower that anticipated. None the less, God had His chosen 276 people attend. Billy Powell, Carlos Arstoga, Jim Bates, Larry Reynolds and Jorge Arevalo all did amazing jobs at teaching. They all flexed with the changes and managed to work together evey step of the way.

Praying with the Pastors
We learned so much, developed deep relationships with the brothers in the jungle and the other team members. If I could have asked God for a particular outcome it wouldn't have been this great. Thats not to say there wasn't logistical issues, there was. Like running at night on the Amazon. Nothing quite matches the darkness in the jungle or the amount of trash in the river. If you have a spot light on to see the trash you can't tell where your going, you can't see the river bank. If you turn out the lights then you can just make out a slight difference between the trees and the sky, giving you a rough idea of where the river is going. Can't win...

Anyway lots to do and will get more details soon. Keep praying, God has done a mighty work, mostly due to your deep and ferverent prayers.

I have a decent connection tonight so, even though its late I thought I would give you a run down. The last two days have been running from Nauta to Santa Rita with teams and cargo. The day before yesterday was cargo and Ed Alm, I left him with the goods and said, "please have some beds made by the time we're back." Yesterday we ran the 90 miles or so with the folks from St Louis, and three from Bellingham. We were really heavy so we didn't get to Santa Rita until 4:30. We off loaded the gear, said sorry, wired up a spot light and headed home. The poor boat got the you-know-what=run out of it, I had only so much light and wanted to close the gap to Nauta before the sun closed the door on me. We ended up running about 1.5 hours in the dark....NOT FUN. The water is full of logs, you can only tell where you're going by turning off all lights and only after your eyes adjust can you barely tell the difference between trees, water and sky. Today we had one extra hour by the time we left, again wide open through the logs and sticks and we pulled into Nauta just as the light left us. One more day of this...Then the conference. Be praying, one small church up river (100 miles) said they would bring 40 people...lets see we invited 70 churches x 40 = ...?? don't think about it.
Culture Shock
We didn't get out of Iquitos today. Didn't get a permit to travel up river until 3pm. Our goal is to leave at 8am and run to Santa Rita tomorrow. ---No Plans Survive The Jungle---- We managed to finish all the shopping. Paint, parts, more food, plastic plates on and on. Pray as we had a clash of wills already. We ended up recognizing the enemy at work and prayed through it. I think all is well.

This is our plan..... run to Santa Rita, start work come back on Friday to Nauta. Saturday at 6 am I will take a taxi to the Airport and get the first group, we hired a bus to take us to Nauta, I will then run up river with the group drop them off and get them settled, head back to Nauta. Do it again, then again......

I'm not sure when I can post again, I will be in Nauta for a few nights waiting for groups and I'm not sure if they have an internet connection there......
Preparing for the Festival - Day 3-

 The first day we were here here was mostly getting some further loose ends pulled together on the boat, we fixed a vent issue, serviced the engine and purchased spare parts. Its a constant struggle to force myself to spend money on "just in case" issues, things like a spare propeller. We don't need it but if we did we would be in a world of hurt if we didn't have it. We bought the prop.

We also arranged for a carpenter to build bunk-beds. He was to have a sample for us to view the next day, we went by his shop and he had the first one done, so we made a deal with him to finish all 10 of the beds and he will deliver them to Santa Rita and assemble them for us by Friday.

We also managed to order cushions for the boat and those were finished today.

The big issue was buying food, we at last decided to get our cook, Felix, to help us shop. After 8 hours and stops at the Peruvian version of Costco and its antithesis in the farmers market, we purchased 1000 lbs of rice, 200 lbs of beans, 100 lbs of sugar, 100 lbs of dried fish, 50 lbs of noodles, 100 boxes of fruit juice 50 lbs of potatoes, on and on and on..........

The greatest frustrations come from dealing in the culture; they wouldn't consider stopping at the next closest place to get an item. No; its almost like as we are going down the list we travel from one side of town to the other, getting the stuff in the order on our shopping list without reading down and seeing what the next item is. Without exaggeration we must have put 250 miles in today and the same yesterday. Lucho even joked, "I need to plan ahead like a gringo.." Its really hard to get anything done here......

Our current plan is to head up river tomorrow.....we'll see...

Be praying.. we had wished to buy food as gifts but we are killing our budget. Pastor Javier would rather purchase gasoline as gifts. Still have a lot done. Got to go, this internet connection stinks, about every 10 minutes I have to walk down the hall and reboot the router.......