Ushuaia: Lowest city on earth! The Gospel has no bounds. Made contact with local believers. Praise God, His Word is going everywhere! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRsWpUoxtTY&rel=0]
A quick stop in Uruguay to get contacts for future. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe4ARFZkrjA&rel=0]
Arrived at Atlantic Ocean via dunes after long Amazon journey. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wnz0rvCrafM&rel=0]
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3X7iYEgF8os&rel=0] These mighty falls are the dividing line between Argentina and Brazil. The area around the falls was once controlled by Guarani indians whom the Jesuits ministered to beginning in 1609. Watch movie The Mission to see events of jesuits in area.
Crossed border into Argentina after a look around the falls.
In our long journey down the Amazon evenings like this are special moments to reflect on all the lord has done.
Once again on our journey along the Amazon food must be hunted. This Croc we caught alive, so we shut the snout with a rope. Just before this video was taken the massive reptile lashed at me (Tim). This area of Brazil has been a blessing to travel as there is such a movement for the Holy Spirit. We also came across an Assemblies of God in Tefe that was building a new church the size of a small stadium. The shocking thing is Tefe is only 80,000 in population. This must mean a large percentage of people attend regularly. Praise God!
The croc was cooked later in the day and fed 15 people. We were on river for 4 days at this point. No showers, hot sun, but good food. Praise God!
The northern coast of Colombia is a heavy transportation point for cocaine loads. Some of the largest seizures have been take right off these shores.
Explosives set, and safely from the LZ we blow the lab. Blackhawk descends to extract team.
From the air you can see the magnitude of blast. Also near end of video you can see the second team blackhawk circling below. Mission was successful and all members back safe. Three days before this operation, three eradicators team members were killed on a mission we were supposed to be on.
This is the baking and finishing room. There was also a press which compressed the cocaine to make ready for transport.
This lab was sophisticated and one of the top production centers in area. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvo9rfSWWpM&rel=0]
Inserting into this area is dangerous. Lots of farc elements and Venezuela border. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEuKseXClBA&rel=0]
About to board the blackhawk Heliocopter with the Jungle comandos to do a raid on a drug lab. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBaPfCSlTd0&rel=0]
We are taking a speed boat back to the tri boarders- Brazil, Colombia and Peru. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFzHVtog-PA&rel=0]
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epT7IblB2RE&rel=0] Notice the jungle wrapping the hunter puts the wild pig in. The animal was gutted and ready for transport within 15 minutes. It was long brutal hike back to camp.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC7GtI-FSjs&rel=0] This is the wild pig that ran to us after we shot the monkey. Nasty teeth and they know to attack humans. Good meat as well.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABG4pDay4PM&rel=0] Five mouths to feed and long distances to cross. We needed food for our journey because we would float at night. We stalked the jungle for two hours before we had our first opportunity. Then we got it! Praise God! One interesting story we were told from our guide was when we came to a mysterious small clearing in the jungle. The guide got spooked and we asked him what was up. He said, "this area is where a demon lives." Then he told us the story of what the locals believe. He said the demon will appear to people and trick them as he takes a familiar form. Like someone you might recognize. He will tell you to follow and then take you far into the jungle. Once you are good and lost he disappears. The guide also said if people say something bad the demon will tell the animals to go away and you wont have any food to hunt. Strange thing is even the Christians hold onto this story and fear the demon. Well, we all prayed to ourselves as we passed the area and rebuked the demon. Let´s see what the greater will inside of us will do we thought. One hour later we got a monkey, and then immediately after the monkey shot, a group of wild pigs came near us, which is very strange because after you fire everything runs. Our guide thought that was very odd, but we all praised God for the harvest of animals and food to eat. No demonic power can stand to the power of the Almighty! Back at camp, after returned with our kills a small storm rolled through and a bolt of lightening struck 10 feet from us! It was the loudest noise we had ever heard, everything went white, and smoke billowed out of the ground. It gave us a scare, but we laughed about it and ten minutes later and packed up for our night float. Brings to mind the scripture where Satan was cast out of heaven like a bolt of lightening.
Monkey meat very chewy.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksMeZK_iVDQ&rel=0] Expedition down river will take you through some remote parts before you emerge to another village so hunting for food and basic survival takes a large part of your day. (The follow videos of hunts took place in between villages and along the most isolated parts of the small river/creek. This is a view into every day life between ministry efforts and what it takes to get to remote peoples, or even to the next major city along the Amazon.) As we passed through this area we were two days from any village so hunting for food was necessary. You cannot see much in this video, but the moon was full and as we floated down river it was so peaceful. We spotlight hunted on this long float. The most dangerous parts to doing this type of float at night are slamming into fallen trees on the small creek, running aground, and low hanging poisonous snakes that dangle over the creek on tree branches (we encountered two on this journey and it gave us all a scare).
Shot the Cayman, but body went under water. We thought it was dead but the once it came back up we had to lance it with a spear. It shook violently and not until we practically cleaved the head off with a machete did it stop thrashing. We were all happy to get this meat and as it turns out it was our favorite meat on the whole journey. Think Chicken texture with a faint fish taste. Really good stuff. Cooked next morning for breakfast.
Journeying down river we had little food because you can only bring essentials. Caught a few after this video was taken. Piranhas are mean little fish and two days later our guide caught a huge one that made us glad we never took a dip in the water.