"JUNGLEMASTER STILL HAS A LOT OF WORK TO DO"



11/15/2016

Dear JungleMaster Ministries friends and supporters,

The JungleMaster board is currently hard at work determining the logistics of continuing the mission’s work in the jungle following the passing of our director, Tom Clark. We have some big shoes to fill! The following is a current update.

First of all, we feel God leading us to continue the vision. This was not Tom’s solo ministry. Quoting from a letter Tom had written only days before his passing, “JungleMaster still has a lot of work to do in the Amazon.”

Just what is the vision Tom spoke of? And what is still left to do? We, at JungleMaster, believe that it is the job of the local pastors and their local churches to carry out the Great Commission among their own people. To this end, JungleMasters’ role in the Amazon is  to train and equip the indigenous leaders within our sphere of influence to send their own missionaries into the deepest parts of the jungle.

In order to accomplish this, our efforts have been, and will continue to be, focused in two areas:


1)  Assisting pastors to receive seminary training in Nauta, Peru.
 
2)  Mentoring the cofraternity of 22 pastors that has been established deep in the jungle. Tom felt that this cofraternity was key to reaching our goal. The group has begun to learn, for the first time, how to collaborate with each other in order to do projects of their own choosing. Members are currently working together to build churches in other villages. But, collaborating is a new skill for them. Suitable transportation that will allow them to travel between villages will be needed. Training in basic financial skills will be required. We are also working to help them come up with a plan for doing discipleship in their local areas. These pastors will need our continuing encouragement to become confident and competent in all of these areas. 


Joel McGee has graciously agreed to serve as the Interim Director of JungleMaster Ministries. Joel has been a long time partner of the ministry and serves with his wife, Amy, and daughter, Carmen, for us in Nauta, Peru. The three are currently on a short term leave in Whatcom County, but plan to return to Nauta in early January. (To learn more about Joel, please read a short bio, which follows at the end of this letter.)

Huge steps have been taken thus far to educate pastors and to equip the cofraternity, but our job is not yet done! We will need your continuing prayers for wisdom and for God’s clear direction as we move forward. And we will need your financial help in order to complete the vision. So, we ask that you prayerfully stay joined with us as we transition through this difficut time. To quote Tom once more, “Will you join us on this journey?” 

If you have questions or comments, you can send an email to JungleMasterMinistries@gmail.com or contact Joel McGee at 360-510-5792. More details about the status of specific current projects will be the subject of future newsletters or blog posts. You can access our blog at: www.junglemaster.org.

For God’s glory,

The Board of JungleMaster Ministries:
Joel & Amy McGee
Janet Clark
Greg Gosda
Simon Petree
Dave Shupe
Joe & Robin Wilson

We understand that some of you many have recently received requests for money from individuals in the jungle. JungleMaster has learned over time that attempting to help individuals in this way can sometimes end up harming them in the long term. Responding to their requests for money can create an unhealthy dependence upon us. Although each of us must do as God leads, please be aware that JungleMaster does not endorse the practice of giving monetary gifts to these individuals, regardless of how deep our connection is with them. If you wish to make a lasting difference in the jungle, we encourage you to please continue to route your funds through JungleMaster Ministries’ official channels. Thank you!


More about Joel:
Joel McGee is well-qualified to be JungleMaster’s interim director. He has been involved with the mission for eight years, taking many short term trips to the jungle. Two years ago, he moved into a full-time position with JungleMaster as our field missionary in Nauta, Peru. He and his wife, Amy, and daughter, Carmen, have served us very well there. Joel and Tom worked closely together, communicating their ideas with each other daily. Joel both knows Tom’s vision intimately, and shares Tom’s vision whole-heartedly. Like Tom, he is passionate about training the nationals to carry out their role in the Great Commission!

11/6/2016


To the many friends and supporters of JungleMaster Ministries:


It is with deep regret that we must share the news of the passing of Tom Clark, the founder and president of JungleMaster Ministries. Most of you have likely heard this news already, but some duplication may be necessary in order to insure that all of our faithful supporters receive the news. It is perhaps best said in the words of Tom Clark’s children. Please read their letter below:


Dear Community, Friends, Family.


It is with the greatest of sorrow that we have to announce the passing of our father, Thomas Michael Clark. He died on October 31st, of a sudden heart attack while bicycling home from work in Bellingham, WA. If it offers anyone any consolation, he did not suffer in the weeks, days, hours, nor the moment of this unfortunate event. He will be remembered as a loving husband, a caring father, a devoted brother, and a passionate missionary, unfaltering in the face of adversity and unyielding in his love for God and man. Through his mission work with JungleMaster he touched many lives, both in Peru and here at home in the United States. Memories were created which will last beyond our short lifetimes, and a legacy built that will touch and improve the lives of many people for many years, most of whom will never be lucky enough to meet our father in this physical world.


We as a community of friends and family now have been given a great task; to be a salve for each other’s wounds in this time of grief and continue to be beacons of light in a world that often seems dark and perilous. Tom had the amazing ability to do these things for us while on this earth and now we must do this for each other until we can join him.


There will be a service and reception at Cornwall Church in Bellingham, WA, Monday the 7th of November at 1pm.


Tom loved each and every one of you,

The Clark Children


The following is a link to Tom’s obituary: http://www.westfordfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Thomas-Clark-20/#!/Obituary


Please keep Tom’s family in your prayers. The JungleMaster board also asks for your prayers as we seek to understand God’s will for the future of this ministry. We will keep you posted as God’s direction becomes clear.


Thank you so much,

JungleMaster Ministries Board


Tom and Janet Clark
Whats UP?
Well, I had a talk with a dear brother who's been a supporter of ours from the first days of JungleMaster, basically this was his point; "Tom, You stink at communicating!" He said it in a much nicer way but I know he loves me and Janet and all he wants is the best for us and he was right, so here it is... maybe a new leaf? I'll try as best I can to get a monthly newsletter out, if I fail everyone has a right to say what's up right in my face !! Thanks in Advance!

What's JungleMaster doing So far This Year!
  • Janet and I are leading a team from George Fox University. The team leaves June 26th and will return The 12th of July, Along with the well drill project I talked about in December, George Fox wants to have a Service Learning class that culminates with a trip to the jungle each summer. We already have the 2017 trip in the Fox budget it looks like!
  • The New church in Bolivar has been built and the Brothers of the Co-Frat are cutting boards for the church project in Mundial.
  • We continue to meet by skype with the Co-frat; the Confraternity of Churches is a unified group of 19 churches and pastors that we have encouraged and helped get licenced through the government. We meet to discuss missionary outreach, building projects and other needs and how we can work together.
  • At the last Seminary class at the British Baptist Mission in Nauta we had 7 leaders attend. JungleMaster scholarshiped these leaders with some assistance to bring them to seminary. We had some issues with them saying they would come then not showing up and we came to realise they didn't know the people there. Joel McGee took the teachers up river to meet the pastors before the session and introduced everyone and this seemed to be enough to get them to feel at ease and bring their families to seminary.
  • The New Boat is running! BUT the old motor does not quite have enough power to take a full load of passengers. We have made a deposit on a larger engine and are praying for the rest of the funds to come in.

Help, You Can! (yoda)
  • Pray! Big trip with Fox University, lots of logistics.. safety, health and Gods lead in what we do as ministry
  • Pray! Funding for motor, we need about 6k to buy the motor.
  • Pray! Church rebuild in Mundial and team to go.
  • Pray! We have three boats on the Amazon and right now not any one is at 100%, We are close.......
  • Give! Yep, we always need ongoing monthly support.
  • Give! Help with the motor budget.
  • Go! Yes; we need teams or individuals to go. This is what encourages the missionaries and local leaders. BUT most of all it changes the lives of those that go!
  • Go! Want to house sit in the Amazon for a few months?
Help continue the work of JungleMaster ministry in the Amazon by praying, giving or even going! Thank you to all those that have been on this crazy ride with us for all these years!
Bolivar Church
The new church in Bolivar.
Church in Mundial
Mundial Church
Praying as we have one church looking to partner with the church in Mundial to rebuild, looking for other US churches to partner with the Jungle Church to build up and encourage the leaders.
Our New Motor?
We've made a deposit and we need to get the motor on the boat before the team arrives from George Fox..
House Sit!
Yes, you can house sit in Nauta Peru, Joel and Amy may be going back to language school and while there the house in Nauta will be empty, Think of this, its the only house there possibly with hot and cold running water, maybe the only one there with running water?
The Pastors Attending Seminary!
Do you want to sponser a jungle pastor to attend seminary classes?
George Fox University design team includes the granddaughter of a JungleMaster supporter!
Found
An ongoing joke is somewhere in Peru there's a warehouse full of toilet seats because they're never in the bathrooms.. Joel sent me this photo! He found them!
New Drill..
This is a sketch of what the Fox/JungleMaster well drill will be riding on. Our goal is a small footprint self propelled well drill. This chassis is what the drill apparatus sits on.
Church Members in Progresso
on the Chambira River. They're standing in front of the church they've started to build!
Medical Team.
We need to put together a medical team to go to Peru to work in the extreme remote parts of the upper Amazon.
And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" Romans 10:15
In Christ
It's hard to explain how much all those that have supported us for all these years mean to us, we love you all. To the couple of hundred that we've taken to the jungle, it's such a huge honor to be a part of your lives! love you guys!
Your Jungle Family....
Tom and Janet Clark
  • Praise! JungleMaster is refocused and moving forward
  • Praise! The Co-fraternity continues to grow and take advantage of seminary.
  • Praise! We are doing well! It may sound strange but the Clarks are OK! God is faithfull
  • Praise! Pastors and families coming to seminary now!
  • Praise! The jungle church is doing their own missionary trips to the remote indigenous areas now!
PO Box 29868
Bellingham WA 98228
United States
www.junglemaster.org
360-510-1563

Greetings from The Abyss!
Not really... But this has been a challenging last 6 months, I have been through a funky depression and its been real hard to get back on this horse called "ministry". But after a self induced break I feel like God has been deeply involved in the process of helping me get through this. A missionary friend of mine just wrote, " I written you a thousand times, but never sent it". That's how I feel now. But hang on, we know God is good! Just read through what he has done and be amazed at His grace!

So Current News;
Urarina Visitors
Joel, Amy and Carmen McGee, our missionaries in Peru are doing well. In fact they have been developing relationships with the leaders up in some of the tribal areas. This photo is of some Urarinas visiting the McGees at the JungleMaster house in Nauta Peru
    The Church at Bolivar is being build right now and the process is going well! This was the 2014 Children's fundraising project through Cornwall Church and due to water levels and other factors it took till now to get building. The roof is on now and Joel goes back up on the 25th to help with walls.
    The "New"JungleMaster Boat..We're in the process of buying a different boat for the jungle. Its wider, cooler (insulated) faster, safer and has a bathroom too! We will be using our old motor and keeping the other boat for now. But this is a huge cash flow issue right now! It will cost us about 6-7 k to get this going. This is a great opportunity to be financially involved in the core of JungleMasters Ministry in Peru, its all about boats in the jungle!
    Oasis Youth Center.. From Bar to Youth Ministry! We have rented this building across the street from our house in Nauta. It was a huge destructive force for the community as a bar; Imagine no restrictions on noise or closing times in a residential neighborhood and mix in as much alcohol as you can drink.. Not good.
    We now have control of the old disco in Nauta Peru, and it will be called the Oasis Youth Center instead of the Oasis Disco Bar! This is an Amazing answer to prayer as I feel this ministry to the youth of Nauta will be right in Amy and Camens sweet spot. I'm so happy that God has opened these doors.
     
    We have some unplanned expenses with the opportunity to get this boat and opening the Youth Center. Please prayerful consider how you can help with a gift to JungleMaster Ministries.
    No More Mission festival! Yes, after 6 years we have decided that it was just too expensive to continue. In fact, we can send an enthusiastic pastor to seminary for just 10 dollars a week and it cost us about 20k a year to put on the mission festival; that maths easy! Plus it was a complete black hole for resources and energy for JungleMaster, it basically stopped us from doing any ministry for the balance of the year. Already 3 men from Santa Rita have begun seminary in Nauta and 4 more are scheduled to start in January. I am also working with Billy Powell to put together a small team of teachers to go to two villages with teachers to work with the most passionate pastors in the spring of the year.

    JungleMasters Short Term Mission trip schedules soon to be listed on STM.com. Come and See!
    Thanks Again
    Tom and Janet Clark
    Lamentations 3:22-24, The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.