Edison Romero, 72, kneels in prayer while attending a missions training session at the School of Cross-cultural Missions near Iquitos, Peru, in the Amazon jungle. As he prays, a child of a fellow student sleeps on the bench nearby. Romero’s wife of 44 years died just three days before the training began, but he still traveled 12 hours by boat from his village to attend. Romero said he “just couldn’t miss it.” (IMB) photo by Rebecca Springer As they begin an hour-long boat trip from Iquitos, Peru, International Mission Board missionaries and Peruvian students from the School of Cross-cultural Missions pray for travel safety and a productive training time at their destination. Crowded together with their luggage and supplies, the group is headed to a camp in the Amazon jungle where the school holds training sessions every two months. (IMB) photo by Rebecca Springer Peruvian believer Sergio Soria (center) and other students at the School of Cross-cultural Missions near Iquitos, Peru, read a Scripture passage during a training session in the Amazon jungle. The school is one of three missions training centers begun in Peru by Peru a Las Naciones, a Peruvian Baptist organization. Larner and his wife, Beth, have worked alongside Peruvian Baptists in this effort. (IMB) photo by Rebecca Springer International Mission Board missionary Tommy Larner teaches a class on the importance of the Great Commission at the School of Cross-cultural Missions near Iquitos, Peru. Cross-cultural missions” often implies taking the Gospel to other countries. But this school also teaches believers in the Amazon how to effectively share Christ in the many jungle villages of Peru. (IMB) photo by Rebecca Springer His young daughter asleep on his shoulder, a Peruvian student at the School of Cross-cultural Missions in Peru’s Amazon jungle leads worship after a long day of training. For three hours every evening, a generator provides electricity at the school’s training camp, but the weak light forces him to use a flashlight. Playing the guitar is 72-year-old student Edison Romero, whose wife died just three days before the training began. (IMB) photo by Rebecca Springer-
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