Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Local Ministry Group Travels to the Amazon

mt1

OWENSBORO, Ky. (9/24/13) - Picture this. You’re in the middle of the Amazon drowning in trees with only a $20 pop-up tent for protection from exotic animals and to hibernate in for 15 days. For most Americans, this might sound like a nightmare, but for one Owensboro ministry team, it‘s not. It’s a dream come true.

The group is made up of six people: deacons, pastors, family, friends, short and long-time travelers. One of these worldly exhibitioners is Barry Bivens, who has been to the Peruvian Amazon 21 times and on Oct. 4 he – along with his team – will begin his twenty-second trip.

Bivens, a Deacon at Good Shepherd Church, will lead his team building a church in Nauta, Peru, a village at the beginning of the Amazon River with a population of approximately 30,000. His team, experts in construction and bricklaying, will build in the mornings and on weekends, and minister remote, neighboring villages at night. They arrive early in the morning to build trust and minimize intimidation, and by the nighttime, almost 100 percent of the village is in attendance in the ministry service.

"It’s very exhausting, but very rewarding," Bivens said.

mt2

Traveling down the coast of the Amazon in 15 days to minister, one would think that you would need many things to survive. It’s not so for this team. Armed with only a backpack that holds a fold-up, 92 in screen and projector, the team shows a film on Jesus to the village. Sometimes, this is the only film the village has seen or will ever see, said Bivens.
 
The last time Bivens made the trip to Peru, he traveled 800 miles along the coast of the Amazon River and brought 200 people to Christ.
 
"It’s all about the ministry," Bivens said. "The Lord put it in my heart to do this."

The travelers aren’t only minister to the villagers, but they also give them proper shoes, clothes, and medicine needed for survival. Team members supply their own way to Peru, as well as food and housing. The trip is funded individually, but the troupe’s trip is helped financially through fundraisers and donations given after speeches at local churches.

To donate to the group’s trip, call Bivens at 270-316-3318.

mt3

Taylor Riley
SurfKY News
Photos provided by Barry Bivens

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

In Other News...

Warren County Drug Task Force Offers Three Collection Points for Pills

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (4/23/14) — The Bowling Green Warren County Drug Task Force will participate with the United States… Read More

Hopkins County Schools Hold Talent Show For Elementary Students

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (4/22/14) — Hopkins County Schools brought together singers, dancers, and performers at the… Read More

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

April 22, 2014 9598

18 EPA Earth Day Events Take Action on…

in News by EPA
April 21, 2014 5063

Meet The Hopkins County Magistrate…

in News by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
April 22, 2014 3744

Three Juveniles Charged in Connection…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter
April 21, 2014 3495

Fire Destroys Old Tobacco Building in…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
April 21, 2014 3079

'Heath & Molly' Benefit Concert…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

April 22, 2014 2397

Madisonville Woman Charged with Internet…

in Top Stories by Christopher Rogers
April 19, 2014 1562

Fifth Third on Main Street Comes Down

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
April 19, 2014 1412

MPD Arrests Juveniles for Recent Rash of…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
April 19, 2014 1087

Louisville Man Charged in Madisonville…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
April 23, 2014 703

MPD Detectives Investigate Hanson…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

April 21, 2014 3079

'Heath & Molly' Benefit Concert…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter
April 21, 2014 1467

Owensboro Chamber Plans First ‘Lunch…

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
April 22, 2014 665

DCPS Among Top 100 Nationally for Finance…

in News by Lora Wimsatt
April 22, 2014 490

New Hwy. 54 Traffic Light to Go Into…

in News by Keith Todd
April 22, 2014 249

Owensboro Museum of Fine Art Plans Exhibit

in Top Stories by Mary Hood

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

April 22, 2014 3744

Three Juveniles Charged in Connection…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter
April 21, 2014 3495

Fire Destroys Old Tobacco Building in…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
April 21, 2014 1737

One Injured in Rosewood Wreck

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
April 22, 2014 1047

Muhlenberg Last Day of School

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter
April 22, 2014 992

Parsons Named Student of the Month

in Top Stories by Joyce Riggs

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 06social 21social 22social 04social 03