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What we do…

"Never sacrifice depth for area."

Dr. Graham Scroggie, in 1929, to J. Oswald Sanders, recounted in 1992 at age 90.

J. Oswald Sanders (1902-1992) is probably best known for his classic study, Spiritual Leadership.  From New Zealand, he trained and practiced law, then left his law firm to become director of a well-known Bible College, and finally General Director of China Inland Mission - its name later changed to Overseas Missionary Fellowship.  I was privileged to hear him speak and copy the quote from Scroggie (above) while on staff at Elmbrook Church.     W. Graham Scroggie (1877-1958) was born in Scotland, one of nine children.  He was both a pastor and preacher, as well as an itinerant minister.  From 1938-44 he was minister at famed Spurgeon's Tabernacle, London. During these turbulent years of World War II, Scroggie's home suffered damage from German bombs on three occasions, and the historic church building was destroyed during an air raid.

What we do grows out of who we are and what we believe.  RiverWind Inc is defined by the Internal Revenue Service of the U.S. as a "nonprofit religious charitable organization".  We are not a business enterprise; we are not trying to maximize profits at minimum expense.  We are a ministry, serving the King and his kingdom, beginning and building communities of faith that will serve and nurture God's new creation, begun at the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. the long-expected Messiah of the Old Testament writings.  That kingdom, borne witness by Christian communities, will come in its fullness at the return of the risen Jesus.  What we do is bear witness to the kingdom of God through truth, love and service to the poorest of the poor in Perú's Amazon.

RiverWind Inc works with some of Perú's numerous indigenous peoples and oral cultures, living in the Amazon basin. While our office is located in Pucallpa, the gateway city on the Ucayali River, flowing north from the southern high jungle, becoming the Amazon River in the far north.  We work upriver in the heart of the jungle. We conduct training with the Shipibo – an ancient people, their history reaching back more than a thousand years.  The Shipibo fled to the low jungle along the Ucayali, displace in the 13th Century by the expansion of the Inca kingdom.  We train Shipibo Christians to reach and teach others, still deeper in the Amazon, people who have had little or no opportunity to hear the good news of Jesus the Messiah, King of kings and Lord of lords.

The centerpiece of our ministry in these remote villages is Leadership Transformation – beginning by teaching the Bible's longer, larger, historical narrative –chronologically telling its stories from creation in Genesis 1, the calling of Abraham in chapter 12, the formation of the people of God – called to be a light to all peoples of the earth. We teach the O.T. history of the Jewish people, the covenant made with King David leading to the coming of the Messiah, Jesus.  Following Jesus' life, death, resurrection and exaltation, we walk through Acts and the growth of the early church.

After learning the stories of Scripture, selected student-leaders are invited to participate in three years of Servant Leadership studies, using materials from Development Associates International, supplemented by pastoral and ministry studies.

We also engage in Community Development with men, women and children, providing medical services provided by visiting medical mission teams, conduct mission and leadership seminars taught by visiting teams, distribute school backpacks and supplies to children, offer lifestyle classes for primary and secondary school students. in-service programs for teachers living far from skill-development opportunities, drill wells for clean water, work with women to improve their marriage, family and life skills.
RiverWind's remaining principal program - still in its early stages of development - is Environmental Stewardship.  We believe that God created and called human beings, male and female working together, to serve and perserve his Creation.  The Peruvian Amazon is one of the world's largest green places, part of what is increasingly referred to as "the Green Window", tropical rain forests encircling the earth from 23.5N to 23.5S of the Equator.  Perú's rainforests are rapidly being harvested of ancient, valuable hardwoods.

In all of these programs it is vital to serve - as the Psalmist sings -

with integrity of heart and skillful hands.

(Psalm 78:70-72).