After sharing for a few minutes about our upcoming trip, my 90 year old uncle, Roy Porter, came up to me and placed a $5 bill in my hand, and said to me, "Take this and buy a Bible for one of them fellers over there."
I assured him I would be glad to, and tucked the money away. I purchased a Spanish Bible, and inside the cover, I wrote a note that this Bible was a gift from Roy Porter of Globe, KY. I packed it in my bag, all the time praying that God would direct me to the person who was intended to have it.
I took the Bible out of my bag and handed it to him, telling him that this was a gift from my uncle Roy. I told him that he was 90 years old and lived in Kentucky and he was a man of God and wanted me to give this Bible to him.
The chief looked at me in disbelief. He asked, "For me?"
"Yes. It is a gift.", I said. He smiled, posed for a picture, then took the Bible, carefully wrapped it in some material, and placed it in a grass bag to protect it.
Soon, many Yaguas were gathered around asking for a Bible. I told them I only had one, but when I returned, I would bring Bibles for everyone.
The next September, I told the story of Uncle Roy's Bible at our Family Reunion. I shared these pictures with my family, and asked them to be part of Uncle Roy's Legacy. One by one, they came and put $5 bills in my hand.
When we got on the plane for Peru in October, I carried two cases full of Bibles from the Porter Family to the Yagua Tribe.
When we arrived at their village, we gathered in the school, and began taking Bibles out of suitcases and placing them in stacks on the tables. Everyone in the village came to see what was taking place. I shared with the whole tribe the story of Uncle Roy's Bible and how my family had purchased these Bibles so that they could have the Word of God.
A year later when we returned to the village, they gave us gifts and thanked us again for bringing God's Word to their tribe. We are hoping to have the opportunity to return and begin teaching evangelism and discipleship in the near future.
And that... is how $5 changed a village!