The screech of colorful parrots, the call of the howler monkeys, and the crow of the cock awakened the village of Corozalito each day deep in the jungles of Colombia. A cluster of thatch-roofed huts, Corozalito was the home of 94 people when I first visited there. Ninety-two of these were Christians, having come to Christ through the faithful witness of an uneducated farmer named Victor Landero.

Victor came from a profligate background. In addition to farming, he had operated a brothel and, without being married to any of them, cohabited with three women at the same time. But when the Lord took hold of Victor’s life, he gave him an amazing gift of personal evangelism. In addition to leading his family—nine brothers and sisters and his parents—to the Lord, he evangelized his entire village.

Then from Corozalito he began to reach out to surrounding villages, establishing churches wherever he went. In my missionary ministry, I traveled by horseback, dugout canoe, and on foot to remote areas of the jungles. Again and again I found little churches that had sprung up in the hinterlands. When I asked where they had heard the gospel, the answer was invariably the same: “Victor Landero came last year and told us about Christ.” “Victor was here six months ago and explained the gospel to us.” “Victor brought a Bible to us.”

Over a period of about 15 years, Victor was used of God to lead hundreds, possibly thousands, of people to Christ. Dozens of churches sprang up in northern Colombia. Then came the time when Victor realized that practically every person in this vast area had had an opportunity to hear the gospel. He heard there was an Indian tribe, deep in the jungles of the Choco ...

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