What is Kingdom Alliance Ministries
Kingdom Alliance Ministries is a non-denominational Christian organization. Our mission is to construct church buildings and other facilities to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all nations.
Our first field of operations is in the Peruvian Amazon basin. It is our goal to provide a building suitable for ministry to every village that has a pastor available.
In Peru we are working in cooperation with Mission Evangelical Penticostal Independent (MEPI), a well established Peruvian ministry founded by William Pepper. MEPI has over forty years on the ground experience in Peru and provides guidance and oversight of our efforts.
In February 2006 a survey team was formed at the request of William Pepper, founder of the MEPI Organization, to investigate the need for pastors and churches in Tapichi River villages. Members of the team included Mike Sandstrom and his father Dale from Alaska, Steve Proeschel of Ohio, a local interpreter, and a river guide. Traveling from the MEPI base in Iquitos, Peru's largest jungle city, the team made their way approximately two hundred river miles south to the large village of Requena which has four MEPI churches. From Requena the team traveled an additional two hundred rigorous miles on the Tapichi River. It was discovered that there are more than 12 villages on the Tapichi that do not have a place for Christians to meet or a pastor to lead them.
About $5,000 will build a church in the Peruvian jungle. There are MEPI trained pastors ready for assignment to villages that need church buildings.
To be a Christian is to be a part of something greater than ourselves. We are the Body of Christ, His Church, the Bride for which He will return. Until that day, let us be found doing our Father's business.
Mark 16:15 He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned".
James 2:15 "Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes or daily food. 16 If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?"
The Christian life is less about what we say and more about what we do. It is by what we do that we show obedience. To obey requires faith, for God will never ask us to do something that does not require faith on our part. This is because scripture teaches that without faith it is impossible to please God.
At Kingdom Alliance Ministries it is our vision to use the gifts and blessings that God has given us to reach the lost in the villages of the Peruvian Amazon basin through the auspices of existing 501(c)3 organizations and a trained indigenous workforce overseen by local pastors.
By leveraging the experience, contacts, and assets of the MEPI Organization and its supporting churches, our team of experienced planners and builders has developed an approach that uses the financial strength of the developed nation's churches to maximize the effectiveness of the many willing and able Peruvian pastors and laymen to impact their village peoples spiritual and physical well being.
It was on this trip that Kingdom Alliance Ministries was born of a God given dream planted in the heart of Dale Sandstom to start a church building program in places like the Tapichi. Dale returned to Peru that September and aquired land for the first project. Begining that September funds were raised for construction of a 24 by 40 foot jungle church. A construction team from Alaska traveled to Peru in February 2007 and with the help of local workers constructed the building in Contamanillo. It took 5 1/2 days to construct including benchs, stage, and a pulpit. This was the begining of a journey of obedience. The Tapichi is the first stop, but like every such journey, the destination is the same, the fulfillment of the will of our God.
MEPI SCHOOL IN IQUITOS
In 2008 two new churches were constructed in the villages of San Vincente and Yarina which grace the banks of the Tapichi River. These villages are about one hour boat ride from Requena, our primary construction base for the northern Tapichi region.
The KAM team constructed the two churches in January 2008. As you might imagine this took a lot of advanced planning and hard work by our co-workers in Peru. Materials were produced at sawmills in Requena and moved to the job sites. Vegitation was cleared and, in San Vincente, an old building demolished to make room for the new church. We were able to learn valuable lessons from the construction of the Contamanillo church. Changes were made to our precut modular church plan to take advantage of our field experience.
Through God's grace, and the fantastic team that He brought together, it took only three days of actual construction to complete the two buildings. We are thankful that God has allowed us to take a small part in His plan for reaching the Peruvian people on the Tapichi and beyond.
January 2009 brought with it the opportunity to build a church in Palmeras, a village of about 600 people, at about the halfway point between the villages of Requena and Contamano. As every year, the team traveled paying their own expenses. All donations received go completely to the expense of the materials for the building projects.
January/February 2010 brought with it new opportunities in a mighty way. We were blessed to start off the two week trip by building a church in the village of Jorge Chavez on the Ukayali River about 3 hours up river from Requena by rapido (speedboat). We moved from there to Sapuena where we put a floor in their existing church building. Then it was back to Iquitos where we left the next day on a two hour road trip to Nauta where we constructed a church to meet the needs of a large body of believers there. To round up the rest of the trip we did some painting and maintenace work on the MEPI Bible School in Iquitos where we stayed.
Bringing in 2011, God continued to bless the Peruvian people by providing funds for three more churches to be built on the Ukayali River. The journey started with a 16 hour boat trip to Requena on a "Barge". Then it was into the rapido for a 12-1/2 hour trip upriver toSan Marcos, where it took about 18 hours to construct the first church on this trip. From there it was on to Nuevo Junin, about an hour upriver from San Marcos, where we constructed the second church building on the schedule, in about 16 hours. Nuevo Junin is the farthest upriver KAM has traveled on the Ukayali River. from that point it was 8 hours back down river to Arica for the third building on this trip. The Lord enabled us, with the very competent help of local Peruvian volunteers, to complete the job in just 12 hours.
This trip also came with a special blessing as Dale Sandstrom celebrated his 81st birthday. What a blessing and encouragement he is to all.
As the teams travel from village to village, it is truly amazing how God moves. It is always a blessing to everybody involved when the Lord allows us to be a part of His work. As we work with and minister to the local churches, He is always faithful to protect us from harm, as well as bless us with hospitality from the local people.
We look forward to what God is going to do in 2011 / 2012. There are several more villages in the Ukayali and Tapichi area in need of church buildings to meet in. The need has also been discovered for several churches in the Contamano area of Peru. As we move forward in God's will we look forward to future adventures in Peru and, if God willing, other areas of the world in need of church buildings.
Each day brings a new sense of hope and promise as we look forward to what the Lord has for us in the coming year. Each moment that passes and every new ear that hears the Gospel brings us closer to the glorious day of His return. There is still much to do, so let each one of us resolve to develop a closer relationship with Jesus and through the power of the Holy Spirit take new ground for the Kingdom, both spiritually and physically. Don't put off the hard work of today, for if we do, the little rest we have today will be our only reward. Instead, work diligently because our obedience will be rewarded now and in the age to come.
We at Kingdom Alliance Ministries are thankful to all who make the sacrifices necessary to make a difference in the lives of the lost bringing them into the knowledge of our Precious Savior Jesus Christ.
- Commit to pray for the direction and blessing of God.
- Make a monthly tax deductable financial contribution.
- As a church or organization, commit to $5,000 for a church building.
- Be a part of a team to construct buildings on site.
* Support the team by donating air miles, tools, etc.
KAM Board Members
Dale Sandstrom, President - FL
Kelly Sandstrom - Wasilla, AK
Tim Sandstrom - Wasilla, AK
Willy Matson - Ashboro, NC
Steve Proeschel - Trenton, OH
Tom Smith - Wasilla, AK
Dave Teigen - Nikiski, AK
Kingdom Alliance Ministries
PO Box 871946
Wasilla, AK 99687
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