From the tender age of 8, Jennifer Foster had a deep desire to become a missionary and to reach the unreached with the gospel of Christ. Twenty years later, she began to fulfill that dream in the remotest parts of the Amazon jungles in Brazil.
Multitudes who might never have been introduced to Jesus are now finding salvation because of the woman they call "Jungle Jen." Through the power of Holy Spirit, Foster's ministry, Stand Out Ministries, has planted several churches and distributed thousands of Bibles to the unreached. Her ministry has also made disciples of people in the Amazon, several of whom are ministering and planting churches themselves.
After being sent out by the International Mission Board, it took Foster three days to get to her destination. She went through three months of language training in Portugese, one of the world's most difficult languages to learn.
"I went and served a couple of years, and our goal was to set out to plant a church among an unreached group," Foster told Dr. Steve Greene on a recent episode of Greenelines on the Charisma Podcast Network. "I went through three months of training in Virginia where there was no river and no mosquitoes. When I got to Brazil, they put me in jungle survival training camp.
"I survived survival training camp. We ate bugs. We learned how to kill and clean and eat our own homegrown food. After that, they put me on the boat and sent me three days up the river. I tell you, my heart was singing. I was finally what I wanted to be, a missionary to an unreached people group, and I was fine.
"But we went through some hardships. On the first trip, I remember that I literally had a mosquito bite line on my arm. My arms were literally covered in mosquito bites. I've never caught a disease, and I've had some supernatural health. But there was one point where I had a jungle spider bite me and I almost died. But I was miraculously healed and knew for sure that God was protecting me to do what I was meant to do."
For more of Foster's incredible journey and story, listen to the entire podcast.
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