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POSTED ON May 25th, 2016
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Enos and Edith Cooper

Enos and Edith served the Lord with NTM in Paraguay for thirty six years, primarily with the medical team helping to stem the tuberculosis outbreak as well as other issues suffered in the tribes. Enos was born in Chicago in 1928, and Edith in Indiana in 1923.  Both are retired. Enos shared the account of their ministry on the field,  as Edith is now residing in a nursing facility.

Enos was unchurched until high school when he and his brother and friend rode their bikes several miles to sing in the Methodist church choir; but it was not until he was stationed with the army in Germany during the Korean conflict that he heard the Gospel and believed on Christ.

Quite soon after salvation, Enos became involved with Youth for Christ International which met several times each week so he was with Christians nearly from the start.  He and others passed out tracts on street corners.

After military discharge, he was employed near Muskegon, Michigan where a Christian co-worker made him aware of New Tribes and challenged him to focus on ministry to the world’s unreached people groups.  He applied to the mission, was accepted and went to Jersey Shore for training.  It was here he and Edith met.

Challenges on the field came first with difficulty learning the language, but the Lord got both Enos and Edith through so they were finally able to communicate on a simple level.  With their involvement with the medical team came equally difficult situations where God’s hand was shown strong, including the miraculous healing by God of a tribal boy  even though the father insisted on praying to the evil spirits.  When asked if he would allow Enos and the team to pray for the boy, the father granted permission and God acted.

Numerous other incidents proved God’s faithfulness over trying situations, but one of them stays with Enos.  The tribe suffered from a disease related to African elephantiasis that grotesquely distorted the nose and upper lip.  Because of the lack of cultural understanding by the officials, they could not treat them.    The only substance known to effectively treat the problem was dangerous and had to be administered intravenously.  When the tribal people approached Enos for help, he had to tell them he had received no formal instruction on the procedure, but he was willing to go ahead with what he knew.  The Lord enabled him to give the drug to the people affected.   The medicine worked giving Enos and the team plenty of opportunity to perfect the task and bring God’s healing word to the tribe.

Their support was ten dollars a month when they went to the field.  Later on, a small church attended by a former NTM trainee took them on as their sending church.

Would they do it all again?  Yes!

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