For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee
—UPDATE— November 19, 2019
I believe God wrote the above verse to apply to me. He left me in “The Jungle”, that I would set in order the things that are needed for Christian growth among the Apurina.
As we have been training people over the last 6 years, and successfully raised up disciples to run the Vila Nova Church, we started looking to new frontiers among the Apurina villages. We did this in the form of evangelic trips, weekly Bible studies which have turned into church services and one new Church plant. Raimunda, Valdeci, Oscar and Analucia all continued to make trips to new villages to build upon the foundations we have laid.
We did not think that the leadership we had set up in Vila Nova would one day leave under the call of God to do works in other villages and areas. We just assumed that our outreaches would raise up locals to do their own ministry. But, with Oscar and Analucia now called up river to plant a new work in Sao Sebastiao, and Valdeci saying he wants to focus on the Evangelic work of preaching in the new areas that we have visited, we are left in Vila Nova for a need of leadership again.
Glory be to God that Armando has started to feel called to share the Word of God there. Armando is the brother of both Oscar and Valdeci. God is doing a tremendous work in this family! We have tried to get Armando to stand up in the past, but he has been too timid, not feeling as though he had understanding from his daily bible readings. But, as the necessity has arisen, God has clarified and opened understanding up to him. God is great and His timing is always perfect!
On our visit in July, from 2 trips back, we visited a new area called Terra Vermelha. We encountered two family units there that are related to both Valdeci’s family and Guerlermi’s. Valdeci is now talking about his desire to move there and preach. While this is good on one hand, it would also create a void of leadership in Vila Nova and Aldeia Nova. Please pray with us that new leaders are raised up quickly, but solidly grounded in the Word of God, which would allow Valdeci to be used in this enlarged capacity.
Elsimara continues to grow into a mature young Christian lady. She has a real calling and desire to disciple her people. We are so thankful for her. Her husband Guerlermi, who has great potential, is struggling through some inner issues that we do not fully understand. Although 2 years ago we were actively training him as the new Church leader in Vila Nova, we have put a hiatus on that, waiting to see what God wants to do.
In Aldeia Nova, we are working with Emerson, Jarison and Lucia, Janet, Vitor and Nelson as future leaders. Chief Evandro and his wife Vanilsa continue to seek the Lord and we have great hopes for them in Christian service in the future. It is tough, because Evandro was the first convert and the catalyst for the whole work in Aldeia Nova. He would be the obvious choice for the primary leader in the new church there. But we have also learned over the last 6 years that there really does need to be a separation between the Chief of a village and the Pastoral role in the church.
So, we praise God that Valdeci has been a faithful witness and preacher for almost 2 years in Aldeia Nova, and we look forward to one of the men listed above to rise up in the coming year and carry on the work during the times we are here in the city of Manaus, which would allow Valdeci to be used to bring sound teaching to other villages.
Pray along these lines:
- The work in Sao Sebastiao with Oscar and Analucia.
- Valdeci and the local Churches of Vila Nova and Aldeia Nova.
- New leadership in both churches. Possibly including Armando, Guerlermi, Eliete, Elsimara, Nelson, Jarison, Lucia and Denise.
- New Converts: Vitor, Nelson, Denise, Janet, Estiani and Jovaneti.
- The outreaches to Makaoa, Bacuri, Santa Rita and Sao Fransico(aka Joari), and Terra Vermelha.
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God bless you all in Christ Jesus!
May The Lord make His face to shine upon you,
Brad and Melissa Miller and Family
–OVERVIEW OF THIS MINISTRY–
We are working closely with the leadership to bring them into a deeper walk with the Lord through Personal Bible Devotions, Leadership Unity, and by teaching how to Pastor the flock of God.
We have three goals:
1) Leadership Training
2) Teach the Bible
3) Evangelism of the other Villages
We always pass by all the houses and families of the village, sharing our lives as they share their’s with us, encouraging, consoling, and continuing to build relationships.
Please pray for the Apurina people! There is an ongoing spiritual battle in their village right now.
Thank you for your prayers and support.
There is always a real danger of Malaria, Yellow Fever, snake bites, and other things.
—Background on this Ministry—
We minister to and with the Apurina people. We are following the work of two Wycliff missionaries, Judy and Cathy. They were ministering to the Apurina for 37 years.
This tribe is about 2 days travel by boat from Manaus.
Our goals are to continue to augment the lives of the believers in the Tribe while seeking the opportunity for the furtherance of the Gospel to those unreached in the neighboring villages, which are currently opening up through our evangelical boat trips. We are doing this by systematically teaching Through the Bible, teaching Old Testament history coupled with New Testament revelation and applying both to the lives of the people.
We are so grateful for the work of Judy and Cathy, who learned the heart language of the people, made an alphabet, and created teaching material for future missionaries, such as us!
Currently the Tribe does not have the whole Bible translated in their language. They have the total New Testament, the books of Genesis and Exodus, and part of the book of Psalms. As our relationship grows, and we learn the Apurina language, we will continue the translation of the Old Testament scriptures that Judy and Cathy started. In the meantime, we teach in Portuguese from the Apurina scriptures and have one of the leaders translate that into Apurina.
Please pray about joining us in this large work, which is the main focus of our ministry here in the Amazon Jungle.
Please pray for these people as the spiritual warfare is intense, unlike anything we have experienced in the U.S. The leaders who would like to have prayer are Makoaa, Domiguinho, Doval, Patricio, Pedro, Oscar, Analucia, Valdicis, Raimunda and Chico.