The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things,
so that those who have believed in God may be careful
to devote themselves to good works.
These things are excellent and profitable for people.
—UPDATE— June 16, 2018
We arrived once again, at 11pm, pitch black outside. The 37 hr trip on the bigger boat over, we pulled away using our 21 ft speed boat, off into the dark expanse of the Jungle, nothing but a small flashlight shining out from my right hand as I held it above my head and steered with my left.
We pulled up behind our jungle house in Vila Nova, just past midnight, and at that very moment, Valdicis oars up in his canoe and says, “I was waiting up for you, do you need help carrying your stuff up?”
I was overcome with emotion…..and mutter, “Yes, Valdicis, thank you.”
By 2:30am, we had everything in the house, the counters and floors cleaned and swept, our hammocks and mosquito nets hung up…..it is finally time to sleep.
On this trip, we did not lack for meat to eat. Every few days someone would come up with a leg of pork, or deer, or some other animal, or with fresh Acai. The people in Aldeia Nova, also giving us meat or fruit each time we visited them.
Because we had 3 weeks to work with, we decided to divide our time up between the two villages. The first week we stayed in Vila Nova, having morning classes from 8-11am, and evening services every day, and the second week, we travelled to Aldeia Nova each morning and held both Men’s and Women’s classes, returning in the afternoons to have evening services back in Vila Nova.
Over half of the people had severe flu symptoms and high fevers, and several people had Malaria.
Brad made an emergency trip up to Tapaua’ on one Sunday morning. 5 1/2 hrs in our speed boat one way, Brad, Josiah, Valdicis, and Armando’s family sped up the river to the hospital. Edivao(8), Armando’s son had been 2 weeks with a high fever, and we had finally confirmed that he did not have Malaria. Their other son, Railson(5) also went, as he was in severe pain, 3 weeks after having a molar pulled. Melissa had found one of the roots had been broken off and was now trying to come out of his gums. After leaving Armando and family there, the guys returned to Vila Nova by 8pm the same day.
We, the leadership in Vila Nova, have agreed to tear down the roof of the church and rebuild. Also, in Aldeia Nova, I, Brad, have marked out the land, with the help and direction of Chief Evandro and his sons, for both our new house and the future Church building. They will now clear off the land and start cutting wood. On our next trip in July, we will break ground and get a frame and floor built on our house. (If you would like to help offset the costs of this project, please click here: https://www.egsnetwork.com/gift2/?giftid=578DEFE9E5AA486 and shoot us an email to let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
The new house will allow us to stay in Aldeia Nova and conduct morning training and evening services without travelling between villages, and it will also provide facilities for the group which is coming next year to erect the church building.
The people are growing and constantly showing forth the fruits of righteousness. Everyone is excited over the growth of the new believers in Aldeia Nova. Their love and fervor, passion for the gospel, and their desires to evangelize and win others to Christ has been a huge incentive for all to continue doing that which we have been doing, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, we press onward and upward to that higher calling found in Christ Jesus the Lord.
Please pray for all of the people in both villages, specifically in Vila Nova for Makaao, Patricio, Domingo, Oscar, Valdicis, Armando, Guerleirmi, Raimunda, Elsimara, and Analucia. And in Aldeia Nova for Evandro, LuisFrancisco, Jailson, Cirinei, Vanilsa, Janet, Lucia, and Rosanilda.
God bless you all!
Brad and Melissa 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.