Apurina People

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And Jesus Said, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
(Matthew 28:19-20)

—UPDATE— June 27th, 2019 

Where do I begin?  If you have not read our last update, you should click Latest Update.

We spent all of the month of May 2019 in the village as a family.

God is good!  The people in the villages are growing so much.  We reflect on the work over the last 8 years and glorify God for the abundant fruit throughout the region where we are.  We look forward to what He has planned in the coming days, months and years, eagerly anticipating much growth, but knowing that all growth and fruit is mixed with bittersweet troubles, trials and tribulations.

We arrived in Vila Nova at 1:15am.  The water had already crested for the year and had started to fall again, not much, just 12″, but it meant that we were able to come right up to the back of our jungle house and unload the boat fairly easily.

Melissa started the sweeping and cleaning of rooms, while Josiah and I unloaded the boat.  Josiah was able to start hanging hammocks for Ben, Veronica and himself by 2:15 am, and I finished unloading the boat and hung our hammocks by 3:15.

We had several projects planned for this trip, and as such, we had a few less church services and School of Ministry classes.  One of the projects was to pretreat all of the wood for the new church in Aldeia Nova and then start construction.  Valmir, the carpenter from one of the river communities, is an excellent craftsman, and with the help of the people, they were able to get all of the main structures up along with the roofing a-frames.  I was able to construct an outhouse in the same 5 days.  Whew!

On our next trip, we will complete the roof, floor, walls, windows and doors along with wires and outlets for a generator run lighting system.  For photos, click here:   Aldeia Nova Church.

We instituted Sunday school classes on this trip.  After the normal church services in Aldeia Nova, we split into three groups, children, men, and women.  Raimunda and our daughter Veronica taught the children each week, Melissa taught the  women, and I taught the men.

We also evangelized a new village called Lazaru.  Click  here to see those photos on Facebook.

The highlight for me, as though all of this was not enough, was the blessing of and sending out of Oscar and Analucia and family.  What a blessing to know that we were a part of God’s calling on their lives and to see that great day arrive.  They were filled with fear and trembling, as they received the blessing of the whole Vila Nova church before they left for Sao Sabastiao.  They will begin preaching and teaching the word of God and making disciples.  Perhaps next year we will be constructing another church there?

Several young people gave themselves over to the Lord on this trip and started discipleship.  What a great time to be alive and to witness all that the Lord is doing in and through the lives of the Apurina people.  We thank our God and praise Him for the work of Judy and Cathy, who laid the foundation in many of the people through their translated works and evangelism and teachings.

There is so much more to write.  If you want to know more, please email us or let’s do a skype or Facetime call.

Please pray for Valdeci as he faithfully continues to Preach and Teach the Word of God in Aldeia Nova.

Please pray for Oscar and Analucia and their family as they move up river to Sao Sebastiao to start a new work.

Please pray for the future leadership of Vila Nova, as Oscar and Valdeci are going out from there.

Pray for all of the supporting ministries in each village: Women’s, Children’s and Evangelism.

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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


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.


7 thoughts on “Apurina People

  1. Dear Miller Family,
    So glad to receive your update. You are doing an amazing work there against great odds. May God continue to give you amazing strength and protection from the enemy of our souls. We have authority over this enemy so we are equipped to deal with him. Thank you for your faithfulness to share our Jesus in such a powerful way to the lost. With much love in Him, Jolan Chastney( Calvary South County Mark Barrett Your prayer requests will be given special attention at our service tomorrow.

      • So good to receive your wonderful update from the Amazon. I will continue to pray for the light of our Gospel to dispel the darkness of your area. Also for the protection of our brothers in the Apurina area. They will be equipped with the authority they over the darkness. The light of our Jesus will overcome this darkness in His time. We will welcome Melissa and be so happy to hear more of the work there. Much love in the Beautiful Savior. Jolan

  2. We love your entire family and your heart for the Lord… Thank you for sharing the videos as well as the great report. When I look over at the prayer team on Sundays praying for you, and then I see the results of your ministry, my heart is so thankful to see all the Lord has done through the years !

  3. Man can delay, frustrate and threaten the work but no one is able to come against God. Get closer to Him and cry to Him to complete the work He started. His way, His timing and more glory for Him. Much to learn in the waiting room. Walking out faith and not sight is valuable. Eternal things have the lasting value. We have this amazing God who lives with us and yet can’t be contained. He’s immense. Keep your joy in Him. He’s worthy!

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