Apurina People

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For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
1 Corinthians 2:2


—UPDATE— August 5, 2020

The work among the Apurina people is really something to behold.  Each time we arrive in the village, we are completely overcome by what the Lord has been doing in their hearts.  We learned several years ago that there is a direct link between solid teaching and the fruit in their lives by and through their actions.  It usually takes 2-6 months for this fruit to become apparent, but when it arrives, we see the direct link to our past teachings.

Benjamin and Brad just returned from a short 10 day trip.  This was the first trip since the COVID-19 restrictions were placed upon the whole region back in March. We were all in lockdown from late March until early June.  The Government had shut down all boat traffic on the rivers between communities and then all highway traffic between cities.  There were no options to do anything but stay in Manaus, and in quarantine in the mission base during that time.

When the restrictions were lifted, Brad immediately planned a trip to visit the people again.  Upon their arrival, Brad and Benjamin encountered Oscar and Analucia and their team of Evangelists/Teachers in a canoe, prepping for a 4 day trip to visit 7 other villages downstream.  Brad and Benjamin had arrived in our 7 meter aluminum boat, pulling up behind our jungle house.  As they were unloading the supplies, Oscar and the team saw them and came over to let them know that the team was leaving on this Mission Trip.  Brad later found out that the trip was planned and financially supported by the local church in Vila Nova.  This is such wonderful news!  If you remember what it was like 8 years ago when we started working there, no one knew anything about tithes and offerings, let alone how to utilize that which the Lord was providing.

Brad blessed them through prayer, asking God to keep them on their journey, encouraging them to stay strong in the Lord, trusting in His promises to use them, keep them, and grow His Kingdom.

Brad and Benjamin only had 6 days in the village, which was just enough to visit the 3 villages where we have been continuing weekly services along with discipleship through our leadership team.  He held church services in both Vila Nova and Aldeia Nova, and conducted the first “official” Church service in Makauao, the village where Raimunda has been doing weekly discipleship classes for over a year and where we Baptized three in March. The Chief, his family, and several others made commitments to Christ at that time also.  We will look at building a church building there next year if the people continue to grow and seek the Lord.

There have been about 6 cases of COVID-19 in Vila Nova since June.  They had no cases before this, and we understand that the other 3 villages around the lake had no cases either.  Nobody had been seriously ill and all had fully recovered.  Right now, Patricio and his wife Rachel are recovering from it, and they each have a person with them to help in the city, Dorina and Estiani.  Please pray for these 4 as they pass a few days in the city seeking medical help.

More good news is that the evangelical team have now entered a 10th village.  Hopefully one day we too can make a trip to visit the new villages and know the people there, raising up other leaders and planting more churches.

Andre’, who is from Village Lazaru, also went on the evangelical trip.  We baptized him last year.  Over the last 2 years, he has faithfully come to meet Brad in Vila Nova to be part of the School of Ministry.  That is a 3 1/2 hrs canoe trip one way for him.  We found out on this trip that Raimunda has been making monthly trips to his village to do discipleship classes.  Andre’ is a fast learner and has soaked in all of our teachings in the School of Ministry.  We hope to start services there soon, leading to a Church.  It would seem that Andre’ may be able to run those.  Oh, what joy there is to see those whom you have trained take up the mantel and continue the work!

This ministry is on the verge of a large expansion and as such, is in need of committed people to help with the new Church projects.  As the ministry expands there is need to build churches in new villages.  Each church costs about $3000 u.s.d. to build and furnish.  If you are interested in becoming part of this, please click on this link: Church Project  and also write us an email at to let us know your support is specifically for a church building project.

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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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