For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
2 Corinthians 4:5
—UPDATE— October 11th, 2018
Melissa, Josiah, Veronica, Benjamin and myself left the “Big Boat” at 1:00 in the afternoon, heading towards the Village, 4 hrs further up river. We had to leave this early if we were to arrive at the Indian Reservation in time to navigate the creek before dark. We arrived at the mouth of the reservation at 4:30 pm, and at the village by 5:00pm, plenty of time before dark. The water in the small creek before the village was higher than we had expected and was not difficult to navigate.
We are nearing “low water time” here in the Amazon Jungle, and the waters have all returned within the banks of the rivers and creeks, having fallen by 12 meters (37 feet), making it much more difficult to navigate after dark.
In the 22 days of this trip, the waters continued to fall another 3 meters, and we expect them to continue to go down over the next month another 2 1/2 meters by the time we return in November.
As we arrived, we were met by smiling children, and immediately afterwards, smiling adults, wanting to help us carry our stuff up to our house, and welcome us once again to their homes. What a blessing.
Click here to see a video of us arriving: https://www.facebook.com/millers.brazil/videos/2090082594375186/
We spoke of troubled waters in our last update. We spoke of encountering resistance, and of not giving up. The “troubled waters” were still a little turbulent when we left 5 weeks ago. We did not know what to expect upon our arrival on this trip. Fortunately God had continued to bless and minister to the people and we were able to mend some troubled relationships from the last trip.
God is way above our problems! He has shown forth his righteousness and power above and beyond all of our expectations!
And WOW! What a trip this was! The village children were full of joy and constantly running to and from our house, playing, smiling, and having fun. Although many people were gone from the village, visiting family and doing business in other areas, we still had large turnouts in every service!
The 3 weeks passed by way too fast and we were almost caught off guard when it was time to return to the city. Is this a sign that we will start spending even more time in the villages? Or perhaps a sign that we will need a houseboat to minister from while we visit villages in the jungle?
Highlight of this trip? Our morning classes!
Our morning Bible classes were breaking us for lack of space in our house. There are just too many people coming to learn about Jesus! Because of this, we made 3 new tables, allowing us to have more people attend. I believe we will need to knock a wall out in the future to accommodate even more.
In our last update, I had wrote of being blindsided by the chief from Aldeia Nova as it pertained to our plans to build a house and a Church building there. He had changed our agreed upon plans and had become very difficult to talk to. I did not know what had caused the change.
We got the whole scoop on this trip, and the chief apologized. We were able to talk through the situation and discuss the issues and are now back on track for continued growth in the Lord.
Jealousy….that was the issue. Someone from the main village had gone down to Aldeia Nova and spread rumors, gossiping, and the result was the chief pulling away from us.
On this trip, the chief let us know that the person who had started the rumors had since shown his true motives and proved he could not be trusted.
This is sad, but we realize is a part of doing ministry. When you are working on the ground, in the field, you should not be surprised when you pick up some dirt and grime on your feet. Perhaps because of this Jesus told Peter: “A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet” NLT John 13:10
On the Saturday before we returned to the city, Bida from Aldeia Nova asked if I could take his daughter to the city. She had been with a high fever for 3 days, probably malaria. So his wife, Rosanilda and their daughter Marcela along with the baby, and the chief’s son Josevandro and myself headed to Tapaua’, a 5 1/2 hr trip in our boat.
I delivered them to the Indian house where they receive medical treatment on Saturday and was able to get the supplies needed to return to the Village on Monday morning. 4 1/2 hrs back down river, and when I arrived in the village, Melissa and our children had already cleaned house and were just leaving for the main river to catch the boat to Manaus. They were trusting that I would return in time…..
We transferred the bags into our ministry boat, and we headed out to the river together……the end of the our trip had arrived.
I believe this trip to Tapaua’ will allow great growth to happen in the lives of the people in Aldeia Nova. It will help the ministry there, allowing more to trust us, and more to listen to the Gospel.
Please pray for the people.
Pray for Vila Nova and all of the leadership there, the women’s studies, the kid’s clubs, and our congregation.
Pray for Aldeia Nova and their leadership, for future women’s and kid’s studies, and for growth in the Lord.
Feel free to contact us. All of our information can be found down below, after the videos.
Now, May the Lord bless you in Christ Jesus,
Brad and Melissa, Andrea, Josiah, Veronica, and Benjamin
–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.