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.”
—UPDATE— August 3, 2019
Just back from 23 days in the village! God is AMAZING!!!!!!
Although, as we returned to the city 2 months ago, there was some concern for leadership in the first village, on account that Oscar and Analucia left as missionaries to another village at the end of May, and because Valdeci was helping his mother visit family 5 days travel up river, there were several men who stood up and held services in their absences. These are men whom we have been training for 2 years, but as of yet had not taken a stand on their own.
God is so good, and why would we ever doubt? He calls those at the times appointed, and we just need to trust.
Armando, Oscar and Valdeci’s brother was one of the men. On this trip, I asked him to lead one of the services and he gladly did so. We also asked him to give a testimony on what God has been doing in his life for the people who attended the Calvario do Aldeia Nova inauguration, and he did! We had thought and hoped that God was calling him into ministry, but as I had encouraged him throughout the last 1 1/2 years to stand up and lead, he was too weak to do so. Glory to God, His timing is always perfect.
We found out upon arrival that Valdeci had not returned from his trip up river with his mother Analia. While travelling, they both became sick with fevers, both anemic. When they returned down river, they went straight to the hospital where they had been since. Benjamin and myself made an emergency trip into Tapaua to visit them. Analia has Hepatitis B and they are still not sure what Valdeci has. Please pray for them. They have been sick for almost 6 weeks now.
We continued the work on the new Church building in Aldeia Nova. We almost completed it. We hope to finish on our next trip in September. We worked on it every weekday for the first two weeks, preparing it for the big Inauguration which was planned on Saturday the 27th of July. Many Villages had been invited so we had to get as much accomplished as we could.
We had our first church service in it on Friday night the 26th. I taught on how the plan of Jesus to evangelize the whole world started with sending his own disciples out to announce the coming of Jesus and how we still do the same thing today. When people repent of their sins Jesus then comes to live in their hearts and we make them into disciples who then go out and announce the coming of Jesus.
We had the Inauguration of Calvario do Aldeia Nova the next morning. More than 100 people came from up to 3 hrs away representing 6 different villages. The service included many personal testimonies, following what Jesus had said, “ye shall be witnesses unto me“. Acts 1:8
We Baptized 10 people after the service and had a huge lunch and time of fellowship and communion. That night, we returned and held a communion service too. 3 youth came forward and accepted the coming of Jesus into their hearts that night. Are they the next to go out? Please pray for Vitor, Nelson and Sara.
Click Oscar and Analucia to hear about the work they are doing in Sao Sebastiao. They came back for the celebration and gave their personal testimony of seeing God work in the village they went to. We see a great amount of growth and Christian maturity in them since they went out 2 months ago. What a sense of satisfaction to see those whom you have trained do so much for Christ!
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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.