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 something to behold. Every time we arrive on the reserve, we are completely overcome by what the Lord has been doing in their hearts in our absence. We learned several years ago that there is a direct link between solid teaching, specifically through the expository teaching method, and the fruit through actions showing up in their lives. It usually takes 2-6 months for this fruit to become apparent, but when it arrives, we are continually amazed.
Benjamin and Brad just returned from a short 10 day trip. This was the first trip since the COVID-19 restrictions were lifted in June.
Upon their arrive, they encountered Oscar and Analucia and their team of Evangelists/Teachers in a canoe, prepping for a 4 day trip to 7 other villages down stream. Brad and Benjamin 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 approved by the local church and was fully financially supported too. This is such wonderful news as 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 on this trip, 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 two and the Chief, his family, and several of villager accepted Christ in March. We will look at building a church building here next year if the people continue to grow and seek the Lord.
There have been about 6 cases of COVID-19 cases 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 Indian House where all of the sick Indians in the region stay when seeking medical help.
More good news is that the evangelical team have now entered a 10th village and hope to continue bringing the word of God to them also. Hopefully one day we too can make a longer 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, was there also. We baptized him last year. He has faithfully come up, travelling the 3 1/2 hrs by canoe every time I have come into the village over the last 1 1/2 years. 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!
Chief Leandro, of Village Makauao recommitted his life to Christ during this trip. Along with him, his wife and eldest son both came forward. Please pray for them.
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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.