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— January 4, 2021

We have been out of the villages now for about 5 months.  Our last trips were cancelled for COVID and health reasons.

The good news is that we have had contact 3 different times over these 5 long months.  The first time was when Patricio was in the city closest to his village.  He was there very sick with COVID.  He has since recovered, but it was severe.  He let us know that there have been a few light cases of COVID but that no one had passed away from it.

Then, in late October, Oscar and Analucia called us.  They were also in the city getting supplies.  They gave good news too that just a few people had contracted COVID and that they were all recovered.  They were planning on returning to Sao Sebastiao in November as the water was rising again.  That is where they are working as missionaries, supported by some of you.

Then, three weeks ago, Raimunda called.  She was in another city with her eldest daughter who was giving birth.  The baby arrived healthy and Raimunda said that after travelling back to the village with her daughter, she wanted to come to Manaus and spend some time with us because everyone missed us greatly.

Last week she arrived with her son Marco.  She let us know that during the time we were caught in the city Manaus and not being able to visit them that none of the ministries have stopped.  They continue to have church services in Vila Nova, at the new Church plant in Aldeia Nova and also in the newest place, Makarao.

She also said that her little group of evangelists had continued to make visits to 5 other villages, holding bible studies and discipleship time.  She said that Andre’ had been travelling with them too.  He is from Bacuri and was Baptized by us last year.

We head back up river tomorrow, the 5th of January.  Please pray for the people and for us.

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 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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