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— April 29th, 2019
Where do I begin? If you have not read our last update, you should click Latest Update.
To really know what is going on, you should plan a trip and come and visit us or go to one of the places Brad will be speaking at in the U.S. during the next 2 months. Speaking Schedule
You know, the longer we stay here, the more we get convinced that having a real lite grip on our own plans is the only way to live for the Lord.
We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.
We may throw the dice, but the LORD determines how they fall.
That said, here are future visions we have with the Apurina villages. Please remember these things and rejoice with us if/when they come to pass.
- We foresee working regularly in three villages, which will require a larger ministry boat to will allow for the family to eat, sleep, and live as we travel.
- We foresee starting school of ministry classes in each of the three villages, along with women’s and children’s ministries.
- We foresee sending out more trained missionaries to more villages, which will multiply church planting beyond our comprehension.
As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the stranger
shall submit themselves unto me.
Please pray for Valdeci as he faithfully continues to Preach and Teach the Word of God in Aldeia Nova.
Please pray for Oscar and Analucia and their family as they move up river to Sao Sebastiao to start a new work.
Please pray for the future leadership of Vila Nova, as Oscar and Valdeci are going out from there.
Pray for all of the supporting ministries in each village: Women’s, Children’s and Evangelism.
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.