—UPDATE— November 2017
I, Brad, went into the village on my own for this trip. I was there for 25 days in October.
Once again, I was blown away by the growth of the people and their hunger for the things of God!
We had daily bible classes in our jungle house from 8-11 each morning, Mon-Fri, and nightly Church services, teaching Genesis or from one of the lessons from that morning. We have a group of 7 that faithfully come to morning classes and we averaged 40 in the nightly services.
We also continued with the church plant in Aldeia Nova. Chief Evandro is on fire for the Lord right now! He was especially excited about how he has seen God working in their lives since our last visit in July, when he and his sons accepted Christ as their Savior and the Word of God as their life manual.
We also had a movie night where we showed “The Passion of Christ” dubbed in Portuguese. It was too long for one night, so we watch half on one Saturday and the other half a week later.
I have uploaded several videos of my trip and the area. They are down below. Enjoy them. Give me some feedback on what you think or how you are praying for the people.
God bless you and keep you!
Brad and Melissa 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.