For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee
—UPDATE— January 18, 2020
I believe God wrote the above verse to apply to me. He left me in “The Jungle”, that I would set in order the things that are needed for Christian growth among the Apurina.
On this trip there were several things that stood out to us.
Although we get accustomed to ministry and outreaches in the city atmosphere, we always become amazed anew when we arrive in the village and find the people have been awaiting for our return and are ready to get started with teachings and church services.
We arrived late on Thursday…..at 5pm. But as we were pulling up to the area behind our jungle house, many people came to help us carry our supplies up to the house. You see, they could here us coming for a long while before we actually arrived as they do not have the sounds of the freeway and city. They wanted to have a service that night, which was our desire too, so we quickly got cleaned up and had our first service at 6:30pm. We could clean the house and set up hammocks later.
Oh, the love these people have for the word of God! They were all quick to tell us of all of the things God has been doing in their mists since our last visit in September. I told them that we could save the testimonies for Saturday night, and that we did. When Saturday came, we had a service of just testimonies of what God has been doing in the lives of individual people. It was a tremendously edifying night.
We were able to talk with the 4 young ladies from Vila Nova who had received Christ as their Savior back in February 2019, and plan to Baptize them when we return in March. We also talked of another Baptism in Aldeia Nova, and so we hope to see many people rising in the resurrected power of Jesus in March. But, you know what? These have already been showing the power of a resurrected life filled with the Holy Spirit!
We cannot wait until the next trip in March!
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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.