Apurina People

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To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? 2 Corinthians 2:16 


—UPDATE— April 3, 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 Inductive Bible Study method, and the fruit through actions in their lives.  It usually takes 2-6 months for this fruit to become apparent, but when it arrives, we are continually amazed.

On our last trip, once again, we were in awe of all that the Lord has been doing.  We arrived.  There were many people there waiting for us and they congregated on the bank of the village lake in excitement, waiting for us to come off the boat.  There were many from other villages, those who have been affected by the teaching and discipleship of our current leaders.

Although many were sad that Judy and Cathie had not made the trip, as Pr Kenneth disembarked, all of the elders were teary eyed and choked up with emotions.  They were saying, “Oh, Pr Kenny, you returned?” “Pr Kenny, you really love us?” “Pr Kenny, did you bring more of the Word of God for us?”

It had been 15 years since Pr Kenneth’s last visit, and not a single person had forgotten him.

Because of the short visit and all of the outreaches and Church services we had, we only met once for School of Ministry.  In that class we spoke on Baptism.  It was very exciting to see so many of the youth, the very ones who had made commitments to Christ over the last year arrive at our house on that day!  In fact, all of those who were Baptized on this trip were youth, between the ages of 15-25, 16 in total.

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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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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