Brazil Update August 2017

Greetings in Christ,

Where has the time gone?  That is the question we are asking ourselves.

Two months have passed by, and we have not been able to slow down.  And besides that, where do we start with sharing?  There is too much to tell, too little space to write it, and quite frankly, people don’t want long drawn out updates.

So, how do we crunch the numbers into a smaller, easier to read format?  I don’t know.  Sorry, that is not my specialty, but we have done the best we could to write concisely.  If you want to know more about any of the things written below, be sure to follow the links to our website and read the longer versions or call us on our internet phone 1-785-440-1770.

Here we go.

We finished writing the last updates in June.  We actually had a few weeks to rest, but that did not happen.  We prepared and shared at our local church about the work that is happening in Jardim Tropical.  I Brad, was busy most of the weekdays building the church building in Jardim Tropical with the resources many of you gave.  Melissa was busy going through and sorting the mountain of drugs and supplies that were donated to us.  And last but not least, Becca arrived from the states for a 3-month mission trip and is staying with us.  Lots of work, but what a great blessing for all!

Well, the church building in Jardim Tropical is almost done.  Make sure you check out the photos here: http://millerstobrazil.com/ministries/jardim-tropical/     We also have the photos of our leadership/discipleship classes there.

The work in Jardim Tropical is continuing to be a huge blessing! We have opened a new support page for them through GoFundMe.com.   To donate specifically to this ministry, click here:   https://www.gofundme.com/jardim-tropical-support  Your support is greatly needed and is making a difference.

Since we started the leadership meetings and church construction, the congregation has grown almost 4 fold to 70+.  The new building was to house up to 60.  At the time, the congregation was just 20, and that seemed big enough, but now, the church is completely packed several nights a week.

We have also noticed something else.  The church steps have become a meeting place for the kids to hang out and play.  What a joy and blessing it is to be a part of the Lord’s work.  Consider helping these people, money goes farther here than in the U.S.

When July entered, we started preparing for the Wordless Ministries team to arrive.  A team of 22 arrived on the 13th and we ministered along the Amazon river for 7 days.  Brad was able to bring along Leandro, one of the men from Jardim Tropical who received Christ as his Savior last.  This was the perfect opportunity for him to work side by side with Pr.  Joel, a very gifted evangelist.

While Brad was on this trip, Melissa was in Jardim Tropical daily ministering to the people.

Click here https://millerstobrazil.com/ministries/wordlessministries/ to see the pictures from this group.

The day after that group left, we packed up and headed to the Indian Village.

We arrived at the mouth of the Indian Reservation at 1am.  Imagine arriving in the middle of the largest rain forest in the world.  You leave the safety of the “big” boat and load all of your supplies into your ministry boat, just big enough to haul your cargo and food for the next week.  As the “big” boat continues it’s steady ‘buhbuhbuhbuh” up the river, and your boat is being towed alongside, the workers call out, “NOW!” and they release the line from your boat and you skimmer across the dark water, under the darker, star ridden sky, and watch the “big” boat disappear into the night.  With your flash light in hand, you start searching the far shoreline for the mouth of the lake, which is just a small doorway in the otherwise thick covering of rain forest growth, and you head that direction.  You are now on your own, no cell phone service, no street lights, and you have another hour of travel, navigating across the flooded rainforest, looking for familiar areas to guide your way into the remote Indian Village.

This is how it is on every trip we make into the forest.

We arrived at the jungle house at 2:30am.  We clean, sweep, throw up mosquito nets and hammocks, first for the kids, and then for ourselves.  And although we should be tired, we are full of anticipation and the coffee we chugged down at 12:30 in order to not be sleepy navigating the forest, we calm down, relax and sleep by 4:30, knowing that by 7:30, the villagers will start arriving at your door to greet you.

Knock, knock, knock, “Pastor?” It’s 7:00 o’clock.  “Do you want to have leadership class this morning at eight?”

There is no greater joy than to see the vigor in the people under your care, hungry for the word of God!

We held 15 church services and bible studies in the 7 days we were in the village.

Click here https://millerstobrazil.com/ministries/apurina-tribe/  to read more details and see pictures.

We baptized 4 people on this trip, Guerlermi and Elsamara, Leonete, and Raimunda. Please pray for them, and for Aldeia Nova, the new village which has asked us to start church services.

God bless you all,

Thank you for your prayers,

Brad and Melissa, Josiah, Veronica and Benjamin.

Brazil Update June 2017

Greetings in Christ,
We are officially into the “dry season” here in the Amazon Rain Forest.  Sounds weird, huh?  Dry?

 

Yes, it is dry……er  here in Manaus.  In fact, it will slowly stop raining and will altogether quit by the end of June.  Then we  won’t see any rain again (except for sporadic sprinkles) until mid September.  And when it get’s dry here, whew!  The heat comes on!
 

That said, let me tell you what God has been doing through us the last couple of months.
 

I, Brad, just returned from another extremely fruitful 19 day trip into the Indian village.  The day I arrived in the village, I quickly unpacked and then repacked again into a smaller bag and went on up river 14 hrs with Chief Makao, Oscar and Analucia, Oscar’s brother Valcidis, sister Nilza, and Raimunda.
 

 We were heading back to the village we went to two years ago where the Chief and his son repented from their idols and accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. On that trip, the Chief had not let us talk with the whole village, but just his immediate family.  On this trip, at his request, we were coming in to teach a Bible conference to the whole village, with 4 other villages invited. We held 10 classes over the 3 day conference and showed the Jesus Film in their language.  They would like to know more and build a church.  For more details on the conference, click here: https://millerstobrazil.com/ministries/apurina-tribe/

 

Upon returning to our village, we held our normal daily leadership studies from 8-11am and nightly Genesis studies, with a movie night on Saturday and two Sunday services.  I stayed for two weeks and returned at the end of May.
The whole family will go on the next trip, the 3rd week of July.
 

I did some construction projects on this trip also. I tore down and rebuilt from scratch the front water tower on our Jungle House. I placed two 500 liter water tubs there, one which feeds our kitchen and the other at ground level, which the people can get fresh water from during the dry season.
I also rewired the church with new light fixtures, wires, and outlets powered by our Diesel Generator.
Upon returning to Manaus, I started prepping for a wedding ceremony I would officiate between an American man from California and a Brazilian woman from Belem, a city down river from us.  The man was from one of the Calvary Chapel churches in Southern California and so we had a common connection. We had the ceremony last Saturday, May 27th. Click here to see a photo: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1515690278481090&set=pcb.1515691961814255&type=3&theater

 

The work in Jardim Tropical is continuing to be a huge blessing!  Our leadership classes are helping them as they strive to reach their own community with the Gospel through open air preaching and teaching 4 nights a week.  We are supportive of their work and would like to bless them with a church building, which will help us too by getting the outreaches we do and their services up out of the dirt and mud.  Our Saturday Leadership class could then be moved from our mission base to the community, and possibly grow.

 

Our Saturday morning Leadership Studies are blessing the people there.  Each Saturday I lead an Inductive Bible Study class in our mission base  to Artur, Leandro, and two others.  They take the things they learn in the class back to the Jardim Tropical community and lead Bible Studies and and evening services. They also started a kid’s program during evening services and a kid’s club on Saturday.
 

Visit the Jardim Tropical page and see recent photos here: https://millerstobrazil.com/ministries/jardim-tropical/

 

Would you consider a monthly donation of any amount to help further the Kingdom of God here in the Amazon Basin?  Perhaps a one time gift?  Has God called you to invest more in His Kingdom?  Matthew 25:14-46  click here: https://www.egsnetwork.com/gift2/?giftid=578DEFE9E5AA486 to help.

 

God bless you all,
 

Thank you for your prayers,

 

Brad and Melissa, Josiah, Veronica and Benjamin.
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Brad and Melissa Miller
Rua Jeronimo De Albuquerque #126
Dom Pedro
Manaus , Am 69040-470
Brazil

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