Greetings in Christ!

Greetings in Christ,

Brazil Update April 2017,

We recently returned from another fruitful trip into the interior to visit the Apurina people.

Mat 28:19a “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…”

We arrived on a Thursday morning, 12:30 am by the big boat and were able to use our speedboat to navigate the lake and creek for another hour and arrived at our jungle house. Cleaning and hanging hammocks, we got to sleep by 4:30am.

The following morning, the Chief, Makao, let us know that he was stepping out in faith to take a “solo” evangelic trip 16 hrs upriver to share the Apurina Bible and invite people from the surrounding villages to our first ever Apurina Bible Conference in May, 2017.

Each day, we had 5-9 people in our house from 8-11 am. We use their Bible to teach from, and show them how to identify key words and then form outlines to preach and teach from. Each night we had services in the church, and I taught from the morning lessons, showing them how to use their own outlines, and we averaged 55 people in attendance.

Normally we have a movie night on Saturday, but this time when we pulled out the projector and our generator, the projector would not light. We do not believe it is a light problem, but an electronic board problem. This was one of the “modern” tools that we used on a regular basis to minister the stories of the bible in a corporate setting to an oral community. We will need to by a new one.

On Tuesday, Oscar, Guillermi, Raimunda, Melissa and myself took a 2 ½ hr journey down river to a new community, we shall call Santa R, (we cannot use the real names for security reasons). We shared the Bible with them starting in the creation, original sin, sacrifice for sin, and Jesus’ Resurrection.

This was the first time they had ever heard this. They did not know we were coming, and yet the whole village gathered to hear as we faithfully delivered God’s word for 1 ½ hrs straight. At the end, they invited us to return at any time as they longed to know more about this thing that others had not had the time to explain.

We returned 3 hrs upstream and had a special meeting that night to tell of all that the Lord had done through us at Santa R. Makao had returned also the night before, and he and Davi shared about what God had done up river.

Act 14:27 And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.

We are at awe, as we see the possible expansion of ministry and the sending out of indigenous missionaries from the original village.

What a blessing it is to have the new speedboat, with a 40 hp motor, enabling the ministry to expand as we practically teach the Indians to evangelize and share the truth,. We praise God for meeting our monthly needs as this expansion comes with increased expenses.

What is one to say in response? Only this….God provides. His goodness is shown as He faithfully calls people such as yourselves to partner with us in this wonderful work!

I plan to return on May 2nd and then head up river with a group to have the Apurina Bible Conference. We plan to hold it on May 7-10th in the “P” community. Please pray for those who will invest the time and resources to come and hear the Bible clearly taught and preached, and that they hear the call of God and respond with a sound repentance and a humble cry, “Here I am Lord, use me.”

As always, May God richly bless you and keep you, may He make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you, and may He lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace!

In the marvelous name of our Lord Jesus,

Brad and Melissa and Family.

He is Moving in Our Midst!

Isaiah 8:18  Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders

 

Greetings in Christ!  February 2017,

 

I was once told that the tribulations and trials we have are the very spice of our lives.  Let us remember the words of God, and then the commentary of Paul the Apostle from 2 Co 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

 

The Lord is doing something great among us!  He is moving in our midst! He is pouring out His spirit in these last days!  He is revealing Himself to the people.  Do you see it?

 

For us, we are humbled by it.  For who are we, that the Creator would look kindly upon us?  That He would call us by name?  That He would use us to minister to others?  Are there not others more qualified to do this?  We are humbled.  We are filled with awe.  We glorify His mighty, awesome power!

 

Melissa recently said to me, “Who could have imagined 23 years ago that we would be here today?”  I can tell you, “Not I.”  Isa 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

 

The work in the Indian village is showing much fruit now.  Oscar and Analucia are really being used by the Lord and we see the makings of greatness in their mists.  Through their lives, we see Oscar’s brother Valdicis now back in the church.  He has repented of his wayward path and has been shown strong in the Lord for over 4 months.  He has such a desire to evangelize and speak of Christ!  He has been placed as a deacon in order to prove his changed life before the people.  And the other leaders and people of the village are seeing it.  Oscar’s other brothers are being changed too!  Agustinho is being spoken to by God, but is still fighting against the goad. What a strong message God is sending through Oscar to his family!

 

We took our first local mission trip.  Oscar and Analucia, Valdicis, along with Raimunda went.  We visit two villages.  We first went to the chief’s house in each village and stated our intentions.  I already knew a few people at each village on account of working in the area and riding the river boats, but I had not visited one of the Villages before.  Everyone knew who I was, after all, there are not very many Americans around.

 

The closest village actually has a small Assemblies of God congregation and building.  We talked with the leadership and started the foundations of a future relationship, hopefully of working together, but not on top of each other, to reach the unreached with the Gospel of Christ.

 

The chief was not at the second village.  We went to the house of the eldest and first resident, Luis.  He is a Christian, given the Gospel by the two missionary women before us.  As of today though, the rest of his family are not.  We had him call everyone to the house and I gave a short evangelical message on sin and redemption, and about God not having grandchildren, emphasizing each person needing to make a decision.

 

We will see what fruit is produced as these seeds start to germinate.

 

The work in Jardim Tropical in the city of Manaus is coming along.  As I stated in the last update, we have started construction of a new Community Church there which will be led by Artur, a local resident we have worked with over the last 4 years.  The weekly children’s outreaches continue also, being led by Filipe and Ledeiana.  The community is very poor, but they put their resources together, along with just a little from us, trusting God, they started building the Church.  We are looking for His provision for the rest.  Would you consider helping build a church building in Jardim Tropical?

 

Family News:  Our oldest son, Jr and his wife Ashley are expecting their first child the first part of February, possibly this week.  And Andrea, our oldest daughter will complete her studies in the U.S. in May and would like to come back to Brasil to work and do ministry.  Both of these things, as you all know, require resources and sometimes bank loans.  Please pray that their needs are met and that they always seek the Lord in their lives.

 

Please pray for each of the people involved in these ministries, plus the many other things we don’t have time to write about.  Please pray for our family, our health both spiritually, emotionally, and physically.  Please pray for our adult children in the U.S., Jr and Andrea.

 

God bless you all,
Brad and Melissa Miller and Family.

 

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Greetings from the Millers

Isaiah 8:18 Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders

 
Greetings in Christ! January 2017,
 
We are very excited to share with you some of the new opportunities which the Lord has opened to us in the city! We have started a home fellowship on Tuesdays mornings, 12 people attend, which flows into lunch and fellowship time afterwards.
 
We also started a Saturday morning men’s Inductive Bible Study for the leaders of the Jardim Tropical area. These 4-5 men, led by Artur, have been conducting 4 services a week since February 2016. We feel very privileged to be in a position to help them minister to their own community. Brad helped them in December place the foundation for the new church building so that they will no longer have services in the mud. Your prayers are appreciated.
 
We hosted an American Thanksgiving in our house this year with several other American missionaries. It was a real blessing, as the men and women each had fruitful conversations about life and ministry in a foreign land.
 
Brad took classes to be a licensed boat operator in November. He can now pilot any recreational boat. He and Josiah had planned on going to the village the first week of December with our new ministry boat, but in the end cancelled because his licensing test got scheduled during that time.
 
Brad also went to English Guyana the second week of December with our local church leadership. He helped with the translations from the people of English speaking Guyana to our Portuguese speaking Brazilian Pastors and friends.
 
Christmas was a real blessing. We hosted Christmas eve with two Venezuelan families + one Brazilian family. We were able to sing Christmas songs in all three languages; English, Portuguese, and Spanish. We also read the Christmas story and had a small bible study, followed by a traditional Christmas meal from all three countries. Boy, was that food good!
 
2016 is now behind us. Join us as we look forward to what God has prepared for 2017!
 
This week, the first of 2017, we started our preparations for the next village trip, which will be January 10-27th.
 
It is exciting to be in the mission field, used by the Lord, seeing people encouraged, having their individual walks with the Lord enriched and fulfilled. Melissa mentioned to me last week, “Isn’t it amazing to think that God knew exactly where we would be today, 20 years ago? He knew exactly what we would go through, exactly what was needed to get us to where we are today.” This invigorates me! None of the past trials of life were for naught. None of the past tearful sorrows fell to the ground unnoticed. All of our triumphs were orchestrated by the only one who could.
 
Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
 
We pray that this is how you come out of 2016, entering into 2017 more than conquerors, knowing that the one who began a good work in you is faithful and just to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus!
 
We want to thank those who gave special gifts for Christmas, extra donations, Christmas cards, and messages, etc. Each arrived with perfect timing to remove holiday stress and increase our faith in the Lord.
 
Do not forget to lift up our eldest adult children before the Lord as they seek the path the Lord has for them in the U.S. Junior and Ashley expecting their first child, our first grandchild, and Andrea as she completes her Cosmetology school and seeks that career which the Lord has planned for her.

In Christ,

Brad and Melissa, Josiah, Veronica, and Benjamin

Greetings from the Millers

Isaiah 8:18 Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders

Greetings in Christ!
The last two months have been exciting as we have re-accustomed ourselves to the Amazonian way of life. I think the Beatles had a song that said “Nobody ever told me there’d be days like these”!

Let us remember that “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” Pro 16:9

We formulated our plans for the coming years and shared them with you while we were in the U.S. And now we are seeing some of those plans come to pass and others that needed modified. It brings us back to one of our primary prayers, please petition the Lord for discernment and wisdom on our behalf.

Pro 16:3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

We have been involved in three ministries: Our Primary Objective – the Indians and their growth in Christ, Secondary – Jardim Tropical, and Thirdly – ITV or Institute for Transforming Lives in Colônia Antônio Aleixo.

Because of the growth we see in the Indians and the opportunities at Jardim Tropical, and because Andrea (our eldest daughter) has returned to the U.S. for school, we have decided to streamline and re-focus our efforts, pulling back a little from the work at ITV.

Epheshians 5:14-17 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

The Indians: Josiah and I went to the village August 9-26. We held 9 Bible comprehension classes for the leadership training sessions, 9 evening services where we used our notes from the comprehension classes, 2 Evening Prayer meetings, and 3 Sunday services. Our typical day went as follows: 8-11am Comprehension class, 11-3pm fishing, lunch, rest/study times, 3-6pm house to house visits, 6-8:30pm evening services. We had a total of 23 meetings in 14 days.

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The Indians also had a festival on the second Saturday, during the full moon. Josiah and I danced with them in the evening and at sunup, they danced all night. It is a real pleasure to partake with them in their customs and culture as we learn how to minister ever more effectively in what seems to us the ends of the earth, but to them, their back yard.

Jardim Tropical: We continue to help in weekly children’s outreaches every Friday afternoon. But our ministry there is mainly focused upon getting the solid foundation of the word of God planted in the hearts of the adults. Artur and Marinete, who live there, have started evening services from a makeshift pulpit platform 4 nights a week. We are working with them more closely now, doing what we can to equip and encourage them as they more effectively reach the people of their own community.

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We have started meeting with them on a weekly basis outside of the community to build a stronger relationship with them. They have started attending our weekly cel group from church which meets in our house. Artur is very grounded and knows the word of God better than I. It is humbling to be used in such a capacity. We hope to equip them, and those whom he is mentoring in the ways of expositional teaching so they can better deliver the word of God to the people.

ITV: Melissa has continued to go on Saturdays with the group from our church to Colônia Antônio Aleixo. She is helping in the Bible classes for the younger children. I have stayed home to watch and care for our children.

The Boat Ministry: We have started the process to buy a boat for ministry. We will have pictures in the near future. We have paid for the fabrication of a 7 x 1.6 meter boat with a reclining top. Buying things here is different than in the U.S. as we cannot just go down to the boat dealer and buy from their selections, but instead must have everything custom built. We still need to buy a motor and all of the accessories, but the boat is getting built! This boat will be stored in Manacapuru (the city where we em-barque to the Village from) and be transported to and from the Indian village for ministry. It will be used in the interior to visit other villages, evangelizing and duplicating the work which the Lord has given us to do.

Please pray for us and these ministries. Pray for the people we are ministering to. Pray for their hearts, eyes, and ears to be open to everything the Lord has, in all of His richness and wisdom, to grow in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Act 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
Act 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

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God bless you all,
Thank you for your prayers,
Brad and Melissa, Andrea, Josiah, Veronica and Benjamin

Adjusting Back into Ministry Life

Greetings in Christ!

 
We arrived in Brazil May 19th with our feet running! We got started setting up the house, fixing the things that needed fixed, making connections again with those we work with, and visiting each place where we minister. Today is July 26th, and we don’t see anything in the immediate future that indicates things will slow down until after August.
The biggest news concerns the Indian village! But before that, let’s recap the last month…..

When we arrived, we found out the Utility companies had continued to bill us the normal amounts for the entirety of our visit to the U.S., nine months. After discussing these things with them, we reserved ourselves to pay the bills(Over $2200) and start the process of taking them to court. After billing us for the first 5 months and us not paying, because we did not know, they cut the electric wires from the house and took the water line out of the ground to our house. They would not reconnect anything until we payed everything in full.

Thank the Lord of Hosts for our local church, Igreja Batista em Dom Pedro for giving us a place to stay during this time(2 weeks) and for all they did to help with our ministry in the last year!

Then we started ministry, but do you know, we found opportunity to minister in the midst of our utility storm also? Ministry never stops when you are a witness and testimony for Jesus! He promised that in John 15:26-27a, “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of me: And ye also shall bear witness…”

We went to Jardim Tropical. We started this ministry 3 years ago. Our local church has kept the ministry going through children’s ministry and outreaches. We talked with Artur and his family, who were the first family to let us into their house. He has started preaching 3 times a week from a small pulpit platform he built there in the community. He said that the drug dealers converted, died or left after he started preaching in January. Praise God! We hope to continue leadership training with him to equip him for the ministry God has called him to.

We went to ITV, Institute for Transforming Lives. We help with this ministry. We focus on the parents and young mothers while ITV focuses on the children. We reconnected with the people there. We saw much fruit in the attitudes of the children and youth, and in the eyes of the parents and adults as we passed by their houses again.

I, Brad, went to the Indian Village for ten days in June. Josiah and Doug, a friend of ours, went with me. The people are doing great, growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ! God has been speaking to Oscar and Analucia, two of our disciples there of returning to the village we evangelized last year, 14 hrs further up the river, and we are now making plans for that trip, possibly in February 2017. They want to start the same type of work that we are doing in their village, making disciples and teaching the word verse by verse.

Melissa and I, Josiah, Veronica and Benjamin will all return to the village August 2nd. Melissa and the kids will stay for 10 days and return to Manaus. I will continue on until August 20th teaching Inductive Bible Study methods and the major stories in Genesis.

There is so much ministry to talk about and so much fruit to be reaped! Luke 10:2, “Therefore said He unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He would send forth labourers into His harvest.”

Please pray for each of these ministries. Please also pray for Andrea, our oldest daughter. She moved back to the U.S. last week to begin school in Virginia. Some of our church family there have taken her in and are caring for her. One family from a local church donated a car for her to use to get to and from school. Others are helping with her documentation, Drivers License, and getting a bank account set up. God is good and provides the things His children need.

God bless you all,
Thank you for your prayers,
Brad and Melissa, Andrea, Josiah, Veronica, and Benjamin

Tests of Patience

We have returned to Brazil!

We arrived last week with many plans to hit the ground running, but that was not the plan of God. When we arrived, we found that the electricity and water had been shut off, literally cut away from the house and the water tube removed. It seems that the utility companies continued to charge us until December, and then they cut services. They admit they were making the amount used up because our meters were not turning, but they do not believe we were gone. They will not turn on the services until we pay all they say we owe.

Have you ever felt that your life was just one test of God after another? God loves us and cares for where our hearts are. He does not want us to get ahead of Him also. Our lives are filled with tests of patience.

We will go to the utility companies and try to negotiate so they will at least turn the services back on. After this, we may need to take it before the court system. We hope that God moves and gives us favor with the utility companies.

We moved back our plans to go to the village until the 2nd week of June. At the end of June and into July, we have a group that will stay with us for a few days.

Please pray with us about:
1) The utility companies.
2) The groups which are coming.
3) The trip to the Indian village.
4) A new missionary couple who arrived in February, Douglas and Lydia, and their two children, Jubilee and Ryan.
5) There are many other things, We want to dig a well in our back yard to illuminate the water utility, We still need to pay $5000 to get our House Title printed and in our possession, We have all picked up a virus upon entering the country, it’s like the flu.

God is good and worthy to be praised! Thank you for your prayers and support! I will update pictures soon.

God bless you,
Brad and Melissa Miller

Resting and Raising Support

Greetings in Christ,

We have now been in the U.S. for 6 months and would like to praise God for His provision above and beyond what we had imagined.  We are anxious for our return to Brazil in May following our eldest son’s wedding.

We came to the U.S. with two main goals: 1) Rest, and 2) Raise Support.

We are rested and have accomplished many needed appointments. We travelled to 20 different Churches, 9 home fellowships and 1 school.  We also went to the Missions Conference in Southern California and travelled over 9500 miles!  And that does not include several trips to the eye surgeon (a 4 ½ hr car ride each way) to correct our 4 yr old’s esotropia, Melissa home schooling the kids along the way or Brad working for the local farmers during harvest.

Before Christmas, we had been to a different church every single week.

We now head to the East Coast to share at more Churches and with more people. We will start in Tyler, Tx, then head to Orlando, Fl, and then up to the Raleigh Nc and Lynchburg Va areas, ending in Martinsburg Wv.  Please pray for this trip, and for our monthly support base to be raised.

Preparing for our return to Brazil, we still must increase our monthly support by $2000.  God has proven in the past that our mountains are more like His mole hills.  We choose to trust Him, looking for His perspective in things.  “…Choose you this day whom ye will serve… but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15

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To God be all glory, power and majesty,

Brad and Melissa Miller, Andrea, Josiah, Veronica, and Benjamin.

Bearing Fruit

Greetings in Christ,

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Micah 6:8

When you live a ministry in a foreign land you must learn to walk with humility; which involves overcoming language barriers, cultural barriers, and change of lifestyle habits.  So often we feel as though we are completely ill-equipped to be able to minister in the magnitude that is laid before us, and we are. But in the moment, as we step forth in faith, as the rubber meets the road, God meets those needs and provides the strength, courage, and determination that is needed to press on towards that upward calling found in Christ Jesus alone.

We are so glad that we are not left to our own abilities!  Praise God for His continual providence as we faithfully minister to those whom He has placed before us.

Let’s start this update by looking back.  In our last update, in January, we wrote of our hope to see Oscar and Analucia step forward in ministry in the tribal church.  Over the last 3 years the people of the village had not held regular Sunday services during the times when I was not there.  This happened because the Church leadership was continually out of the village and they were not letting anyone else step up.  This was the main topic of my leadership meetings for the last 2 years.

We have worked with Oscar and Analucia for the last year with the hopes that they would step up and take upon themselves the responsibilities of caring for the flock of God within the next year.  We prayed and hoped that the other leadership would allow for new people to be trained.  We are please to announce that since January, Oscar has been leading the church services on a weekly basis and Analucia has formed a children’s group.  This is a huge obstacle that has been overcome and we praise God for the growth and fruit we see in the leadership over the last 3 years!

Let’s also look at other fruits of this ministry.
1)  3 years ago there were 6 adults that would come to the Sunday services when I(Brad) was in the village.  Now, there are a faithful 35 who attend each of the two Sunday services.
2)  3 years ago I had difficulty getting people to come to a midweek service, but now, when I am there, we hold three midweek services with 65 in attendance.
3)  3 years ago we only had 6 adults; no young adults or adolescents, but now we have 2 young couples and 9 other young adult singles along with 9 or so adolescents at each of the night services with a few of these in the Sunday morning services too!
4)  3 years ago the people were completely against evangelizing the neighboring villages, as this is not a cultural norm, but now plan to take a one week mission trip in their boat to visit the closest six villages and share the Gospel with them.  This is planned for later this year.

For the last 2 years, I have held leadership meetings in the jungle house each week during my visits.  In March, I started to meet on a daily basis with more focused discipleship classes with the 4 church leaders.  My goal is to have these 4 then take their training to the rest of the congregation and raise up the next generation of leadership.  I hope to see these things start to happen within the next 2 years.

We have finally completed the construction projects on the village house which included replacing part of the roof, destroying and rebuilding an outhouse, destroying and rebuilding a water tower, installing a connected shower room to the house, installing an indoor toilet with running water, rebuilding the front porch, and sealing the house from termites.  All of these projects take a lot longer to complete than they would in the city as the wood is cut from raw trees and planked using chainsaws, with each joint of a building project being hand made using hammer and chisel.  And all the wood needs to be dried and treated for bugs before using.

Praise God for what He is doing in the Jungle.

The work we are doing in each of the local communities is showing fruit also.  We work in Colonia Antonio Aleixo at ITV (Institute for Transforming Lives) and in Jardim Tropical, both of which are very poor communities struggling with drug addiction, child prostitution, and broken families.

The work at ITV is showing constant improvement in the attitudes of the youth and children.  They are growing in their abilities to control themselves, respect the leadership, and obey the rules of ITV.  We believe that these principles will then slowing be brought back into their individual houses, changing and affecting the futures of everyone involved, turning from the vicious cycle of divorce, teen pregnancy, and gangs to completing school, going to college, jobs, and forming good healthy families.

We see some of this already as the amount of parental involvement grows each year.  Melissa has started to train a small group of women from our church to do street ministry and discipleship.  This was something that just happened as we were ministering.  These women saw the fruit being produced and came along side to help, and now are doing the same things with the encouragement of Melissa.

The work at Jardim Tropical is different than at ITV.  At Jardim Tropical, we are still in the infancy stage of ministry.  We are still looking for the initial contacts that would open the doors for a weekly bible study or discipleship class.  Some of the hindrances we see have to do with the variance of Churches and their doctrines.  It would seem that most of the people who go to church, go to different churches, and thus don’t agree with each other, and those who don’t go, are comfortable where they are at.

Both of these communities allow for safe places to do outreaches with groups.  We recently did an eyeglasses clinic at Jardim Tropical where we ministered to over 100 people.  We also evangelized and made new contacts with an older teen boys football group.  We hope that these new contacts will be the open door we have been waiting for.

Please praise God with us for all that He is doing in each of these communities!

Our family is doing well.  We are all healthy.  Melissa continues to homeschool Andrea, Josiah and Veronica.  Brad has a continual job of mission base upkeep and repair. Andrea is planning and receiving support for a summer mission trip to Santiago Chile.  She will be ministering there for most of July.

We are still in the process of transferring the documents of the mission base into our name.  There are some problems with the house documents that we are working on, but hope to have fixed by August.  We still need to pay off the remaining balance on the house of $40,000.  If you feel called to help with the remaining balance, your gift of any amount would support this ministry, would bless our family, and would encourage Judy and Cathy, who are selling the base to us at 1/2 market value, and using the sell of the house for their retirement from the mission field after faithfully ministering in the Amazon Jungle for 30+ years.

In March and April our support fell considerably and has caused some financial burdens upon us.  We had a tax liability this year with the IRS that was higher than normal also.  We thought that others may have had similar stories, but now, we are at the end of May and the support has not come back up.  We had a 3 month cushion in reserve, but have now exhausted that.  We will be returning to the U.S. to raise support in a few months, but are in need of help right now to make it through the summer and to help with the current commitments we have.

We are listing these commitments under our prayer requests down below.  If you could partner with us at this time to help with the current financial needs, please let us know or click on the “Become a Financial Partner” link at the top right of this page.

Thank you for your prayers and support, as we continue to minister in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, made possible by God, who allows us to be a part of his wonderful works, prepared before the foundations of the earth. Ephesians 2:10

Please pray with us for the next 3 months of ministry and commitments.  Here is a list of prayer requests.

1) The Short Term American Group arriving June 5th-12th.  The outreaches planned for them and the people we will minister to.
2) Brad’s next Village trip, June 16th-26th.  The discipleship classes and people there.
3) The visiting couple from Murrieta, Ca June 27th-29th.
4) The Short Term American Team arriving July 3rd-17th.  The river ministry and the people we will minister to.
5) Andrea’s Mission Trip to Santiago Chile July 5th-29th.  The evangelism she will do and the people she will minister to.
6) The visiting couple from Carlsbad Ca August 1st-17th.  The village trip with them and ministry in the city.
7) The transfer of the house documents in late August.
8)  Our furlough late August or September.  Speaking engagements and total finances to be met.
9)  The Apurina people, the people of Jardim Tropical and ITV.

God bless you all.  For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. Hebrews 6:10

Brad and Melissa and family,

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Brad and Melissa Miller
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Down the Amazon River

Greetings in Christ, January 2015

“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” Micah 6:8

Happy New Year to all!  We have passed another year, and the ministry here in the Amazon is thriving!  Already we are planning and making dates on the calendar for the year 2015.

First off, Jr is coming back for a visit!  After being in the U.S. for close to 2 years, he will return next week, January 7th and stay with us for 1 month, returning February 11th.  We are all very excited for this visit!  Pray with us that God would use him while he is here!

Second, we have all returned to the house for a few weeks after a very busy 2014 year.  As you may recall, the last two months were very busy for Brad, as he was travelling and doing ministry for 6 weeks.  He is now back in town, and we have been hosting Oscar and Analucia and family, whom Brad brought back from the village with him the first week of December.

Immediately upon returning to the house, Brad and Oscar went on a week trip down the Amazon River to evangelize some communities.  Now, back in the house, we have been discipling them from the scriptures, trying to teach them both a better way to study the Bible and retain what has been read.  We hope for Oscar to step into a leadership role in the village church sometime in the future.

Christmas has passed, and it was a very good one for us.  We spent the days together in the house, with everyone in good health.  Coming into Christmas, almost everyone had been sick, but we all were better before Christmas Eve.

Thank you for your prayers and support, as we continue to minister in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, made possible by God, who allows us to be a part of his wonderful works, prepared before the foundations of the earth. Ephesians 2:10

Please pray with us about the coming year.  Here is a list of prayer requests.

1) For Jr’s trip in Jan-Feb.
2) Our next family trip in the village, the end of January for 10 days.
3) The groups of short term missionaries who are coming June-August.
4) The Apurina people.  We hope to start evangelic mission trips to the surrounding villages this year, with the Church group from Villa Nova.
5) The people of Jardim Tropical and ITV.  These people and children are on our hearts continually and we minister to them when we are not in the village.
6) Our health and our family, both here and there in the U.S.
7) Each of the people who are a part of this ministry, starting with our prayer partners, financial supporters, and the many different churches which partner with us.

God bless you all.  For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. Hebrews 6:10

Brad and Melissa and family