Brazil Update May 2021

We returned from the villages in late March. The ministries there are continuing to grow and show forth fruit that only comes from the Lord. Returning, we enter into the city and back to the mission base. It has been under construction since January. We discovered a structural problem between the room that joins up with the kitchen which required immediate reformations to be done. What we thought would be a few weeks has now continued on into May. We hope to have this work finished in June.

As I have shared with you before, there is always something happening in the city that tends to distract us from the ministry in the interior. We come down the river, returning from a tremendously prosperous village trip, high on the knowledge of what the Lord is doing in the people’s lives and through their efforts of evangelism and discipleship, and we enter the city where there always seems to be some type of problem arising. In this time, it is the mission base being under continual construction.

Pray for our time while we normally decompress in the city and prepare for the next village trip. The rest we receive in the city is necessary for the intense ministry in the jungle, but has not happened since December. For this, Brad postponed his planned return trip to the villages few weeks back in April. He will return, Lord willing by the time this update is posted. Praise the Lord that he and the rest of the family are healthy and strong in both spirit and body.

In March, we took a new young couple with us. We hope they will soon join us as co-laborers with the Apurina people. Their names are Nei and Raquel. Please pray for them.

They helped us with all of the ministries there. Nei helped Brad preach and hold church services and Raquel helped Melissa with the women’s and children’s meetings.

Brad was able to have a full week of Discipleship classes in one of the new villages where we started having weekly church services in July 2020. We are excited for this new village and for what God has planned in the coming months and years.

Please pray with us over the village Aldeia Nova. This is where we built a church building in 2019. The people there have been under some spiritual attacks throughout the last 4 years as we have evangelized them, and trained and raised people up. We see some of the people getting cold and drawing back while at the same time asking for us to do more with them. It reminds us of asking the boss for more hours of work, and then when he gives them, asking to leave early on those days.

Here are a few praise reports and prayer requests form Melissa.

Praise Reports:

  • We are under some major remodeling in our home rather suddenly out of structural necessity.  Thankfully one of our faithful supporters has donated money for the remodeling of our kitchen.  We really are looking forward to using the kitchen in the future for more ministry here at the mission base. 
  • Veronica had braces put on.  Thankfully all the costs of orthodontists are much more affordable here. 
  • Andrea, Ben Veronica, and Deusiane (the indigenous girl) all came down with cold symptoms yesterday.  Thankfully they are feeling better today. 
  • Always in need of prayer.  Ministry all around us, at home, with Brazilians, and the indigenous.
  • Our kitchen is in our garage and dust continues to fly in the air but God is pouring out His blessings and mercy. 

Prayer Requests:

  • We have had our indigenous women’s leader(Raimunda) and a girl from the village staying with us for the last month.  I have been helping her see the doctor and get needed exams done.  During this process, we discovered the root to her abnormal abdominal pain that she has been struggling with for months.  It is an umbilical hernia.  Please join us in prayer for God’s perfect timing to be able to get the needed surgery to repair it. 
  • Josiah had three wisdom teeth pulled last week and is still on liquid only foods. 
  • Brad is planning a return trip to the village on Tuesday, the 11th of May for 3 weeks. 
  • And always homeschooling the 3 youngest, Josiah, Veronica and Ben.
  • Keeping my chin up and keep looking to the prize of eternal life as I choose to meditate on His faithfulness and provision.  Amen.

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Brazil Update February 23, 2021

Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.
Psalm 127:1

Greetings in Christ,

Josiah and I made the trek into the jungle, this time after many months of being isolated in the city on account of the COV-19 pandemic.  I was a little nervous, as I spoke of in our last update, because it had been 6 months since my last trip in there, and the prior 3 trips in January, March and July of 2020 were each 1 week trips.  Click here: updates to read about why they were short trips.  

I was concerned that since a year had passed without having our School of Ministry classes in the Jungle, perhaps some of the people would be worn out a little, causing the ministries to suffer.  I now remember a saying from an American Cereal advertisement, “Silly Rabbit, Trix are for Kid’s”  and I think of God telling me, “Oh my silly servant, the work is of Me, not of you.” 

 Valdeci Gives Account of His work in the other Villages

Upon arrival, we were elated to find that the work among the various villages had continued with strength!  The leaders we have trained are even stronger now: walking on their own, keeping up the weekly services in the 2 Churches we have, holding weekly services in a third village which I had started in July of 2020, Oscar and Analucia planting the other Church in Sao Sabastiao, and they continue to make trips to 7 other villages, making disciples and teaching the Bible.  WOW.

In this photo, Valdeci gives an account of his trips to these other villages and the response of the people there.  

So, we arrived semi-close to our Jungle house at 2:30 pm.  We still had about 120 yards up hill to walk in order to get to our house.  I always appreciate the help of the male youth when I arrive on account of their strength and the weight of our tubs and gasoline bottles.  But on this day, there were no men or youth available, all having gone into the city or down to another village for a celebration.  

Analia (70 yrs old) came down to greet us, along with 10 or so girls between the ages of 4-12.  She saw our predicament and asked, “Do you need some help?”  I thanked her and said we would have to do it ourselves on account of the weight of the items.

Josiah sings in the youth choir

I grabbed a heavy tub and Josiah grabbed a 14 gallon gasoline bottle and we huffed and puffed our way up to the house, one of many journeys.  When I got there, one of the 12 year old girls came running up behind me with a 5 gallon bottle of gasoline on her shoulder.  She set it down and ran back down for another.  Then another little girl came with another, and another little girl with some other stuff.  I was almost in cardiac arrest just from the one tub, but my heart filled with joy to see the love of these little ones and to realize the little girls here are not the same as those in the city.  

In this photo, Josiah is singing with some of the girls that helped us carry our supplies up to the house.  

Good news from the Village:  Although everyone has had COV-19, no one has died from it.  This was not only the News of Vila Nova, but also from the other 5 Villages I met with on this trip.    

Alcimara and Guerlermi had a new arrival while I was there

One of the side effects of the villagers being isolated in the jungle for 3 months last year is that no one was going into the city and no one from the city was coming out to the village.  How does this affect the people you ask?  Well without the visits from the city folks, the village women all seem to have become pregnant and were having babies during the time while I was there.  

I counted 6 new babies in January 2021.  What a joy.  

To the Numbers.  In the 20 days that Josiah and I were there, we held 6 School of Ministry classes, 19 Church services in 4 different villages, 3 kids clubs, and 3 Youth Services.  

It was to my great pleasure that I found out over Christmas time that Armando, Mario and Agnaldo all started leading services to help out Valdeci and Domiginho. Agnaldo accepted the Lord last year. This is good news as these are all young men, in their prime, still in contact with many of the youth in the villages.  We believe this will help call more youth into the services, and thus lead to more commitments to the Lord.

Also, we found out that Guerlermi had taken up the lead role as Youth Minister.  If you remember, 3 or 4 years ago, we asked for prayers for more youth to come to know Christ.  Since that time we have seen a steady growth in youth, between the ages of 10-25, trusting the Lord as their Savior and King.  

There was some bad news on this trip.  We made a special surprise visit to Sao Sebastiao in order to visit Oscar and Analucia and to evaluate the ministry there.  We arrived on the first Monday of the trip at around 12:00 pm and were met with no one coming out to see us.  I knew immediately that something was amiss.  We walked the 200 yards through the jungle into the village; Josiah, Guerlermi, Raimunda and myself.  

When we broke through the clearing we found out that the people had just returned from their cemetery where they buried their chief, Apurinario, who died during the night.  

They will now choose a new chief from among the men, and depending on who is chosen, the work of Oscar and Analucia may be changed.  Check out their work here: Oscar and Ana.   

Please keep praying for the work that is going on in the Jungle among the Apurina people.  We are experiencing an expansion right now and are not sure on how to keep up.  We believe it is time for either a bigger boat, as I spoke of 2 years ago, and/or for more helpers, called by God, to come and become part of our team.   

If you sense a calling to come, please contact us at: millerstobrazil@yahoo.com.  Perhaps you can come for 1 -6 months, or for long term.  Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Luke 10:2

We definitely see a large white harvest field and are doing our best to raise up leaders/laborers for the Lord. We believe that the Lord is calling more to come from a greater distance though.  Could it be you?

Our next trip is planned for March 2-25th. I will return with Josiah, and Melissa and our other children will meet us there on the 18th to pass the last part of the trip with the people.  Please Click here: Prayer Request and pray with us over the next few months.  

Do you wonder if your support is necessary?  It is.  You too, can be a financial partner with this amazing work of God.  Please click here: “Become a Financial Partner”  and help us as we faithfully minister in the Amazon Jungle.

God bless you all in Christ,
Brad and Melissa Miller and family 

Mario and MariAntonia’s house

Brazil Update January 2021

We make our own plans, but the LORD decides where we will go.

Proverbs 16:9 (Contemporary English Version)

Greetings in Christ!

The following was copied from our last update in October…..”Reminiscing to March of 2020, before anything was shut down, before there were “mandatory” rules of masks and isolated distancing, we had just come back from the villages high on the blessedness of God and His exceeding abundance and goodness to His people.  During our March trip, we saw the effect and culmination of several years of strong Bible preaching and teaching under the influence of and guided by the Holy Spirit being manifested in the lives of the people.”

I thought it important to remember what was going on before our habits and customs were so drastically altered in April 2020 because of COVID-19. After our last update, we had some visitors at the mission base who came down with COVID-19. While we ministered to them, the virus spread to some of our own household.  Although we hoped to head back up to the Indian villages in November, we decided it was best to stay in the city.  
And just like that…….Christmas was here and 2020 went into the rear view mirror. Good news, Raimunda (one of our disciples) came to town and with her came messages of hope and love from the people in the village.  She and her 12 year-old son, Marco arrived on December 30.  

She said that all of the services and bible studies have continued throughout the last 5 months in Vila Nova, Aldeia Nova and Makarao.  She, along with a few others have continued to bring the Gospel to Bacuri, Santa Rita, and to Terra Vermelha on a regular basis.

What a joy to hear of these good tidings;  the results of our teaching and discipleship over the last 7 years.

The Lord is good!

Tomorrow Brad and Josiah head up river, returning with Raimunda and her son to Vila Nova.  We will re-evaluate the ministry on this trip and consider how we can improve upon what we have been doing.  With God’s help, we will visit the villages where Oscar and Analucia have been living and those where Raimunda has been working. We will continue with our daily School of Ministry classes while in Vila Nova, and try to start some other classes in Aldeia Nova and Makarao.

Please pray for us. We look forward to building another church building this year, which had to be put on hold because of COVID-19.

Melissa, Veronica and Benjamin will join Josiah and me in two weeks, catching the next boat up river on January 19th, spending the last part of January with us and everyone else in the village.

Do you wonder if your support is necessary?  It is.  You too, can be a financial partner with this amazing work of God.  Please click here: “Become a Financial Partner”  and help us as we faithfully minister in the Amazon Jungle.

God bless you all in Christ,
Brad and Melissa Miller and family

Brazil Update October 2020

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
Psalm 20:7

Greetings in Christ!

Reminiscing to March of 2020, before anything was shut down, before there were “mandatory” rules of masks and isolated distancing, we had just come back from the villages high on the blessedness of God and His exceeding abundance and goodness to His people.  During our March trip, we saw the effect and culmination of several years of strong Bible preaching and teaching under the influence and guidance of the Holy Spirit being manifested in the lives of the people.

New Believers from a new village

Having several different villages being represented in our Church services, we saw many give their lives to Christ and others recommitting to Him.  These “new” villages represented in our Church services were not so much because of our teachings to them, but were the direct result of the witness from those whom we have trained.

Victor Getting Baptized

Raimunda, along with Valdeci, Elsimara and Guerlermi, had held her own discipleship classes for the prior year in these other villages where, although I knew them and had visited them, I had not sensed a conviction or leading to hold regular teaching times there..

So on my return to the villages in July, after wondering how these new believers were getting along during and after the COVID restrictions, I found them to be growing in Christ and even more on fire with even more people seeking the Lord because Raimunda and her crew had never stopped their voyages and Bible teachings.  We started our first Church service in one of the villages and are ready to look at more full time work in another.

In September, as I was buying last minute supplies to embark on a boat that very day and return to the village, I jolted my right hip coming down some steps.  We had to cancel the village trip and seek immediate medical attention. We found out I had pinched and consequently torn the tissue between my hip ball and socket.  Glory be to God, this is something that has already started healing and with physical exercise will be strong again in no time.

We now look to the future.

This coming week, I will fly out to Recife, a city on the eastern coastline of Brazil, and attend our 1st Northeast Pastor’s Retreat.  I had become part of a new group of like-minded Pastors in November of 2019.  We have had weekly fellowship through Zoom where we organized what we hope to be an Annual Conference.

During the COVID isolation times, I also worked on a full translation into Portuguese of a doctrinal book called Calvary Chapel Distinctives. I will be one of four teachers during the retreat and will have the honor of going through the first three chapters of the translated material, the other three Pastors each teaching part of the remaining chapters.

That trip will be from October 6-12.  Immediately following the retreat, I will pack up and return to the village, planned for October 21st-November 20th.

Click Apurina Ministry to read a detailed account of the July trip.

Do you wonder if your support is necessary?  It is.  You too, can be a financial partner with this amazing work of God.  Please click on the link below or on the “Become a Financial Partner” button on this page and help us as we faithfully minister in the Amazon Jungle.

God bless you all in Christ,
Brad and Melissa Miller and family

Brazil Update August 2020

“And my speech and my preaching were not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”
 1 Corinthians 2:4-5

Greetings in Christ!

What’s been going on with Brad and Melissa?  We have not heard from them since their last update in April.

I, Brad, must apologize.  I have sat down many times over the last 4 months to type out a new update, but have been at a loss of words as to what I should say.  Very quickly though I can respond that we are still here in the Amazon Jungle and the ministry is still growing and doing great!  “Then why,” you might ask, “are you at a loss for words?”

Let me start this update by giving our observations of things over the last 4 months.  1) COVID-19 came and with it many restrictions.  The Brazilian government shut down most of the means for transportation between cities, communities along the rivers, and between Indian villages on the reserves.  They stopped all boat traffic and were not letting most people leave the cities.  Even today, the buses between cities only run once a day, when they used to run buses every 30 minutes throughout the day and some through the night.  2) As people were losing their incomes in the U.S., missionaries in the field were losing their support.  We are in this category too.  Many of the missionaries we know here have left the field and returned to the U.S., some with no plans to return.  3) With COVID-19 came a fear upon most people which directly affects missionaries whose sole purpose is to “GO” to other places and “Preach the Gospel.”  We cannot let the spirit of antichrist restrict us from doing that which we have been called to do, and yet we also cannot be agitating the fear that is already in the people by ignoring the restrictions that have been placed upon us.  This is the time to be “wise as serpents” and “harmless as doves.” (Jesus; Mat 10:16)

We have found that people here in the city are very open to the Gospel during these times of fear and isolation.  But we know that “today is the day for Salvation” (2Co6:2) for many of these.  We have also noticed that many (Church) people have used this time to draw away from God and the church.  It would seem as though we are really in “the last days” as we see a great “falling away” (2Th2:3) in the Church but at the same time we are seeing many open to the Gospel out in the streets.  Who will go and preach to these if we are too scared to leave our houses? But our calling is not just to those outside on the streets, but to a people deep in the interior of the jungle who are so much harder to reach because of the restrictions and fears of the populous.

In Mid-June Makaoa, the main chief of the Indian Reserve where we work was able to contact us.  He said specifically that they had been in quarantine and that we could not return until July.  Excited to return, we made the plans to go.  Then we encountered two things; 1) we noticed our finances had taken a dip, and 2) we were involved in an accident with our vehicle here in the city.  If you want to have more information on those things, please contact us and we will share with you.  Because of the common practices of people here in the city, regardless of fault in the accident, we became financially responsible to provide basic necessities for those who were driving the other vehicle as one was injured and could no longer provide for his family.  Praise the Lord that He was our mediator with this family.  We had to decide if God was stopping the trip to the Indian village or if Satan was trying to discourage us.  Both situations involve money and support, compassion, and giving.

Brad said, “I will not go to the village until all of this calms down, maybe in September.”  Melissa said, “But Brad if we believe we are called here and we are in the last days, how can we not go back into the village asap?”  The question was before us: Do we ignore the finances and go forward in ministry, trusting in the calling and the promises of God to provide, or do we pay attention to the finances and stop ministry and enter conservation mode?  I, Brad immediately thought of the servant who hid his talent in the dirt until the Lord returned. (Luke 19:23)

Three days later Brad and Ben were on a boat going up the river.  Melissa, Josiah, and Veronica stayed in the city.  That was mid-July.

Click Apurina Ministry to read a detailed account of that trip. Very quickly the trip was once again another opportunity for us to see God working mightily among the Apurina and for us to realize that we have not been ministering there for the last 8 years in our own abilities, but in “demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That” the faith of the Apurina “should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God”.

Do you wonder if your support is necessary?  It is.  You too can be a financial partner with this amazing work of God.  Please click on the link below or on the “Become a Financial Partner” button on this page and help us as we faithfully minister in the Amazon Jungle.

God bless you all in Christ,
Brad and Melissa Miller and family

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Brazil Update April 2020

Jesus said, “…but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Greetings in Christ!

Our trip in March was not like our usual trips.  It was planned to accommodate both Judy and Cathie, the original missionaries to this people group.  We were in need of a boat specifically equipped to make it the safest and easiest for all to journey up river while, at the same time, having a place to do ministry without the need of leaving the boat to walk up the steep banks of the Villages.

It is very hard to find anything here that is different from the norm, even a private boat.   We needed a boat with air conditioned rooms on the first floor that was also easy to load and unload from.  The boat we found had a large area in back that was easy to load and unload from using a smaller boat.

We planned for 13 people on the trip, but in the end, the ladies were not able to make it.  So, we had a large boat with plenty of space and comfort.  If you have followed us and our journeys, you know space and comfort are not usually part of our boat rides to and from the Villages, since we normally use passenger boats.

This was also the first trip that I was the main navigator for the whole trip.  You might be saying, “But Brad, how hard could it be to go up a river and arrive at a specific place?  Doesn’t a river always start and stop in the same places?”  Well, we only got lost two times on this trip, once going up and once going down, both in the same place, each costing us about 25 minutes of time, and both after dark.  The photo on the right might help you understand why it is easy to get lost here in the Amazon Jungle Basin.  And in the end, what would a trip into the village be without a little adventure?

We were in the village for 6 days, plus the 3 days of travel.  In that time, we held 12 Services including Kid’s clubs, Women’s meetings, outreaches and daily church services.  We baptized 16 people, 7 from Vila Nova, 3 from Makauao and 6 from Aldeia Nova.

Click here to see photos from the Services.
Click here to see photos from the Baptisms.

Kenneth had been there before.  He visited the village very early on with Judy and Cathie.  He had come and baptized the first 10 believers in 1989 and then the second group of 10 in 1991.  For him to come and partake in another baptism, but this time including the grandchildren of those he baptized 30 years ago was extremely precious.  People had come from many villages up and down the river, in anticipation of their arrival.

There was another highlight for us though.  It was on the last night of our trip, at a packed Church service, during the altar call, the Chief and his family from a local village came forward.  This was a direct result of Raimunda, our Children’s and Discipleship leader.

For the last year, since Deusiani came to Christ in February 2019, Raimunda has been making weekly canoe trips to Deusiani’s village to disciple her.  At first Raimunda said it was just Deusiani, but after a few trips, a couple of other girls started sitting in on the meetings.  Then, most of the youth started to attend, and in the last two months the chief, his family, and all the others.  We baptized 3 from their village, saw 5 renewed commitments to Christ, and had 4 accept Him as their Savior for the first time.

This was exciting for us because this Village had always been known as the “Party Village” where many of the young girls come back pregnant with no father to their babies.  It is also where we had received the coldest welcome from the father of the chief and as such, I had not been making regular visits to them.  Now though, we expect a revival to happen there!  This may possibly be the next place we will start doing church services too.

Here we are praying for those who had come to Christ on the last night of the trip.

We are in need of more help now.  We are training our leaders and making good disciples, but we need more who can stand and preach in the pulpit in each of the new villages.  Do you think God is calling you to help? Answer that call, and let’s plan a trip for you to help.

This is a family and our children are very involved.  Josiah is making good friends with the local youth, Benjamin helps us set up the church services and Veronica is a future leader.  Look at this video of Veronica and Ben leading songs during one of the Kid’s Clubs. Want to know more? 

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Do you remember the young girls whom we asked you to pray for in our last update?  Well, 3 of them were baptized on this trip, Estiane, Jovanete and Alizandra.  Please continue to pray Giucilene.

Also, please pray for those whom we think are future leaders:  Vitor, Nelson, Armando, Deucilene, Lucia, Alsimara and Alcimone.
Please pray for our current leaders: Oscar and Analucia, Raimunda, Valdeci, Emerson, Andre’ and Domiginho.

Do you wonder if your support is necessary?  It is.  You too, can be a financial partner with this amazing work of God.  Please click on the link below or on the “Become a Financial Partner” button on this page and help us as we faithfully minister in the Amazon Jungle.

God bless you all in Christ,
Brad and Melissa Miller and family

Brazil Update January 2020

“…and ye shall be witnesses unto me…” Acts 1:8

Greetings in Christ!

So we head down to the docks, with the top of our van fully loaded with crates of food and supplies, suitcases and bags from floor to ceiling inside, having already brought most of our group to the boat on a prior trip, and we find the docks crowded and bustling with all types of people;  those with good and those with nefarious intentions.  There is no place to park, as cars and trucks are already tripled parked, the sounds of the marketplace behind us and those of the docks in front, cars honking, and people calling out various commands and orders.  Where will we stop and slowly carry our stuff down the long staircases and across the floating docks to the passenger boat we are scheduled to travel on?  We quickly formulate a plan: First, we must unload the stuff and park the van at some distance away, then one of us, the largest and most intimidating, will watch the stuff we unload on the street and the others will carry everything down one or two items at a time.  Everyone wants to help, honest people and those others who frequent the docks, living in the alleys and streets, thinking they have an awesome opportunity to make a few extra dollars off of the strange people who have just arrived.

And another village trip starts…..

At some time in the past Melissa and I both realized that here, too, on the streets in front of the docks, God wants to use us as witnesses.  Being a witness for Christ is usually not on my mind in these situations, guarding against thieves and robbers is.  But God has plans for us in every place where our feet shall touch the earth.  So, as I am the gnarlier looking person, taller, wider, and much more intimidating when I stand at full stance among these shorter people of the Amazon Jungle, I am watching the stuff, guarding the stuff, and staring with looks of intent at all those who seem to have evil planned out, when I find myself in a conversation with a man who was standing there waiting for a friend.

Are you from the United States?  What do you do here?  Me, “We share the Gospel.”  Really?  What is the Gospel?     And so my heart starts to melt and I realize once again that God wants to use us in every place we enter.

The Youth Share the Gospel

On this trip, we took 3 seminary students with us.  We were filled with excitement as Melissa and I watched these youth minister among the Apurina, people they had never known.  What a joy it is to see each of them nervously open their mouths to teach something, wondering if the people will be receptive.

VBS at Calvary Aldeia Nova
Vacation Bible Study Calvary Aldeia Nova

Then, as they continue to share, perceiving that the people in the villages have been eagerly awaiting for them to come and share truths from the Word of God with them, these same youth become encouraged as they share and see the reactions in the eyes of those who are listening.  What a joy it is to minister in such a place as this!

Mixirica, Simone and Naice all were on “Fire” from our perspectives, having planned for Kid’s Club, women’s reunions and a shortened Vacation Bible Study program for each of the two Villages.

Want to know more?  Click here: Apurina.

We continued with our School of Ministry classes.  We had a new young lady come to the classes this time, Estiane.  She accepted Christ last February.  What a joy to see the changes happening in her life as we clearly see the joy of God in her heart!  We talked with her and 3 other young ladies about being baptized in March.  Let’s pray for them: Estiane, Jovanete, Giucilene, and Alizandra.

School of Ministry

We held 8 Church services over the 5 days.  Mixirica gave one of the messages and on one night we had Testimony Night.  What an awesome time.

Testimony time in Aldeia Nova
Simone giving Testimony

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There is always more happening than what can possibly be written about here.  God is at work making new opportunities and opening doors throughout the whole area as our disciples continue to share the Gospel in the many surrounding villages.

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Mixirica Preaching

God bless you all in Christ,
Brad and Melissa Miller and family

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Brazil Update November 2019

Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called,
them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 
Romans 8: 30-31

Greetings in Christ!

Many people have been asking how we have been, how is the ministry going, how are Oscar and Analucia, are we recovering from our various sicknesses, etc.  We must say, God is good and thank you for your love and concern!  It is because I have been recovering from Malaria that we have not been able to get an update out in a speedy fashion.

It is hard to explain, but this last bout with Malaria has been very vexing on my mental capabilities, causing an inability to group thoughts and ideas together in a way to relay to you the enormity of God’s presence in our mists.

As many of you know, Melissa and Veronica were in the United States visiting family and friends for the month of September.  They had a wonderful time of fellowship and relaxation in the Nebraska/Kansas area, sharing at a few local churches about the ministry and being able to spend quality time with our newest grandchild Logan and his sister Charlotte, son and daughter of Junior and Ashley.

The Completed Church Building

During the time they were in the U.S., Benjamin, Josiah and myself were in the interior of the jungle ministering among the Apurina Indians.  The ministry there is just bursting at the seams with fruit as our disciples are rising up and stepping out in their own ventures of faith, trusting the Lord, in order to bring solid bible teaching to various other villages in the area.

The Inside of the Completed Church

On that trip, we completed the construction of Calvary Aldeia Nova, our first church plant.  We also completely replaced the roof and rafters on our jungle house in Vila Nova..  We continued our School of ministry classes, had baptism classes, leadership classes, kid’s club, women’s meetings, and, in all, glorified God for He is good!

During the last month and a half, I, Brad have been recovering from Malaria again.  This bout has been extremely rough, but we are confident that recovery is now on the horizon.  I continue to be weak, but I am not anemic.  We have done various blood exams to confirm that the Malaria is gone and that my blood levels are good.

Your email and Facebook messages of encouragement have been a real blessing to me as I spent so much time bed bound, desiring to get up, but lacking the energy to walk to the kitchen and back.

While in the U.S., Melissa was able to see a specialist who confirmed that she did not have any heart issues.  The pain and symptoms she had back in August were related to an inflammation of tissue in the sternum area of her chest and may return, but was of no real concern.  He said that if it returned, to take a couple of Advil and rest.

We greatly appreciate your prayers and love.  It is not uncommon to suffer various illnesses and strange sickness here in the jungle, where it is so humid and hot, as viruses and ailments, parasites and other things thrive.  So we just ask you to continue to pray for us, trust that God is in control of even these things, and continue to lift us up before Him as useful utensils in His more than capable hands as we accomplish His will for the Apurina people whom He has given us to care for.

The Daily troop at the Jungle House

We have much on our pallet in the coming months and ask that you seek the Lord’s blessings and blanket these things with prayer.

  1. The Apurina people.  Oscar and Analucia our first disciples and trained missionaries, Raimunda, our local evangelist and women/children’s leader, Elsimara, an up and coming women/children’s leader, Valdici, the main preacher in Vila Nova and the leader of the church plant in Aldeia Nova, Emerson, Jarison, Jeson, Vitor, Nelson, all new disciples in Aldeia Nova and future leaders we think, Lucia, Vanilsa, Janet and Rosanilda, women disciples in Aldeia Nova.
  2. The new work that Oscar and Analucia are doing up in Sao Sebastiao.  Pray for the services, the messages, the people’s ability to comprehend and read.
  3. The studies that are being taken to new villages such as Makaoa, Bacuri and Joari.
  4. Our next village trip, scheduled for December 10-19th.
  5. The ministry planned in January 2020.  Two youth from southern Brazil will arrive here January 2-19th to go into the village and know our ministry.  Pray for an overall good experience, that they would return to the Bible College down south with a good report for possible future trips and helpers.
  6. January 23-25, First annual Pastor’s Conference in Northern Brazil in Belem.  I and possibly the whole family hope to attend and continue to form partnerships with other like minded people for the expansion of the jungle ministry among the Apurina people.
  7. The Group from England to visit the Villages, March 2-9th.  We are in the process of procuring a boat rental to bring the whole group to and from the villages right now.
  8. During these next few months as our normal schedule of teachings and preaching in the villages will be interrupted with shorter trips and groups.  Pray for the Apurina people and their spiritual growth and Christian expansion in the area.
  9. For our family.  Please pray for continued recovery from Malaria and now from weakness which are a result of the Medications for Malaria for Brad.  Please pray for Melissa and homeschooling, the pressures she has to run a household, a school, and ministry.  For our children, Andrea, Josiah, Veronica and Benjamin.

Do you wonder if your support is necessary?  It is.  You too, can be a financial partner with this amazing work of God.  Please click on the link below or on the “Become a Financial Partner” button on this page and help us as we faithfully minister in the Amazon Jungle.

God bless you all in Christ,
Brad and Melissa Miller and family

Miller July Update 2019

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
Isaiah 6:8

Greetings in Christ!
Hello everyone in Internet land!
We just returned from the villages again. This trip lasted from July 8th – August 1st. As you can see in these two photos, we had a lot of stuff coming along for this trip. We are so thankful for a friend who lent us an extra boat just for this purpose!

These photos were from when we were leaving the large passenger boat from the main river.  From here, we had another hours across the lake and up the flooded creek to arrive at our jungle house located on the Apurina Indian Reservation.
We had so many supplies to bring up on this trip that we had to organize the rest of the stuff to come up on the next cargo ship which would pass by two weeks later.  So, these photos were from the first trip, and then we returned to the river two weeks later and filled the boats again.  Such joy!

We arrived to find that Valdeci had never returned from his trip with his mother to visit family many days of travel up river.  They had left the day after our last visit 5 weeks ago. He had contracted some sickness along with being anemic, and he is still in the city getting exams to figure out what he has.  His mother Analia, on the same trip, contracted Hepatitis B.  She, too, is in the city, awaiting medicines.  The type of medicine she needs is not covered under the national health care program. You remember that Oscar and his wife Analucia left the same time Valdeci did.  They went to Sao Sebastiao to preach and teach the word of God, making disciples.  Oscar and Valdeci were the two main men of the church in Vila Nova.  Because they are both out, there was a need for someone else to step up.  It sure is a good thing that we have been training several other men and women for the last 3 years.
Armando and Guirlermi each took turns along with Domiginho to run church services.  Domiginho does not really have the desire or will to preach or teach the Word of God, but he is a leader in the community.  It is good that Armando and Guirlermi both answered God’s call to be ready in season and out to give a reason for the hope which lies within them!
The main focus on this trip was to find a place to use all of the stuff we brought with us.  We brought construction supplies and chairs to fill a church building.  We got right to it in Aldeia Nova.  On our last trip, we had started the construction of our first Church plant, and the second day in the villages now we continued.  Here are some photos.

We had one skilled worker with us, Valmir, from a local river community outside of the Indian Reservation.  He, myself, and several of the men from Vila Nova and Aldeia Nova worked on the church building.
We worked for one whole week, mainly getting the work done between the hours of 8-12:00 o’clock.  It gets so hot after lunch that you cannot hardly lift a hammer, and when you do, you have trouble hitting the nails straight.As you can see, the work progressed fine.  In the second week, Benjamin and myself took an emergency trip to Tapaua to visit Valdeci and Analia.  We were concerned that one or the other may pass away before we ever see them again. They both looked fine, but they were both very weak.  There is talk that Valdeci may need to go to Manaus. They are in desperate need of your prayers.
Upon our return to the Indian Reservation, we continued to work at the church.  We were able to get it mostly completed before the Inauguration on July 27th.  Pictured to the right is the congregation of Aldeia Nova.  Remember that in July 2017 there was only one believer and we were teaching the bible on a weekly basis.

After the Inauguration, we baptized all who were new and solid in the Lord.  Several more of the congregation accepted the Lord over the same weekend, and so we will have another baptism in the near future.

Ten Baptized

Oscar and Analucia came back during this time in order to fellowship with us and relate what had been happening in their mission field since we had last been there.  They said that the people in Sao Sebastiao do not read very well and this makes it very hard to teach them.  But, still they have started 4 services a week, 2 on Sunday and 1 each on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. 
Along with these, Oscar has started a School of Ministry on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and Analucia teaches the women on Friday mornings and a Kid’s Club on Saturdays.  The people are very open to the Word of God and want to grow in the Lord!
BIG NEWS!!!!  Oscar and Analucia had arrived the week before us.  Analucia started going down to another village, called Makauao where she was mentoring a group of young ladies, two of whom had received Christ in February when the SGWM team was here.  Also, Raimunda had decided to go down to another village, called Lazaru, to teach the Bible.  The people of Lazaru have been requesting for someone to come there and teach them for the last 2 years.  We made our first visit to them in May 2019.
Raimunda said that she could not keep from going since she had the Word, and it brings Life.  So, in the absence of a man to teach, she is filling the void.  We left enough gas for her to make another trip in August.  She will also continue a weekly trip to Makauao and keep up the mentoring that Analucia had started.  Please pray that the Lord lifts up a man to go to Aldeia Lazaru and preach, perhaps Emerson from Aldeia Nova.

It was great fun spending time with the people, training them, teaching them, showing them how to not only know the Word of God, but to live it.
What a joy it is to live the Christian life, to make a difference, to raise a people up, to be the feet of those who bring a message of glad tidings, a message of hope!Look at how the Lord has used each of you to reach and touch these beautiful people in the middle of the utter most parts of the earth!
Meditate on the goodness of God, on how He cares for us.

The crew and me

We now have returned to Manaus.  Our next trip to the Village is scheduled for September 2-26th, 2019.  Brad, Josiah and Benjamin will be returning, while Melissa and Veronica take a trip to the United States and visit family members in Kansas and Nebraska.
You know, we have grandchildren there who are growing up without know their grandparents.  One of them, Melissa has never met yet.  There is a sacrifice to be made to answer the call of God.  We understand a little of what Abram must have sensed when God told him to get up and leave his family and go into a land which He would show him.  

Please consider how you can get more involved with the works of God. For we were not saved to live for ourselves, but to glorify Him who saved us.  Not all are called to go like we have gone.  But in that going, there are always those who are on the sending side.


Thinking about coming down for a visit?  Contact us and let’s talk about it.  We have space for individuals or for a group.  We would love to host you.
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God bless you all,
Brad and Melissa Miller, Josiah, Veronica and Benjamin

Miller Family Update

To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. Jude 1:25 

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ, the only God and Savior of man,
And again I say, Greetings in Christ, may you be blessed by Him as you read this update.

We just arrived back from a very, very short trip to the villages.  As you recall, our trip in January was short also.  As my heart has accustomed to the culture in the village, I find myself not wanting to leave at the end of the trips.  Oh, how I yearn for them all to grow in faith, courage, knowledge, giftings, and blessings.

My heart is aching right now, as I realize I was only there a few days in January and even fewer days in February, and now I head to the United States for 2 months.  I long for the people to grow and mature in faith!  Please partner with us in prayer for the people of Vila Nova, Aldeia Nova, Popunha, and all other villages within our range of influence, where God desires to save the lost.

I don’t have a story of perilous times crossing the lake, with beady little crocodile eyes glaring back from the dark expanses of the jungle.  This time I don’t have any stories of dangerous pit vipers falling out of trees as we pick coconuts or poisonous dart frogs greeting us at our front door.

I do have stories of people getting saved, of our disciples showing forth their training and confidence in the Lord and of great fellowship amongst the people.

Last week, we were blessed with a visiting group of Pastors from Calvary Chapel Saving Grace, Yorba Linda California, representing our mission agency Saving Grace World Missions.  It was a special time with them intent on knowing first hand what is happening in the Apurina villages where we minister.

Because of this, we rented a speedboat to take us there fast.  You know the normal boat we use to go up and down the river requires 40 hrs of travel, and then, because they arrive at 1:30 am, we go in our little ministry boat another 1 1/2 hrs through the dark expanses of the Amazon to our jungle house.  There is always deep reflection on those trips, as you see the large boat drift off into the dark bends of the river and you are left “alone” in the “dark” in the middle of “the ends of the earth.”

This trip was not like that.  We scheduled to leave the city early in the morning and we arrived at our jungle house 11 hrs later, still before dark.  Of course, sitting on aluminum benches with only a 2″ foam seat for 11 hrs across a choppy and rainy 600 km stretch of the Amazon river is a story in itself, especially when you are travelling with children and people who are not accustomed to this type of travel.  Melissa and I are not accustomed to this either.  We think only the boat captain was.

We had services every night in the village, with simple expository teaching of the Word of God, visiting the people in their houses during the day.  We did two day trips, one to Popunha 3 hrs up river, and another to Aldeia Nova 20 minutes down stream.

We had Kid’s club on Saturday, packed with indigenous children and led by Pr Joel, Veronica, and Raimunda.  Want to see a video of that?  Click Kid’s Club.

We also had Women’s Bible study on Friday and a Baptism of new believers on Sunday.  And on top of all of that, 5 young ladies(14-22 yrs old) gave their lives to Christ!

Melissa quickly gathered the 5 young ladies, leading them into a committed time of discipleship with Analucia over the next several months while I am in the U.S.

Trent, Mike, Tim and Joel, the visiting Pastors did great.  Melissa and I reminisced our own arrivals 8 years ago, as we saw them stretched beyond their comfort zones, falling out of their hammocks, one deciding to sleep on the hard wood floor, walking through the muddy and spider infested paths of the rainforest, climbing up makeshift ladders into houses, and receiving the outpourings of emotions from Valdeci and the others, who were overjoyed with the Americans for giving up their lives and families to love on them and visit their houses in the the “selva” (interior of the jungle).

It was hard to leave after only 4 days.

In Aldeia Nova, after having a great Spirit led service with Pr Tim teaching in Luke 15, we saw where the people had cleared off a large section of Forest in order to start construction on the new church building.  I was impressed with the size of the land.  I am sure it will seem smaller once the building is on it.

New Church Site

A short trip, but there is much more I could share.  Want to know more?  Find out where I will be in the U.S. over the next two months and come hear a first hand account of everything the Lord has down through us, the people in the forest, and you by your faithful prayers and financial support. 

Brad & Melissa Miller and Family