Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:58
Greetings in Christ!
Brad and Melissa here, letting you know all that the Lord has been doing in and through us over the last 6 weeks.
We were all in the Indian village from September 11th until October 3rd. It was a very prosperous trip! Highlights are the growth of the Vila Nova Church, plans for a new Church construction in Aldeia Nova, and the Children’s ministries!
Vila Nova: This is where our jungle house is and also where the original Church is located. Church growth continues there, as the children’s group is continually growing along with the youth group. Our children’s group, made up of 5-13 yr olds, makes up about half the normal congregation on Sunday services.
We also built new tables for our morning Bible Comprehension Leadership classes. We had a normal sized table, 3′ x 7′ which sat 5 men, with 3 women sitting on a bench without a table. We built three new “classroom” tables and can now seat 10 people. It filled up the first day, and thus we will consider enlarging our teaching room in the future.
Quite the problem to have, don’t you think?
Aldeia Nova: After hitting a bump in the road on our last trip in August, we were unsure of what was going to transpire on this trip. We are happy to inform you that we are back on track, tears having fallen from our faces (both the people and ours), traded out for joy and hope!
We will return to Baptism classes on our next trip in November, and set a date for those who want to be baptized, possibly in February? We plan to mark out the property and start clearing the land for the Church construction, hopefully, to be completed in July 2019.
Please pray for Chief Evandro and his family, and the continued growth of the congregation there.
Children’s Ministries: The Children’s Ministry, which consists of Kid’s Club, Children’s Choir, and Sunday School, continue to grow. The Sunday school is starting in Aldeia Nova, while we have Kid’s Club in Vila Nova.
We plan to break the Worship Service up to have both a service and a Sunday school in Aldeia Nova, where Melissa and Raimunda and Elsimara can start both women’s and children’s programs there.
We trust you are encouraged by this good report! Of course, all things are always working out for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purposes! Romans 8:28
Check this link for more current info on the last trip: https://millerstobrazil.com/ministries/apurina-tribe/
Please continue to pray with us for everyone in the villages. Here are some specific prayer items:
- Brad’s next trip, November 6-28th.
- The Leadership. Vila Nova: Oscar, Valdicir, Guerlermi, Pedro and Domiginho and their families. Aldeia Nova: Evandro, Emerson, Jailson, Josevandro, Cirinei, Renneson, Bida and their families.
- Our family. Brad and Melissa, our eldest son and family in the U.S. Brad Jr and Ashley, Andrea, Josiah, Veronica and Benjamin, along with Naice, who lives with us in Manaus.
- The Holidays and our plans for the coming year.
Possible 2019 plans: a) SGWM team in February, b) Brad going to the U.S. in Feb-Apr, c) CC Cumberland team in July, d) renting of boats for the teams, e) training involved and f) preparations for all trips.
God bless you all,
Please contact us to come visit and experience the amazing work of God and the Amazon life firsthand.
Brad and Melissa and Family.