Arriving In Brazil

November 22, 2007 at 1:02 pm

Quick Update:

  • Local church members house us and feed us in Brazil.
  • Meetings with local conference presidents occur
  • Levi is hospitalized for 2 ½ days, but recovers well
  • Catamaran arrives to Grenada safely
  • First trip into the interior planned for this Sunday


More Details:

We had a very nice visit to Bolivia and proudly watched many of our original students graduate. They were shocked and excited to see us there (we kept it a surprise). Lina made a little video presentation showing clips from the year the school started. It was an emotional weekend as many students thanked us for what we contributed to their lives.

            After being in Bolivia for one week visiting the students we made the flight to Brazil with David Gates, GMI president, in his Piper Twin Comanche.  We arrived here in Manaus last Wednesday at about 12:20 in the morning.  After a few hours of sleep we had our first meeting with the local conference office.  The North Brazil Union attorney and the conference president were both present and took part in helping discuss and plan the new program.  Much enthusiasm was shared and verbal support given.

            A local church family opened their house to us upon our arrival.  They have allowed us to stay in their spare house.  This has been a huge blessing.  Unfortunately, their family members that lived here before are moving back in 3 weeks, so we will continue to search for a permanent home.

            Satan certainly is not happy with our decision to move here and he has already begun attacking where it hurts most.  Levi starting getting sick on Thursday of last week, he must have gotten something in Bolivia.  Friday morning we awoke to see Levi’s bed FULL of diarrhea.  He continued to have diarrhea all day long, but he was eating and drinking okay.  Friday night he began throwing up.  He continued to throw up and have diarrhea at a frightening rate.  By 10am on Sabbath morning he was lifeless in the bed.  Each time we tried to give him even a sip of fluids he would throw up.  We rushed him to the Adventist Hospital’s ER in Manaus.  We prayed like never before and after 3 days and 2 nights he was discharged eating and playing again- Praise God. 

            This week we have had more meetings with a local group of doctors and dentists who are thrilled to work with us and partner with us and restarting this medical evangelistic launch.  One doctor last night even gave us his spare car to borrow- Praise God we now can get around on our own.

            Starting a program is a bit stressful to say the least, but each day we are thrilled and awed at God’s amazing provisions. 

            Please continue to pray for this program.  We have already seen how great the need really is here.  This Sunday we are going to make our first trip out on a rented boat to a close by village to do medical work and assess the needs locally.  The group of physicians has assured us that we will be shocked at the needs we see on the first day!

            Please pray specifically for :

  • Our Visa situation: Several NGO organizations are trying to help us get our permanent visas to continue living here, but no success yet
  • The boat: The catamaran donated for this program has arrived in Grenada in the Caribbean and is waiting our arrival there to bring it to Brazil.  We had meetings yesterday with two customs agents and a local NGO to work out the arrangements to bring the boat in.  Let me assure you, this process won’t happen easily-but all things are possible with God.
  • Our living situation: we are currently looking for a permanent place to live in until the boat arrives and the launch work begins.  Living expenses are comparable and higher than in the USA. 

Each day we are here we encounter many difficult situations.  As we pray and ask the Lord for his guidance He has given us the strength to meet each day’s difficulties, and we are thrilled to continue moving forward.

God Bless,

Brad, Lina and Levi Mills

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