Making Progress

December 2, 2007 at 1:34 pm

Quick Updates:

  • Catamaran import details being worked out
  • First trip on the Amazon a great success
  • New home to live in!
  • Visa situation being worked out

 

More details:

            Amazing to look back over our last email and see how God has answered so many prayer requests. 

            After much discussion with the Receita Federal, the branch of government here that deals with import and exports, we finally got the steps of just how we go about importing the boat.  The actual whole process will take about 5-6 months.  During that time we will be living here in Manaus and doing the paperwork for the boat.  Also, we will be working on the rented boats with the Proyecto Luzerio doing medical evangelism.  The catamaran will spend that time harbored in Grenada waiting for us to come and get it.

            Last Sunday we went out on the Rio Solimoes for the first time on a rented boat with a group of doctors, medical students, dentists, nurses, lawyers, nutritionists, and Bible workers.  We traveled for about 1 hour to a close by village outside of Manaus.  During the day the health workers set up clinics and attended the sick.  One doctor gave a health lecture to the ladies on breast cancer.  While the sick were being attended, the Bible workers went from home to home in the village passing out literature and studying with people in their homes.  One of the Bible workers told me that the people there are so receptive.  She said they are reading all the material provided and asking a lot more questions about the Bible and God.  Praise the Lord.  We are planning to go back to that village next month and take more permanent Bible workers from the church to work there for a while.

            We began asking around to find out what the cost of living was here: to rent a house or apartment.  What we found was shocking.  Many people here live in apartments and they pay between $800 and $1500 per month for rent!  Houses are even more expensive.  Feeling a little discouraged we decided we needed to start looking around.  Dr. Luis, the director of the local organization with which we are working has an empty house which he is trying to sell.  His wife immediately suggested we move in and rent it from them.  We went to see the house and knew right away it was WELL out of our price range for renting.  The house has 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, a HUGE living room, a small fenced in outside area, and a pool!  We looked the house over and knew it would be PERFECT to have as our missionary headquarters- knowing that groups of people will be coming in the future to do short term mission trips here.  The living room could easily sleep a whole group of 20 or 30 people on the floor.  However, we knew we couldn’t afford it.  Rilda, the wife, said she would give us a special deal since we were here as missionaries- $1,020 per month.  We couldn’t believe our ears!  That was the same price it would cost to rent an apartment! 

            After much prayer and seeking the Lord’s will, we decided this was an opportunity from God.  We went back to Rilda’s house to discuss this with her.  We took the opportunity to explain to her that we are volunteer missionaries with no monthly stipend and that we are living by faith, knowing that God is big enough to supply all our needs.  We wanted her to know our financial situation perfectly before deciding to rent to us.  She agreed that God was surely in this program and wanted us to move in the same day.  Praise the Lord.  We are now moved in to our new temporary home!  Levi is having a great time with a yard to run and play in and room to kick his ball.   When I went to pay for the first month’s rent, Rilda explained that her and Dr. Luis had been praying and felt impressed to drop the rent to $555 per month!  We were so excited.  God is so good.  Once again he has given us nicer than we could have dreamed or imagined.  Ephesians 3:20.

            Our visa situation is working out as well.  We found out that we HAVE to return to Miami to change the visa from our tourist status to volunteer visa status.  Once we bring all the needed paperwork back with us from the NGO here it will take between 2-6 months to get our volunteer visas approved.  However, during that time we can return to Brazil on our tourist visas.  We are currently getting the needed paperwork together from here and praying about when we should return to apply for our visas.

            Next weekend we are going to have the first ever conference for all those involved in being volunteers for the launch program.  The local NGO here is doing all the planning and inviting officials from the city and other religious organizations that do similar work on the Amazon River.  Please keep this meeting in your prayers.

            Praise God for his continual blessings.  He has provided sufficient money for EVERY need we have encountered.  Truly, God is coming soon and wants ALL his children to learn to live by faith and take Him at his promises.  The Bible is full of beautiful promises, just reach up in faith and take hold of them.

 

God Bless, 

Brad, Lina and Levi Mills

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