Changes and more changes

September 10, 2010 at 8:33 am

Change is in the air! Nothing like fall time slowly creeping upon us, a nice change from the hot summer months…….. Wait a minute, it is not fall in the Amazon. Our seasons vary between rainy and dry, both being hot and the dry season being even hotter. We put out our thermometer these last days and recorded temperatures of 125®F! Weather aside, we are having lots of changes going on. This last week we had the official vote to change our whole project name. The Luzeiro Amazônia Project will now be called Amazon Lifesavers, known as Salva-Vidas Amazônia in Portuguese! Our motto: Saving for eternity. Along with our new project name we will be changing all the boats names from Luzeiro Amazonia to Salva-Vidas, the Portuguese version of the name. Please be watching for the many other changes that will follow, including a new and updated website and a new email address!

Many of you might be asking the question, why the name change? As we mentioned in our May newsletter, the Seventh-day Adventist Church recently re-inaugurated the Luzeiro Program, with the desire to restart the church’s time old project. To prevent confusion between the two programs with the very similar names, our church supporting ministry decided to change our name. Though a new name, we continue with the same objective: opening up the dark interior with the right arm of the gospel, the medical missionary work. With the inception of ADRA Amazonas to administer the church’s new Luzeiro boat, we will work in partnership to continue penetrating the dark regions of the Amazon basin. Praise the Lord for joint forces for His work to grow more quickly.

A chance to get involved

With our three boats in the water we have been able to successfully visit many jungle villages providing medical care, literature, health lectures, and evangelism. However we have come to believe that God wants more out of us. We would like to have all three boats in full time service, staffed with God fearing volunteers who are willing to get out and reach the river people of Brazil. There are two ways in which you could get involved: dedicate your life to serving on one of these mission boats or help sponsor a missionary who could fill this position. As we have advanced by faith through the whole creation of this program, we will continue advancing trusting in God’s providence to provide for the financial needs of having more volunteers. For only $175 USD per month, you can help meet the basic needs of a person, leaving them able to dedicate their full time and effort to volunteering. Maybe God is placing it on your heart to come and serve as a volunteer on a mission boat and you ask, What are the responsibilities that I would have? A volunteer does not have to be a medical professional to serve in this capacity. Responsibilities include: coordinating the boat’s care, driving the boat, coordinating with groups that arrive, keeping up the boat kitchen, overseeing and participating in evangelism, health talks, community assessments, etc. Although previous boat experience is advantageous, we can also train on-site. Please prayerfully consider how you can get involved in helping the word of God be brought to the interior of the Amazon.

First OCI meeting in Brazil

At the end of August Outpost Centers International (OCI) held its first supporting ministry retreat in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We were thrilled to participate and network between many other wonderful ministries that are growing all around Brazil. We were also excited to make arrangements to carry 14 students of a medical missionary training school out on one of our boats in the month of November to assist a local pastor to start evangelism in a small community of the Rio Negro. Stay tuned for more news on that trip.

Sad changes too

We are also sad to report that after nearly two years in service Cleber and Denise Medeiros, our base coordinator and secretary, will be leaving the project at the end of December. Feeling led by God, Denise will be returning to school to study nursing to prepare herself for a different line of service in God’s work. Their family has plans to remain living in Manaus and continue volunteering as much as possible with the project when they have free time. Please pray for God’s blessing on this dear family as they start the next stage of their lives. Please also pray for God’s leading in providing for more full time volunteers.

As we all know by now, change is inevitable. We praise the Lord for the many wonderful changes that have been occurring and daily ask the Lord for His wisdom and guidance. Please continue to pray for this project. We feel such an urgency to continue pressing forward in this dark area. We are thrilled to work hand in hand with our church leadership in helping plant the message of God’s love in more dark areas this coming year. Join us with your prayer and financial support.


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