Many Waters Cannot Quench Love

November 28, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Amazon Lifesavers Ministry

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Many Waters Cannot Quench Love

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

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The death of Dafne and the near total loss of our boat, Salva-Vidas III, was a huge blow to the Amazon Lifesavers Ministry. As we struggled through many hard days afterwards we would often find ourselves questioning why this all had to happen. Why, when we were just getting started in a new region would God allow us to lose the precious life of a volunteer? Why after so much work on our boat would the Lord allow it to turn over and loose practically everything? In the midst of our suffering and questioning, we always found comfort in God’s word.

Our conference president addressed the group of survivors in a thanksgiving worship service held after the shipwreck. He read to us from Song of Solomon 8:7 which says, “Many waters cannot quench love, nor can the floods drown it.” He reminded us that love is what impelled us that day to use the right arm of the gospel to reach a community that did not yet know God’s love. And even though our boat sunk to the bottom, even though we were trapped inside the boat under water, those waters could not drown out our love!

Exactly one month after our shipwreck we traveled back to the very village of Saracá with the whole group of survivors plus our conference president. We spent the whole day Sabbath visiting the residents of that jungle village. We shared with them what the joy of the resurrection day meant to us. We visited each person in their home and prayed with each family, asking who had interest in Bible studies. We then had a volunteer husband and wife come and dedicate their one month of vacation to staying in the village starting Bible studies with the village residents. Nearly every person in that village has signed up for and started Bible studies with our volunteers! Praise God for the turn of events. We may never fully know the answers to all our questions on this side of Heaven, but may we have enough faith to hold on to God even when the times are tough! Please continue praying for this village and the gospel work that will be carried on.

Read the whole story of the boat wreck.

Medical Missionary Conference

DSC_0085-300x291.jpgThe third weekend of October we were blessed to have our fourth Annual Medical Missionary Conference here in Manaus. Our speaker was Dr. Viriato Ferreira, a physician who currently works and ministers in Portugal. Dr. Viriato is the president of a church supporting ministry, board member of OCI, and in addition, the director of Health and Temperance for the Euro-African Division. It was such a blessing to our project, encouraging our volunteers to continue stepping forward for God’s service in the medical missionary work!

LIGHT Course in January

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The Amazon Lifesavers Ministry will be hosting a one month LIGHT course in January at our base in Manaus, Brazil. We are excited to have this training opportunity to better prepare some of our own volunteers as well as to offer training to other church members. We hope that this will be a step closer to opening a full time 6 month Bible-worker training course in Manaus. Please pray for the success of this project.

New Couple Joins Our Team

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We are so thrilled to announce the arrival of a new couple to our team. Osnilton and Michelle join us from Parana, a state in South Brazil. The couple spent the last 3 and a half years studying and living in England, where Osnilton graduated from Computer Network Administration. Michelle had previously studied Administration and Accounting in Brazil prior to moving to England. With a couple so well prepared and fluent in English as well as Portuguese, we are thrilled to welcome them on board to help out in the administrative aspects of the project. Osnilton will help in the coordination of activities at the base in Manaus while Michelle will serve as the Administrative Secretary of the project. Praise God for a dedicated couple!

OCI Mission Trip Great Success

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A big thanks to OCI and each volunteer who came on a mission trip this month to partner with the Amazon Lifesavers Ministry. With a small group of 7 we were able to make so much headway on several projects the ministry is involved in. The biggest blessing to us was the progress made on the small church started in Giró that we built nearly two years ago. With a beautiful new paint job and a pretty sign, one village resident already commented that everyone was going to want to visit this church! Praise God for their help! Thank you so much OCI!

Future plans

  • The first weekend in December we will be holding a medical missionary conference in a large city in the jungle to increase the awareness of medical missionary work. Please pray for the success of this event.
  • In December we will be opening a new base on a new River, more details to come. Please keep this in your prayers.
  • We are currently having a new support boat fabricated, Praise God for one more boat! More details to come.
  • We will be having three theology students with their families spending their four months of summer break working as Bible workers and evangelists for our project starting in December. Please pray for the success of the evangelism that will occur.

Brad Mills

Project Coordinator

If you are interested in helping with this project, your tax-deductible contributions can be sent to: Outpost Centers International5340 Layton LaneApison, TN 37302

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