We educate by teaching the principles of the Bible, as well as offering other practical knowledge. In doing so we believe the people will learn to live with greater purpose, a hope for the future and in harmony with one another.
We bring much needed encouragement by traveling to villages, gathering the people together for singing, soccer games, small groups, activities for the children and visits to individual homes.
As we educate, equip and encourage we also intend to care for the acutely vulnerable by providing for basic needs, such as food, clean water, access to medical care, as well as on-going support for children with special needs. In all things we seek to honor Jesus Christ and love those we serve according to His Word.
Our mission trips vary according to the skills and desires of our volunteer teams. Possibilities include construction, self-sustaining agricultural projects, medical/dental trips, and VBS-type activities.
All of our mission trips revolve around our double-decker boat, the Discovery, that is run by an experienced crew including jungle guides and translators. The boat is our home base where we sleep, eat and traverse the rivers from village to village. We also base many of our service projects in and around the John Paculabo Community Center that is situated at a strategic location along the Rio Negro outside of Manaus.
In addition to meaningful service projects, a volunteer team will experience sights such as parrots, toucans, Cayman alligators and monkeys; and go on fishing excursions for piranha.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The dates of trips are posted on the JMI homepage under “Upcoming Events.”
John Paculabo’s Story
John Paculabo (1946-2013) had a passion for the forgotten people of the Amazon. Toward the end of a long and successful career in the Christian music industry, a business trip took John to Brazil. It was then that God began teaching him what it means to worship through serving the poor. John spent the next 10 years of his life building schools, equipping jungle pastors, and developing deep relationships with people in the villages along the Amazon River. In the summer of 2012, John was diagnosed with stomach cancer. He fought the disease with great faith and courage. As his health declined, John worried about two things– his family and the people he loved in the Amazon. On John’s last night on earth, he gave the little time he had left to a meeting that would insure the work on behalf of the Amazon river people would continue. That night a new non-profit ministry called Justice & Mercy Amazon (JMA) was formed. JMA’s mission is to release worship to the poor by educating, equipping, encouraging and caring for the Amazon River people.
Needs we will address in the Amazon:
- building schools
- training & equipping jungle pastors
- discipleship of the river people
- Establishing plantations and personal gardens, including
- the provision of seeds
- Analyzation of soil and provision of fertilizers
- the provision of pesticides
- wood, hardware, tools and other materials needed to cultivate and demarcate the land
- training in farming the land
- consultation in establishing markets for crops grown
- Establishing a production of breeder chickens and egg-laying hens, including
- consultation in the processes for breeding and construction of chicken coops
- the provision of chicken feed
- Construction of homes, churches and cultural centers, including
- the provision of essential tools and training in their use (such as table and circular saws, nails, etc.)
- financing for some construction, including the purchase of cement
- training for how to build items such as chairs, cabinets, etc.
- Mosquito nets
- Ant killer
- Yarn and training in crochet
- Implements to string beads
- Trips designed specifically to meet medical and dental needs
- Emergency food provisions during the flooded season
If you or a group from your church, medical group or construction team, would like to be a part of this incredible new ministry, please contact email@example.com for more information!
Because our trips are limited by the capacity of the boat we use, trips are limited to about 12 people. Additional trips may be scheduled at later dates to accommodate greater demand.
Sponsorships to support the sequence of projects along the Amazon are $40/month. Sponsorship gifts will be applied sequentially to the prioritized list until all projects are completed. The website will reflect these successes as they are checked off the list.
Sponsors are encouraged to set up an automatic draft so that there is no delinquency in payments, but checks are also gladly accepted. Please follow the instructions that are available on the site to set up your automatic drafts.