Brazil Interest Meeting
This Sunday, February 12 at 12:30pm in the Warehouse conference room.
Sunday, February 12 at 12:30pm in the conference room.
This trip is unlike any other JMI provides. The indigenous people we have the privilege of ministering to live in small, simple villages along the banks of the Rio Negro, the largest tributary to the mighty Amazon River.
While the Rio Negro connects these people to the city of Manaus, they are all but forgotten by their neighbors just a few miles away. They rely on the jungle for their food, shelter and livelihood. Many of them work hard all day to produce bamboo skewers, an occupation now outlawed by the brazilian government because of deforestation concerns. They risk imprisonment for a few dollars a week.
This trip is full of adventure. A boat will be your home and a hammock your bed. You will have an opportunity to walk through tropical jungle that is full of beauty, and if you’re fortunate enough, maybe even catch a few piraña or caiman with the help of our experienced jungle guides. Most importantly, you’ll reach the least, the last and the lost in a land where few dare to go.
“This will be my third trip to Brazil and I can’t express what a profound impact it has had on my life. You always hear it said that, ‘mission trips change the way you see the world’ and I honestly never grasped that statement until I experienced it first hand.
The sheer beauty of the river and the jungle are enough to make someone want to come back. The amazing wildlife and nights on the boat, looking up at stars that seem so close and numerous that you could reach up and touch them, are enough to fill your memories. The fellowship with your teammates and the crew on the boat that move us from place to place, translate for us and cook us amazing meals is alone worth the trip. But for me it was when a boy named Douglas bounced a power ball off my forehead and thought it was the funniest thing he’d ever seen. It was about getting to pray with his mother, who is working to bring about awareness for children with special needs like her son. I’ll never forget that moment and how the simple act of listening and praying seemed to rejuvenate her spirit. I have a 2-year-old daughter and I can’t wait for the day when she’s old enough to make the trip with me and meet Douglas.” – Steve Horton
With the help of our partner, Ray of Hope Ministries, we have an opportunity to change lives. In addition to working on micro enterprise projects that will provide nutrition and safe work for these villagers, we have a tremendous platform by which to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. So, join us June 16-24 as we navigate the black waters of the Rio Negro and bring hope to a forgotten people.
If you are out of the Franklin, TN area but would like to be considered for this trip, please contact [email protected]!