The Wild West of Brazil
It wasn’t all work though – we had much fun along the way. Even though we were in the Amazon Basin, Canp felt like an old western town. Dirt roads, livestock freely roaming around, and carts drawn by cattle and horses all added to the overall effect. Canp gets a lot of rain, but the soil does not retain it, so the area is a cross between rainforest and desert!
The people of Canp inspired us. For seven years they faithfully prayed for a church building, being passed over a number of times for a church construction investment because there were other “more needy” areas. But this didn’t deter base leader/Pastor Elson or local leaders such as Rui, who continued to pray and work towards planting a church in this key area. Canp is a major thoroughfare on the local dirt highway and a key location in reaching the surrounding area. One of our biggest challenges is providing solid supervision to all the churches we plant. We’ve found that churches grow healthy and strong when their supervision is the same. That is the great challenge and the great need for a strong church in Canp.
The local believers are full of love, faith and perseverance. Their excitement was contagious, as after 7 years they were seeing God respond to their prayers. I have no doubt that it is time for a great harvest in Canp and the surrounding areas. God has already raised up great leaders in that area!
Canyon cliffs and cactus in the Amazon?! – click Page 4 below!