A Desert in the Amazon

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!

Welcome to the wild west - only it's in the Amazon Basin
Welcome to the wild west - only it's in the Amazon Basin
Jason takes a shot at squeezing sugar cane for a tasty, sweet drink
Jason takes a shot at squeezing sugar cane for a tasty, sweet drink
Local believer Rui introduces us to one of his friends
Local believer Rui introduces us to one of his friends
A close up pic of our little friend
A close up pic of our little friend
John making friends
John making friends
Goliath takes on David during this dramatic reenactment that my mother and other team members planned
Goliath takes on David during this dramatic reenactment that my mother and other team members planned
Local Brazilian cowboys ride into town
Local Brazilian cowboys ride into town

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.

Pastor Elson, a local leader and I lead worship at the night service meeting in the very church we're constructing
Pastor Elson, a local leader and I lead worship at the night service meeting in the very church we're constructing
Dad and Mom share with this tremendous group of believers
Dad and Mom share with this tremendous group of believers

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!

4 thoughts on “A Desert in the Amazon

  1. So very blessed Nate and Ruth by this post though it makes me so homesick for Brazil. The photos are absolutely great! Blessings

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