A Desert in the Amazon

Along the Amazon

On Wednesday morning we returned to Santarém from Canp via a speedboat along the Amazon River. It was like taking a jet down the river – smooth, air conditioned with movies- in Portuguese, of course. Oh, and it takes just a third of the time a line boat takes! That’s what I like.

That afternoon we went out on one of PAZ’s speedboats to visit various churches and homes affected by the recent record-setting floods. The damage was tremendous, and Joaquim needs to attend to 30 churches that were flooded – replacing rotted wood and even raising the entire structure! It will be very expensive. If you would like to help, you can donate to PAZ by clicking here.

Dawn comes quickly on the equator
Dawn comes quickly on the equator
Joaquim and Pastor Reinaldo
Joaquim and Pastor Reinaldo

We went out on the river with Pastor Reinaldo, who supervises several churches in an area extremely hard hit by the flooding. A recent video was done about Reinaldo which can be seen at the PAZ website by clicking here.

This church in Piracaoera is nearing completion.  It did not go under water as construction started when the water was high
This church in Piracaoera is nearing completion
Look at the high water marks on the buildings
Look at the high water marks on the buildings
This family receives us warmly into their homes to see their damage
This family receives us warmly into their homes to see their damage
Jason goes for the Parakeet-perching record
Jason goes for the Parakeet-perching record
I dub thee Pastor Quick Hands
I dub thee Pastor Quick Hands
One of nearly 30 churches that will need to be reworked after the tremendous flood
One of nearly 30 churches that will need to be reworked after the tremendous flood
Inside the post-flooded church
Inside the post-flooded church
Yea- that's a big ship.
Yea- that's a big ship.
There's nothing like a sunset swim on the Tapajos
There's nothing like a sunset swim on the Tapajos

Trips like these are a wonderful time for our friends, supporters and loved ones to connect with us in Brazil and be a part of what God is doing. Everyone leaves impacted, not only be a part of building God’s Kingdom, but to see that their very presence is an answer to prayers that, in some cases like this one, span over 7 years. Everyone in the Body of Christ is encouraged, and the great Work for which we’ve been called moves forward! Praise God! So, when will you come and visit?

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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