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Noah’s Ark becomes a new church construction plan

Done with our preparations, we head back to Santarém and say goodbye to our brothers and sisters in Piracaoera

The day after helping Joaquim and the short-termers with the finishing touches on our new church plant in Iruçanga (see the last article), I went out with Joaquim again, this time on the flooded Amazon River to go visit another church construction work in progress. The community of Piracaoera lies along the Amazon River and is completely under water. PAZ has been helping this area recently because of the devastating floods that have destroyed many homes. In the midst of these floods, we are also building a new church! This church was recently featured in a video I put up on the PAZ website – click here to see it. The purpose of our trip was to prepare for the next work team that will be helping soon.

We piled into the little speedboat and went out into the great Amazon. I was amazed by how high the water is, even after it’s gone down by about a meter. So come with us now on the flooded Amazon River. Just click the first picture below and advance the slideshow with your arrow keys. ?????? ?????? ????? ??????? ?????? ?????

The floor of this church isn’t even done yet, and people and fisherman are already using it for shelter! It’s one of the only places for miles around that is above the water. Because the church has opened its doors (that aren’t even hung yet), good will in the community has grown greatly, and by God’s grace we will see this church grow greatly because of it.

Thousands of years ago, Noah built a wooden ark as instructed by the Lord. It was a refuge to him, his family and all sorts of animals. Today we are still building arks as instructed by the Lord, but now for people. These arks are called churches and are a refuge for those in the flood; a place to find salvation in Jesus Christ.

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Noah's Ark becomes a new church construction plan

Done with our preparations, we head back to Santarém and say goodbye to our brothers and sisters in Piracaoera

The day after helping Joaquim and the short-termers with the finishing touches on our new church plant in Iruçanga (see the last article), I went out with Joaquim again, this time on the flooded Amazon River to go visit another church construction work in progress. The community of Piracaoera lies along the Amazon River and is completely under water. PAZ has been helping this area recently because of the devastating floods that have destroyed many homes. In the midst of these floods, we are also building a new church! This church was recently featured in a video I put up on the PAZ website – click here to see it. The purpose of our trip was to prepare for the next work team that will be helping soon.

We piled into the little speedboat and went out into the great Amazon. I was amazed by how high the water is, even after it’s gone down by about a meter. So come with us now on the flooded Amazon River. Just click the first picture below and advance the slideshow with your arrow keys. ?????? ?????? ????? ??????? ?????? ?????

The floor of this church isn’t even done yet, and people and fisherman are already using it for shelter! It’s one of the only places for miles around that is above the water. Because the church has opened its doors (that aren’t even hung yet), good will in the community has grown greatly, and by God’s grace we will see this church grow greatly because of it.

Thousands of years ago, Noah built a wooden ark as instructed by the Lord. It was a refuge to him, his family and all sorts of animals. Today we are still building arks as instructed by the Lord, but now for people. These arks are called churches and are a refuge for those in the flood; a place to find salvation in Jesus Christ.

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March for Jesus

The March for Jesus this year in Santarém was huge and powerful. As Santarém is being won for the Lord and the number of Christians grows, so does events like the March. The March had a great turnout, and it’s amazing to see how God is using His church to win a city that even just 50 years ago had a handful of Christians. Take a look at these pictures. (Don’t forget to click on them to see them fullsize- a must! Use your arrow keys to advance the slideshow. To view all the pictures and read an update on Ruth, make sure to click “Read More” below!)

The Amazing March for Jesus in Santarém Approaches
The Amazing March for Jesus in Santarém Approaches

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More Flood News & Pics

Well, we just continue to receive rain – lot’s of it – night after night it seems. We’ll see where it leads, hopefully it doesn’t last much longer, because the water is dangerously close to going over the orla (riverwalk & barrier) downtown. All the storm sewers have already backed up, meaning all the rain we receive doesn’t drain anywhere, just pools downtown (that’s where all the water is coming from). The biggest threat would be if the river went over the orla, it would completely devastate the downtown area. Let’s pray that doesn’t happen.

The "Venice" of Brazil!
The Venice of Brazil!

In the ribeirinhos (river villages), it’s even worse. There are entire villages under water- homes, schools, churches and all. I just posted a video to www.projectamazon.org to show the amazing challenge many Brazilians face. Life is certainly anything but dull at the moment- except for Ruth, who stays confined at home, taking it easy and treating the twins well!

Pumps and walkways are in full use
Pumps and walkways are in full use

Don’t forget that you can click any one of these pictures to see them larger – and you’ve just got to do that with this next great shot!

The stork is practicing his visit to our house!
The stork is practicing his visit to our house!
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DOUBLE the Good News…

Do you remember this picture of our Promise Flower that bloomed the day Anna died? If you don’t remember, here’s a refresher of what I originally wrote in my post entitled First Fruits & Ruth Update posted on September 28, 3 days after Anna died:

Ruth’s mom Becky found a single stem plant that split and bloomed into two beautiful flowers. It was the very first flower that that plant had every had- it’s first fruit – and it was perfect and beautiful. Did I mention it bloomed the morning Anna passed away? It has become a symbol of hope in Ruth’s hospital room, a promise flower, and we believe it says something about our future. Twins? I don’t know – I hope so! Does it signify the first fruits of Marlison & Luana that received the Gospel after hearing Anna’s story? I believe so. Does it mean even more things? Probably. But most of all it means hope.

Well, it turns out that it meant exactly that – TWINS!!! We found out at Ruth’s ultrasound this morning that we are indeed having twins – identical twins! They are almost 7 weeks along an measure .85 cm and .75 cm with healthy little heartbeats!

When I saw that it was twins I was so thrilled that tears started to well up in my eyes. Ruth’s mom Becky started jumping up and down and later confessed that she nearly kissed the doctor, even though he had nothing to do with it except to share the good news. It has been a huge thrill to tell people that Ruth’s pregnant with twins. It was very good to tell my dad, mom and Ruth’s dad and see the tears in their eyes again- but this time from joy! God be praised – He deserves all the glory!

Twins also means much more bed rest for Ruth. There was a small section of her placenta that is detached from the uterus, which is of some concern. So be praying that that heals up quickly and the bed rest does the trick. Ruth will be going to the doctor this afternoon and learning more of what we should be doing. It may also mean that I would cut my trip to the States shorter to be able to get back to care for my pregnant wife! Thank you for your prayers – God is good all the time, and all the time God is good!