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A Desert in the Amazon

At the end of July, we had a team from New Life Christian Church in Morton IL visit us. Our purpose for this trip: construct a new church building in Canp – a key city a good distance from Santarém. It was also the first time I had a good friend from college visit me down here in Brazil, Jason Duke!

As always, you can click any of these pictures to enter slideshow mode and see them larger. Use your arrow keys to navigate.

From the top deck of the line boat, Joaquim and Dad overlook Santarém
From the top deck of the line boat, Joaquim and Dad overlook Santarém

We left Santarém via line boat, or the public transportation of the Amazon Basin. It’s like taking a very slow bus on the water. Make sure to bring your own hammock, so you have somewhere to relax! It’s around a six hour ride down river to Monte Alegre (or “Joyful Hill”). We went right over the wedding of the waters where the blue Tapajós and brown Amazon rivers meet.

The chocolate brown Amazon meets the Carribean cool Tapajós
The chocolate brown Amazon meets the Carribean cool Tapajós

It was a beautiful trip to see the Amazon, with a number of rainbows appearing and a spectacular sunset over the Amazon River. We arrived in Monte Alegre at nightfall, and the city looked angelic as the sun had already set behind it.

A rainbow on the Amazonian horizon
A rainbow on the Amazonian horizon
Down below people hang their hammocks for a long, lazy ride
Down below people hang their hammocks for a long, lazy ride
A blazing sunset lights up the Amazon jungle
A blazing sunset lights up the Amazon jungle
Appearing angelic, the city of Monte Alegre basks in a glorious sunset
Appearing angelic, the city of Monte Alegre basks in a glorious sunset

Read more about this exciting trip! Clip Page 2 below!

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In the States!

Last Saturday I arrived in the States and started my whirlwind one month tour! 🙂 I’m currently in Detroit with my sister and brother-in-law and my whole family – minus Ruth 🙁 – and will be going to various family reunions. It has been awesome having fatty American foods, wonderful American roads, seeing family and friends and just enjoying being back!

I’ve got a prepaid cell phone that I take around with me, so if you want to get ahold of me, here’s the number:
309-751-7460

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Feel free to give me a call! I will be in the Quad Cities at 1st Free in the morning services of August 16 and I will be in the Peoria area in the morning service at Crosspoint Community in Eureka on August 23. If you’re in those areas at those times, stop on by!! I’ve gotta go – until next time!

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Time’s Up!

Today is my last day to get things in order before going to the States! Why’s that? Tomorrow, a team from one of our churches in the States, New Life Christian Church in Morton, will be coming down to help us build a new church! We’re super excited to have them down here. Our destination is near Monte Alegre, a smaller town down the Amazon River where PAZ has a base. It will be my first time there, so I’m looking forward to our trip down the river. It has been super hot, which will make for some hard but fulfilling work!

For my trip to the States, I would like to see if anyone has a car available that I could borrow from around Saturday, August 15 to Wednesday, September 2. During those two and a half weeks I will be in Moline for about a week, then in the Peoria area for about a week. My grandparents live in Northern Illinois, so there will be a couple of trips there as well – but all local trips within norther/central Illinois, nothing major! If you can help, please click here to contact me.

We really covet your prayers over the next couple of weeks, as I will be traveling a lot and Ruth will be home alone! I’m really looking forward to building a new church and visiting the States, but the thought of leaving Ruth behind for a month is not a happy one. Let’s keep praying for her complete health and the health of the babies. Pray for me and all my travels as well, that I would have good health and great visits with friends and family. You are such a blessing to us! God bless! ??????????? ????????????

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Time's Up!

Today is my last day to get things in order before going to the States! Why’s that? Tomorrow, a team from one of our churches in the States, New Life Christian Church in Morton, will be coming down to help us build a new church! We’re super excited to have them down here. Our destination is near Monte Alegre, a smaller town down the Amazon River where PAZ has a base. It will be my first time there, so I’m looking forward to our trip down the river. It has been super hot, which will make for some hard but fulfilling work!

For my trip to the States, I would like to see if anyone has a car available that I could borrow from around Saturday, August 15 to Wednesday, September 2. During those two and a half weeks I will be in Moline for about a week, then in the Peoria area for about a week. My grandparents live in Northern Illinois, so there will be a couple of trips there as well – but all local trips within norther/central Illinois, nothing major! If you can help, please click here to contact me.

We really covet your prayers over the next couple of weeks, as I will be traveling a lot and Ruth will be home alone! I’m really looking forward to building a new church and visiting the States, but the thought of leaving Ruth behind for a month is not a happy one. Let’s keep praying for her complete health and the health of the babies. Pray for me and all my travels as well, that I would have good health and great visits with friends and family. You are such a blessing to us! God bless! ??????????? ????????????

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Congesso Music Download

We had such a wonderful Congresso da Paz last weekend. Along with playing on the worship team this year, I also filmed, edited and produced a highlight video for the amazing event! This video was played for tens of thousands of people in all the local PAZ Sunday services – 33 locations altogether! Now, without further chatter, here’s the Congresso video!!

Praise God for such a wonderful Congresso! It makes producing a highlight video much easier when so many great things happened! I had almost an hour of footage of lots of great moments, so I selected some of what I thought was best and got it down to 10 minutes. I continued to whittle away, moving different sections around, intersplicing the Prodigal Son drama with the responses of people until it felt tight. It was then that I could write the music to go along with what was happening in the sound track. I only had one afternoon to work on the music, so I was quite happy with how it turned out. I’m posting the track here for you to download and listen to. Enjoy!

Congresso 09 Soundtrack | 5MB | by Nate

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Click here to see great photos and read more about the Congresso.