“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."
Why do we go?
- 80% of villages along the Amazon River have no gospel presence.
- They are a humble people that live in deep material and spiritual poverty.
- Villages are often closed to local missionaries but are very open to our American teams with medical, dental, and water wells (Missionaries call us “The Crow Bar Ministry” because we can be an opening for a closed village).
- Villagers have a syncretized religion of Spiritism, Macumba (voodoo), and a diluted Catholicism...they are ripe for the gospel of Jesus Christ!
- The great majority of the population along the Amazon River have no access to any medical or dental help or fresh, clean drinking water. Many children die before the age of five because of water-related illnesses.
Because the river is so vast and rises and falls 40 feet each year the villages are hard to reach and navigate
There are very few organizations like Amazon Outreach ministering to these people and even their own country rarely helps them
The people along the Amazon call themselves “The Forgotten People”
Who is Amazon Outreach?
Amazon Outreach is an inter-denominational organization that mobilizes short-term mission teams to assist Brazilian churches in making disciples by sharing the love of Jesus in the Amazon River Basin. We follow Jesus holistic model of meeting physical and relational needs as a bridge for the gospel. We serve villages with medical, dental, eyeglass, water wells. Relationally we love the villagers through Men's, Women's, Children's and Sports Ministries. We find these ministries build a strong bridge for the gospel while evangelizing door-to-door and preaching in the villages.
The mission began in the early 90's with a small team from Prestonwood Baptist in Plano, TX. Each year the majority of the team would get sick, vow to not return, and then feel so called that they would reschedule another trip six months later. In 1997, a Dallas businessman incorporated the mission and purchased a boat shell to finish out for American stomachs. The 1999 maiden voyage of the Linda Esperanca marked an end to wasted hours of sickness. The stainless steel kitchen and immaculate restrooms now allow teams to fully focus on serving and sharing the gospel. The mission grew and purchased a water well drilling boat in 2004 followed by the purchase of a second mission boat in 2005 (Amor e Esperanca).
Is it safe?
There is an inherent risk with all international travel. However, over the past 20 years we've mobilized 6000 people on over 335 trips, and everyone has safely returned. We have a seasoned Brazilian staff and each trip is navigated by naval certified captain, sailors, and cook.
What's the cost?
Peak Season: $2900 base price as long as airfare doesn't exceed $1500.
Off Season: $2700 base price as long as airfare doesn't exceed $1200.
Off season includes Jan 10-Feb 28, Mar 20-May 10 and Aug 19-Dec 13
Base price covers airfare, food, lodging, transportation, medical/life travel insurance, and laundry. It does not cover personal items such as passport, vaccines, airport meals, or tip. Teams may also add an extra cost on the final day for hotels and restaurants. We provide training and a personal fundraising link for tax deductible online fundraising.
Where will we go?
The first leg will be from your home city to Miami, FL. Miami connects to a direct flight to Manaus, Brazil (5.5 hrs). A bus will take the team from the Manaus airport to the boat (30min). The team will sleep overnight as the boat travels towards our first village. The villages we serve are selected by our Brazilian church partners.
Who will we serve?
We serve the River People and Indigenous tribes along the Amazon River in partnership with Brazilian churches. Pastors, missionaries, and translators are also greatly encouraged.
What will we do?
We tailor design each trip based on the abilities of the team. It can include medical, dental, eyeglasses, VBS, youth ministry, evangelism, water well drilling, and construction projects. We play soccer in every village as a way to connect. We also creatively utilize other skills like hair cutting, finger nail polishing, and hair braiding. Our last day will be spent exploring the city of Manaus and souvenir shopping.
How many people can go?
Trips require a minimum of 15 people and a maximum of 35 per boat. This can include middle school age to senior adults. There will be approximately 20-25 Brazilians serving alongside the team; missionaries, pastors, translators, sailors, cooks, and laundry.
Where will eat, sleep, etc..?
The Boat! Our beautiful triple decker mission boats serves as our transportation, hotel, restaurant, and mission base. We sleep in open air hammocks but have a few air conditioned cabins as sick bays. All meals are served buffet style on the boat by naval certified cooks. The boats have 7 spotless single bathrooms with flushing toilets and 8 individual showers with locking doors. A daily laundry service is provided allowing you to pack lightly. We provide these amenities so the team can focus on the mission work.
What does a typical week on the river look like?
Every trip can greatly vary, but most follow a pattern based on a 10 day trip.
Day 1 Travel to Manaus and arrive at boat, set up hammocks, sleep overnight as the boat travels
Day 2: Arrive at first village and start ministry
Day 3-8 Village ministry
Day 9 Return to Manaus (souvenir, explore), late night departure
Day 10 Arrive home
What does a typical day in a village look like?
Once again, every trip is different, but here’s the most common pattern... 6am Sunrise (personal devotions encouraged)
8am Devotion/Team Assignments
9am-12 Village Ministry (medical, dental, eyeglass, VBS, door-to-door evangelism)
2-4pm Village Ministry (same as morning plus Men's and Women's ministries) 4pm Worship Service
6pm Dinner (sunset)
7pm Debrief/Worship (sometimes worship service in village, if not held earlier)
10pm Lights Out
When can we go?
You can join an existing trip, or schedule a trip for any week of the year that our boats are available (15 person min).
What vaccinations will I need?
Hep A & B, Tetanus, Yellow Fever, and Malaria
What happens after we leave?
Our Brazilian church partner will continue the disciple making, leadership development, and church planting follow-up. Both of our main partners (Central Presbyterian of Manaus and First Baptist Parintins) have jungle pastor seminars that trains lay-pastors in theology as well as hygiene and other valuable courses to improve village life. However, we seek churches willing to make a long term commitment with our Brazilian partner by adopting a tributary and investing in the developing infrastructure. A few examples are, yearly trips, participating in jungle seminary training, supporting a river missionary, or building a church in a village.