Stretching over 4,345 miles, the Amazon River Basin is an expansive, yet isolated region. The Amazon River is the longest river in the world and runs through the South American countries of Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Venezuela, and Brazil and accounts for 20% of the fresh water that drains into the world’s oceans. There are an estimated 30,000 villages on the banks of the Amazon River with no Gospel presence.
Where Do We Fit In
In the State of Amazonas in northern Brazil, more than 1,000 tributaries come together to form the Amazon River. And it is on these headwaters where Amazon Outreach trips take place – not only on the Amazon, but also the Solimões, Negro, Cuieiras and Madeira rivers.
Amazon Outreach is a Dallas-based organization that began in 1999, formed to provide a partnership of North Americans bringing much needed hope and medical and physical support along the river, via safe and dependable vessels.
We partner with churches on the Amazon River that are currently involved in evangelizing the people living in the Amazon River Basin. The pastors and missionaries precede us, follow us, and have a good knowledge of the people and the culture. We are dealing with three cultures in our ministry; the American culture, the Brazilian culture and the village culture. It is not our desire to change any of these cultures but to work in harmony together. The Brazilian churches we partner with have developed their own mission strategies to reach the remote villages of the Amazon and our most important job is to help build relationships with these villagers and break down barriers so that doors will be opened for the Gospel. We need to remember first and foremost that we are in Brazil to serve God and serve the Brazilian leaders.
Prayer is the Key! Prayer is the key to every aspect of taking part in a mission outreach. In the beginning as we pray for guidance on whether God wants us to take part in a trip. We pray He will show us what His will is. As we continue to prepare to “go”, God will help us as we pray for wisdom in dealing with all the details. Also, we begin to pray for the people that we will be ministering to and ask God to prepare the hearts of all involved. Once we are there, He continues to speak to our hearts and direct our paths in response to seeking His face, by revealing Himself and unleashing the supernatural power of prayer in action. Even after we return back home, God continues on in the work of building up His church and His people, through the prayers that we offer on behalf of those we touched lives with while serving in His harvest fields.