The Need to Fly

The Need to Fly

Satellite view of one of our rivers

Project AmaZon has a long history with aviation. Our founder, Luke Huber, was passionate about flying. With airplanes he could travel much faster, allowing him to maximize the talents the Lord had given him. With all the advantages of flying in the Amazon also come many risks, which we learned with difficulty over 20 years ago when Luke was killed in an airplane accident. This was a great shock to the mission and after much prayer we made a decision to put our own aviation program on “hold”.

Matt performing maintenance work

Instead, we partnered with Asas de Socorro (the Brazilian branch of MAF-Mission Aviation Fellowship) for a few years. However, four years ago, ASAS re-stationed their Santarém airplane and we were left with no access to aviation. But God had a plan. During this period, He was preparing our own missionary, Matt Steidinger and his family, to help with our program. Matt is a licensed mechanic with almost ten years of flying experience in a variety of aircraft. Matt and Janelle joined our team in 2013 and since then the Lord has been working to slowly restore our program. Through generous donations and a relationship with a partnering mission, we now have access to four airplanes! Along with Matt, we also have two Brazilian pilots involved in our aviation program. God is putting things into place for us to again use these airplanes to strategically and efficiently advance The Kingdom here in the Amazon Basin.

Investing in Brazilian Pilots

Lucas Cordeiro

Lucas Cordeiro is the son of Pastor Nilton, one of Luke Huber’s first disciples. Lucas’s first flight was in a small ultra-light with his father and Luke Huber. When Lucas, at a mere 9 years old, reached for the controls, Luke looked at him, patted his hand and said, “your time will come”. That simple phrase has stuck with him and encouraged him over the years as he has fought to realize his dream of being a missionary pilot here in the Amazon Basin. In 2009, after years of planning, studying, and sacrifice, Lucas received his private pilot’s license. Since then, he has gained experience, not only taking pastors out to the river communities, but also using these planes to supervise the various churches and cell groups he and his wife Ruth are responsible for overseeing along the rivers.

Strategic Planning

We need more pilots and airplanes as part of our strategic plan to reach the communities spread across the vast Amazon Basin. We want to invest in the training of other Brazilians like Lucas to help them get their pilots’ license. We want to provide ongoing training to improve their skills as they dedicate their lives to this vital ministry to reach the Amazon for Christ.

Your investment in PAZ will help other people like Lucas fulfill their dream of flying with us to reach the unreached of the Amazon. We want others to hear those same words that our founder, Luke, spoke to Lucas so many years ago: “Your day will come!”

In Christ,


Jeff and Becky – for the PAZ team!



Year End Update

Year End Update

Inside church

Sandra and Nilton Celebrating

Three years ago Nilton and Sandra left their successful business and moved to the interior town of Murumuru to plant a church. During this time, and much faster than they had imagined, they raised up a strong body of believers and are also planting other churches. This past weekend we had a wonderful celebration as we dedicated their new church building. With tears of joy, Nilton and Sandra were overwhelmed at what God has done! But the dedication service was nothing compared to the stories of the lives that have been changed in Murumuru.

Julie and finacee

Julie and Fiance

One of those people was Julie. Although raised in Murumuru, as a teenager she left home and went to the large capital city of Manaus to “discover life.” However, what she discovered was misery. She became involved with activities that were leading her to destruction. Her life was so empty and she entered into depression.

Finally, coming to her senses, she decided to return home. Now 29 years old, she discovered love and acceptance like she had never known before from the members of the church. She discovered that the people were so loving because they had also experienced the love and forgiveness that only Christ offers us as we give our lives to Him. She couldn’t resist that Love and gave her life to Jesus! The depression is gone! She now has purpose for her life! She is finishing high school and is engaged to a Christian from the Murumuru church!

Disciples we took with us.

Outside of new Murumuru church

This type of story is being repeated many times over. People living sacrificial lives, giving their time and finances to reach the unreached.

And, like Julie, through the one-on-one discipleship happening throughout the PAZ churches people are being loved, cared for, and challenged to fulfill the call of God on their lives!

Moto

Having fun on the Moto

We feel so privileged to have you standing alongside PAZ. Your love has been so evident through the prayers and finances and the teams that have come to physically participate. Thank you so much!

As we come to the close of 2014 we would like to challenge you to give liberally to PAZ as you do your year-end giving. We have plenty of needs for more boats, motorcycles, four-wheel-drive vehicles, church construction, training centers, etc. as we continue our outreach. PAZ operates debt-free and charges no administrative fees.

We pray that God will continue to richly pour out His blessings on your lives as He has done with PAZ. With God’s help we will do mighty things!

In Christ,
Jeff and Becky, for the PAZ Team

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Church Construction

Building Going Up

Viktoria with fish

Viktoria Holding a Fish

Trees

Life on the River

Boat with people

A Team on the Boat

Joaquim with parrot

Joaquim Talking to a Parrot

Great Start

Great Start

Dear Friends and Family,

In the middle of January we sent a team to the city of Sao Luis, the capital of the state of Maranhao, to begin a new base of operations for the region. With this new base, PAZ now has a presence in all nine states that make up the Amazon Basin of Brazil. Becky and I recently visited there, and in just two months they already have 8 cell groups meeting in homes and over 50 people attending the Sunday service! It’s just amazing! From the love and compassion that we saw and experienced through this team, we know that God has great things in store for the work there.

Right now they are meeting in the back yard of Pastor Elson’s home for Sunday services and for the Tuesday leadership training meetings. We are in the middle of the rainy season and God has answered their prayers to hold off the rains during their services. But they desperately need somewhere to meet with more space and to avoid noise issues with the neighbors. Please pray with us that God would give them a meeting place that is in a strategic, accessible location and large enough for growth. Air conditioning would be wonderful too!

Speaking of God’s provision, one of the people attending the services has a furniture store. One day he sent a truck loaded with furniture to equip the office that is in Pr. Elson’s home also supplied additional furniture for their home! Needless to say, Pr. Elson and his wife Ramy were overwhelmed by God’s love and provision!

Service in São Luis

Service in São Luis

Isn’t it exciting to be a part of the wonderful work that God is doing?! Your prayers and finances continue to make a major impact in the Amazon!

Thanks so much for your love!

Jeff and Becky

Inauguration in Venezuela

Inauguration in Venezuela

Ribbon Cutting!

Ribbon Cutting!

Dear Friends and Family,

What an exciting weekend as the PAZ church held inaugural services at the newly rented facilities in Maturim, Venezuela! Since our survey trip last year, God has richly blessed our team of dedicated workers with growth that made their existing meeting facilities inadequate. After just one year, 80 to 100 people regularly attend the Sunday services and 10 cell groups meet during the week!

After a ribbon cutting ceremony outside the building, the people moved inside to worship the Lord for His wonderful blessings and to call upon His help to reach that area for Christ. God’s presence was evident as 150 people particpated in the services and 10 people made decisions to follow Christ!

Going into the new church

Going into the new church

Please join us in prayer for the church in Venezueula. With the death of President Chavez there is considerable confusion about the future of the country. Our pastor said that there are long lines at the supermarkets and people are hoarding supplies in preparation for any turmoil that may develop. Pray for the transition in leadership and that the new leadership will be open to the spread of the Gospel. Pray for unity among the body of Christ and God’s favor upon the nation.

Rejoice with us for God’s work in Venezuela!

Jeff and Becky

Packed house

Packed house

Tremendous Encounter

Tremendous Encounter

The Encounter Team in Japan

The Encounter Team in Japan

Dear Friends and Family,

It’s hard to imagine a typically reserved people like the Japanese jumping up and down and dancing for joy, shouting their love and praises to God, and hugging each other in Christian love, but that’s just what happened at the Encounter with God!! “I never had such an encounter with the Holy Spirit!” and “My life will never be the same!” were typical responses of those attending! We can only cry for joy and gratitude for what the Lord did in Japan last weekend! Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for praying with us! God poured out His favor in so many ways! We know that prayer was a major factor in the great success of the Encounter.

Some of the team members had a treat of getting in a day of skiing at Mt. Fuji while others did some final shopping in preparation for the return home. It was a great ending to a great trip!

The multiplied power of our united prayers is touching nations! Thanks for partnering with us!

Jeff and Becky

Encounter with God Participants left changed forever!

Encounter with God Participants left changed forever!