God is on the move in the Amazon basin, as evidenced by all the lives being impacted through the Gospel! This last weekend, the PAZ base in Santarém held its annual 3-day missions conference and packed the house with thousands of people each night! The local PAZ church honors the men and women serving on the front lines of church-planting by gathering them together and blessing them with free dental work and health consulting, material for children’s ministry and leadership training, as well as a powerful weekend program. Many are rural people who have been won for Christ and now serve as church-planters and disciple-makers. Some have grown up here in Santarém and been sent out to new areas. They serve because they love Christ and His Kingdom, and through their efforts they opened 46 new works this year — all while overseeing and strenghtening their existing works! Many live simple lives, so it is a great opportunity for the church to bless them for all they do.
In previous years, the church collected donations of clothes, toys, food, bikes, motorcycles — anything and everything thought useful — and distributed to the workers during the conference. This year, the church put individual cell groups in charge of collecting donations for the missionaries. The response was tremendous as the act of giving became much more personal and meaningful. Missionary after missionary said they were overwhelmed by the tremendous outpouring of love and affection shown through the generous giving.
The missions conference speakers were none other than PAZ missionaries to Japan, Tim and Christine Huber. Speaking from lives full of experience and fruit, they encouraged everyone to be passionate about Jesus and for reaching the lost — not just here in the lost places of the Amazon but also in the lost places of the world. The 10-40 window holds the majority of the unreached people groups of the world (“unreached” defined as less than 2% Christian). He shared that the Japanese people are the second largest unreached people group in the world (0.04% Christian) and challenged us to dream big and be willing to go to these hard to reach areas.
After so many years away from Santarém, Tim and Christine were amazed — in fact, we all are amazed — to see how God is responding to years of sacrifice, dedication, donation, prayer and discipleship to raise up His workers for the white harvest in Brazil. Truly the sacrifices made here have not been in vain, and now God is calling more and more people to give their lives for Him. Are you one of them? Do you feel the Spirit calling you deeper — to live your life with purpose and passion — just like these workers in the Amazon Basin? The joy they’ve found cannot be found with money or possessions, but through whole-hearted service to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords! Will you invest in God’s kingdom by continuing to give more, serve more, pray more, share more and do more? Perhaps you started well, but you slowly grew cold. There is no better time than now to recommit your life to things that matter eternally!