(Brazil CNSAM). On the 14th and 15th of February, 2014, at the Manaos Church of the Nazarene, pastors and leaders of the Amazonas District of Brazil gathered together for training and to hold their Tenth District Assembly.
The event was graced by the presence of 50 people representing all the churches of the district. Some pastors and leaders traveled 24 hrs by boat just to get to the meeting.
Training for SSDMI and church planting were held simultaneously on the 14th. Dr. Patricia Picavea, Regional SSDMI Coordinator, came from Argentina to give the “SSDMI Organization Administration” workshop. Rev. Jean Jerley, pastor of the church in Boa Vista, whom in November of 2013 participated in the Interdenominational as well as international DCPI (Dynamic Church Planting International) training, gave the workshop on church planting. To close the activities of that day, a very inspiring service in which Rev. Stephen Heap, retired missionary of 40 years of service to Brazil, gave the message, was held.
It is worth noting that in 2006, when Rev. Manuel Lima became superintendent, the work in the Amazonas consisted of two churches, a mission and 170 members. That is where the ‘Jesus, the Hope” boat ministry was born. They worked very hard to reach the riverside communities and have reached 19 communities to date and there are now 10 organized churches, five missions, one preaching point in the north and 708 members.
In the middle of the training time on the 14th, those attending went to see the new boat that has been under construction for 2 years now. This new boat will serve to evangelize, do social works (medical clinics, eye exams, etc.), discipleship and help with the construction of new church buildings. Given the conditions of the area, the boat is necessary to reach and minister river communities. While the boat is being built, boats are being rented to reach those communities and expand God’s kingdom. Fruit of the boat ministry, just this past Sunday 12 young people from the river community of Canaa were baptized.
The boat is being built thanks to donations from various sources. One church in Santa Cruz do Río Pardo in Sao Paulo, Brazil sold 200 plates of food and they raised 2,000 Reales. A Brazilian businessman offered $50,000 US Dollars when he heard pastor and District Superintendent Rev. Manuel Lima, speaking about the boat. Another businessman from North America donated $40,000 Dollars when he heard Rev. Flavio Valvassoura talk about the boat.
The final cost has risen to $250,000 US Dollars and $120,000 is still needed for the engine, the electric generator, electrical wiring installation and other details. For more information you can write to Rev. Manuel Gamaliel Lima at his email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The event continued on the 15th with the Tenth District Assembly presided by Rev Stephen Heap. The Elders and Licensed Ministers gave their reports and celebrated the 31% growth in membership last year.
That night they closed the event with a service in which all those attending worshiped God with enthusiasm and celebrated the goals that were met during 2013. The elected leaders of the assembly were installed by Superintendent Rev. Manuel Lima, whom launched the challenge to reach One thousand members for next Assembly. Everybody present responded positively to the challenge. Missionary Rev Stephen Heap, once again, was the one God used to inspire and challenge those present.
Source: Manuel Lima.
Editing: Germán Picavea.
Translation: Steve Brown.