Most missions are focusing on cities in our modern times. The thought is that a majority of the people live in the city so that is where the largest group of the lost are located. This strategy has resulted in the city of Belém filled with all sorts of churches and religious enterprises while the river and the surrounding country side for the most part is void of churches.
In our ministry we seek to plant churches in areas where there is a shortage of churches which is why we are living out on the river seeking to plant churches among the islands of the Amazon River. The next question to ask is why do not the city churches plant new churches out on the river. There are a lot of reasons why this has not happen. One is the culture difference, the river people are very different from city folks. The life style is simple and to many in the city it is a life of poverty. Then there is the prejudice against the river people, they are just not seen as real people. One good example of this is opening a bank account. If you do not have mail service to your house or an electric bill, then you can not open a bank account. You do not exist. Pray for out efforts out here on the river.