Weekly Update

Sailing The Amazon

Some of the city volunteers that join us on this great endeavor, this is their first time to be out in a small boat. They discover the Amazon River is not for the faint-hearted. They are wearing life jackets for… 

Fishing For A Living

When you think of a man who is fishing for a living you have in mind this big mussel bound guy. Not so here on the Amazon. Most fishermen I know are skinny and spend most of their day out… 

Leaders In Christ

It is awesome to see how the Holy Spirit has been forging our leaders through difficulties, joyous times and hard work. God has provided a number of leaders to lead this ministry but these three men are very close to… 

Special Christmas

The many years of work in telling Bible stories from the heart and disciplining others to do the same have brought fruit this Christmas Eve. A small group of our most faithful believers gathered to remember the coming of our… 

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas 2019. We wish to bring you greetings from the Patton home here on the island of Cotijuba, located in the middle of the Amazon River. For is this is a season of joy because the Savior was born… 

Modern Day River Pastor

God has blessed us with a great local teammate. Jeu is a modern-day river pastor. He comes from a family that is many generations deep in Christ with an extended family of pastors and church leaders. He has his aluminum… 

Celebrating 63 Years

Missionary Bill Burk, or better known as Amazon Bill, founded the Monkey Island church 63 years ago. It was one of the early churches planted by missionaries sent from the United States. Yet, after 63 years of ministry, the work… 

On The River

Reaching out to the people in one aspect might seem easy. We are white Americans living in a community that is not accustomed to foreigners so we are a curiosity. But with that title comes fear and many river dwellers… 

Chocolate Brazil?

One fact you might not know, Brazil is a major producer of chocolate. The Brazilian state we live in is home to this chocolate industry which means we have big names like, Hershey and Nestlé, but many of the chocolate… 

Bobbing For Apples

Let me just write this up as a cultural exchange. No, Brazilians do not have a fall, go on hayrides, enjoy a cool evening by the campfire and bob for apples. Since we are Americans and we like our culture…