Amazon Christian Holistic Development
The Amazon Christian Holistic Development program of the Independent Presbyterian Church of Brazil reaches out to isolated people in the Amazon region of northwestern Brazil, continuing Christ’s ministry of evangelism and healing through a medical mission boat staffed by church volunteers from all over Brazil.
The ministry is carried out in four areas:
- Health – medical needs including minor surgery; dental hygiene and oral surgery; distribution of medicines through make-shift pharmacies; physical therapy; presentations of disease prevention along with personal hygiene education
- Social – drug education; motivational presentations for young people concerning education and work in their communities; presentations to adults and families concerning the dangers of moving to large cities; presentations about environmental concerns in fishing and agriculture in some communities
- Education – distribution of school materials for children and adolescents in the river communities; gifts of felt-pen boards for local schools; assistance in making contact in one river community with a non-governmental organization for the construction of a new school
- Evangelism and Church Planting – personal evangelism in homes; visitation of those who are sick; evangelistic presentations to children and young people by means of Christian films; church planting in the city of Coari
In 2013 there was a change of strategy for the Amazon Program. The Amazon Region Holistic Ministry Team moved its headquarters to the city of Coari where boat “Royal Banner 2” is docked as well. This move strengthens the IPIB’s presence and promotes better service to the population of Coari, where our church plant is located.
There are two other locations far from Coari where the ministry plans to start churches in the near future. Rev. Cláudio Reinaldet is Program Coordinator for this ministry.
Minimum Goal for 2016
$40,000 for evangelistic and medical missions on the mission boat, leadership training, upkeep of the medical mission boat