Making an impact among remote tribal groups in the Amazon

January 30, 2012

Deep in the brush of the Amazon, a dynamic Bible institute trains and sends native missionaries to preach the gospel among a half dozen previously unengaged tribes. A church planting ministry booms; a school ministry reaches more than 2,000 tribal children; the Bible is translated into the Kaiwa language; and a mission hospital provides medical care, lab work and dental care while helping children and pregnant moms overcome malnutrition.

Native Brazilian Tribal congregation.

Serving tribal groups in South-Western Brazil, Caiua Evangelical Mission works to transform the lives of those struggling to survive in the most remote areas of the Amazon. Helped by Christian Aid, CEM has stood the test of time and for 80 years has taken the gospel to places only locals are permitted. Yet in those hidden regions about 70 percent of the people have never heard the gospel.

“We are happy that Christian Aid is part of the missionary project that we believe is in the heart of God,” one missionary wrote in a report. “In obedience to our Lord Jesus, we are sharing the gospel in the Mato Grosso do sul region, and we opened a mission field at Taqwapery village. Looking back, we can see that the trials and spiritual battles were big. But the accomplishments and conquests were greater. It is joyful to see people accepting Jesus as personal Savior, others coming back to the Lord, and young people deciding to become missionaries among their tribes. We praise the Lord for the families that stand strong to follow Jesus, leaving behind a tribal traditional life style of worshiping ancestors, idols and practice of witchcraft. Three tribal couples from this region received Bible training, and they were sent to other villages to start new congregations. They report that the results are very good. Our ministry is investing time and resources to reach the youth and children, so they can become the future Christian leaders of the region.”

Staffed by native missionaries who know the language and respect the cultures, CEM complies with governmental regulations to include education and health care services as part of their evangelistic outreach. Many now can read the New Testament and Bible stories which have been translated into their own language.

Since 1928, when the first missionaries ventured into the interior parts of Brazil, thousands of people of Amerindian descent have heard the Word of God and accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. As the work continues to grow, the number of new Christians increases every day among tribal villages.

Native Brazilian Tribal children in front of simple hut.

Today, people from the Kaiwa (or Caiua), Guarani, Terana and Xavante tribes are being reached with the gospel. There are churches in over 35 villages throughout the states of Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do sul, and the surrounding states of Para, Rondonia and the Amazon Region.

These economically responsible, Biblically sound indigenous missionaries focus on reaching the unreached groups of Brazil. They count all lost compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Jesus and making Him known.

Help this ministry by sending a gift of $25 per month so a student may attend the Bible institute. Sponsor a missionary for $50 per month and send one gospel worker to the field to evangelize new regions or plant a church. Consider supporting the medical outreach; gifts of any amount are continually needed.