In 2016, Faith Church began a partnership alongside First Presbyterian Church of Manaus (IPM) in Brazil. Through the REACH Project, we’ve built a vocational school in Intapeacu, a jungle village up the Amazon River where IPM has two missionaries. In 2017, Faith Church assembled a team of 11 volunteers to partner with IPM and serve on their medical missions boat. They ventured up the Amazon and visited three villages including the vocational school Faith supports. During this time, the team painted much of the school, treated the medical needs of villagers, led children through Bible school programs, renovated a shelter and most importantly, worshiped alongside the native villagers. We are excited to be assembling another team to serve in similar ways later this August.
Igreja Presbiteriana de Manaus (IPM) translates to First Presbyterian Church of Manaus. IPM is a large church whose vision for outreach includes medical care, church planting and leadership training in the rural outlying villages around the city of Manaus. Currently, the church hosts four Sunday services at their main campus. In addition, they have 35 other churches throughout the city of Manaus and an additional 109 along the rivers and tributaries in the Amazon basin.
Their weekly attendance is estimated at about 10,000 attendees. The church is very active in reaching out to people who live in remote areas along the Amazon River and its different tributaries. They maintain and staff five medical mission boats which take regular trips up the river. Each boat includes a doctor's office, dentist’s office and a pharmacy well stocked with medicine and equipment. Staff and leaders of IPM have a great vision to reach the Amazon River basin and all of Brazil with the gospel. They have shared many times that while they know they can get so far through their own capacity, they know they can go twice or three times as far with the help of their partner churches.
Purpose of trip:
There are a variety of ways adults and families can serve on this trip:
Medical Ministry - Are you a physician, dentist, or other type of medical professional? We would love to have you join our team and serve alongside the Brazilian doctor that travels with the boat.
Relational Ministry - The medical boat visits various villages every 6-8 weeks throughout the year. IPM loves to use the medical ministry as an opportunity to do outreach within the villages. This could involve helping with a VBS/children's program, assisting in a church service, or simply praying for folks waiting for their time with the doctor.
Anything else – IPM is a large church with significant influence along the Amazon river. Our number one priority is to come alongside and help this church reach their goals. There may be additional projects or asks along the way and we will be ready and willing to serve wherever there may be need.
Expenses: The total cost of the trip is $2,600 which includes airfare, in-country travel, lodging, and food. This does not include costs related to immunizations, passport, or visa. A $1,000 non-refundable deposit will be due by April 1. The remaining amount will be due one month prior to trip departure.
Dates: Saturday, August 17 – Sunday, August 25
Requirements: Volunteers must be a minimum of 18 years old. Exceptions to age are given when minors are accompanied by a parent.
There will be 3 mandatory meetings in preparation for this trip. All meetings will begin at 6 PM and will meet at Faith Dyer.
- Sunday, March 31th
- Sunday, June 23rd
- Sunday, July 28th
IPM is a faith-based organization. We ask that everyone who attends would be respectful of the beliefs and values of Faith Church and IPM. Participation in daily devotions and Bible studies is required of each person.
Volunteering in a third world country requires flexibility. We will be living on a boat for 5 of the days we are gone. There might be times we will be without electricity or water. You may be asked to do jobs for which you weren’t prepared. Remember, we are going to serve and not to be served.
- Sign up! (Mission Trip Sign-up) https://wearefaith.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/1051/responses/new
- If you don’t already have one, obtain a passport. To apply or for more information, please visit: https://travel.state.gov