Brazil Riverboat Mission 2009

“I could tell you about…”

When I think about all that happened in just ten days from the time I left Nashville until I returned from Brazil, I am confused as to which story may excite others enough to take such a venture.


I could tell you about how I went on this mission trip to show God how much I love Him and how God, as He always does, “one-upped me” and showed me that He loves me more.  But how interesting would that be?


I could tell you how at a small village we came upon a blind man and the only medicine we had for him was prayer.  So Pastor Carl annointed him with oil as all the men including myself laid our hands upon him and Carl said a prayer.  How I was overtaken by emotion and tears filled my eyes giving me temporary blindness.  My prayer was for God to surround this blind man with Christians who would give him the physical and spiritual support he will need to live his life with this affliction.


Even better, though, I could tell you about the numbers.  We saw some 125 people, 50 made decisions to accept Jesus, 55 had dental procedures, we installed nine water filter systems, etc.  But really, how important are numbers anyway?


I could tell you about the morning the Chief of a small village made me coffee.    As we shared the coffee he made, we discussed his major concern in his village—how to keep all of his villagers together from a religious standpoint without designating his “House of Prayer” as Baptist or Assembly of God, etc.  Pastor Carl, to his credit, stated that man has created these divisions, that we are all here to serve the same God. 


The Chief was obviously a holy man and became very excited when Carl asked if he could read a passage from the Chief’s Bible which was sitting on the kitchen table.  Carl read I Thessalonians 5:16-18 known as the Will of God—“Rejoice evermore.  Pray without ceasing.  In everything give thanks.  For this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.”  We then followed Carl in prayer.


As we were leaving, I pointed out a sign the Chief had hung in his kitchen which read “Jesus Christ was the same yesterday as He is today and as He will be tomorrow”.  Pretty awesome morning in my lifetime.


I could tell you many more stories, but I think you catch my drift.  Let me close by praying that you take the time in your life to do as Jesus did.  Jesus was the ultimate missionary.  Jesus spoke the gospel and saved us.  All of us need to take the time to bring health for the body and soul to others.




 By Ron Obenauf


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