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AJR_8106HOME OF THE LARGEST NUMBER OF UNCONTACTED TRIBES IN THE WORLD, Brazil’s remote and vast Amazon region has extremely limited contact with the outside world. They survive in nearly COMPLETE ISOLATION from the global industrial economy!

Many of the tribes in this part of the world are difficult to reach. The dense growth of trees, plants, and thick underbrush discourages passage by outsiders and affords strict territorial practices for villages that fear intrusion of any kind. In order to protect their borders, they go so far as to kill those who dare intrude. Because of the great number of settlements within these controlled boundaries, there are naturally many different languages, most having no written languages.

Even the government has laws restricting some areas, which prohibit missionaries from approaching the inhabitants of certain villages. BUT GOD IS MAKING A WAY for reaching this primitive society! “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” [Matthew 19:26]

Andy Raatz, Director of AGWM Communications, shared two dramatic cases in Worldview Magazine [Volume 2, June 2016]:

Raatz tells of Edgardo Chung, who had fallen gravely ill after working as a drug runner for Pablo Escobar’s drug cartel. Through divine intervention things began to happen. A witch doctor gave him a radio with ritual chants recorded on a cassette tape. Edgardo became frustrated when the tape player wouldn’t work, so he smacked it, causing it to switch to a Christian radio station. At that moment, the preacher said, “If anyone listening has a terminal illness, Jesus Christ can change your life and heal you!” Edgardo ultimately found an AG church, was saved, and was miraculously healed! Today, he pastors a church of nearly 100 families among one of those tribes!

Andy Raatz gave another wonderful example of how God opened doors to a village, in spite of cultural barriers and government laws, for a young Brazilian woman named Elizabeth Vencio. Because of the disturbing rate of suicides occurring among the young in their village, the leaders sought government help in establishing education for their children. Elizabeth had spent many years preparing to reach a hidden tribe for Christ, topping out with an advanced degree in linguistics. Sometime later, she would be a perfect match for that village’s need. According to Raatz, after only five years of Elizabeth’s ministry, over half of the previously unreached people group was saved!

Director Raatz’s accounts of Edgardo and Elizabeth are an encouraging part of the history of how God remembers the seemingly-forgotten people living in this largest river basin on earth.

Assemblies of God missionaries, Mark and Helba Lemos, have a vision for bringing these indigenous people the Gospel by building 100 churches (and beyond) along the rivers and tributaries.

So far, 81 churches have already been built! These buildings are prefabricated metal structures, with metal roof and adobe brick walls. They measure 26 X 56 feet, and will seat 150 people.

We at Builders International are helping with the logistics for team efforts to build churches in this part of the world. Team members who join this adventure will boat in and live on a riverboat for a week while doing construction!

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PANAMA – Equipping Leaders, Training Teachers, Providing Resources!

I just returned from the country of Panama where Pastor Mike Mizell and I had the opportunity to  view the current construction needs of the LATIN AMERICA RESOURCE AND TRAINING CENTER (LARTC). During our visit we were hosted by three missionary families, the  Boyd’s, the Morales, and the Bell’s. Each one of them did an outstanding job of hosting and transporting us about, while explaining the history, culture, and vision of the Panamanian church.

Each missionary shared with us their story and vision for Panama. It was easy to pick up on the common goal they all carried in their hearts to reach Panama by depositing everything they have.

One stop was the Panama Canal. We observed massive cargo ships from all over the world making their passage. Each one contained valuable payloads that would profit other places. Unlike the passing ships, the missionaries have made lifelong investments, trusting it will render a harvest that will go beyond them reaching generations for Christ.

The Panama church is growing and using education to reach their country for Christ. We visited a number of LACC education facilities. You couldn’t help but be moved by the sacrificial dedication of the directors and teachers towards their students.

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Santiago Children’s Outreach Ministry Center (SCOMC)

For some time I have been looking forward to working on the Santiago Children’s Outreach Ministry Center (SCOMC) in Chile. In preparing for this trip there have been different barriers to overcome, even up to the day of my departure when an ice storm hit. I was delayed a bit more, but arrived in time.

We at Builders International have partnered with missionaries, like the Mazurek’s in Chile, to assist in completing necessary facilities that will bring further influence of the gospel. Lives are being changed by the diligence and commitment of many.

The team from Oak Creek Assembly of God, WI was prepared to dive into the work of concrete mixing and finishing. The ladies faithfully primed and painted steel beams that would be used throughout the roof structure. The men alternated working on high scaffolding to building and setting up concrete forms. Some proceeded to pour the concrete beams, while others worked on completing the concrete floor in the basement.

The SCOMC under Mazurek’s leadership is successfully rescuing children at risk. The school is providing education, training, and a loving environment. We are believing for revival in the families of Santiago through the changed lives at SCOMC. Please believe with us and be a part of building this needed facility.

I’m currently scheduling construction teams to complete the multi-purpose building, the three-story school, and finally the parking with an upper level exercise area. Please partner with us through going or giving and be a part of the miracle. -John Sims

HAPPY THANKSGIVING from the Sims

happythanksgivingbannerDear Friend, Family and Mission Partners,

This has been a incredible year of traveling far and wide to share with our churches, as well as meeting some of you for the first time! We are so GRATEFUL for the support we have received from so many of you towards our missions work. Your giving is making a difference

This coming January, I will be traveling to Chile to help complete the new phase of construction at the Santiago Children’s Ministries Outreach Center. This new addition will accommodate many more children.

God continues to perform miracle after miracle through SCMOC, which is one of Builders International’s current construction developments. Children are rescued from despairing life situations, then provided with a lasting hope and an everlasting future, as a result of the effectiveness of this brick and mortar project!

Their own home, the place you would expect them to be the safest, is actually the most threatening place for many of these children. Raised by prostitutes, drug dealers, addicts, and gang members, many of these children have no idea which “John” fathered them.

SCMOC is unique in that it is a church that grew out of a children’s ministry. While ministering to children, the families begin coming in with their children and receiving Jesus! It has gradually expanded from a children’s ministry outreach, to a church, and soon to include a school as well.

Playing with a little neighbor girl one day in the shack where he lived with his drug dealing, squatter parents, four-year-old Victor suddenly had a gun pointing right at him. His little friend found it lying around, and she playfully pulled the trigger . . . CLICK, nothing happened! Victor explained the incident nonchalantly, but the reality is that drug dealers’ guns are always loaded! GOD HAS A PLAN FOR VICTOR!

Pastor Danny (of SCMOC) discovered that little Victor’s father was abusing him sexually. The four-yearold was removed from the home, and placed in foster care. Eventually, Victor was adopted by a family in the church.

Countless children like Victor wander day and night on the treacherous streets of Santiago. Your faithful support has helped to bring about a positive change in the lives of many at-risk children in Chile!
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Reaching The Amazon . . . Brazil

When you think of the number 300, your mind may travel back to a moment in history where battles were fought and won against great odds. Today, deep in the Amazon of Brazil, the number 300 represents the number of tribal groups that are still unreached for Christ. We are joining with our missionaries in Brazil in an endeavor to construct facilities that will assist the national leadership in reaching these tribal groups.

 

“God has given us a vision to build 100 churches along the Amazon River and tributaries. So far 71 churches have been built. These buildings are pre-fabricated metal structures, metal roof and adobe brick walls. The structure measures 26ft X 56ft, and will seat 150 people.” – Mark Lemos, Missionary

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New Church In The Amazon!

Mexico, Morelia  Bible Institute

The Bajio District is the least evangelized area of all Mexico. It is sometimes referred to as the Heart of Darkness with less than 2% evangelical Christian. Church planting is difficult because we do not have enough pastors to help us raise up new churches. The Morelia Bible School will teach and train new pastors and workers from the Bajio District of Mexico.

Without the attention and support of people called by God to help carry out the plan Jesus announced to his listeners that day, the assembling together of those millions would be left to meeting in makeshift shelters, tents, small homes, corn fields, and in public park settings. – Doug Clay, General Treasurer

FullSizeRender-2special word of thanks goes to Oak Ceek AG of Wisconsin who worked hard with two teams back to back. They came alongside this Strategic Project, serving both in construction and ministry, making a great impact to this area of Mexico.

For information about this project, visit: Builders International Projects

 

Lifting Up His Name & Raising Up His Church – Los Palos

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This past week in Los Palos, Cuba, two groups (nicknamed Team Wow) arrived from Vermont and Wisconsin to unseasonably heavy rains. Not exactly the conditions anticipated for the dry season by any of us. The opening Sunday service was electrified with excitement, as the church was full to overflowing. As the song, How Great Thou Art rang out; the congregation got on their feet and brought the rafters down. God’s glory rested on us all. The message from Nehemiah was exactly on target. Verses were read that described an impossible task, enemy attacks, courage, and faith. Focus and singleness of purpose were the word of the day. To the Israelites own surprise the project of Nehemiah was completed in 52 days. For Team Wow every morning was a one-hour prayer and praise trip to the project in the pouring rain. Each day as we arrived we watched the black clouds, heavy with rain divert around us. Nightfall brought a continued deluge of rain. The team and the Cubans put their hearts and souls into the work, pressing forward in the muck and humidity, trench by trench. Then we began the hand mixing and pouring of the concrete footings and piers. Eventually, the first pre-fab column and truss rose skyward, and shouts of praise went up. Now many wide eyed onlookers were gathering at the fence watching intently, as brothers of differing races, tongues, and nationalities worked together. Something that hadn’t been seen in a long time and perhaps ever by some was the miracle of a new church rising.

“God can work great miracles when His people resolve to be unselfish.” – Unknown

A special salute to Team Wow whom STAYED CALM AND CARRIED ON. The church at Los Palos thanks you and hope to see you at the dedication. – John Sims

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Ministry in Latin America – Current Projects

We have the privilege of working together with missionaries serving with Latin America ChildCare, who are dedicated to transforming the lives of needy children with the Good News of Jesus Christ through education and ministries of compassion.

DSC00145CIENAGA LAC SCHOOL This school and its process of development to the point of now sustaining 620 students. Cienaga is a banana farming and fishermen community of 100,000 people with an average income of $308 per month. The next phase of development includes building and equipping a third and final level of the school to increase  its capacity by 200 student.

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SANTIAGO CHILDREN’S MINISTRY  This new facilities include a church, a school, an athletic area, and the offices. Santiago Children’s Ministries serves this city of 6.5 million people in the areas of evangelism, discipleship, hot meals, educational reinforcement, rescue from child prostitution, shelter, medical and foster care.

UnknownMORE KITCHENS IN MATAMOROS This project is a direct response to the city leaders’ cry for help from the church community to help feed hungry children. There are currently 104,000 children in the Matamoros school system, and 70% of them come to school hungry. This is a partnership program between local churches who provide volunteer labor and the DIF (Department of Integration of the Family) who provides the food.