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Hello from the Amazon: An Update from Al

This is a short update from Al Raber, sent by RMM and Berean Community Church to work with SEARA, a boat ministry under Word of Life Brazil, which focuses on evangelism and taking medical teams and supplies to unreached river communities in the Amazon River Basin. Here Al shares about what life has been like since he arrived in Brazil this past summer:

For those of you who may not know, I live on the Word of Life (WOL) North campus. It is in the town of Benevides, which is more or less a suburb of Belém do Pará close to the mouth of the Amazon. WOL has a seminary here to train, teach, and equip pastors and missionaries to reach Brazil and the rest of the world.

Since getting here at the end of June, I’ve had the opportunity to help with teen camps. We had over 500 campers during a two-week period. I worked in the kitchen and the cafeteria. We fed about 500 people three times per day. I helped put on several day camps for students from the public schools. Whenever I can I work with the construction workers here on campus, I enjoy it very much. I like working with my hands, pouring concrete and laying brick.

I spend the bulk of my time studying and practicing Portuguese. I have a language tutor who comes here on Mondays and Fridays. If language acquisition goes well enough, I will be moving about 1,000 miles upriver to the town of Itacoatíra at the end of the year.

I would like to thank all of you for your support and prayers.


Here are some ways you can be praying for Al:
  • For continued adjustment to the climate and culture
  • For a sharp mind as he learns to speak, read, and write Portuguese
  • That he would be able to get all of his documents in order before his move to Itacoatíra

If you would like to receive Al’s updates, contact info@rmmoffice.org