In less than 12 hours, we will be embarking off toward the Northwest Amazon. Some of you have asked to be added to our Prayer Warrior team recently. Others are faithful friends who have always gone to battle on your knees for us. Many of you have assisted financially to help bring this mission to reality. We are so grateful for you all. As I was going through our list, it was an emotional time for me as each one of you has marked our lives by your Godly examples and your faithfulness to prayer and your friendship to our family.
As you might have noticed, I am not a super active blogger, but if you click on the STORIES TAB at the top of the page, it will give you an idea of the marvelous things God has done. Below are some of the things that will be transpiring in the next two weeks.
On this trip we are going back to Caqueta. We’ll be camping out and constructing more BSF filters for poverty stricken families, teach a water filter training for local leaders, as well as holding an evangelistic/discipleship retreat for the men. We’ll also be holding a grand One Day VBS for all the children in the village. Our theme is “Everyone has a Place in the Kingdom of God”.
One of the most exciting things is that on the last leg of our trip we are taking a scouting trip, ( partly by car, partly by boat, and partly hiking), to the very northern most part of Acre State (Northwest Amazon) to find an isolated Ribeirinho community that leaders have told us has not been reached. As most of you know the Ribeirinhos were the people group that we worked with while we lived in Brazil. While they are not indigenous, in general they are a forgotten people group in Brazil. We are excited at the possibility of finding them and letting them know they are not the ” forgotten ones” as they call themselves but the “loved ones”.
Lastly, as many of you know Johnmark has been having some health issues. He has not been able to stay in remission very long without being on meds and the doctors continue to be somewhat befuddled. He will be traveling with us, and we are having a medical consult with him while we are in Brazil. We want to rule out any possibility that his nephrotic syndrome may have been caused by an uncommon Malaria that we just discovered exists in the Pantanal where we used to live. It is a quartan malaria that can be sub-clinical but causes nephrotic syndrome 4-5 years after exposure. We are learning new things every day and we’re not sure if it’s anything, but we are following up on this to be sure all our bases are covered. As you can imagine, prayer for protection and healing for our son JohnMark is high on our family’s wish list. JohnMark continues to be courageous. He is excited to be going back to Brazil, and hopes he can go fishing for piranha again. This week he picked up “Where There is no Doctor” and read it from cover to cover and has been practicing his Portuguese a bit . Although he freely admits that he is a little afraid he might end up having “some weird-alien tropical disease”— as most 11 year olds would be!
We appreciate and value your prayers for all of these things. You all are so very dear to our hearts. Thank-You for giving the most valuable gift of all.
by His grace and for His glory
Keith and Kim Lango
Agua Viva Brazil
“Come whoever wishes and drink the free gift of the Water of Life”