The Central Brazil Mission recently dedicated a new medical boat that will be used by short-term mission teams to provide basic medical and dental care for families who live in remote villages along the Amazon River and its tributaries.
The two-story boat was custom-made for the mission and includes first-floor medical and dental offices and treatment rooms. On the second floor are crew quarters, a kitchen, dining room, and dormitory rooms for visiting mission teams.
Since starting with a remodeled used wooden boat in 2000, the Amazon Boat Ministry has established more than 20 new village churches. After initial contact is made with a village through the use of the medical boat, several follow-up visits are made to cultivate a relationship between the mission and the village. The mission staff then works with village leaders to establish a church there, while also providing a pastor/missionary. CBM is hoping to increase the number of yearly short-term trips from 10 to 15.
The short-term mission teams typically have 12 to 15 members; one or more stateside churches can sponsor/provide worker teams. Churches and individuals interested in sponsoring a team may contact Earl Haubner at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information is available at www.cbm.org.br.
Earl and Ruth Anne Haubner have served as missionaries in Brazil since 1969.