On October 26th through November 8th, we were tremendously blessed by the visit of Team 17 from Fields of Harvest Church in Baytown, Texas. Pastors David and Martha Cochran, along with 10 church members, traveled over 3,000 miles from Texas to Bujaru to work with our family on a construction project at our river church in Bujaru. Many of you may have seen our previous blogs which shared of the work that was being accomplished on the jungle road to our river church. The highlight of the two weeks with the Fields of Harvest Team was the completion of this road. The city of Bujaru helped with providing tractors, graders and dump truck loads of gravel while the team worked around the clock to install 15 light posts, light fixtures and reflectors, and electrical wiring for electricity along the road and to the church property. (Up until now, we have been using a generator for electricity during church services.) After two weeks of hard work, we thank the Lord for a beautifully lit jungle road that leads from one of the city streets in Bujaru to our church along the bank of the Guamá River. We are overwhelmed with God’s goodness and faithfulness as He continues to make a way for many to hear of His love and hope through Jesus! Other construction projects included building wooden walkways from the church to the river dock and around the church property. The walkways are especially needed in the rainy season when tropical rainstorms cause flooding along the river banks. The walkways were finished just in time as this past week we have had heavy downpours of rain each day! We also praise God for the lives of 10 new believers who were baptized in Bujaru and Castanhal during the time the Fields of Harvest Team was in Brazil.
Church river dock in Bujaru.
Working on the road.
Installing the light posts along the jungle road.
Jungle road to the church with lights!
Children in Bujaru.
Over the past 2 weeks at our church service in Bujaru, we have had two new families and 3 people give their lives to Jesus. We thank the Lord and you for the lasting fruit the God is bringing to the harvest field of Brazil!
Love, the Toth Family
One day a year all of Brazil rushes to celebrate Children’s Day, a national holiday to celebrate the life of a child. The day is commemorated with special presentations, children’s activities, and gifts. For upper class Brazilians, the day is bigger than Christmas or birthdays when it comes to presents for their children. But sadly, for the poorer majority, children’s day passes by like Christmas and birthdays, no presents, no cake, no family time, no special meal, not even a small distraction from the everyday abuse or hardship experienced.
Jesus said, “Allow the children to come to Me, do not forbid or prevent them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” Mark 10:14. Last August, while building our Bujaru church, God spoke to us to provide an opportunity for the river children to come to Him. Since then, every Saturday afternoon a team from our church in Castanhal travels out to Bujaru on the Guama River, to hold a service for the children. Around 30 children from the area of Bujaru meet us there, many walking through the jungle along the river to reach the church. We sing with the children and tell stories from the Bible. They love coloring a Bible story picture at the end of each lesson! We end our Saturday night program with a snack of bread and juice which is likely the only evening meal for some of the children.
Saturday, October 12th, was Children’s Day here in Brazil. To make the children’s church service in Bujaru special, we organized games for the children and gave each child a small gift provided from members of our church in Castanhal. We are grateful for the 65 children who attended the event and for each smile, laugh and hug we received in return. We likewise thank God for the parents who came with their children and heard the Bible lessons we shared!
On their way to church!
Learning about Jesus.
Playing games and fun with gifts.
As we share God’s hope with families in the Amazon area, we pray that His redeeming love would continue to reach the children and families in Bujaru and the Amazon of Brazil. Please pray for us as tomorrow we will be receiving a Team of 10 dear friends from Texas who will be with us for the next two weeks. During this time, we will be working on construction projects at the Bujaru church property and completing work on the road that leads to the church, as well as having several church events to continue reaching the Bujaru community with hope through Jesus. Thank you so much for making all this possible through your prayers and support!
Love, The Toth Family
It is exciting to see how God is moving on the Bujaru River! We thank the Lord for His faithfulness as the work continues to move forward and we are grateful that you are a part of what God is doing here in Brazil!
Two days ago, we visited the River Boat Shop in Bujaru where we are going to have a boat built to travel on the Guama River for outreach and evangelism. Even though we are still raising funds for a larger, more efficient Medical Boat, we believe that a smaller wooden boat will serve well in the meantime to reach out to the nearby river communities.
Small Boat Budget:
Materials and Labor: $3,000
Equipment and Registration: $2,000
Boat Motor: $5,000
Total Cost: $10,000
Total funds raised to date: $3,000
Total funds needed: $7,000
After visiting the Boat Shop, we spent the afternoon working on the road that leads to the church. Even though the road still has a lot of work ahead before it is ready to use, we were thrilled to have over 70 people attend our Saturday night service this past week. We thank God for the many lives that are being reached!
River Front Boat Shop.
Visiting the Boat Shop.
How to build a boat in the jungle.
Sketch of the river boat we will be building for ministry outreaches.
Mapping out the road to the church.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support of what God is doing in Bujaru! Please continue to pray with us for funds for the River Boat and that God would open doors for further river ministry.
The Toth Family
On Tuesday of last week, Michelle, Rachel, and Marçal drove out to our River Church in Bujaru to talk to the City Council about clearing a jungle road 180 meters long and 5 meters wide leading from one of Bujaru’s city streets to our Hope Ministries Church building located along the bank of the Guamá River. After approval from the City Council, we worked alongside friends from the city to start clearing a small jungle road.
Marçal points the way for the road to the church.
Neighbor children watch the work.
Giving an afternoon snack to the children who joined us to watch the land being cleared for the road.
We are so thankful for all God is doing and thank you SO MUCH for your support and prayers! Love, the Toth Family
The value of each person is not in what we can produce, but in the value of the blood of Jesus that was shed for us.
You were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold… but with the precious blood of Christ, lamb without blemish and without spot. 1 Peter 1:18-19