Before beginning with the presentation, I wanted to remember and affirm the goodness of our God. Yes, our God is very good, and, using the example below, God is undoubtedly very good to us, with his vast and infinite love, He calls us to his presence.
“Some question, ‘How is God so good allowing man’s suffering?’ Wrong argument: The right question would be: “How is man so wicked, does God exercise mercy, not bringing upon him immediate judgment?”
– Renato Vargens
So with this site, we will introduce you to God’s Wonderful Grace over our lives. He handed us the Project Marinaha, already titled as Marinaha Institute. We intend to reach the indigenous Kulina ethnicity (and later other ethnic groups, if God wills it), situated in a large area of the state of Amazonas, which faces an unhappy and hopeless reality, with young people immersed in alcoholism, suicide and in the prejudice that attacks them every day.
For this sad reality to turn into hope, the Marinaha Project will be composed of teachers, volunteers, workers and anyone who has a love of God’s work to reach the young Kulinas, and consequently their families and friends.
These young people, initially from the Kulina ethnic group, will receive all instruction and support in the Marinaha project, and thus be reborn as indigenous professionals, leaders, pastors and missionaries, being an example to be followed and a great impact on the next generations.
Kulina Ethnicity and its dilemmas
The Kulina Indians (about 4000) live in the extreme west of the Amazon in about 40 villages along several tribes of the Amazon, another 2000 in Peru. From time immemorial they have learned to survive in the jungle. The men go fishing and hunting daily, women work on their plantations and care about the children and the house. They speak their own language Madihã or Kulina. Using a complicated code of behavior and shamans, they try to harmonize and manipulate the spirits of the rainforest peacefully. 100 years ago, they first came into contact with the rubber tappers, and since then they have been experimenting with how Western culture is changing explosively. Small Brazilian cities near their reserve borders are constantly growing. There they are often discriminated against by their indigenous language and culture.
The problem is reflected in the massive transformation of society: breaking values, principles and their ethnic identity. Alcohol is the biggest problem for many Kulina Indians. Excessive and almost daily consumption of alcohol leads to sad consequences. Early on, many lose their lives through murder, illness and accident. Adolescents grow up as orphans, discouraged by traditions, with no access to education, and therefore end up in the same vicious circle of dependence on alcohol. Disoriented, uprooted and hopeless, many commit suicide.
The Answer: The Marinaha Project
We have long heard the so-called ibihi acco ticanemanahi (Help Us!), A desperate call from the tribal leaders of the indigenous settlements Cacao, Aruana, Macapá and Piau. They draw attention to educational needs and the self-destructive tendency, especially among young people. We take the issue seriously, but so far we have had few opportunities to take concrete steps in this direction. For years, we have been studying language and culture. As best we could, we gave the word of God to the Kulina Indians with the local helpers.
The plan is gaining form. We invite the young Kulina Indians from different villages to a supervised life community, a school and cultural center Marinaha in the small town of Envira. Together, they will be able to hear the Word of God in their heart language, have access to basic education and develop practical skills in various areas such as gardening, agriculture, health, carpentry, among others, respecting resources in a sustainable way . All of this should support young people in a healthy way and help them in independence in both spiritual and practical life, positively influencing the whole situation as possible.
The goal is to train young people as future spiritual leaders. Thus, Marinaha Institute promotes the process of creating independent communities in the Kulina ethnic group, which offer them hope, support and homeland in a changing world.
Construction land is being financed. A large donation of a sponsor race (dynamis4you 2012), bought two houses in Envira. One of these houses, we moved through a 1 hectare lot, where houses, dormitory and more are being built, classrooms, cafeteria, workshops, square and many other environments.
We hope that God can touch your heart, and help us with what you can. And, above all, prayer, for as the theologian Robert Law said “Prayer is a powerful instrument not to make man’s will be done in heaven but to make God’s will be done on earth . “
Below, some prayer requests:
Team: Too much work for too few people. Pray that the Lord may be sending more people to His work.
Resources: We know that our God is faithful and is the owner of everything, even though it is necessary to pray that God can clarify this for us, his children.
Direction and planning: The work is not small but is being built and planned by small people and failures, so pray that God can give wisdom and especially His perspective and vision about everything!
Besides, did you know that the Amazon region is the least reached and least developed in Brazil?
And in particular, the Juruá region, where the city of Envira and the Kulina people are situated, is the region with the least access to the gospel according to a survey by the Missão do Céu that only 5% of people have access to the gospel pure and simple
That is, about 95% of the total population of this region does not know the Love of God.
May we pray that God will send people who accept the challenge of leaving the comfort zone and going where few want to go.
So far the project team is composed of:
Thank you for visiting. God bless you!
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