Molongotuba is an indigenous village that lies within the Andirá River, about 5 hours by boat from the Municipality of Barreirinha, and has approximately 130 families and 200 children. The biggest problem they face is with alcoholism and drugs. It is very sad to see adults, young people, teenagers and even children, smoking and drinking. This is actually a quite normal situation to them!
The Luzeiro XXVI team went to this village with the purpose of helping the residents to help in the health and spiritual areas. We offer free daily dental care and many people from the village and even the surrounding villages come to receive care.
Parallel to dental care, I prepare group activities with children. I teach children’s Bible stories, praises, and other activities. This moment with them is a way to entertain and distract them from the problems they face in the village.
After two weeks meeting with the kids, we were one day carrying out some activities, singing praises when suddenly a drunken and drugged young man showed up to our meeting and kicked the computer I was using, then left as if nothing had happened.
The kids were terrified and I got very nervous, and felt like crying. I wondered how someone could be so cruel to do what he did; I was not even able to continue the program. I suspended the activities with the children for a few days because there was not a suitable place to get together. Even so, because they liked it so much they would go to the boat to ask for painting material. They themselves would provide a place, sometimes even by the banks of the river just to have the privilege of painting.
So far, we still don’t have a safe place to develop the activities and I gather with them under a tree. The obstacles are big, but not big enough to stop us from doing the Lord’s work the with the needy children.
I know that God has a purpose in the life of each one of these little ones and somehow the seed planted will germinate in their hearts for all eternity.
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
About the Author
Rejilane Monteiro is from Amazonas, she is a Bible worker for the Luzeiro XXVI currently working in the municipality of Barreirinha, on the Andirá River.