Fuel Costs for a Riverboat in the Amazon Region of Brazil
Since 2006, three Capuchin priests have worked in the Parish of Saint Francis of Assisi in the Amazon region of Brazil. Their parish includes 72 riverside villages and settlements, which are up to 250 miles from the parish center and accessible only by water.
Nearly 25,000 indigenous people live in these riverside communities. They experience severe poverty, as well as a lack of opportunity and widespread addiction and violence; suicide is not uncommon here.
But the few local priests cannot be everywhere at once, and their services are badly needed. The parish is currently training lay missionaries who can visit villages throughout this part of Brazil and provide both spiritual and practical support.
The travel, however, is a massive challenge. The missionaries must cover great distances, which is not only time-consuming, but dangerous on the water. And the rising cost of fuel has made these necessary trips expensive.
In order to visit the faithful more frequently, the Capuchin Fathers in Brazil have asked ACN for $9,100, saying that they need “fuel for the kingdom of God.”
Will you help cover fuel costs so that the Parish of Saint Francis of Assisi can help its people?
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