A Motorboat for Pastoral Outreach in the Amazon Region
Father Washington Dioleno Araújo Taveres is a happy man. Thanks to your generous help, he now has the mode of transportation he so urgently needed for his ministry. His parish of Saint John the Baptist, headquartered in Curralinho, Brazil, is located in the Amazon Delta. The distances to travel are vast, and he has 57 scattered riverside settlements to minister to along the large river and its adjoining waterways.
Until recently, he had to navigate these with a small and ageing wooden vessel—a dangerous, exhausting, and time-consuming activity. This waste of precious time and energy has consequently meant the loss of many vital opportunities for evangelization, and wherever the Church cannot be present, various other sects tend to spread rapidly. Furthermore, floodwaters, floating tree trunks, alligators, and the sudden changes in weather have often made his pastoral journeys a perilous and life-threatening undertaking.
It is thanks to the generosity of benefactors like you that we were able to help him with a total of $20,700 towards the purchase of a durable, metal motorboat, which will make it so much easier for him to visit and minister to his faithful more regularly.
Bishop Teodoro Mendes Tavares is also very grateful for the fact that you were able to help Father Washington Dioleno Araújo Taveres and expresses his thanks to everyone who helped. “Once again, we would like to express our gratitude, for this support will be of fundamental importance to our evangelization work. Thanks again for everything! And we ask Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, the protectress of our diocese, to bless you all!”
We also extend our heartfelt thanks to all of you who have helped!