Contributed by Kristan Williams
The East Texas Baptist University Bass Fishing team traveled to Brazil on Wednesday, January 3 through Friday, January 12 as a part of the Tiger Athletic Mission Experience (TAME) program. ETBU partnered with Amazon Outreach, an organization that works directly with Brazilian missionaries to spread the Gospel to the people of the Amazon River region.
“The members of the Bass team that traveled with us to Brazil have exceeded my expectations throughout the entire trip. Removing technology from our day-to-day lives allowed us to focus on the people of the Amazon and grow spiritually,” ETBU Head Bass Fishing Coach Cameron Burger said. “Each member stepped outside of their comfort zone, whether that was handing out eyeglasses, working in the pharmacy, sharing the Gospel with someone, or giving their testimony.”
The boat served as the home for the team, where they ate, slept in hammocks, practiced fishing, and traveled the Rio Negro and Amazon River ministering to nine different villages along the way. The team began each day with worship on the boat with the translators and crew. The student-athletes ministered door-to-door, helped in the medical and dental clinic, assisted with the eye glass ministry, and hosted vacation Bible schools.
“This trip was eye opening, from experiencing another culture to spreading the love of God,” ETBU junior Accounting major Jared Penton shared. “It was rewarding to see the different ways in which God was working through the team and the villagers.”
ETBU Bass Fishing was able to meet a need of the people by transporting equipment and building a water well in the center of the village of Santa Maria…
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