"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly."
- John 10:10
We are all called to spread God's Word to every people group throughout the world, as it is written in the Great Commission:
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
- Matthew 28:18-20
I'm on a mission to utilize every tool, skill, and resource to help in the expansion of the Gospel and God's Kingdom.
Where I'm Coming From
I went on a trip to the Amazon River back in November, 2013. This wasn't my first mission trip, but it was my first one out of the country! You can only imagine what I must be thinking--going into a completely different world than what I'm used to seeing. I originally went with the idea of, "It'll be fun. A new experience!" But I didn't go expecting a change in me.
I got to meet with 2 families in a village we visited; I spent the whole week with them, shared life with them, and shared the Gospel with them! It truly was humbling and amazing to see a person's life completely transform right in front of you! You could see in their eyes what their life was like before we showed up, and what a difference it was when they fully and passionately gave their lives to Christ!
My heart was changed forever after that trip. I went with very little desire for missions in general, and never once thought about overseas missions. "It's not me. I like being local! It's easy!" Then I'm about to leave the Amazon thinking, "Why am I even going home now!?"
I spent the next year praying and figuring out if this new passion was genuine, or if it was just a "spiritual high" that I was on. About a year later, I went on my second trip to the Amazon, and half way through that trip, I prayed for God's guidance, "What do I need to do? Where do I need to be?" While praying that prayer, God revealed His answer by revealing a cross etched in the clouds! A symbol that is so easy to read, and I knew from that moment on that I need to help out in the Amazon in any way I can!
Where I'm At Now
I now work with a ministry based in Brazil, called AmazonVida. This ministry is led by Pastor Elmer Lessa, and he has the vision of not just reaching the people of the Amazon, but to also use their evangelism strategies to reach the rest of the world as well!
I help with this ministry by capturing the experiences of the Amazon and sharing it with others via social media, our website, and on a one-on-one basis with potential supporters and church partners for the ministry. With the passion God gave me to help these people, I am helping by giving a more inspirational experience in fundraising, so that the ministry itself can focus more on the work than the funds.
Jarrod Landers is a full time missionary, working with AmazonVida, a ministry in the Amazon region of Brazil. This site is purposed for learning more about his ministry, and opportunities to join in support.
For more info about AmazonVida, go to www.amazonvida.org.