West Amazon Missions is a non-profit that reaches people in the Amazon with the Gospel of Christ. We support native pastors and their outreaches through construction, small projects and theater and puppet ministries. Founded in 1999, WAM's Board, Executive Director and partners are all self-supported missionaries and lay people who volunteer their time so that 100% of donations reach the field. In small ways, we're making a difference!
To support native missionaries in reaching the Amazon region's unreached with the Gospel, giving 100% of donations to the field.
Milton currently lives in Manaus, Brazil with his wife Gloria.
As the Executive Director of WAM, he works with partnering pastor David Hatcher to identify opportunities to support construction and outreach.
Milton and his wife served as missionaries in Brazil in the 1980s. With their return to the States, Milton started a pallet manufacturing business that grew to include a transportation company in the Southeastern US. With the success of this venture, Milton opened WAM with a vision to support the efforts of Brazilian national pastors in the Amazon where he had served earlier.
Milton is currently in Brazil, supervising the construction of the Nova Igreja Batista campus which includes a 4,300 seat auditorium. He also works as a business consultant for American companies working in the Amazon.
Pastor David is the head pastor at Nova Igreja Batista, WAM's partner church in Manaus, Amazonas. NIB is known for its solid Biblical teaching and church planting. Pastor David develops pastors for leadership and identifies church plant opportunities.
One of the most successful ways that WAM has made a difference in the Amazon is with the puppet and theater ministry at Nova Igreja Batista. WAM sponsored training for the team directors when the team started in the early 2000's and has continued its support for the Brazilian director as well ongoing training, workshops and donations of puppets, staging, lighting and materials. In a little over 10 years, the ministry has involved hundreds of volunteers including families, teens and children in the production of skits, shows and large spectaculars that reach into schools and the community.
Among these, the Christmas show, "Sonho de Natal", reached an audience of 80,000 in 2012, was broadcast live in Amazonas state for free and received national press, reaching Brazil with the Gospel. Thousands of people have come to know Christ over the years through this show and grow in their faith by becoming involved themselves in serving the community and working in ministries with friends and family.