In the past, as settlers from Europe colonized the Indian villages, they would exploit the artisanship of the Indians to craft Amazonian souvenir to sell to other parts of the world. There are still many exquisite raw materials in the Amazon rainforest with which valuable souvenirs can be crafted. Through the uncostly labor of Indian artisans, these manufactured souvenirs are still being exported by Brazilian merchants to other parts of Brazil for merchandising.

Merchandises are currently hand-crafted by the Indians at a private manufacturing factory, and the following are some of the constructive ways they are put to use:

According to the universal law of industry, the Indians work from a specific time and end at a specific time, they receive their wage at the end of the day, and through this system, they are able to learn basic principles of economy.


As they start to get a sense of the economy and the importance of each person's role in it, many other employment opportunities can be looked into. Not only will they learn about the economy, they will gradually improve their individual skills in making higher quality goods at a faster pace. There are other subtle benefits for them as well, such as a sense of pride. The most significant role of the factory is not found in providing economic or financial benefit, but the way it serves as a place for many Indians to meet Jesus Christ for the first time. It continues to be a venue to hear the Gospel to this day.


The color of the Rio Negro (Black River) is quite literally almost pitch-black as the name suggests because of its acidity from the soil. Due to its high acidic level, not much life in the river can be expected. However, Missionary Kim believes that if the Indians were trained and educated in growing herbs and crops viable in acidic soil, there can be many economic advantages to it.

To expand the ministry to include better the lifestyles of the Indian community, professionals in management and business are currently needed. Missionary Kim prays and waits for someone (perhaps a lay member of a church) to come to Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira as a long-term missionary, and can partner with him to provide professional help in community development for the Indians.