Letters of Recommendation

Dear Steve and Dianna,

Thank you so much for taking the team from our church to Brazil. We were so blessed to serve with you there and to be partners with you in the work of God’s kingdom.
It was great to get to know you both, you both were an inspiration and challenge to me. I pray that God will richly bless you and your family and the work you are doing for Him.
I look forward to the opportunity to maybe serve with you again and we have already begun to pray as a church about what, where and when is next!
I thank you both for all the time and energy that you poured into us as a group. I believe the impact is already reaching beyond those that went to others in our church body, and for that, I am very greatful.
I personally come away with so much to learn, consider and allow the Lord to work in me. I was so challenged by so much, and now I am praying that it truly changes me and grows me as a believer and as a Pastor.

Thank you


Letter of Recommendation from Pastor Robert Johansson of Evangel Church NYC

Letter of Recommendation from Pastor Robert Johansson of Evangel Church NYC


If you are considering joining Steve and Dianna Butcher of Amazon River Churches on a short term mission trip, allow me to attempt to influence your decision.

  • I just returned two weeks ago and I want to go back!
  • It’s such an awesome endeavor. Where else are you offered the opportunity to make an impact the kingdom of God in a significant way in just a few short days? You get to build a church! What an honor.
  • Your faith will grow exponentially as you call upon the Lord at every turn along the way and He faithfully answers. HE is sooooo GOOOOD!
  • Your team will bond in a way you never could have expected. We left New York City loosely acquainted and returned a true family.
  • Once you meet our Brazilian brothers and sisters, your entire perspective will change. You will begin to note what is most important in life and adapt an attitude of gratitude. Their contentment, sincere humility and servitude are staggering.
  • In the cities you will be burdened by the prevailing sense of darkness, hopelessness and bondage you see in the masses of people; on the river, you will be exposed to a childlike simplicity, curiosity and hospitality that are rarely seen no matter where you’re from. You will want to do something, anything to make a difference in these precious lives.
  • Steve and Dianna. They are sold out for Jesus. Watching them pour themselves out and into the lives of everyone they meet is in itself a life altering experience. They are strong, courageous and a threat to the kingdom of darkness. They are prayer warriors who truly understand who we are in Christ and all that we have at our disposal in and through Him. They are patient, loving, kind, thoughtful, and have a great sense of humor too! Their love for God and His church is pure. They seek nothing for themselves. They strive to make Christ known and to bring Him the glory He is worthy of. I love them deeply and I am so thankful to have them in my life.

If you hear God’s still, small voice speaking to your heart specifically about Amazon River Churches, hear Him out! You’ll regret it if you don’t. You don’t want to miss this move of God. Expect to be changed, your heart to be burdened and your priorities to be called into question. You will work hard, laugh heartily, your spiritual eyes will be opened and you will cry at times for no apparent reason (okay, maybe that’s just me).

If I can help you by answering questions or sharing more details, please don’t hesitate to contact me. My email address is Ladyfeb14@aol.com

Because of Calvary,
Christine : )

Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

It is a great privilege to be able to recommend to you Steve Butcher and Amazon River Churches (A.R.C.) ministry. I met Steve in Rochester shortly after the Lord called him to build river churches in the Amazon. Linking up with A.R.C. has enriched our own vision in church planting and has put us on the brink of a major advancement of the kingdom of God in our region of the Amazon!

Having planted over 15 churches in the rain forest, we know that a 60 X 24ft brick building usually takes at least 3 months to put up. So when I first heard of Steve’s idea to build a church in 5 days from start to finish, I thought the only way to cure him was to bring him into the middle of the jungle to show him what life here is really like! However, it was God that showed all of us that A.R.C. truly was His plan after all!

In the weeks and months that followed, I have come to deeply appreciate Steve. I find him a man of purpose and integrity who is fully devoted to Christ. His vision to provide opportunity for anyone who wants to make an eternal difference in reaching thousands of unreached Brazilians is intriguing and captivating. His genuineness and sacrificial giving has won the admiration of already hundreds of Brazilians and church pastors. And I must say, the 5-day church building pilot project was an amazing accomplishment and engineering wonder for a jungle church!

The goal is hundreds of churches, to reach hundreds of river communities that currently have no church. I would encourage anyone, whether a new believer, or seasoned pastor, who desires to make his or her life count in the most ripe and vast mission field of the world, to join Steve in building A.R.C. churches for Project Amazon.

Scott Toth
PAZ Regional Director of the Castanhal Base
Senior Pastor, PAZ Central Church, Castanhal

Letter of Recommendation For Amazon River Churches

Steve Butcher while attending the church I pastor felt he heard a call from God to build churches in Brazil. He has proclaimed this to many and through many obstacles has held true to the vision the Lord has given him. He has now put together a system that a team can go to Brazil and in one week or less build a building that can be used in a remote Amazon village for a church. During the fall of 2007 a team under Steve’s supervision built the first prototype of these churches with success. The Brazilians themselves are amazed at the building that is produced, that will last for many years, and built in such a short time.

Steve is under the covering of both his local church and the PAZ (Project Amazon) ministry in Brazil. If you are not familiar with PAZ and Scott Toth I have been there several times and know the leadership of the organization well. PAZ is also an affiliate ministry of Elim Fellowship in Lima NY. Steve at this time feels to work with Scott Toth in the building of these churches and I can recommend Scott and Steve to you.

Building a church in Brazil is only the beginning of the experience. When you have a team come down to Brazil you will not just leave a building that will go on for years to bring in fruit for the Kingdom of God you will be personally changed also. This ministry will bless Brazil, your local church, and you personally.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me personally.

Yours truly,
Philip McNeill
Sr. Pastor

Word of Life Christian Fellowship


Hello Steve and Diana,

As I sit and think about Thanksgiving I can’t help but travel back to the jungle. First I’d like to wish both you and your family and wonderful Thanksgiving. Second I’d like to say how THANKFUL I am to have been a part of this incredible trip. I feel so blessed to have been a part of this. I think about Brazil every day. I can’t believe how when you leave your heart stays behind. I truly miss being there a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t stop talking about it with my husband and children. I’d really love for my husband to go on the next trip. He would so enjoy it and then we could talk about it all the time! Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you for great direction, lots of laughter and incredible hard work. It was the best thing I’ve ever done. I’m so glad you guys were a part of it. I have been blessed beyond anything I could have imagined.

Love and miss you both. Real surprised how much I miss the team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love, Angie


Steve and Diana,

Just a note of thanks for heading up our trip to the Moju River. It was an awesome experience. The first week of work was hard, the people wonderful. At one point I was sitting on a bucket painting the inside walls, no one was close to me, music was playing and the Lord impressed upon me that this building will be used for His glory long after I am gone. It moved me to tears the fact He used me to help build something that will last for His glory for many years. No one was aware of what was going on; it was simply me and Him…that was the most poignant part of the trip for me.

The second week was less physical but more rewarding meeting the people of the Moju River. They have that same peace that surpasses all understanding…they are happy and love the Lord just as we do in Rochester New York.

The accommodations were great…I loved being on the boat with my brothers and sisters. The Brazilian’s who were ministering to us on the boat were simply amazing! They worked harder than any of us and we all feel in love with them. The truly gave of themselves.

Lastly, one of the best parts of the trip was the relationships we formed with Diana, you and my friends from Greece Assembly. I loved them before but now I feel even closer and can’t wait until we do something with them again!

I will always remember this mission trip, the people we met, how they blessed me and what an effect they had on me. Our God is bigger than we can imagine!

If you are reading this letter and contemplating doing mission trip, I would encourage you to go…seek God and let him show you the way. He will stretch you and grow you, He will bless you and cause you to have a closer walk with Him…after all that is what we all desire, to be closer to Him.