In 1997 God made His call clear to me: that I was to be a missionary in Brazil. 12+ years passed before I would actually arrive on the field. At that point, I had gained a wife and three children. We now have five little ones, and have just completed seven years of ministry in this, the largest country in South America!
God has been with us the entire way.
On New Year’s Eve our city of about 40,000 hosts a large concert/fireworks show that draws attention from all around the state. It was our desire, however, to gather the church together for a special dinner and church service to reflect on what the Lord has done in the work here and to look forward to the future. We had a great turnout and the blessing of God working in hearts.
Upon showing a video of the work God has done in my life since my childhood and also in this work since its beginning in mid-2012, I was able to speak to the people about His sovereign hand in this ministry. I specifically challenged them to be the generation that seeks God’s face, using Psalm 24. Afterword, we had a singspiration and several people gave their testimonies. Things went later than planned, but that did not stop the people from staying for a time of games and further fellowship until just before midnight, when the city’s fireworks were set off.
The folks of the church are selecting Bible verses to memorize that will serve as their theme for the new year. Though God’s Word has yet much to do in this fledgling work, we are deeply grateful for your prayers. God has answered and blessed!
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