Often as missionaries we are called upon to speak for the country in which we serve. This is a somewhat complicated task nowadays, especially due to how “public” one’s comments are as compared to 50 years ago. The below video serves very well to show the effects of socialism and political corruption, and it is presented from a Brazilian’s perspective!
I encourage all of our praying supporters to watch this short video. It will help you better understand what has occurred in this country over the past several years.
As always, if you ever have questions for us about Brazil, our family or our ministry, do not hesitate to contact us! And, if you are ever wanting to pay us a visit, we will gladly help you do so!
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!
If you would like to see more photos from this encouraging evening, please click the link below:
March was dedicated to the Easter story in our church.
On the first Sunday of the month, I preached a sermon on the revealing details of Christ’s humanity and prayer in Gethsemane. The second Sunday’s sermon was on Christ’s seven sayings from the cross. The third was on the infallible proofs of the Resurrection.
These three messages were preparatory for the final Sunday of the month, in which we presented an Easter Cantata. We retold the story of Christ’s suffering and resurrection through preaching, teaching, singing and piano playing.
It was a true joy to have the participation of my family as well as a handful of the church folks. Some sang, others played piano and others spoke. The Lord really brought it together. Praise His name!
The last Sunday of each month is also birthday night. We had 5 people in attendance with March birthdays. That made it extra special. We have been encouraged by having nearly everyone stay afterwards to serve the goodies and participate in this after-church fellowship.
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Yesterday was an encouraging Sunday. Our little congregation, Independent Baptist Church, received two new members and also had our first baby dedication!
In the morning service, a couple that was reached early on in our ministry came to present themselves and their new little one, Benício, to the Lord. Along with the family, came the little guy’s two grandmothers. It was a true blessing!
In the evening service, we were able to receive a young couple for membership. I had been talking off and on with the husband for some time, and on occasion we dealt with the assurance of his salvation. The Lord has given that him!
We are deeply encouraged by the hand of God on our ministry. Your prayers, no doubt, have been a major factor in that. Thank you for continuing to bring this fledgling work to the Lord. We need His continued mercies, blessings and grace!
Click on the image below if you would like to see all the photos from February, including those from when missionaries Tom and Cindy Brewer surprised in our midweek service!