Last evening we held our first Wednesday church service. The attendance and participation were a great encouragement! God blessed with a group that met and exceeded expectations. The initial emphasis of these midweek services is two-fold: prayer and family. After a sermon from Psalm 127, dealing with the Christian home, the people were divided into small prayer groups (for the first time). Some of these folks have never prayed with others before. There were questions of what to say, and exactly how to pray in a group. As these questions were resolved, the praying moved forward, and the service concluded. Please continue to pray for the Independent Baptist Church of Ouro Preto do Oeste.
We also had the joy of celebrating the New Year with the Jeremy Tyler family in a city several hours south of us. The weather was good, and the fellowship was encouraging. Our children had a great time playing once again with the Tyler boys. I was asked to preach the New Year’s service, and was encouraged by the folks’ interest in God’s Word. Please do pray for that work in the city of Vilhena. There are two other missionary families with the Tylers, the Divino and Cook families.
On our way back, we were able to spend some time with Renan. I have been teaching him the Bible with hopes of a work starting in his city one day. Please be in prayer for that as well. Since he lives so far from us, we cannot go there nearly as frequently as would be ideal.
Also, I am working to expand the Saturday English class. It is now divided into two levels: basic and intermediate. The first sessions of 2016 will be this Saturday. Please pray. We have been able to reach deeper into the community from this, and although the goal includes being a simple service to the community, some of the attendees have already visited or begun attending our church!
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You may be able to spot my parents. They spent a couple weeks with us, and showered us with gifts. We had a wonderful time with them, and wish they didn’t have to leave so soon!