Spiritual Family

Spiritual FamilyAs we are looking into the state of the ministry here, we a with great joy to see a few locals attending the spiritual family gathering. The group had been meeting on Sunday Nights but this has all change since our arrival.

Jeu, the one in white, is the pastor who has lived in our house for the past year. Him and Ester, his wife, have spent the past year working with the Johnson family on the island of Cotijuba. They have started a few Bible studies in the area. These studies take place in the students homes. These are not believers but people that are open to the Gospel message. Gorge is next to Jeu on the far left, he is a fisherman that lives near us. It was an amazing story that he told of his personal testimony.  God has been chasing him for fifty years. A previous missionary and good friend of mine Bill Burk, who is with the Lord, preached on the island of Cotijuba in his early days. Gorge remembered him and was impressed that his message was different but life was full and he thought there would always be another day.

Now that he is older he wants to know this God. He likes what we have to say because it is different compared to the other churches selling religion.  Gorge has lots of stories of pastors who offered to pray for him while he was sick if he would just give the pastor R$20.   There are also other who preach that God only forgives those who give to the church (the pastor).  We talk about a free gift, Grace through Jesus Christ. This is what make us different from the others he has heard. We also tell it in a story format and he seems to understand that more easily, he does not read well.

These are just some of the stories we are hearing. Pray for George and his wife that they will take the next step of baptism.

Panic Time – Pray

Jeu & EsterIt is a joy to be back in Brazil on the island of Cotijuba. We have been out of the field for 13 months. So now there is a flood of things that all need to be work on at once.

Sunday we had the joy of joining in the spiritual family that Jeu & Ester are leading. They where hoping for one of the regular attendees would give a personal testimony, but they where a no-show.  There will be other nights.

One issue that we need you to Pray about, because it is panic time, is a meeting that Jeu arranged for me on Friday, March 4.  The leaders of the Brazilian national church are meeting with me about a partnership with us to have Jeu continue his part of the ministry with us.  Which I am very excited about and an answer to my prayers. Before Friday they want a number of reports for the meeting, all in Portuguese.  I have not worked in the local language for a year. This is like my first time surfing only the wave that is coming at me is the big one. Will I be swamped or skim the wave. Pray the Lord will lift up and hold me in the meeting.

I just got my computers up and running, some what. No printer and the speakers were working but as of this morning they only hum and hum loud and clear. The computer store is a 6 hour round trip into the city. I just ran a trip on Saturday to purchase battery backup units for the computers. The ones I stored for a year just went zap – zap – hum and smoke came out of the boxes, all three.

Pray that I abide in the vine, Jesus Christ (John 15). Pray that I remember he is in control of all that is happening around me as the Spiritual Battle is raging around me. Pray that the Holy Spirit will open the door for Jeu to be able to continue his ministry here on the island.