The local churches we work with in the city held their missionary conference this past weekend. This year they had a Pastor Jeff from Ohio, with Missionary Bruce Triplehorn as his translator for the conference. It was a moving event for several that attended but these churches are still struggling with the issues of sending people. These GBC churches were founded by American Missionaries, but the same passion that they were planted with did not get passed on. The missions conference is an effort to build a vision to reach out. Those in the photo are some of the core people involved with the missions ministry of the churches. I know may of these people well and some have worked directly with me. Please pray that their passion for reaching out can light a fire in these churches. The same fire that the missionaries that planted them in the first place.
Plans are now in place for Bible Story Training in September, October and November. The hope is to have the churches provide ten students for each program. The first program will be taught by Pastor Luiz and Nazerano which will be held at our house. They were key in teaching a Bible Storying event many years ago. It had a bing impact on our ministry and the church the youth and adults came from. We are hoping to have a larger impact and start developing workers for a planed team trip to the island of Ariperanga in October. So pray for the Lord to provide workers for training and work out on the islands we have targeted.
These are some of the men I am working with to build a ministry partnership with the local churches here. They come from four different churches but all have a vision to reach the river for Jesus Christ. I wish this was an easy sell, but it is not. Most of the churches are wrapped up in their own activities. They talk about the shortage of pastors and leaders yet my cry for laborers to reach the river seems to fall on deaf ears till recently. These men seem to be the exception. From left – Williams, Thiago, Wayne, Ricardo, Jeu and Adailton. Please lift them up in pray as we try to build a partnership to reach the river.
What about George? He is a faithful fisherman who is one of our transformed lives. His wife testifies he is a changed man which is why she joins him on our Wednesday spiritual family meetings. She is not a believer but we are praying for her. George used to tell stories about fishing tales but not tells tales about Jesus. It is great to tell his version of Peter walking on water. He seems to relate to the fisherman stories we tell in the bible.
He was baptized at the end of June, so he is till a new believer. It is great to see him growing in Christ. The other week he participated in a play of the prodigal son found in Luke 15. It was a good time we even made a video of the skit.