Falling Short On Support

Falling Short On Support

fb20161111As Fall sets in we notices for the first time in many years that our support is slipping. A number of our supporters have died, retired or lost their jobs along with a number of small churches closing. We are asking our facebook friends to consider sending us a one time donation to help us out.

The Lord has blessed us with a group of new believers and our hope is that in February we will see a number of them baptized. Our work in expanding to other islands is just taking off. Yes it cost money to keep us here in the field. So we need your help.

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Our Vote Was Not Counted

Our Vote Was Not Counted

fb20161109One of the realties of serving overseas is that there are some American rights you just lose. We tried to vote through absentee ballet but it looks like as times in the past the Brazilian Postal system has lost our mail. Many times we do not get mail that people send and mail we send never arrives.

As to political conversation in Portuguese it all seems to get lost in the translation. So we become very disconnected from one of Americans citizen right, to speak our voice into the political system. This is all part of our calling. Here in Brazil the Brazilians ask us all the time if we voted in their elections, we can not, we are foreigners. As foreigners we have no voices in their very corrupt political process.    So on election day we are reminded that we foreigners far from the land we love and many of the love ones we cherish.

This week Jacob sent a audio track of the heart beat of our grand child. It brought tears to our eyes and joy to our hearts. It reminds us though of how far away we are from family and the fact we can not be there.

Mission Trip Arapiranga

Mission Trip Arapiranga

fb20161106The team to the island of Arapiranga was a great success in October. We had most of our students show up on the team in an effort to reach this small river community with the stories of the Gospel. For many this was their first time visiting a poor river community. They themselves come from poor city neighborhoods so poverty was not an issue, but life on the river is very different from their life in the city. We had the opportunity to participate in a kids church program and then follow the kids home and visit their parents and families. Then the kids help our teams visit neighbors which enabled us to visit most of the homes in this small river community. The team shared stories with most of the adults on the island and they loved it. The doors seem to be so open. Pray that God will help us organize more teams to visit on a regular basis.

The Story Behind The Cloth

The Story Behind The Cloth

fb20161105The Story Cloth is a work of God and a real blessing that He has given to us. Wayne has been work with two pastors as to what stories we should use for our new training effort. Wayne has been working with these men for years. It took quite a bit of time to just developed our list of 24 stories that would work for us, but to find an artist to draw 24 graphics for us was even harder. We pulled on all our contacts and no one had the time to take on this big task. As we prayed we watched artist after artist turn us down. Then word got out to a young artist living near the Monkey Island Church whom work with.  She had made plans to attend our first training class in September. The week before she heard of our need and just starting drawing from the list of stories she had been given. Friday night she showed up with a pack of 24 graphics to hand us. What an unexpected blessing.

Then we had to get it printed. This was another God send. The graphics firm we had used the the past had gone out of business. The new places we looked at wanted three times the price. It was a search in futility. Then as in one of the God coincidences we discovered a place that would make them for the same price we got three years early.  Praise God! This all has been a faith journey and now our students have a great, locally made tool, to help then open the conversation and tell the greatest story every told.

Oct Training A Success

Oct Training A Success

fb20161104 It was exciting to have all new students for our second installment of our Bible Story Training. This group of students was much more expressive than the last. One of the things I like to stress in our classes is expressive story telling. The Brazilian culture is very expressive when it comes to telling personal stories. People really get into telling these events of their lives with a lot of hand movements, dancing around and acting out what happen. It brings great joy to my heart when I see one of our students catches on to the idea that the Bible is a story that needs to be told in their own style.

We had 14 students that attended our training program. It started Friday and ended Saturday afternoon. There was sining, praying and a lot of story telling. We have a story cloth that has 24 stores on it. It is a great tool and one that has a story all to it’s self.

Robbed On The Bus

fb20161101Yesterday Ellen return home a little late because the bus she was on got robbed. This is a daily occurrence here in the big city, so much that people do not even bother to call the police. Police enforcement is non existent in our area. A young man came on the bus with a big knife and demanded that everyone put their valuables in his sack. He pulled rings and watches off peoples hands and demanded money and cell phones. Ellen took her wedding ring off and sat on it. She turned over her cell phone and wallet and then the robber moved on to the next person. So we are praising God that nothing else happen. She was a little shook up, but for the most part ok. This is why we ask for your prayers for safety. There are pirates on the water and thieves in the city. Please keep our safety in your prayers.