Please pray for 4 of our youth as they attend a youth retreat next week.
This past weekend it was a great joy to be invited for a feast at friends home. They had asked a few friends from church and cooked a fantastic meal. There was one shortcoming to this meal; my host did not eat it.
Pray for my host Francisca who is facing the possibility of having cancer, and she has only minimal access to medical care. She is working with a natural healing doctor because she has hit the limit of her medical insurance policy. This is a country that has socialized medical care were the medical service are free. This is a common issue, only a select few have access to real medical care. So, she is just eating grapes for all three meals. Please pray that this crisis in her life drives her to put her trust in Jesus
The parts have arrived and next week kids club will be up and running.
At the Network of Biblical Storytellers conference, Ellen was a featured author in their ambassador issue magazine. She is taking a certification class for Biblical Storytelling. As part of the class, she wrote a paper about some aspects of our Biblical Storytelling ministry here in Brazil. The instruction loved the paper, so she forwarded to the volunteer staff that publishes their magazine.
It is a great article on the impact of Bible Storytelling on a foreign ministry field. I would encourage you to read it. The article is on page 17 of the magazine. You can download the pdf version at this link; TheBibical Storyteller.
Please keep Ellen in your prayers as she is still stuck in the States dealing with a medical issue.
It was easy to teach a class on how to start telling the stories of the Bible. Now the ministry has moved on into deeper relationships and the development of leadership. The task at hand is to work with the leaders God has placed in our hands and get them to start telling the stories of God. We are set for this Friday to head out into the home of some contacts we have been praying for. Please pray that our fledgling leaders will have the courage to tell the stories they have to be practicing and that it will be a good experience for them. Most of all pray that the Holy Spirit opens the door that we can book a follow-up visit. Keep us in your prayers.
The boat is down because one of the fuel injector modules has broken on the outboard motor. It is a long story but this is something that is not a surprise. We have had a part on order for over a month, but there are no parts in the country, and it is a big country. The kids club depends upon this boat moving teams around. My prayer request is that you lift my team unto the Lord so that they seek His solution to this problem. There is a strong desire to keep the kids club going even through these difficulties. Pray, we can see the Lord’s hand move in this situation.
The picture is of our new Kids Club team for 2018. My leader for this kids club is Jeremias who is also the boat pilot moving all the teams around on the weekends. A few weeks ago he was discussing with the problem with me of getting the new volunteers to learn the Bible Stories from the heart. In the past I would have taken things into my own hands and step in and train these young folks, but not this time. My goal is to build leaders, so I need to figure out how to work with Jeremias so he can train the new volunteers. Pray for me as I try and develop new methods to work with my leadership.
Our kid’s club is back up and running full speed. As in the States, things slow down over the summer months. Vacation is over, and the kids are coming back to our Saturday morning kids program. This is exciting as the people Wayne has trained over the past few years are moving full steam ahead without him. We still provide funding for transportation of teams that operate the kids club. Wayne still has a hand in some aspects of the ministry but this is small. Pray for our the kids club on Saturday mornings.