We are praising God for what he has done. He has provided a house for us to rent while we are on our US Ministry assignment. Our home church is working on outfitting the house with all the necessities of life. It will be just two weeks, and we will be arriving in Cincinnati, November 21. At the moment we are not ready to leave. The tasks seem to be endless to pack up the house and ministry to return to the USA. In what appears to be chaos, we understand to be a plan that our Lord is using to forge our charter to be more like Him. Pray for us as we walk this path.
At this months first small group meeting, Ellen was designated as the Sister In Christ We Love. As part of our little group meeting, we play some type group game. They love it, and it fits into the culture well. Every few months have someone who is “Loved”. The group makes a circle, and we go around and find some encouraging words to say about or brother or sister in Christ. It is very supportive and uplifting for all. As you can see is in the picture Ellen wearing a cardboard heart. At the end of our time, everyone will sign the heart, and some will put a phrase or expressing for Ellen to remember her time. It is a great game and one that we have come to look forward too.
This is not going as planned; nothing seems to follow the plan. The house we were using Wednesday nights for our small group gathering (Church Service) has been rented out to a family. We no longer have access this is the facility. First, we need your prayers for the Lord to open another place for our group to meet. We are temporarily meeting at our Friday location which will work as a tempory solution. We plan to gather our leaders and pray for the Holy Spirit to open a new door for us. Please join us in this prayer. These problems are all developing as we are packing our bags. We will be departing in three weeks. Pray for the Lord to give us strength also.
At the end of November our teammates Jeu and Ester will be on their own. We are asking for prayer that the Lord draws a couple to work with them while we are Stateside. It is difficult to minister alone on this island in the middle of the Amazon River. There is a possibility of a couple that has support from three of the local churches for a ministry to Indian tribes here in the Amazon, but they do not have permissions to enter the tribal territory to work with this group at this time. We are hoping they can come and work with Jeu and Ester while they wait for this door to open. Please pray as we see the Lord open doors to keep this ministry moving forward.
The call of the missionary, to raise funds so that they can live on a foreign field to bring the Good News to the lost. January of 2018 we will be searching for new supporters and financial backers to our ministry. First, we would like to ask you to bath this endeavor with prayer before we even start. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”Ephesians 6:12. This time we are looking to set up small group visit in peoples home. So we will be looking for people willing to host us as we make trips around the country to visit our supporting churches. Pray for this endeavor.
We will be on a plane in just four weeks and need to find a place to live in the Dayton, Ohio area. Ellen has to have surgery, and physical therapy and her doctors are located in Dayton. We will be in the area from December – May with some travel to supporting churches. We need your prayer as we seek the doors that the Holy Spirit is opening and the place He would have us live while we are in the States. It is also a request that if you know of any possibilities to contact us on Facebook or by e-mail (email@example.com). Your help is much appreciated as we navigate the path the Lord has put before us.
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It is incredible knowing all of you who pray for us and our ministry on a weekly basis. Events are not as we anticipated. Our path for 2018 has changed to where we will be back in the States raising funds for our ministry with Encompass World Partners. The events that have triggered this change in direction is the fact that Ellen has to have additional surgery and the cost of ministry has increased over the years. We planned to stay on the field for another year, but events now require us to be on a plane in just five weeks. These changes feel like a wrench has been thrown into the works, causing everything to come to a screeching halt. Pray for us as we work through these new realities and understanding for the new path our Lord has put before us.
Our kid’s club team is celebrating Kids Day here in Brazil, today! All four teams are operating to celebrate and expand out kids club in both locations. It is exciting to see not only the kids club grow, but the leadership is taking their role seriously to build this ministry. The teams have been operating without Wayne’s direct involvement since August. It is good news that the leadership I have been training are now able to keep the ministry going. Wayne still needs to invest funds to cover transportation cost and supplement the cost of lunch. Pray for us as we try and find ways to keep this ministry alive as we plan our home ministry starting in January.
It is exciting to see our small group slowly grow over the past year. Many of the people in this photo are now regular attendees over the previous year. A number of them have been baptized, and even more, have made confessions of a transformed life in Christ. We are now working on the task of building leadership. This is a very slow and challenging task with a group of people that all have difficulty reading. We use the stories in scripture and are working on our new leadership to tell stories in front of the group, but only one has gone through this difficult process. The others do now publicly pray, but this has been a chore to get them this far along. Please pray as we disciple and train the men of the group.
Our team is looking to grow our kid’s club with a special event in October. They are working on a plan to create a special event for the kids in the hope that it will draw more kids to our little program. The program has been a tool to help us connect with the community and one that has helped launch a women’s ministry in the community. This is why we need your prayers for this upcoming event on the fourteenth. My two leaders are Claudio and Jeremias. The first lives in the city and the other lives out on an island ten miles away by boat. It is exciting to work with both of these men who are caring for this ministry on a very personal level. They both have invested a lot in these kids and visiting parents in the community. Pray for this ministry.