Greetings from Barreiras!
Greetings from Barreiras!
The church here in Barreiras is now the extremely excited and proud owner of property! We have been blessed and we are grateful! We thank all of you who have contributed to this project over the years, and we ask that you continue praying for us as we continue forward with our plans to build.
We are in the process of getting bids and prices together for the first phase of construction - the wall. Stay tuned for ways that you can pray and invest in this phase of the construction process.
Below are some pictures from our Father's Day celebration. We spent the day with the whole church at the river. We had a churrasco (Brazilian BBQ) and a service in the afternoon. We were blessed with the day and all of the participation to celebrate our fathers. During the afternoon service we looked to God's Word to see how we have a Heavenly Father who turned us from slaves to sin to sons of God. What a blessing it is to know that we have been adopted into God's family through Jesus Christ and that we are joint heirs with Him! What was even more exciting was the dads who were there that are not Christians. Some of them we have tried to bring to church for a while, without success. But they came for this special day and heard the Gospel! One of our church members invited her parents without telling them it was a Church activity. Her dad doesn't like Christians. He had a great time among all the Christians on that day! Pray for the salvation of these fathers, please.
Sitting, in the striped shirt, is the dad that doesn't like Christians. What a blessing it was to have him with us. Pray for Rosemeire as she witnesses to her dad and shows God's love to him daily.
This is the dad we've tried to bring to church for a while. Beto received a note of thanks from his daughter for being a great dad. Pray for his wife's and daughter's sweet Christian spirit to open doors for the Gospel.
We had a great time with couples in the month of July for our first Couples Conference. There were ten couples in attendance. Our theme was "Conflict Resolution". It was very practical as we looked at three areas of conflict that most couples face. We tried to offer Biblical counsel and wisdom so that marriages could be strengthened to withstand conflict for God's glory. Praise the Lord for working through the conference to do just that! Below is a picture of most of the group that attended the conference.
One thing that always excites us is to see young believers take the step to make the lifelong commitment of marriage. This young couple decided that they needed to do that to serve and honor the Lord. Please pray for them as they raise their little baby in God's house and in God's ways. Luiz and Brendda asked Sunday to be baptized soon and to become members of the church. Praise the Lord for them desiring to be obedient to God's Word in their relationship.
We recently enjoyed a visit with family. Melissa's oldest brother and sister came to see us. We all had such a great time with them. We're glad for the opportunity that they had to see firsthand where we live and how the church is going.
We have a couple of special prayer requests that concern some of our church members. One is for a college student - a senior studying business administration. He's only been a Christian for a couple of years and has faced some difficult times with classmates. He was elected president of his senior class group to head up some events as part of their final grade. They are divided into two groups and will compete against one another. They basically will create a business and have a few months to make profit. The team who profits the most wins. The team he leads had everything in order for a big event that would bring in several hundred people and benefit local businesses with workshops, etc. Several days ago, the majority of his team changed the plan to host a homosexual party/dance. The young man has stood firm to his Biblical convictions and is facing a lot of resistance. Please pray for him and this ordeal. Pray for his faith to be strengthened and his testimony for Christ to draw others to the Lord.
Another request is for a dear family in our church. Our church treasurer is in her early thirties and was diagnosed with breast cancer about three months ago. She has been fighting for treatment to begin and ended up having to start chemotherapy at a private clinic. Lines, waits and dead ends have been her story. But finally she was able to get everything scheduled through the government health system. Imagine her situation. She has to travel 14 hours by bus for chemo treatments. She will arrive at the hospital at 5:00 AM to stand in line and be attended in order of arrival. Then a couple of days later she'll take the bus back home. To get this all going she and her mom went to Salvador and got in line at the hospital at 11:00 pm where they waited, alternating with one another, until 7:00 the next morning. The lines are long. And this is an everyday occurrence. Please pray for her treatments, for her family (husband and two young children), and for her physical healing. We trust that God will use her through this process. She told Melissa, "I feel like God has been preparing me for this".
Thank you again for helping us fulfill our calling - Taking the Light of Christ to Brazil!
With grateful hearts,
The Daniel Family
Josh, Melissa, Troy, Eli, Alec, Joshua, Liam and Lívia