Greetings from Barreiras!
Here in NE Brazil, we have had a lot of rainfall for the past month. Although it is the rainy season, we have gotten much more than in recent years. The rain has cooled the temperature down a bit, which has been nice for us all. Cool nights and mornings have been especially pleasant. Since the beginning of the year, we have seen God do some great things! We know that many of you have prayed for our family and ministry. We are grateful for every one!
“When God requires difficult things”
Well, that’s a statement that we don't like to ponder! However, it is one that we should. The Christian life (life in general for everyone really) is not always easy. Sometimes God does require difficult things from us. But, even in the midst of those difficulties we have the precious promise of God’s presence and care.
As many of you are aware, last year our ladies planned on attending a Women’s Conference. Due to Covid-19 that plan was changed. But God wonderfully orchestrated the events that brought the speaker of that cancelled conference to our ladies! On January 15-17, Carol Sue Merkh, missionary in Atibaia, São Paulo, was able to come here and minister to our ladies and their guests at our very own Women’s Conference. The theme of the conference was “When God Requires Difficult Things” and the teaching was based on Psalm 23. Carol Sue shared from her very own experiences and how the Lord, our Shepherd, was with her through it all. Our ladies were taught from the Word and had a great time over that weekend. We enjoyed several testimonies of how God worked in their hearts.
“There’s no way you’re going to be ready!”
That’s another phrase you don’t want to hear. It’s a phrase that I was told three times the first week of February as we were on the countdown to our first service in the new building on February 7th. On Monday, February 1st, things started off all wrong. That set the tone for the rest of the week. I quickly learned that even though my plan wasn’t working, God was still in control and it was all going to be ok. Our church family began to come together like an army and everything began to pull together.
I’m glad to say that our first service on February 7th was a success! It was a much anticipated day. We had 140 people in attendance. Several visitors and friends of our members came to celebrate with us, many of whom do not attend church anywhere or, are not Christians. Unfortunately, it all came to a halt because of new Covid-19 restrictions. We are hoping to be able to begin meeting in-person again in the next few weeks.
The picture below labeled 2016 depicts a medical team that visited us from the USA, led by Deidra Brown. At that time we marched around the property and prayed over it. Our first service in the new building can be seen in the bottom picture labeled 2021. It was a blessing to have Deidra with us to witness this answered prayer!
Missions at the farm continues
On February 10-11 we had another “Missions at the Farm” outreach. I preached in the evening, and Deidra shared her testimony. We camped there and held a children’s Bible club the next day. Please pray for the ongoing evangelism there. There is always a ripe harvest!