Praise the LORD for the year and two months our family had to serve our Saviour with Pastor Marcos and the people of Templo Batista de Cajuru! Through tears of joy for the work our God used us to do and tears of sorrow for having to leave dear friends, we traveled 4.5 hours to join Team Brazil.
THANK YOU to the many who prayed with us for our God to guide us to the home He would have us rent. After looking at about 50 homes, we found the right home for our family. PLEASE note our NEW field address:
Rua Jose de Assis Junior, 62 – Residencial Paraíso – 12090-808 – Taubaté, SP Brazil
We are prayerfully preparing for the second visit of Bro. Stephen Elliott, who serves with Fishers of Men International, later this month and for a group from Freedom Baptist Church, Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, in July. PRAY for our God to work in and through their lives. PRAY that the Brazilian Christians will be encouraged to keep serving our Saviour and that MANY who have not yet understood the GOOD NEWS will take the time to listen to the GOSPEL and accept JESUS as their only HOPE for Heaven.
First impressions are lasting impressions! The inauguration services of New Life Baptist Church in Taubaté, São Paulo, will be in September. Over the past year, Bro. Ed Johnson (leader of Team Brazil), Bro. Dan Johnson, and I have worked to prepare the materials we will be using to set our church apart. In many neighborhoods, it is common to find 10–15 different churches. We must clearly show who we are and what is the purpose of starting “another church” in their city. As we start this church by faith, one of the many needs is printing supplies. Would you prayerfully consider having a part in this cost to get the church started? Please send your gift to FBMI, and write Team Brazil Church Plant in the memo section.
40,000 color tracts – $950
5,000 letterhead and envelopes – $1,100
35,000 plastic door hangers for the family-information packet – $105
5,000 business cards – $200
1,000 tithing envelopes – $150
visitor cards and decision slips – $50
These materials will be used in conjunction with 75,000 John & Romans in the Portuguese language with a special FULL-COLOR cover that we will be putting in the hands of every family in our city. Bro. Allen Johnson, serving with Wings Bearing Precious Seed, has raised the money to print and ship these materials and other church tracts.
Recently I had the privilege to meet Thiago, who told me that he had lost his salvation because of sin in his life. He listened intently as I shared verses from the Word of God that prove that our salvation is not based on our merits or works but on the grace of our Saviour. We have seen 4 saved this week.
Our Saviour tells us in John 10:10, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
Dave Whitmore and Family