Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our dear friends and family! We want to thank those of you who made this time even more special for our family with your cards and gifts. Your sacrifice, thoughtfulness, and care mean so much!
In November God blessed with many people coming to know the Saviour as we continued to spread the Good News in our city. Naomi, a young lady from California, came to be a blessing and help to our family. She helped Amy with the home and tutoring the children in October and through part of November. She had a great influence in the Youth Ministry, and during her two-month stay, she learned the plan of salvation in Portuguese (Spanish helped) and was a good visitation partner for Esther as they knocked on doors with us and shared the Gospel.
Please pray! Helpers in the ministry would be a great blessing not only in helping with family needs, such as homeschooling and music lessons, but also in the many needs of the ministry. If you would like to invest your time on the mission field (short-/long-term, male/female, single/married, young/old), your helping hand would truly be a blessing and encouragement! Or if you would consider helping others who would like to come, please contact us for more information on how to do so!
Our Thanksgiving dinner was a special time to give thanks to the Lord for all that He has done. We thank the Lord for the testimonies, special music, and delicious dinner shared by the church. Would you be thankful for cancer?!? Our dear Anita is battling with cancer again, yet now she is thanking the Lord that He is using her illness to draw her family to Christ. For the past five years, we have been praying for Anita’s family members’ salvation. Then seemingly out of the blue, her daughter-in-law came to church, and Amy was happy to not only lead her to the Lord but also several other visitors on Thanksgiving! God is working, and it is amazing! We are rejoicing that Anita`s scheduled cancer surgery on December 26 was canceled, as the doctor is unable to find any trace of cancer now!! She thanked me for praying and fasting, and we rejoiced together to see God answer prayer!
Nicole is a five-year-old little girl who has come to church with her Grandma Maria (infrequently) since she was just a baby. Ten of her cousins would come on the bus route and loved church. Recently the Lord burdened my heart to revisit their family, and the Lord blessed with a very receptive response from not only Nicole’s mother but also her other grandmother and three aunts. As I have visited them on Saturdays, they make time to listen to the lesson from the Bible and have started to come to church. It has encouraged us that the seeds planted in their lives a few years ago are finally bearing fruit! The sparkle in a little five-year-old girl’s eye as she tells me, “Pastor, look! All my family