It has been an encouraging month of ministry. It has been a challenging month of ministry. (There’s my Charles Dickens impression for the month.) We have seen some good steps of growth over the past month; we have also had to deal with challenges that are typically associated with helping new Christians grow. We finished up one group of discipleship a few weeks back and then had five more people sign up for the next round. We were able to baptize two of our people, and now we are trying to encourage three of our folks, who need to be scripturally baptized, to take that step of obedience. We have seen several souls saved and have welcomed about a dozen first-time visitors to church.
Two weeks ago, we had a young man, who has been attending with his dad, ask me what was required to participate in the choir. I asked if I could meet with him one afternoon to chat, and he agreed. When we met, I asked him about his salvation, and he didn’t know what I was talking about. I was able to take about a half an hour to share the Gospel with him. At the end, he bowed his head and, in his own words, asked Jesus to save him. After that, we spent another hour or so talking, just responding to numerous spiritual questions that he had. He has since started participating in our Sunday morning youth meetings as well. Pray for Italo to follow the Lord in believer’s baptism soon.
Speaking of which, a little over a month ago, we started a youth meeting on Sunday mornings after the service. We have had a handful of young people start attending, and one of them has also started to attend our prayer service as well. Interestingly, it is all young men who are attending. Pray for their spiritual growth! It is exciting to think of their potential to impact Brazil for Christ.
I want to thank you all very much for your faithful prayers and support. For numerous reasons, this past month was one of our most challenging months financially in a long time, yet every week, the Lord always met all of our needs—on time, every time. Over the years, I have seen how God has never failed to meet our needs, and I genuinely believe that your prayers play a major part in that. Please pray with us for our upcoming evangelistic conference. We want to see souls saved, people baptized, and folks added to the church. I look forward to sharing some wonderful testimonies with you in next month’s prayer letter. May God continue to bless you as you serve Him where you are. We love and appreciate you.
Declaring His glory,