Apparently there is a very popular TV show in the U.S. that involves a lot of zombies roaming around. Though I have never seen the show, I can imagine that any missionaries who are in the phase that we are in would fit right in with said zombie masses. Oh the joys of planting a church, going to the jungle, and taking care of a newborn all together! No pictures of dark circles and blank stares will be posted, but I’m sure you can imagine. We love the challenges and opportunities that the Lord has blessed us with, and I can’t think of any better way to live life than at full throttle. Please allow me to share some of what is going on in our ministry at this time.
Mariella Joy arrived on June 23 to the tune of 8 pounds 3 ounces! Praise God! Cynthia and the baby are both doing very well. Of course, Cynthia bears the brunt of baby duty, so please keep her in your prayers. While we were in the hospital, we met a security guard there who lives in our area and has been praying to find a fundamental church. Isn’t it neat when God brings spiritually hungry people across your path?!
This month I will be spending 10 days in the Amazon region with a group of other missionaries, volunteers, and a doctor. We will be holding medical clinics during the day and evangelistic preaching services every night. This is a tremendous opportunity that I was privileged to participate in last year as well. Just in these few days, we will be starting new churches and preaching/soul winning to hundreds of people. Please bathe this trip in prayer. We are praying for many souls to be saved, for safety, and for the new churches that will be started as a result of this trip.
Concerning our own church plant, we desperately covet your prayers. We are holding our inauguration services July 30 and 31. There is still some work being done on the building. We have setup still to do and a lot of canvassing between now and then. We will be a multilingual church from the beginning, with services in both Spanish and Portuguese. We want to see God do amazing things that weekend, so please pray with us for His power and working. We are seeing people saved each week out door knocking, and I am very much looking forward to finally having a place for all of us to meet together. There have been so many of you who have given above and beyond your usual support to help with the construction. In the near future, I would like to write a proper prayer letter just detailing all the wonderful things God has done in providing for our church building here.
We are very blessed to be your missionaries, and we don’t take lightly the responsibility of representing you on our field. Please pray that God will use these next few busy weeks to reach multitudes with the Gospel and that He will touch many families through our inauguration services. We thank you with all of our hearts for your selfless giving and faithful prayers.
Declaring His glory,