December 16, 2015
Dear Prayer Supporters,
Greetings in the name of our Lord! Many of the Psalms remind us to “give thanks unto the LORD, for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever.” As our six-month furlough comes to an end, we look back on His goodness. We write this letter from sunny Florida, where we came to escape the Minnesota winter… well, not really. Minnesota is enjoying one of the mildest winters in history. But last Sunday, after our final visit to a supporting church for this furlough, we flew to Florida to visit several special friends and mentors who have faithfully prayed for us over the years. In a few days we’ll return to Minnesota to pack up for our return to the mission field of Northeast Brazil. On December 27th our home church in Austin, MN, will have a re-commissioning service, and we fly out of Des Moines on January 5th.
As we sum up this six month furlough, we have given ministry reports in 20 churches, taught 17 Sunday School or college classes, preached 16 times, and visited more friends than we can count. God has blessed us with an awesome support team. We are sorry that we were not able to connect with all of our friends and supporters. For those we missed, you’ll be at the top of our list when we return to the United States next time. We also rejoice over God’s financial provision. One family increased their monthly contribution and a few of our churches are considering an increase to our support. God has provided, through several gifts, the funds to continue the building of the Parque Grangeiro church. We now have nearly what we will need to complete this project.
Upon our return to Brazil we will have three weeks before the school year begins at the Bible College. We will also be participating in the annual conference for our Baptist Mid-Missions missionaries in NE Brazil. Please pray for safe travels and for a smooth transition back into the field ministries. We also ask you to pray for the First Baptist Church in Crato, the church through which we work in Brazil as church planters. Our pastor was led to serve a church in a different area of Brazil, so we will probably be helping the church find the man who should lead the church.
Please continue to pray for our Bible Correspondence School. We are asking God to give us a national director to lead this ministry. We are currently praying and corresponding with a young man who might be a possible candidate for this job.
Last Friday the Cariri Baptist Seminary graduated nineteen men and women; most of these have already assumed ministry positions. Pray for the three who are still deciding where the Lord would have them serve. And pray for the incoming class next year. Our prayer is that God would send us just the right ones who will benefit from the training we give them, to become effective servants of God.
And we thank God for you, our support team, for your continuous prayers, support, and love. Your goodness is a reflection of God’s goodness towards us.