So it’s summer now! At this
point it may be hard for you to picture the boys going shirtless and
going to the beach. But as nearly every activity “freezes”
during this season, we have been able to enjoy the season, of
course, but get some important work done.
Thank you for believing in
Since the beginning we have been
serious about seeking the Lord and very committed to the vision God
gave us for this ministry. We started from scratch during a time
when there was little interest in these matters. Then we saw that
gradually the laws and the culture were changing concerning family
and children. Soon, the churches began to realize it was a major
problem within the churches, and our ministry was ready to attend to
the requests. We see now that, unfortunately, things are not getting
better in a general sense, so we have been working hard to prepare
study material that could be used in the context of small groups
with a facilitator, even in our absense. The good news is that now
we have a couple whom we have brought alongside to the last several
seminars done in the area. They have also walked alongside us in
ministering to the group we had at church last year. They may be
going to Europe as missionaries this year and have a vision to
minister to families. They also are helping us in developing the
Group Study Material.
We are accepting fewer
commitments this year for speaking at other places but in turn, we
are offering the group study material which many churches have shown
good interest in, as it would be a continuous work in their
Again, we are in awe of God’s
infinite wisdom and perfect timing as he called us to Brazil and
gave us the time to prepare and be ready to attend to the needs that
would be presented. With this same encouragement, we want to
encourage you to be sensitive to His guidance, even when it doesn’t
make sense to others, or yourself!
The Lord has answered the
prayers of many by raising leaders committed to the ministry.
The ministry has grown and we
have been having lots of invitations. This has opened the doors for
us to have an outlet for the group study materials which is a format
very much used in Brazilian churches. Many pastors and leaders are
showing interest in using it.
After many consecutive meetings
to discuss the “Education Proposal” concerning sexual
orientation of children did not pass in our city! Praise the Lord!
IMPORTANT PRAYER REQUESTS
Health. All the work, travel,
college studies and other commitments affected Fabio’s health last
year. He had some tests and is treating some issues as the doctor
recommended and will be following up with further blood tests soon.
Please pray for his health.
Zika vírus. Brazil has been
having an epidemic case of this virus passed by mosquito bites. In
some cases it can be very serious.
Pray for our preparations as a
family for our BIG MOVE to Japan. For the last year, we have
dedicated a lot of time to the study of the Japanese language and to
teaching it to our children, reading books about the culture and
outreach in the cultural context, etc. Please pray that the Lord
would continue to equip us for the work He is calling us to!
Japan: a nation with less than
1% Protestants and one of the highest rates of suicide in the world.
Pray specifically for the city of Nagayo. (We will be sharing
more about this on the blog, soon!) Just as it happened in Ezekiel
37, we believe that from a “dry land” can be risen an army of
soldiers for Christ. The battle in prayer starts now.