Worship and joy were the prominent attitudes produced in the hearts of those who recognized who the Child really was. They didn’t underestimate what Christ’s birth meant for all mankind. May you have a worshipful and joyful celebration of the birth of the Savior and King.
We’re thankful for the opportunity to proclaim His message here in Rio and to share some of what God has been doing at the church plant in the neighborhood of Bento Ribeiro.
• We had our second worship service in the nearby park and it opened up some more opportunities to talk with people who are hurting and seeking.
• A young lady from the church named Deborah is scheduled to be baptized next week. She will be the first member through baptism. She has taken a stand for Christ and has invited several family members who don’t know Christ to the service, including her parents. Another lady, Neusa, was prepared to be baptized but serious health issues prevent her at this time.
• It is encouraging to see the church develop a burden for missions. The church family enthusiastically voted to financially support our missionary friend Pastor Rober in the Amazon Jungle region as the first supported missionary.
• We’re thankful for the return of our co-workers, the Patefields, in November. The Lord blessed them with several answers to prayer regarding the flight, luggage and customs.
We’ve been praying for a long period about future possibilities for church planting in Rio. More than six months ago, a sister church in Rio gave me some documents for some property on the far west side of the city. We discovered that this property was donated over 20 years ago to Melissa’s grandparents for the purpose of starting a church. They were unable to do so at the time, and the Lord has guarded the property all of these years from anybody squatting on the land (truly remarkable here!). As we seek the Lord’s will and consider the possibility of moving to this area of the city to begin a new church plant we ask for your prayers. It will be sad to leave the church in Bento Riberio, but such is the job description of a missionary, and we’re content to know that the church would continue under the excellent direction of our co-workers and the care of The Good Shepherd.
With temperatures above 100 this week we know Christmastime is here! Again, we are so thankful for each of you who have invested in our lives and in the lives of people here in Rio through your friendship, love, prayer, gifts and encouragements.
Looking for Christ’s return,
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