Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Timely Needs


Click on the picture above for the most recent ministry update and/or keep reading below for a little additional news...

*The Investigative Retreat with the theme of Behind the Music, that we told you about week before last was a huge success. For many of the Christians who went, it was an eye-opening experience into how something traditionally viewed as "secular", such as the music of U2, can cause people to ask eternally important questions. And for those students who went to the retreat just to investigate the claims of Christ, many of them moved forward in a commitment to continue studying and to not be afraid to ask questions of spiritual significance. There were a total of 180 people there, about 45 of whom are the American college students who are here for two months.

*Last month was a significant month in the life of our church as 15 people joined the church and were baptized. 90% of these were students involved in our ministry and the other 10% were families that have developed relationships with the staff that are now doing family ministry. Each of these people have been through our church's new member classes so that they understand the doctrine and philosophy of our church as well as for them to begin developing relationships with other members of the church. Continue to pray for the students involved in our ministry to find their "place" within our church. Also, pray for our staff that are now involved in graduate and family ministry, that they would transition to the new expectations and responsibilities those jobs require. Also, pray for a new place for our church to meet, as the contract on the place we are meeting in now is up in another month.

*Lastly, tomorrow (Thursday, June 20, 2007) around 45 American students and 20 of our staff here will be participating in a Vision Day. The theme is "the harvest is plentiful and the laborers are few" and the conversation and study will be designed to motivate each person to be lifelong laborers in the harvest, being used by God to meet the needs of an ever-more-needy world.

Thanks for your prayers. We love you all!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Happenings


I've uploaded our most recent ministry update above. Just click on it to see it full-size so that it's actually readable. Alan, oneof our new staff, shares part of his testimony in the update. Alan's story is such an example of God's faithfulness to work in out lives. Alan was such a skeptic. It took him over two years to finally believe the gospel was for him. God just continued to work on his heart and to give him the desire to investigate. It's such a privilege to see him laboring for Christ now among the students where he used to study!

We still do not know whether or not Demps will have to pay a fine for the driver's license fiasco but we'll let you know as soon as we do! Please keep praying for God's protection and provision in that situation. Thanks so much for all your prayers and notes of encouragement. We felt surrounded!

This is a holiday weekend starting tomorrow here in Belo Horizonte, so not only will the students be out of school, it will be maximum opportunity for the American students we have here to spend time with Brazilians and share their faith. We'll be doing a churrasco (barbecue) tomorrow for one of the groups of Americans and their evangelistic contacts.

Not this weekend but next will be our annual Invetigative Retreat, to which we invite the students that we've been inviting to investigate the truths of the gospel. We usually use something from popular culture to springboard our discussions and this year we'll be using the music of U2.

Begin to pray now for God to lead those to go that He would speak to. And pray for Sovereignly ordained conversations for our staff, students and the American students. May we all know God in a deeper way after the retreat!