Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Teaching and Training

     The last Sunday in May, my son, Nicholas preached his second sermon.  He preached from John chapter 5.  It was his first time to preach without sharing the pulpit with another young preacher on the same day.  He preached for 16 minutes.  He did a good job.  While he was preaching, I was in Patos teaching another course to the church.  I taught the "The Divided Kingdom" from 1 and 2 Kings, and 2 Chronicles. 
     I did not get to see Nicholas preach on that day but Monica filmed it, so I watched his sermon when I got back.  I did not have a lot of time to help Nicholas prepare.  I got him started, David continued for a while, and Joseph finished up the help he needed.  He took something from all three of us and was able to make a sermon out of it.  
     I want to thank God for Him giving Nicholas a desire to preach and tell others about Christ.  It is a great blessing to see your sons walking in God's Will.

Thank you all for your prayers and support towards God's Kingdom.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Chickened Out at the Last Minute



           Roberto has been studying the Bible with a couple in Colinas, Rogério and Sonia. They believed in the message shared from God’s word, and they decided to be baptized. We gathered at the building on Sunday afternoon to witness their new birth.

           Maybe the seriousness of the decision hit her or maybe she was afraid of what she was getting into, but Sonia said she wasn’t ready to get into the waters, and we said that she should wait until she was sure. Rogerio, though, had no qualms and was buried with Christ for forgiveness of sins.

           When it was over, I told Sonia that we are happy that the Colinas church is growing, and she with a big smile on her face said, “If the Lord wills, it will grow even more.” Oh yes, Sonia, that IS the Lord’s will.





Great News

There was another baptism in the city of Cajazeiras.  Amaro, 16 years old.  He has been in the soccer program (The Right Step) for three years.  

Please pray:
      * That Amaro will grow to be a mature Christian who will train others;
      * That Café, the evangelist in Cajazeiras, will be able to involve other men in
the maturation of the church in Cajazeiras.

Mangabeira Growing



The church in Mangabeira is meeting in a new building, started a new School of the Bible course, and is reaping the fruit. Luana was baptized in April, and this month her husband Dimas gave his life to Jesus after finishing the Let the Bible Speak course. We thank God for this new Christian couple. Pray with us that they will be light in the Mangabeira neighborhood and bring more to salvation.


Letter from Junior



Junior  became a Christian in 2001 here in João Pessoa.  He married Kátia in 2004, who became a Christian in 2000 also here in João Pessoa.  They have lived and worked in Campina Grande for the last five years as missionaries.  Before moving to Campina Grande they went the (Servants Sent to Announce the Kingdom of Love – SEARA) training course.  They travelled a lot with me to the interior during their training.
Both Junior and Kátia are very dedicated, loving and faithful Christians.  I have been privileged to see them grow spiritually and as a family.  I am proud to call them my brother and sister in Christ.  Below is a report from Junior, sharing about his trip to São Paulo to receive training along with seven others from Paraíba.  They were able to go because of funds from the Goodlettsville church of Christ in Tennessee. 

        Beloved brothers and sisters, I had the opportunity to travel in the month of April.  My trip included national events of the Church of Christ (National Encounter of Christian Workers – ENOC e Correct, Reprimand and Exhort – CRE) in the state of São Paulo.  I visited two congregations (São Bernardo do Campo – SP e Bauru – SP), besides taking part in an intensive class on the Pentateuch in Bauru – SP.  I was away from home for 17 days and spent more than 100 hours in Bible studies, sermons and other teachings.  I am very thankful to God for this opportunity, to Kátia, my wife, for holding down the house in my absence and to everyone who contributed to this purpose.
        The objective of this trip is to be better prepared to serve our Lord and our brothers in Christ and to edify the brotherhood with what God has done in our midst, here in Campina Grande.  Thank you for your prayers and all of the help we received.
        When I arrived home, I had a lot to share with the brothers and sisters; I am very excited to continue our Christian journey together.
                                        May God bless you all,                                                                                        In Christ,
                                                        Júnior




Monday, June 1, 2015

Consecration



          We know that God can do anything. The question is what will He do? What will the Lord do in the lives of His people when they consecrate themselves to Him? We hope to find out.
          Friday, May 22nd, the Luna congregation had an all night vigil of consecration. We went from 9 pm to 5:30 am, and over 50 people participated, from the ages of 10 to 75 years. In the prayer corner, brothers and sisters signed up for time slots so that we would have prayer without ceasing. The vigil focused on Consecrating our Lives, in Gratitude, in Unity, in Service, and in Sharing. Each part consisted of prayer, singing, Bible Reading and Reflection, and practical activities, like in Service, we washed everyone’s feet, and then everybody joined in making breakfast for the group: homemade bread, fruit, tapioca and eggs, juice, and coffee. In Sharing, we ended with a wonderful meal together in family, talking about people with whom we want to share the gospel.
          Spending the night awake is exhausting, but it is a sacrifice the church was willing to make, even though some had to work or go to school on Saturday. Many were amazed that they didn’t even feel sleepy.
          Luna is a church that draws people from all over the city. It is, therefore, the best church for planting churches in other neighborhoods. Mangabeira was the last plant, so now we are focusing on Luna to boost it to be ready to plant a church in another region. Pray with us that God will consecrate His people and give them opportunity to spread throughout João Pessoa.