Sunday, July 30, 2006

I'm back!!

Hello everybody! (If there are any of you left reading my blog after my long hiatus - I promise to do better). Here's an update on our church plant in Vila Baum.

I'd like to ask you to PRAISE GOD with us. We have finished the first round of Bible studies and have seen fruit from all of the studies that were completed. Lina accepted Christ after 3 weeks of study, SueLee accepted Christ after 6 weeks of study, Junior rededicated his life and his girlfriend Vivianne accepted Christ after 6 weeks of study, and Iara, André and Lina's teenage daughter Juliana accepted Christ last weekend after 8 weeks of Bible study. This means that because of God's grace, 7 new souls are in God's Kingdom. THANK YOU LORD JESUS!!!

I would also like to ask you to PRAY TO GOD for us. We are currently doing discipleship studies with the new believers, as well as preparing to start a new round of evangelistic studies this week. Iara's mother, whose name is Nice (knee-c) is a spiritist witchdoctor (Mother of the Saint). Nice has been increasingly open to hearing about Christ, and has scheduled to start an evangelistic Bible study with us on Tuesday. Please pray hard about this. She is engaged in hard-core black magic and we know that Satan will not willingly give up his possession. She has a son who is telling his mother that if she stops practicing magic, that he will die. We can already see the battle in this family, but we can also see how God is working. Please pray that she will do the studies, that God would touch her heart, and that she will completely abandon her evil practices once and for all and replace them with a new life in Christ. I would love to have a big bonfire in a few weeks and see all of the witchcraft paraphernalia pubically burned (just like in the book of Acts).

Also pray for the more mundane aspects of the church plant. In our leadership team, we currently have one member who is working first shift, another working second shift, and a third working third shift. It has been almost impossible to get everybody together to do anything, and as a result, we have had a series of miscommunications. Please pray that God will work everybody's schedules out so that we can meet, plan, and most importantly PRAY together. Also pray that God would show us how HE wants us to move forward with studies and services and that He would give us wisdom on where He would have us to meet. Also, one of the members of our core team had a fight with his wife and left her for two weeks. They are back together, but this creates a series of complications for how we address this situation.

Thank you all for your prayers - we can see God working in Vila Baum, but Satan is working hard to complicate matters. However, we are confident that God WILL build His church there, and that the gates of Hell will not be able to stand against it - please pray to this effect!


Doug said...

I have recently found your blog. Thanks for the opportunity to support your ministry in prayer. I don't check the blogs every day, but will pray for you when I do check it and when the Spirit brings you to mind. Blessings.


Jeff Dunson said...

Thanks for your interest and your prayers - we need them! May God bless you in your very important ministry as a chaplain.