Monday, July 31, 2006


Tonight I had a very disturbing meeting with our leadership team for the church plant in São Leopoldo. Three weeks ago, the pastor of the mother church spoke with one of the members of our leadership team and said that he thought that it was time for the members of the mother church to dedicate themselves completely to the church plant, tithe to the church plant, and start having worship services on Sundays. This seemed wonderful, but almost too good to be true.

Last week, the same pastor spoke with the wife of the man he had talked to and accused them of fomenting a rebellion against him by abandoning the mother church, talking about removing their tithe from the mother church, and looking to have services on Sunday – all of which were subjects that HE had raised in a positive light with her husband. He made the same accusations to another member of the church planting team this week.

The pastor and I will be meeting tomorrow at 5:30 (4:30 EST), and he sounded none to happy with me on the phone tonight. I find it no coincidence that I’ll be leaving from my meeting with him to go straight to our first evangelistic Bible study with a spiritist witchdoctor down the street from the house where we are meeting. The bizarre nature of all of this strongly points to spiritual warfare.

Please pray for all misconceptions, lies, and confusion to be exposed for what they are during our meeting tomorrow. Pray that God’s Holy Spirit would guide us both, and that I will have a spirit of humility. Pray that God would fix this situation in His way, for His glory. Pray that His work through this church plant would not be hindered, and that the gates of Hell will not be able to stand against it.

Thank you for standing with us in prayer.


1 comment:

Michael said...

I'm praying for you and your family that you would continue to show hope for those who really truly are looking for some. God can do amazing things that no one has ever even dreamed would happen if we would just trust fully in Him. I pray that the wicthdoctor would accept you and what you stand for. Keep up the good work, and pray that people in America would also show the passion for Christ that you show.