Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The Trailblazers

This week we have had the privilege of seeing God bring in a bountiful harvest through the hard work of a volunteer team of six laypeople from FBC Oviedo, FL (shown above with their translators). We nicknamed the team the “Trailblazers” because they were the first team that we have brought into PoA using the personal evangelism method that we used in North Brazil before we moved to Porto Alegre in the extreme South. We weren’t quite sure what to expect, but could not be happier with the results.

Witnessing encounter on the street that led to an entire family being saved in their home through an evangelistic home visit later in the day.

The team worked with three new church plants – a house church in Gravataí, a house church in a slum in Novo Hamburgo, and a church with about 40 members in PoA. All of these works have been in existence for a year or less. Throughout the week, the team worked in challenging conditions in extremely poor and crime-ridden neighborhoods with little infrastructure. They slogged down muddy streets in the rain, climbed slippery hillsides in the forest to reach urban slums, shivered in wooden huts while crammed in shoulder to shoulder for house church meetings, and didn’t even do too much of a double take when we asked the drug traffickers to watch after the mission car for us! They were warriors and truly learned the meaning of the word flexibility! All told, the team made approximately 73 intensive evangelism visits, conducted three worship services, and saw 94 make decisions to receive Christ! Now, we need to pray for the crucial work of the church planters as they follow up with these new believers and begin to incorporate them into the lives of these young churches. Pray that none would fall by the wayside and that each one would become a strong, active participant in these new churches.

House Church Sermon

Stay tuned to this blog for a day-by-day breakdown of the team's trip and many more photos!

Prayer Requests:
1. Pray for the following church planters as they disciple the many new believers in their care. Ask that God would give them wisdom, resources, and time to do all of the necessary follow up: a) André and Sidneia in Gravataí; b) Paulo and Luci in Novo Hamburgo; and c) Gil and Rose in Porto Alegre

2. Pray that each one who made a decision will become a strong, active, witnessing participant in these churches.

3. Pray especially for Ester, the three week old baby of the couple in whose home the church in Gravataí meets. Her hip was displaced by the doctor in the birth process, and they are being told that it could take months to do anything about it. Pray that they will be able to get her all the care she needs, and that she will not suffer any long-term effects.

1 comment:

N'omi said...

Wow! Looks like that exhausting kind of fun people have when they are working for God for His purposes!!!

Don't you just feel sorry for folks who see luxury cruises, health spas, or renting villas in the Carribean as fun??

Glad you made it home in one piece.

Love to all,