Thursday, October 11, 2012

Medical Leave

Dear Praying Friends, Thank you so much for all of your prayers for us and for the Gaúcho People during the September Month of Prayer. We are confident that God is going to do great things in answer to your prayers! As you know, we are on medical leave in the USA to investigate Cam’s health situation. Right now, the doctors believe that she has an undifferentiated inflammatory disease that if not properly treated, could develop into something even worse such as Lupus or some other auto immune disease. She is on steroids, which help her to be mobile and have less pain, but don’t actually treat the disease. She has also begun taking medicines which should treat the disease, but those meds take 3-6 months to begin working. In short, the doctors here want us to wait 5 or 6 months to see if we’re on the right course. This means that our medical leave will turn into medical furlough, and we probably won’t be able to get medical clearance to return to Brazil until March or so. We’re still believing that God is going to heal Cam completely and that He is working all of this out according to His perfect plan for us and for the people of Porto Alegre. Please pray with us for Cam’s healing, as well as for our entire family during this time of transition. We will be bouncing back and forth between our parent’s homes and available mission houses in between homeschooling, doctors appointments, etc. With thanks for your prayers and your partnership with us, Jeff

Monday, October 01, 2012

The Metropolitan Porto Alegre area of South Brazil is home to more than 5 million Urban Gaúchos, less than 1% of whom have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. September is an important month for the Gaúchos, as it marks the anniversary of their civil war against Brazil which shaped their distinct cultural pride and fierce independence. Millions of Gaúchos turn out to celebrate their culture and heritage in civil war reenactments and celebrations this month. The Month of Prayer for the Gaúcho People recognizes the spiritual significance of this month and draws together believers across geographical, cultural, and denominational lines to declare that September is a turning point when through prayer, the Gaúchos who have lived in darkness WILL see a great light, and that the gospel will take firm root and spread throughout this spiritually needy land. Pray that God would raise up more prayer warriors to stand with us and the Gaúchos before the throne of God and declare that God will raise up His church and that His light will shine brightly in Porto Alegre! Stay tuned to this blog daily throughout September for new prayer requests on behalf of the Gaúchos. Thank you for standing with us in prayer!