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Douglas Family Update – August 15, 2010

 

We appreciate your prayers and support for the ministry here. Our God is a wonder working God.  His sovereignty is truly amazing to watch.  He is doing so much in and through lives.  It is our simple pleasure to be a mouthpiece, a small part, of what He is doing.

 

            Barb’s Scripture classes in the public school system are going well.  She continues to see small steps of progress.  This stretch through the middle of the year can be hard; so we covet your prayers that lives would be changed.  It was a privilege to have some visitors from one of our California churches help in this ministry during their recent visit.  Three of the team taught a total of six of the classes.  They were blessed and Barb was encouraged.

 

Matt’s English as a Second Language classes have been low this term.  One student did not come back from China, one took a job, one is now pregnant and therefore often morning sick.  These things hurt attendance.  God knows.  I have one very faithful student who knows Christ as her Saviour and is very desirous to learn.  Pray for wisdom on the best use of time.

 

Church planting research is going forward.  The recent ministry team visit helped a lot.  We were able to get some introduction work done, some more church research done (it is amazing what some churches say they believe) and now we are gaining in confidence on the top four possibilities.  Of those top four we are not in control of the pace in two.  There may come a time when we have to say “Sorry – we are no longer able to continue considering your area as we have been directed by God in a different direction.”  We can’t communicate on paper how much our hearts burn to be about the work of a new church plant.  What we are doing is GOOD ministry!  Many of these things we will continue to do during a church plant.  However, at that point we will be doing it to focus people in to the church we are planting.

 

I sent off a package yesterday of material to a new believer in South Africa.  Sports Impact and the FIFA World Cup Outreach have borne eternal fruit.  The thrill of seeing response cards marked “I have prayed the suggested prayer to accept Christ as my Saviour” is encouraging beyond measure.  Much of the ministry Luke, I  and others had during the games was not conducive to long conversations.  It was winter, cold and dark.  We had to leave the results to the God and the follow-up stage.  Jesus Himself said, No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6.44.   God’s arm is not too short or powerless to save!  Pray with us that more response cards would come in the mail and over the web.

 

Barb and I will be taking a short holiday/vacation to celebrate our 25th anniversary over the next couple of weeks.  Our anniversary is not till October, but we will be way too busy with ministry during that time to get away.  God has supplied this time and we are going to take it.  Pray for our children as we leave them “home alone.”  They are very capable, but we have never given them this much responsibility before.  They will have to get themselves to school, work, church and still cook for themselves . . .  Most of us understand how much work that is.  They are about to learn.  (We do have friends who will be checking in on them.)  Pray also that Barb and I would have a wonderful relaxing time away celebrating our many years together.

In His service,
Matt & Barb Douglas
ABWE Australia

Dear friends,

 

We’re back in the travel phase again. Looking back and ahead. So much so, that we will have been absent 4 Sundays from the Aratu Church before finally seeing those dear folks again.

 

It all started the weekend of the 17th, when Dick had a 3-sermon preaching opportunity at Calvary Baptist. This is one of 6 Aratu branch congregations, and was observing its 20th anniversary. That Sunday afternoon, he preached in the Paripe branch work. The past weekend, Dick attended the 3-day annual assembly of the State Association of Regular Baptist Churches. This was at a camp 2 hours away. A rich blessing.

 

Friday evening, we take a 12-hour bus trip to Barreiras. This will be mainly for Dick to teach a 5-evening journalism module in the Bible College’s new branch. There also will be preaching chances this Sunday at 2 churches, one of which is new to us. Its Pastor and wife served several years in Salvador before being called to a ministry in Ceará, 6 states north of here. And recently, to Barreiras.

 

The following Saturday, we transfer 60 miles west to Luíz Eduardo Magalhães for a “mini honeymoon” at the 4-star St. Louis Hotel.

 

Aug. 6 is our 44th anniversary. The visit will include reconnection with Emmanuel Baptist Church, where we served 3 years earlier this decade. Dick has accepted an invitation to preach at Emmanuel.

 

We’re expecting great blessings there. Attendance at the Church was 50 at the most when we left in 2007. Now it’s often over 100. God has used the ministry of a young Pastor, Carlos Magno, and others to bring that increase. He spoke at the Association meetings, and was outstanding. We head back to Salvador the evening of Aug. 9. Just in time to watch a Brazil-U.S. soccer game the next evening.

 

A FAMILY AFFAIR–Travel is the in thing for the Buck Family this week. Ester is getting ready for her annual trek to Barrington, IL, near Chicago. Her functions at the Willow Creek Church Leadership Summit will be different. She normally does simultaneous translating during events. But she’ll instead be doing audio-visual prepping to translate messages into various languages.

 

Debbie and James will follow her parents’ example and go west–a lot farther. They fly to Colorado for a cousin’s wedding. Then to New Mexico for a visit with James’s relatives.

 

PHYSICAL WOES–Mavis slowly is recovering from a nasty virus, which knocked her down more than a week. It started with several dengue symptoms, but not all. When her fever subsided after 2 days, we knew dengue wasn’t the case. That wasn’t much of a consolation, considering how weak she was. The only way we were able to get home after the Calvary meetings was through the kindness of an Aratur man who drove us to Salvador.

 

Praise the Lord, Mavis has progressed to the point where she’ll feel ready for the Friday trip. But we’ve tried to keep her going slowly so this will continue. Thankfully, Dick hasn’t been affected.

 

SPIRITUAL WOES–Satan continues to attack the churches. Calvary and another Aratu branch are causing growing headaches again The deacons plan to meet with Calvary’s Pastor and his wife this evening. He charges rebellion by leadership there. But he feels the deacons would be diminishing him by meeting with those leaders, putting them on equal footing with him. We understand that Baptist churches are democracies.

 

Another congregation, Hope Baptist in Itaberaba, has caused new worries concerning its Pastor. Many oldtimers left that work because of his practices. We visited there in January with a deacon and his wife. Things seemed to get better. Now, the newcomers are appealing for Mother-Church presence. The deacons are trying to schedule a meeting. We’d like to go, but other travels may make that impractical or impossible.

 

Worst of all, Pituba, a Church we started in the 1970’s, is in dire straits. Again, sad to say, the major problems are Pastor-members relationships. As was true of Dick’s predecessor in Aratu, this man uses the pulpit to attack frontally those with whom he disagrees.

 

Church attendance has collapsed from 70 to 20 or less. Almost all longtime leaders are gone. The others are hanging on by a thread.

 

The only deacon left has to take tranquilizers before going to Church.

 

Fellow Missionary John Baab and Dick will meet with this man Thursday evening. Please pray that we can encourage him. The Pastor has made it clear he’s not going to resign. That’s a sad echo of the Aratu Pastor’s position. It’s traumatic to have to fire a Pastor. But if he gives the Church no choice…

 

We prize your prayers. We thank God for the privilege of serving Him. And we trust that you’re enjoying His blessigs in what He is sending your way.

 

Rejoicing in Christ,

 

Dick & Mavis Buck

FOCUS FROM FAYE

July 18, 2010

 

 

Vacation time!

 

I take off early Monday morning for British Columbia because my niece Amy C. is getting married this next weekend.  Since I´ll be further north, it seemed like perfect timing to head to Happy Camp for peach season.  Um-m-m-m!  Luscious bend-over peaches, so-called because you have to bend over to keep the juice off your clothing.  Then I´ll stay put until Dad´s 84th birthday on Aug. 7th.  So, I plan to be back home on August 10th.

 

I´m looking forward to meeting Casey, my niece´s husband-to-be.  I also anticipate enjoying the time off, time with family and friends, rest and a huge change of scenery.  There´s no comparison between a quiet country scene and hectic city traffic with more than 5 million people, enjoying a forest, a cabin on Puget Sound, a river in my folk´s backyard and so on versus buildings, buildings, and more buildings.

 

Raquel M. is progressing well at home and continues to be infection free, as far as we know.  Juan B. recently understood the Gospel and made a profession of faith.  Jan D. is recovering from her ear surgery, but continues to fight recurring infections.  Ale B., daughter of Juan & Alejandra, is continuing to attend family group and Sunday services.  Her brother Juan Jr. isn´t interested. 

 

The two family groups with Paty R. & Blanca P. are growing.  Just ten days ago there was a total attendance of 22 adults and 5 children in the two groups.  This last Friday night we met here at my house and there were  17 adults and 4 children as well as some who missed because of illness.

 

The fifth lesson is written for the new discipleship series and the sixth one started.  I have found self-discipline difficult these past months.  So, I am also behind in answering my e-mails.   

 

PRAY:

  • For the salvation of Alejandra, Ale, Lola, Francisco, Gaby 2, Mariana, Marichuy, Xavier, Paty G., Marta, Paola, & Belén who have all attended at least one family group.
  • That new people would start the Basic Bible study and understand salvation more clearly.
  • For wisdom as Faustino, Felipe, Paty & Blanca look for a place to rent for the church to meet.   
  • For safety on this trip and enjoyment of the time with family and friends.   
  • For a willingness on the part of all believers to commit themselves wholeheartedly to Christ and His Body of believers, particularly Juan Carlos & Socorro
  • For self-discipline rather than unprofitable activities.

PRAISE:

  • For Elba S, who apparently has accepted Christ as her Savior.  I was able to chat with her a couple of weeks ago.  She is now studying the next discipleship series with Letty as her human guide.  
  • For my good health and enjoyment of the work here in Guadalajara.  We are seeing growth in several of the believers, particularly Paty & Blanca.
  • For the chance to take some vacation days with family.
  • For YOU—the vital prayer support link for the ministry here—family and friends in several states, provinces and countries. 

Thanks for your interest in the Lord´s work here in Guadalajara.  Do write when you can.  I appreciate  your prayer and financial support. 

   

Pray that we would faithfully share the Gospel,               

 

Faye Prindle

 

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Join with us in PRAISE and PRAYER to the Father:

 

We are immensely grateful for your prayers, support and interest in our ministry and for God’s grace in moving all of you to be involved in some way as our support team.  We are dependant upon Him and on His moving hearts to pray for us, to host us in your homes, to co-operate with us in the ministry He has called us to.  A huge thank you to all of you that have given in some way to meet our needs during this four month furlough time.  There is so much to report on from these last weeks.  Thank you for reading and praying through these things with us.  Our prayer is that you will be blessed to see how God is working and how you can co-operate in this ministry.

 

1.  Furlough Ministries:

  •  Many miles traveled safely in a very comfortable and yet economical car loaned to us by friends.
  •  Three opportunities for reporting and fellowshipping with those interested in our ministry in the Stayton/Salem area.
  •  Encouraging time of debriefing and fellowship with Jim & Shirlie Moore in Salem.
  •  Opportunities to report to:  Smith River Baptist, Campton Heights-Fortuna, Coffee Creek and Trinity Center Community Churches, Crossroads Baptist near Redding, the First Baptist-Weaverville missions committee, and the pastor of Calvary Baptist-Paradise, Pleasant Hill Baptist – Martinez, Copper Hills Baptist – Yerington, NV, and various individual supporters and friends.
  • Spiritual encouragement and refreshment at the ABWE conference July 19-23 in Harrisburg, PA.  We along with a number of our colleagues from the Candidate class of 1980 received pins for 30 years of service with ABWE. To God be the glory!  We were also able to connect with friends we haven’t seen for a number of years as well as some of the more recently appointed missionaries.
  • July 23 we spent time with Mike and Renee Skibinski, ABWE appointees to work with our MMM missionaries in Cape Verde, talking through various things for the time they will spend in Brazil for language and cultural adaptation. 
    Coming opportunities for Prayer —  
  •  Reporting at Pine Grove Baptist – Santa Maria 8/8; 
  •  Finalizing the packing of things that will be stored in our son, Nate’s, garage;
  •  Packing suitcases for our trip back to Fortaleza on Aug. 12.  Due to God’s abundant blessings we are taking back more than our limits in equipment and books for the ministry. Pray that we will not have to pay exhorbitant amounts in excess baggage or customs as we enter Brazil.

 

2.  Support Report:

  • From January to June, 10 increases in support + Lydia paying own education costs makes up for $260 in support lost due to economic difficulties in one of our churches.
  • In July, two new additions to our support team: the Glen Carlson family of Sumas, WA and Darrell & Delores Ilstrup of Eltopia, WA  Rejoice with us in God’s provision!!
  • We have financial clearance to return to Fortaleza Aug. 12 as planned. We made reductions in our rent and ministry allotments, and tabled the raising of funds to cover MMM trips. Pray for God’s provision in these areas as He sees fit.

 

3.  SIBIMA Report:

  • First semester ended with a month-long bus strike that made it near impossible to have classes.
  • Jerry continues to work on the corrections to his thesis. It has been difficult to carve out time for this more recently due to all the other responsibilities that furlough involves.  Pray for the soon completion of this process.
  • Second semester starts in August 9.  Pray for new students, for financial diligence to pay their bills, dedication to studies. 
  • Jerry will need to be ready to jump into teaching Theology of Missions and Pneumatology when we arrive.  Pray especially for the time he needs to prepare for the second which he is teaching for the first time.
  • The suit continues against the company that received over $5,000 to build an outside auditorium at the back of the school property but has not done anything for over a year and is not willing to make the contract good despite numerous appeals.  Pray that this might be resolved and the money returned to the school so they can contract someone else to do the job.

 

 

4.  Maranatha Multi-cultural Ministries News:

  • Missionary retreat was held July 12-13. What a blessing for us to be able to participate through Skype and to hear testimonies of the missionary wives to the faithfulness of God in their lives on Tuesday of the retreat!
  • Health needs:  Cininha (Portugal) was on bedrest due to her pregnancy being at risk. Elda (Cape Verde) had a health issue that she is being able to resolve through treatment while on furlough in Brazil rather than the surgery thought necessary.  Pray for God’s provision for the needs of these ladies.
  • The American missionary with whom the Nascimentos hope to work in Guyana is facing persecution that could mean the closure of the ministry there.  Pray for God’s protection for the missionary and provision for the Nascimentos to go minister alongside him.
  • The dentist, Carlos Heron, and family have a goal of having their support so that they can move to the US for language study in January.  Pray for God to burden hearts of Brazilian brethren to complete their support.

 

 

5. De Volta aos Princípios Publishing:

  • The annual conference for pastors, church leaders and their families was July 5-8 ministering to local church leaders.  Praise God for this time of refreshment and spiritual challenge for these leaders.
  •  The following weekend was a youth retreat where our Lydia and her boyfriend, André, were involved.  The young people were challenged to say, as did Isaiah, “Here am I, send me”.  Pray that the impact of this challenge will continue to motivate these young people to be open and available to God’s purposes for their lives.

 

 

6.  IBBP (Planalto Bible Church):

  • Pr. João led a group of young people to an interior village on a mission trip where they minstered in a VBS and evangelism.   Pray that God will use the Word sown to bring many of these folks to salvation.
  • Kaline, a young lady whom Lynda evangelized and discipled, is facing great difficulty as her mother is deteriorating with Lou Gehrig’s disease.  She rejoices that doctors are now coming to the home to treat her mother.  Kaline needs wisdom in dealing with a tempermental unsaved husband as well as strength to care for her mother, husband and daughter, and keep up with her teaching job.

 

7.  Family update:

  • We were grateful to spend 9 days in early July with Jerry’s mom helping her with projects on her property.  Jerry’s stepdad, Dana, has become very ill and will receive results of a biopsy of the tumor in his lung Aug.2.  We are making the 6 hr trip from Yerington over to Weaverville to see them. Please pray for wisdom for the doctors and that Mom and Dana will rest in God’s goodness and promises of care for them Pray that we can be a comfort to them and for traveling mercies as we drive 12 hrs back down to our son’s house. 
  • Lynda’s folks seem to be better.  Lynda will be helping her mom with some health issues this next week.  Please pray that God would fill the gaps in their care and help them to rely on Him more.
  • God has helped Lydia to complete her third semester at the Brazilian university. She has been visiting Rachael and Pedrinho for 10 days and then was privileged to be in a fellow MK’s wedding this past weekend before going back to start next semester. Please pray for her as she finishes up her online course in teaching english as a second language and goes back to teaching her English classes and University studies.
  • Pedrinho and Rachael moved a half hour out from Natal to the new ministry God has called them to.  He will be associate pastor while she will teach English in the church’s Chrisitian school.  Pray that they will quickly settle in and be a blessing to this congregation.
  • Nathan’s family has been in Brazil and will return one day before we leave.  We are grateful for Nate’s willingness to come get us in Sacramento last weekend as we gave the car back, loaned us his car for these last two trips, store our things in his garage, and put us up in their spare room!
  • Luke and Danielle celebrated one year of marriage July 25!  They are doing well in their jobs and ministering to their small group at church.

 

Rejoicing in God’s grace,

Jerry and Lynda Neuman

July 30, 2010

 

The high school youth group ministry team from Woodland California is doing a great job.  We are keeping them busy and they have been stepping up to each task we give them.  I think each of them has a greater appreciation for what God is doing here and what the possibilities are for the future.  We have them through this week.  Pray that they will continue to accomplish so much more than we could without them.  Pray also that God would use this trip in their lives for future missions ministry.

 

Our family is doing well.  Barb has a cold right now, but other than that we have all been healthy.  Amy starts her trial exams and tests August 2nd.  These are cumulative; so everything she has learned, or should have learned, in school is fair game for the exams.  When she completes these she graduates from year 12.  That will be in late September.  It is a stressful time for her and us.  Luke has a job now.  He works with his sister at a pizza place.  It will be nice for him to have spending money without always asking mum and dad for it!

In His service,
The Douglas Family

July 27, 2010

Dear friends,

We’re back in the travel phase again. Looking back and ahead. So much so, that we will have been absent 4 Sundays from the Aratu Church before finally seeing those dear folks again.

It all started the weekend of the 17th, when Dick had a 3-sermon preaching opportunity at Calvary Baptist. This is one of 6 Aratu branch congregations, and was observing its 20th anniversary. That Sunday afternoon, he preached in the Paripe branch work. The past weekend, Dick attended the 3-day annual assembly of the State Association of Regular Baptist Churches. This was at a camp 2 hours away. A rich blessing.

Friday evening, we take a 12-hour bus trip to Barreiras. This will be mainly for Dick to teach a 5-evening journalism module in the Bible College’s new branch. There also will be preaching chances this Sunday at 2 churches, one of which is new to us. Its Pastor and wife served several years in Salvador before being called to a ministry in Ceará, 6 states north of here. And recently, to Barreiras.

The following Saturday, we transfer 60 miles west to Luíz Eduardo

Magalhães for a “mini honeymoon” at the 4-star St. Louis Hotel.

Aug. 6 is our 44th anniversary. The visit will include reconnection with Emmanuel Baptist Church, where we served 3 years earlier this decade. Dick has accepted an invitation to preach at Emmanuel.

We’re expecting great blessings there. Attendance at the Church was 50 at the most when we left in 2007. Now it’s often over 100. God has used the ministry of a young Pastor, Carlos Magno, and others to bring that increase. He spoke at the Association meetings, and was outstanding. We head back to Salvador the evening of Aug. 9. Just in time to watch a Brazil-U.S. soccer game the next evening.

A FAMILY AFFAIR–Travel is the in thing for the Buck Family this week. Ester is getting ready for her annual trek to Barrington, IL, near Chicago. Her functions at the Willow Creek Church Leadership Summit will be different. She normally does simultaneous translating during events. But she’ll instead be doing audio-visual prepping to translate messages into various languages.

Debbie and James will follow her parents’ example and go west–a lot farther. They fly to Colorado for a cousin’s wedding. Then to New Mexico for a visit with James’s relatives.

PHYSICAL WOES–Mavis slowly is recovering from a nasty virus, which knocked her down more than a week. It started with several dengue symptoms, but not all. When her fever subsided after 2 days, we knew dengue wasn’t the case. That wasn’t much of a consolation, considering how weak she was. The only way we were able to get home after the Calvary meetings was through the kindness of an Aratur man who drove us to Salvador.

Praise the Lord, Mavis has progressed to the point where she’ll feel ready for the Friday trip. But we’ve tried to keep her going slowly so this will continue. Thankfully, Dick hasn’t been affected.

SPIRITUAL WOES–Satan continues to attack the churches. Calvary and another Aratu branch are causing growing headaches again The deacons plan to meet with Calvary’s Pastor and his wife this evening. He charges rebellion by leadership there. But he feels the deacons would be diminishing him by meeting with those leaders, putting them on equal footing with him. We understand that Baptist churches are democracies.

Another congregation, Hope Baptist in Itaberaba, has caused new worries concerning its Pastor. Many oldtimers left that work because of his practices. We visited there in January with a deacon and his wife. Things seemed to get better. Now, the newcomers are appealing for Mother-Church presence. The deacons are trying to schedule a meeting. We’d like to go, but other travels may make that impractical or impossible.

Worst of all, Pituba, a Church we started in the 1970’s, is in dire straits. Again, sad to say, the major problems are Pastor-members relationships. As was true of Dick’s predecessor in Aratu, this man

uses the pulpit to attack frontally those with whom he disagrees.

Church attendance has collapsed from 70 to 20 or less. Almost all

longtime leaders are gone. The others are hanging on by a thread.

The only deacon left has to take tranquilizers before going to Church.

Fellow Missionary John Baab and Dick will meet with this man Thursday evening. Please pray that we can encourage him. The Pastor has made it clear he’s not going to resign. That’s a sad echo of the Aratu Pastor’s position. It’s traumatic to have to fire a Pastor. But if he gives the Church no choice…

We prize your prayers. We thank God for the privilege of serving Him. And we trust that you’re enjoying His blessigs in what He is sending your way.

Rejoicing in Christ,

Dick & Mavis Buck

11 July 2010

          Not sure if you were able to follow Matt’s Facebook blog while he was in South Africa witnessing during the FIFA World Cup, but I thought I would post the report and insert a link to the Power Point presentation that you can download.

It was a great ministry time! God worked in mighty ways. Luke and I were so privileged to be a part. We enjoyed the ministry in several South African cities, and things did not stop until after the final game ended and the day dawn here in Sydney. Matt was able to give some tracts at the Sydney International FIFA Fan Fest Live Site on Darling Harbour after returning home from oversees.  (Jet lag meant staying up all night was not as hard as normal.) In many ways it was easier to minister each evening in South Africa than to stay up all night witnessing at the game here in Sydney.  Time differences can be a real killer.

Our prayer now is that people would reply to the response cards in the back of our tracts, and that God would give us the opportunity to help them start their spiritual walk and find a good local church.

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Thanks for your prayers and support!

In His service

Matt Douglas & Family

 

June 17, 2010

Dear Praying Friends,

Now that we’re half-way through our time in the US, it is definitely time to share the blessings God has graciously bestowed.   We are grateful to each one of you who has been accompanying us with your prayers during our travels these past weeks.    Also for those of you who have been praying for Lydia who stayed in Brazil holding down the fort and continuing her studies and regular activities.

God has encouraged our hearts in each of the churches where we have reported.  They show evidence of being healthy, growing groups banded together for the edification of the saints and the furtherance of the gospel.  We have been heartily welcomed, enjoyed refreshing fellowship and been generously sent on our way as they have shared their resources with us.  A hearty thank you to Orting Community Baptist Church, First Baptist of Pasco, Christ Fellowship of Everson, and Tabernacle Baptist of Shoreline.

We were treated to a very pleasant surprise at the Pasco church where we were put in contact with a dear Brazilian lady and her pastor husband.  This resulted in an unexpected opportunity to share with their church in Kennewick on a Wednesday evening.  We were excited to start a new friendship with a great ministry couple who are doing a wonderful job in spreading the light of the gospel there.  This dear pastor urged Jerry to attend the Camp Logos training for Libronix software and made it possible for him to experience this long-time dream!  What a blessing those two days last week were for Jerry.  We believe they will continue to produce blessing and more blessings as we both reap the benefit of this training.

Our week long trip to E. Washington and Oregon, May 26 through June 3 over-abounded with blessings. Besides the church visits, we were able to spend time with a good number of family and friends.   It has been great to catch up with so many. It was even more encouraging to spend time talking about God’s goodness and grace in our lives and theirs.  God provided for various equipment needs through special folk dedicated to helping His servants: a new laptop for Jerry, Libronix digital library, portable printer, and over half the funds we’ll need to purchase a new laptop for Lynda.  We look forward to passing on the blessings by taking our old laptops back to others in Brazil.

God has ministered to us in a very special way in recent years through our individual donors and supporters. Various families give faithfully to our ministry and have even increased their contributions as God has blessed them, despite the economic crisis!  Others give special gifts from time to time that have met specific needs like purchasing a washing machine or repairing our car or just keeping our account in the black despite our being under supported for several years.  We have been able to spend special time with 9 of these families during our time in Washington so far, and still hope to see others before heading south.  They are a very special part of our support team and we are immensely grateful to them!

Christian Partnerships to Reach the World

We leave Sunday afternoon for the Salem/Stayton, Oregon area.  We will be sharing in smaller venues our presentation of how God is using Brazilians and partnerships to gather a people, forgiven and following Him, throughout the world.   On Wednesday evening at 7pm we’ll be at Foothills Church, Room 214, and on Friday evening at the home of Randy and Christy Van Heukelem in N. Salem.  If you live in that area and would be interested to see the exciting things God is doing in our part of the world, plan on joining us for an hour or so either of these evenings.  Please RSVP to our cell phone (909-446-9005) if you plan on coming so that we can be sure to have enough refreshmentsJ.  Contact us if you need directions.

Update on Jerry’s thesis:  He has in-hand the second revision, corrected by his prof, and ready to revise againJ with much less to be done this time.  He hopes in just a few weeks to have it done and back to the prof one more time.  Keep praying, please.

Financial update:  We have been encouraged by one family increasing our support and a church being willing to consider an increase.  Please keep our need for $600-700 more support in your prayers. Also our account is pretty depleted after having physicals, purchasing air passages, and other expenses.  Please pray with us that God would supply our every need.

Joining Hands to Reach the World,

Jerry and Lynda Neuman

FOCUS FROM FAYE

June 15, 2010

 

 

Under pressure!

 

Raquel M. is hospitalized again because she fell and broke her good leg late last week.  She´s scheduled for surgery tomorrow morning.  Juan and Alejandra B. are facing the pressure of many negative things happening and the disapproval of some family members.  Jan D. continues to face multiple, differing health issues, including probable ear surgery soon.  Ale B., daughter of Alejandra, is choosing to obey her parents and needs to stand firm with a recent decision she made.

 

Paty R. & Blanca P. are working to lead the two new family groups.  They have the pressure of leading their groups by themselves after four years of working together. The attendance is growing.  Last Friday evening these two groups were together and there were 15 adults and 4 children.

 

The baptism went well with five obeying the Lord´s command.  Juan Carlos was told by a relative that he was committing spiritual bigamy!  The location that God provided was lovely, but the mosquitoes were hungry by 5:00 p.m. 

 

Paty, Blanca and I are concerned because of the double-mindedness seen in several people: materialism vs. true commitment; worry, fears & emotional instability vs. trust; unwillingness of a wife to allow her husband to lead; distrust of God and His sufficiency for the future; etc.

 

The fourth lesson is written for the new discipleship series.  I also have the basic layout and general outline done for all the lessons as well as clipart and a memory verse for each one.  The time with my coworkers´ two teenage daughters went well.  I have been trying, unsuccessfully, to contact Lety´s sister Elba in Illinois to see how well she understood the need for accepting Christ as her Savior.  I continue to struggle at times with self-discipline.

 

PRAY:

  • For the salvation of Juan, Alejandra, Ale, Lola, Francisco, Gaby 2, Mariana, Marichuy, Xavier, Paty G., Marta, Paola, & Belén who have all attended at least one family group.
  • That Satan would not be able to sidetrack those who are doing the Basic Study.
  • For wisdom as we look for a new location for the church to meet.   
  • For wisdom, clarity and simplicity in developing the third set of discipleship lessons.     

PRAISE:

  • For you who faithfully pray for the work here in Guadalajara and for us as a mission team. 
  • For the smooth transition of the multiplication into two family groups and that Paty is fairly well settled in her apartment.   
  • For Raquel´s cheerful spirit and thanksgiving for being by a window, for the beautiful sunset and so on.

Thanks so much for your interest in the work here in Guadalajara.  I appreciate healing from you and am deeply gratefully for your prayer and financial support of this ministry. 

   

Praising the Lord that the pressure brings growth,              

 

Faye Prindle

 

fprindle@avmi.org

Chimborazo 642

Col. Independencia, Guadalajara

Jalisco C.P. 44340  México

From U.S. & Canada  1-530-231-3953

Outside North America  52.33.3609.4295

 

 

Avant Ministries

10000 North Oak Trafficway

Kansas City, MO 64155
816.734.8500

fax 816.734.4601

www.AvantMinistries.org

May 31, 2010

 

Hello Everyone,

 

Just want to remind you that Peggy and I will be returning to California next week.  I will arrive at SFO around 12 noon on Wednesday, June 9th.  Peggy will arrive at the same time on Saturday, June 12th.

 

I’m attaching contact information along with a list of the churches we will be visiting during the summer.  We hope to see as many of you as possible.

 

If you would like to get in touch with us, please e-mail us at pardinidp@hotmail.com.  Leave us your phone number, if you would like for us to call you.

 

Thank you for praying for our financial need.  We still need US$244 in committed monthly support before we can return to Hong Kong at the end of August.

 

Yours in Christ,

 

Dave Pardini

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