Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” 1Co 15:58
Camp and Move
On January 2nd, we made another trip up to Guarantã do Norte to get the keys and contract of the house we rented. Alex, Jessica and family made this trip with us. Jessica is our niece, and this family (The Lima Family) were a tremendous blessing in helping us get the house all cleaned up and ready for the move.
We want to thank you for your prayers during the transition of leaving camp and the move to Guarantã do Norte. Trying to get the last details finished at camp so that it would relieve some of the load for family camp and getting things ready and packed was a bit busy, and praise the Lord we were able to see everything through and do it in the time we had planned. We are so thankful for the help along the way. More hands make the load lighter. We had one national pastor come and help load up the truck and others that offered to help. On the move to Guaranta do Norte we had a dear family from a church in the Cuiaba area, help us with the move. We were able to make good time and had both vehicles unpacked and ready for the moving truck the next morning. Praise the Lord everything went well. We are settled in and enjoying the city very much.
After we got all settled in, and spending much time in prayer, we started searching for a building to rent for services. On the first day, God provided us with a building in a great location. Yes, it did need a lot of work, but we expected that. I have been over there everyday working on the building; raising walls for a Sunday School room, fixing electrical and plumbing issues, reroofing the bathrooms, and naturally painting inside and out. It is rainy season, and I mean rainy season, so this has made the outside work more challenging, but God has been so good to us. In this process I have been able to meet a lot of people in town and share the gospel with several of them. Please pray for their salvation.
We had benches and a pulpit ordered for the church which have already been delivered. It was great to see how God provided for this. I contacted some of the churches in the Cuiaba area that really have a heart for missions and were excited about the work to be started here, to see if they would be interested in helping with the purchase of these benches. It was amazing to see how God used this. They mentioned that they were honored to be part of the work that was being started here to reach the lost for Christ. AMEM!!
We will be leaving on March 4th for Rio Branco, Acre, to preach the 10 year anniversary of the church there. I was asked to preach the conference, and it will be the 10th thru the 12th of March. Please be in prayer for this as well. We will have a three day trip there and three day back. While there, we plan on visiting the church in Brasiléia, the first work started and the colony. Once we return to Guarantã do Norte we will be busy canvasing the city with pamphlets about the church plant in town, as we are planning for our innaguartion service on March 25th. The church name will be “Igreja Batista Rocha Eterna” which is “Eternal Rock Baptist Church”, taken from Deuteronomy 32:4
We truly are indebted to God, first of all, and then to you, for your faithfulness in praying and giving.
Stephen, Kelly, Philip, Hannah, Joshua and Benjamin