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.”
1 Corinthians 15:58
It is with great joy to share with you that we have seen God continue to work in the hearts of the people here. Since the last letter we have had six more souls saved. Three of these, Darlene, Talita and Halanys, are girls that come to the Children’s Bible Club. It is exciting to see fruit from this outreach ministry. Then there was Keli who is the younger sister of Amanda that got saved. She came to our evangelistic conference and heard that night a message preached on hell. She did not get saved during the conference, but shortly thereafter she came asking to be saved. The other two, Anderson and Sara, came one Wednesday night. This was the first time they had come. But they were very eager to talk to me about getting saved. I was a bit confused, since it was their first time and on that Wednesday, I really did not deal with salvation in our Bible study. So, I asked them why they wanted to get saved. They said that Keli had told them that if they did not get saved that they were going to hell, and they did not want to go to hell. Praise the Lord!! With all these children, we have already started Bible studies. So once again, thank you for praying that we can reach the souls of Guarantã with the Gospel. God hears and answers prayers. Also thank you for praying for the new converts and their spiritual growth. It keeps us busy doing the discipleship with each one of the new converts, but it is great to see them grow in the Lord.
Our Evangelistic conference in July went well. It was good to see God dealing in the hearts of the new converts about their responsibilities. Pastor Douglas, from the Cuiaba area, did a fantastic job preaching God’s Word. It was good to have him and his family with us for a few days, as they were an encouragement and blessing to our family.
Father’s Day in Brazil is in August and this year fell on the 13th. We planned a special service and encouraged the people to invite their families. That Sunday night we had 40 people in church with nine fathers present and several first-time visitors.
We have come to the point that we are starting to save money to be able to buy property for the church. We have already been challenging the people here about this and would like to ask you to pray with us about this and consider helping with the purchase of property. To be honest with you, we have never lived in a place that property was so expensive. The people tell me that due to the agriculture business and gold mining in the area that property has skyrocketed in the past 7 years. To be able to buy a lot we are looking at 30,000 dollars. So please make this a matter of prayer and if you would like to help financially, you can designate it to property fund for Stephen Doolittle through our mission, Macedonia World Baptist Missions, or you may contact me at 706-996-2829.
Philip and Hannah are doing well at PCC. Hannah is starting her second year, and she made it into the nursing program. Philip is starting his third year and is doing well with his accounting major. We miss them but are so proud of them and their accomplishments. Joshua and Benjamin are both doing very well with their school work. Joshua is now in the 11th grade, and Benjamin is in the 9th. They are also very much involved in the ministry.
Periodically, we receive cards and letters from you. Thank you for taking the time to write and send them. They are so much appreciated and God’s timing of them are always perfect.
Thank you for praying and giving so we can reach the lost souls here in Guarantã do Norte.
Stephen, Kelly, Philip, Hannah, Joshua, and Benjamin