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
Trip To Acre
Our trip to Acre was wonderful. We planned it so we would be there a few days before the conference at the church in Rio Branco. This gave us time to visit the first work that was planted in Brasiléia. It was good to see the church, new faces, and the work going forward. I had the opportunity to preach there on Wednesday night. The following morning we headed to the colony to visit Bro. Ely and see how the work is going there. Out there they have had more challenges but continue to have services every Sunday. Then we headed back to Rio Branco for the conference. We had a great time with the people, and it was good to see how God has been working since we left over two years ago. Not only that, there was one teenager saved on Saturday night at the conference. Praise the Lord! Monday morning after the conference we headed back home. We decided to take it in two days instead of three days like we did on the way there. I am so thankful for the godly national pastors that God has placed in my life and these churches.
Church Plant in Guarantã
Once back it was busy getting the last things finalized for the opening service. With a lot of prayer and door to door work, the day finally arrived (March 25th). We had invited Alex and his family to come and be a part of this service which they accepted. What a blessing they were to us. At the opening service we had 15 people counting my family and Alex’s family. You might think, what a dissapointment but no. I look at things a bit differently. I saw the size of the challenge and am anticipating bigger victories!! The services since then have been few in attendence, but we continue to work. Last week after our Wednesday night service, I asked a couple that have been coming about their eternal destiny. I had already been witnessing to him (Edemar) for a few weeks and had even gone fishing with him. If you know me and fish, then you would know that I had another purpose. I told my family I was fishing for men. Well that Wednesday night he and his wife got saved!! Fishing paid off!! Then this week I was able to lead a young man to the Lord as we were working together on a project at the church. Pray for Edemar (age 27), Melaine (age 20) and Junior (age 17). I have already started a discipleship class with the couple and Junior.
I know we have not said much about this of late, but everything is still on hold with the case. As you know they appealed, and we are just waiting for the higher courts to rule. We found out recently that another key witness for our accuser died of a heart attack. We also found out, while in Rio Branco, that the person that accused us had done other shady things and was running from the law. So for now we still wait for a final verdict on this case. Please continue to pray with us about this. We know the people involved need the Lord. Please pray with us for their salvation as well.
Special prayer request
Kelly’s mom, Mary Bailey, has been recently diagnosed with lymphoma. Please pray for her as she begins her treament.
As always it is good to hear from you. We have received several emails and cards which have been an encouragement to us. It also helps us know you better and how to pray for you as well. Thank you for your faithfulness.
Stephen, Kelly, Philip, Hannah, Joshua and Benjamin