Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name
under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
God blessed our time in the states. We were able to spend time with family, visit several churches, renew passports and driver’s licenses, as well as needed medical visits. In May, we were able to see Philip walk across the stage and graduate from Pensacola Christian College. In the weeks that followed we were able to help him move to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he started working in the business department for Baptist International Missions, Inc. (BIMI). Hannah is getting ready to start her senior year in the fall at PCC and is currently working at Camp of the Pines as a counselor for 12 year old girls. Joshua is working grounds at PCC before he starts his freshman year. We said our good byes to the children once again and are now back here in Guarantã do Norte.
Our trip back was very good, and all our flights were on time. We had no problems with baggage or customs. Pastor Alex was at the airport in Sinop to pick us up on Tuesday and bring us back to Guarantã do Norte. On Wednesday we had a good service as the people here were able to say their goodbyes to the Lima family. The Limas were a blessing to not only us but the church people as well. Pastor Alex and his family will soon start their new church plant in Nova Mutum. Please pray for them.
Saturday we had our children’s Bible club in the morning and had a good number of children. Then Sunday we had good turnouts for both services which was encouraging to us after being away for 2 1/2 months. In our absence, some of the the church got together and finished painting the church building and classroom area, which was a huge blessing for us. Now we are looking into pulling a porch on the backside of the church building so we can have another classroom area. We will also start looking into the costs to build a large covered area at the back of the church property for the church activities. Please continue to pray for us. There is so much to do, and we are praying that God will challenge our men here to step up to His calling and will.
We love visitors. If anyone would like to visit us or another missionary in Brazil, now is the time to do it. Brazil has waved the visa requirment. So now with just your passport you can come to Brazil for up to 90 days.
Praises: 1. Philip’s graduation and employment. 2. Safety on our trip back to Brazil. 3. Good services with good attendance.
Prayer requests: 1. Continued growth in the believers. 2. God would give us an increase of souls. 3. That God would raise up godly leaders in our church.
Thank you for faithfully praying for us and giving toward the work in Brazil. We could not do what we do without your giving and prayers.
Stephen, Kelly, and family