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.”
Praise the Lord, on April 26th we could start having services again. Naturally, guidelines were established, but we could meet. The excitement we felt was that of starting a new work. It was wonderful to see those few show up for the services, but it really was like starting over. With the six-week service pause, many have not returned. Where we would have 40 in our Sunday evening service, now we were half that. On some Wednesdays, it would be just our family. You may say, that must be discouraging, and it can be. But we are excited for those that remain and for new first-time visitors that we have had. Our prayer, desire and goal is to be faithful.
In our last letter we mentioned that we did not have any Covid-19 cases in town. Unfortunately that has changed. Last count we had 137 cases. Things here seem to have taken off and all over Brazil. To our knowledge, no one from the church has gotten it, but some have relatives that have tested positive. There are guidelines set up for being out with social distancing, face masks and hand sanitizers. We have a plan that the city gives that we have to follow by and are in contact with the mayor’s office. We try to follow that as best we can with all the guidelines so that people will feel comfortable attending services.
Two days a week, we go out in the late afternoon, leaving what you would call, door hangers house to house. I went to the mayor’s office to make sure we could do this without getting in trouble, and they said we could. So, we have a packet of 4 booklets that deal with salvation and repentance. One of the booklets is a John and Romans. What an opportunity to give hope during these days. Pray that God will continue to allow us this open door and that souls would be convicted and saved through it.
We continue the progress on the all-purpose building. In the last letter we were still working on the footers. Now it is up and covered, and we are working on leveling and packing the floor getting it ready for concrete. We are so excited about this and are further along then what we expected. God is so good! Thank you so much for your giving toward this project.
During this time of Covid-19, I found out that for the church to legally function, the church had to have a permit to have services. So, I went after that but could not get it until the church had a fire permit, and thankfully was able to do so. There was some paperwork involved, and we had to install fire extinguishers in the building. This was a bit different than when we were in Acre, for there we were not required all of that. We found out that this is different in each state and county.
The children in the USA are doing well. We appreciate your prayers for them, their safety and future. We also want to thank you for your continued prayers for us here and the many emails that we have received from individuals and churches checking up on us. It is a great encouragement.
PRAISE: 1. Church services. 2. The progress on the all-purpose building. 3. Being able to put out the door hangers. 4. Health and strength the Lord has provided.
PRAY: 1. Attendance in services. 2. Salvation of souls. 3. Fruit from the door hangers. 4. Men.
Thank you so much, once again, for your faithfulness in praying for us and giving.
Joyfully serving Him,
Stephen, Kelly, and family