Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Exciting things are happening!!
Since we are coming to the end of furlough, I have asked each family member to say something of their experience.
Kelly - The neatest thing about furlough is being able to see the people who have supported us for so many years and to meet new people. As we travel across the country we have met so many wonderful people. In Michigan, we met a 5 year old little girl that prays for us every day. In Wisconsin, we have dear friends that gave us a dozen jars of canned tomato soup from tomatoes grown in their garden. In Lyles, Tennessee, there is a small group of people who give sacrificially to missions in a way we have never seen before. I am so thankful for people who love the Lord and serve Him in their local church and through missions around the world.
Philip - I had a very good experience this furlough. Seeing old friends and making new ones, all of the churches we passed through were very warm and welcoming; and it was a blessing to hear of those who had been praying for our ministry. I am also grateful for those who have been praying for me during my time at college. I have been busy, but God has been good to me.
Hannah - My experience from being on furlough has brought many delightful blessings. Seeing family is always joyous, but it is just as joyful to see old friends and make new ones. As my family and I travel around the country, I am amazed by the sacrificial giving to missions. The zeal seen in those makes me want to give and sacrifice more. The fervent prayers of brothers and sisters in Christ thrills my heart. Many times, feeling alone is easy on the mission field; but God reminds me that Christians across American and the world are praying for our ministry.
Joshua - One of the things that I enjoy most on furlough is seeing the changing of seasons. In Brazil you only have the wet and dry seasons. Here you get to see leaves changing, snow falling, and flowers blooming. I also enjoy seeing all the animals. People think in Brazil you see anacondas, jaguars, and monkeys on a regular basis but it´s not like that. Here I have already seen some black bears, wild turkeys, foxes, and deer. These are the things I enjoy most about furlough.
Benjamin - The part I most enjoy is probably traveling to different places. I enjoy seeing things. I enjoy going from the mountains and woods of the south and then seeing the farms and fields of the north. That is my favorite part.
We have a new pastor at our sending church, Pastor Mike Graham. I have been able to spend a little time with him and his wife as he has shared with me his vision for the church in doing what they can to fulfill the Great Commission given by God. Continue to pray for this transition. His contact information is in the left column if you need to each him.
God has given us the VICTORY over the court case!!! We are so thankful for all the prayers. The ruling came on October 22, 2015. I will send out more information about this later.
This project is still under way, but we are now looking at mid March. If you have any questions please contact me at 423-667-3941or any of the emails in the left column.
Our Return to Brazil
The tickets are bought. I will be going back on January 28th, and Kelly and the children will be leaving on February 25th.
As we approach Thanksgiving, we cannot express in words how thankful we are for each and everyone of you and the part that you have in our ministry. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving.
Stephen, Kelly, Philip, Hannah, Joshua, and Benjamin