We have just begun to support Tim & Hannah and their work for Latin Link in Brazil.
Hannah is the neice of one of our members and it is great to be able to offer suport to someone known to us. Tim & Hannah (& new addition, baby Rita) visited the fellowship one Sunday morning recently and so we were able to spend time hearing about their work in both Brazil and South Sudan.
The family have now returned to Brazil (7th Jul) and we will continue to support them financially and through prayer for their work in a new area. We will publish regular updates from them and indications for prayer.
September / Setembro / Lal '17
Dear South Hams Christian Fellowship,
An all-too familiar scenario: after seeing God acting powerfully, providing in surprising ways and transforming lives, faced with the pressures of ordinary life, we lose enthusiasm, forget what God did, and return to old ways. We have seen this happen a number of times in Gaibu, and after a number of positive impacts in the last month, we ask for your prayers that it doesn’t happen this time!
Last month we had a very productive weekend here in Gaibu with Izaiais, (Latin Link Brazil Team’s Leader), his son Jonathan, and Jonathan’s band. The band spent time with the kids in CADI on the Friday afternoon. On the Saturday, they played for several hours in a football field in a neglected community, Areal, on the outskirts of Gaibu. CADI will start activities there this month, on Wednesday mornings, in a local Baptist church who helped organise the event. The band piqued the interest of local children and families, and 26 new children were registered in CADI. On the Sunday morning the band led a workshop with members of our church’s worship band, and they led the main service on Sunday evening, with Izaias continuing our preaching series on relationships with a message on parents and children.
Since the workshop with the worship band we have seen a renewed enthusiasm for worship, a focus on preparation and practice, and better coordination between message and sung worship in church services. The band are working really hard to put the lessons
they learned into practice. We are grateful to God, and to Jonathan and the other band members, and would appreciate your prayers that this enthusiasm is maintained. Tim helped cement the relationship between CADI and the Baptist church by preaching there
on mission the following week.
Our church roof is now nearly finished. A Brazilian business gave a significant donation for materials because they wanted to support the work of CADI, who use the church for regular activities. Church members and other volunteers carried out the work, which was overseen by a structural engineer who had offered his services after Tim preached at a Baptist church in Recife. Our church was asked to make considerable sacrifices when CADI started its activities, in offering space, sharing resources, and above all Pastor Ivaldo and Giselda’s time. Although most of CADI’s volunteers come from our church, some church members were not as supportive as others. After seeing how God has blessed the church through CADI, attitudes have changed. There has been a widespread acknowledgement that the materials for the roof came because of CADI, and an openness to look at CADI with fresh eyes and see what God is doing through it. Please pray that these new attitudes continue and that the whole church would recognise that CADI is part of the way the church is involved in God’s mission, and contribute wholeheartedly to that.
The marriage course is due to start on 2nd September. We ask for prayer that, despite the time which has passed since Tim’s preach which generated enthusiasm
for the course, the couples who showed interest would have the commitment to come to each session.
Last month we also made the first of several exploratory trips to visit missionaries working with quilombola communities in Brazil. Quilombola communities are predominantly Afro-Brazilian communities, formed as an act of resistance to slavery and racist oppression. We spent a week in São Bento de Una, a small town four hours into the interior of our state Pernambuco. It was good to get to know the missionary working there and learn from her, and we enjoyed our visit to the community she works with. We will continue making visits throughout Brazil and especially the Northeast to learn from others in the field and search for a strategic location from which we can mobilise Brazilian churches to reach out to quilombolas. Please pray for God’s continuing guidance and for us to have patience as we wait on Him to show us His plans.
Please be praying:
- Thank God for the successful weekend with Jonathan’s band. Pray for our church’s worship band, for the relationship between CADI & the Baptist church in Areal, & for good attendance when new activities start.
- Praise God for the nearly-finished new church roof. Thank God that attitudes towards CADI are changing, and pray this continues.
- Pray that those who showed interest in the marriage course will have the commitment to attend regularly, and that it will result in strong, godly marriages. First sessions are planned for 2, 16, 23 & 30 September
- Give thanks that we successfully ‘convalidated’ our driving licences for use in Brazil. Pray as we look to buy a car and set up bank accounts.
- Pray for clarity regarding our future ministry location as we continue to make exploratory trips to quilombola communities throughout Brazil, but especially in our much-loved northeastern region.