We 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 & Rita visited the fellowship and so we were able to spend time hearing about their work in both Brazil and South Sudan.

The family are now in Brazil 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.

October / Outubro / Rut ‘20
Dear Friends,

We've been in the UK for 2 months now, on our "Sending Country Assignment", time to rest, spend with family and share/catch up with supporters. I don't think we will ever acclimatise to the cold. But we have been so blessed by the warm welcome you've given us.

It's been great to meet up with many of you already. Sadly in the current circumstances it won't be possible to meet with all of you in person. If you'd like to catch up by zoom, join us on zoom at the following times:

Wednesday 21 October, 8pm (yes, this Wednesday!)
Friday 20 November, 8pm

The link for both is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2129575684 If you have any trouble logging in, send us a whatsapp message or text on one of the numbers at the bottom of this email.

If neither of those times suit you, do get in touch and we can work something out.

Here are some links for recent sermons Tim has preached at some of our supporting churches, all of which include some reference to what God is doing in Custódia (especially the CBC sermon).

Wye Benefice 27 September: https://www.facebook.com/chris.pound.uk/videos/10220110120956270 (sermon begins at 21:44)
CBC Sunday 11 October: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pS7ekMCk3E
Egham Sunday 18 October: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsVSsddf7OQ

The Wye sermon is a 15 minute preach on motives for mission, from 1 John 4.7-16.
The CBC sermon is a 25 minute preach on Nehemiah 9.33-38, 10.28-33, which includes 10 minutes sharing about the context in which we serve in Brazil.
The Egham sermon is a 15 minute preach on being generous with our hearts, from John 4.43-54.

Do you work in Brazil or South Sudan?

Both! We live in Brazil but make visits to South Sudan every year. God has given us a heart and long-term vision for both countries.

Where are you living now?

In 2018 we moved 5hrs inland within Brazil to Custódia. Custódia is in Northeast Brazil's semi-arid sertão region in Pernambuco state. We work with the Betel Brasileiro denomination with a focus on outreach to quilombolas in Sabá and Cardoso, parts of the Serra da Torre quilombo.

Who are quilombolas again?

Quilombola communities are predominantly Afro-Brazilian communities formed as an act of resistance to slavery and racist oppression, often hundreds of years ago. It is estimated that there are over 5,000 quilombola communities in Brazil. Quilombolas are considered an “unreached people group” in Brazil.

 Prayer requests:
  • We plan to return to Brazil on 25th January. Covid-wise things are now improving in Brazil but getting worse in the UK. Pray that we would still be able to get times of rest and retreat and meaningfully engage with supporters in the UK before we go back to Brazil.
  • Brazilian missionary Raquel will arrive in Chard, Somerset, later this month where she will serve with Latin Link for a year. Pray for a safe arrival and that she will be able to adapt and serve despite the growing restrictions and worsening situation in the UK. Pray that God would comfort and reassure her mum!
  • Schools have reopened in Abyei (and elsewhere in South Sudan), just for examination years (P8 and S4). Exams are delayed until March and school will reopen for everyone in April. Pray for teachers and students' safety and that students would be able to give a good account of themselves. Pray especially for the two schools we support in Mijak and Rumamer.
  • Continue to pray for Fr Biong whose relatives were kidnapped several months ago now in a raid by Misseriya militias on a village in Abyei, South Sudan. The children have still not been returned.
Thanks for keeping us and the communities we love in your prayers. We are so encouraged to see all that God is doing through you, the team of people who support us.

Love & solidarity,
Hannah, Tim, Rita and Moses
We love hearing from you! Here’s how to get in touch:  
Email: tflatman@gmail.com / hmflatman@gmail.com
UK number (until January only): 07831654523
WhatsApp: +5581983634598 / +5587999504884

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new adventures

Enjoying autumn, woodland adventures. 3-year-old Rita is still amazed at how green the grass is and that the water is safe to drink from the tap in England!

Life is one big adventure!

10-month-old Moses adores his big sister. He is crawling,soon to be walking