August 8, 2012
The inaugural service in our new auditorium went extremely well. We had been meeting in our largest classroom until we could get the auditorium floor poured and also get the lighting installed. With those done, we made the move into the larger space and the Lord blessed to give us a great turnout in attendance. At our first service there were about 170 present. About half of those were some of our brothers and sisters from other churches wanted to celebrate the moment with us, but the other half were mostly un-evangelized family and friends of our present members. This was especially encouraging to us all since we began this new church with only 8 members a little over a year ago. God has blessed us at every step along the way providing us with opportunities and resources. We know that He will continue to bless because we know that He completes what He begins and this work is certainly possible only through Him.
We had 27 missions volunteers in our intensive training this month. After a two weeks of classroom teaching and workshops we took them out into the field to apply what they had learned. We had the amazing opportunity to share the gospel with over 15,200 people during the course of the month. Most of this outreach was done in the parks and squares of outlying towns and cities. There were over 300 professions of faith in Jesus Christ as a result and we helped to get those folks connected to a local Baptist church and started in daily Bible study.
My son, Brennen, who is 15 years old, got the privilege to be the translator for a group of visiting Baptist Seminary faculty and students. He did a very good job (if I say so myself) and he really enjoyed the opportunity. He is a little bit shy, normally, but doesn’t shrink from the challenge of speaking publicly for the Lord. I am grateful to God for giving me the privilege of having two kids who love the Lord and who are engaged in making Him known to others.
With the blessing of some special offerings we have continued the process of completing the building of our new church plant. We thank you who have contributed generously to this project. We are certain the Lord will bless you.
Tomorrow a group of youth from Tampa, FL will arrive to partner with us in evangelism in the public schools and parks. We will be taking two of the Project Life teams and their motorhomes into to the neighborhoods where there is a dense population and very little gospel witness. My daughter, Jessie, is coming with the team and will be the coordinator of the team of 15 translators. She has done this with another group earlier this year and did an excellent job and we are looking forward to having her back with us and helping us. Few things are as pleasing as working together with our children in the service of the Lord. We are very thankful that He allows us this privilege.
Thank you for your faithful prayers and support of our ministries here in southern Brazil.
In Christ’s love,
Bobby, Charlene and Brennen Wacaser
Rua Manoel Valdomiro de Macedo, 2281
81170-150 Curitiba, PR Brasil