April 5, 2015
In my last correspondence, I shared with you that because of my mother’s diagnosis of acute Leukemia I would be making an emergency trip to the USA and would begin a year’s furlough from Brazil to help look after my parents. Four days after my arrival my mother passed away. I did arrive in time to spend some hours with her while she was still conscious. She had been a faithful servant of the Lord Jesus Christ for many years and she was prepared to go and be with our Lord. My father has many health challenges and I am working together with my family to aid him. He now lives alone at home, but we take turns staying with him since his needs require 24 hour care. Thank you all who have been and are praying for me and my family.
Before I left our church in Brazil, I officially turned the pastorate over to my co-pastor Alek Rossi. It has only been a few weeks, but from pictures and reports from him, the work there continues to progress. I made some financial commitments to that work before I left and will maintain that support and for as long as necessary. Alek has a very able team of volunteer helpers and we expect to hear encouraging news of how the Lord will use them in the future.
Our young missionary, Alysson, is getting ready to leave for a Muslim country in Eastern Europe this month. We are excited about his upcoming opportunities to share the Gospel where the Word of God is not known. We pray for his safety and fruitfulness in evangelism. He is very aware of the possibility of danger and persecution, but he trusts that the Lord will be his source of protection.
Charlene and I plan to attend the Spring Missions Conference on behalf of Baptist Faith Missions at the Thompson Road Baptist Church in few weeks. It has been several years since we’ve had this opportunity and we are really looking forward to greeting old and new friends and brothers and sisters in Christ there.
If you would be interested in having us come to visit with you or your church, feel free to contact us at the contact information provided with letter.
Thank you so much for your prayers and faithful support.
In Christ’s love,
3912 Casaba Loop
Valrico, FL 33596
Rua Laudelino Ferreira Lopes, 279-1
Sobrado 1, Bairro Novo Mundo
81050-310 Curitiba, PR Brasil
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