August 6, 2018
The month of July is always an exciting and productive month for our ministries for several reasons. The first of which is that our schools take a 2-3 week winter break which allows us to host several college students from out of town. During those weeks we hold missions training seminars involving biblical study in the classroom and a couple weeks of practical on-the-field evangelism and church planting. There were 12 young adult students participating with our 8 experienced leaders. Sometimes we are blessed to work in towns or neighborhoods that seem graciously open to hearing the gospel message, but this last month we found quite a bit of resistance among the people we were reaching out to. When we encounter this type of reception it is always helpful to remember God’s promise that His word will not return to Him void. Despite the evident resistance by some, there were a few who surrendered to Christ as their Lord and Savior, though not as many as we often see. The seminar trainees were not discouraged by the lack of immediate fruit and this also served to teach them that there will oftentimes be tough fields of labor. They learned to be patient and faithful to obey the Lord’s command to take the gospel to the lost, despite the obstacles and apparent lack of fruit.
The two towns that we ministered in during the month of June that I reported on last month are still being blessed by the new converts there and their growth in God’s grace. The local pastors of the works in Porto Rico, Parana, and Diamante do Norte are excited that they are being able to disciple those “baby” Christians that were evangelized during our weeks of ministry there.
Back here at our home church, Nova Igreja Batista de Curitiba, we celebrated our 6th anniversary and we had a great service. We have continued to grow numerically, and we also see an increase in maturity and Christian love among our members. Charlene and I are teaching English as a second language twice a week at the church building at no charge and this has opened doors of opportunity for us to meet folks who wouldn’t ordinarily come to a church service. For the last 3 weeks we have had visitors at our Sunday services as a result of the contact we had with the parents of our students during the week. We are praying and hoping that these visits will result in these families hearing and accepting the gospel and eventually become active members of the church too. We would appreciate your prayers for us in these efforts.
Thank you so much for your prayers and faithful support.
In Christ’s love,
Bobby and Charlene Wacaser
Bobby and Charlene Wacaser
Rua Laudelino Ferreira Lopes, 279
Sobrado 1, Novo Mundo
81050-310 Curitiba, PR. Brasil
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