Post the Eighth in which some of us go to jail

Today the plan was for some of us to do vbs, some us to go to a correctional facility for young male offenders, and some of us to go to a school and talk with the children there, but here in Brazil, we are leaves upon the wind. We make plans, but we don't always do the things we planned to do.

Our school team was unable to speak in the school because he teachers there didn't get some sort of permission that they needed. As with many things here, in spite of the skill of our translators, the details were sketchy.

The Jail group had more success. After emptying their pockets of any and all possible weapons, leaving their cameras and bags on the bus, and submitting to a search by prison guards, they were able to speak with 20 boys aged 13-18 who were awaiting araignment for various crimes. Our team presented a skit, and afterwards, one of our team members gave a a more detailed gospel presentation. By Pastor Clausios' count, 13 boys were saved.

Throughout the afternoon, we made visits scheduled by church members. Wilfred Stewart and Mark Grubb led two different men on two different deathbeds to one saviour.

God is moving here. In home visits we are sharing with the husbands, wives, brothers, sons, mothers, daughters, and neighbors of our new friends at IBM. In many cases they have prayed and shared faithfully for a long time, but we have the privilege of leading their loved ones to the Lord. I am reminded of the words of Paul to the Corinthians:
5What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you
came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6I planted the seed,
Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. 7So neither he who plants nor he who
waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8The man who plants and
the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his
own labor.
It is a joy to reap the rewards of the faithful prayer and labor of our Brazilian brethren, and to be united with them in the service of our common Savior through whom we do everything.

As promised, a story from yesterday. Brittany Elkins shared the story of a blind girl who was about nine whom she had met. The girl told Brittany about a time when she had fallen on the bus, and nobody helped her up. Brittany said that it was a reminder to her that sometimes only God will help us when we fall. Praise him that he does. What a vivid picture of the sinfulness of our wounded world and the greatness of our God.

Some prayer requests:

1. Pray for strength and rest for our team as many of us are approaching the limits of our human strength

2. Pray for our translators who are working tirelessly with us. How taxing it must be too translate all day and walk the hills of Maua besides

3. pray that God would speak through Mark Grubb and Brother John who are preaching tomorrow and that many would come to know Christ.

I have no words to thank you adequately for your prayers. We feel them, and they strengthen us. I implore you: continue to lift us before the Father.


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