Dear Friends, We had a great month in March, and God touched many hearts and lives. We rejoice because there are many more who now belong to Jesus and are new members of God's family. Please pray for these new believers and their families, that they will grow spiritually and become the faithful disciples that God wants them to be. Please also pray for us, for God to strengthen us, as this work is often very physically & emotionally demanding and tiresome (plus we aren't getting any younger). We have many great opportunities scheduled this year to share Jesus, especially in many schools, and in some cases we will be speaking 40 times per week or more. In one school later this year we will speak 61 times in 5 days. Sharing Jesus with so many others is a privilege and a joy for us, but we need the Lord's help and strength to do it. We very much appreciate your prayers. God bless you. - Kevin & Nancy
"I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." - Luke 15:10
February 28-March 2: Speak at EE Ary school in Cubatao
EE Ary is a state school for high school students, and some students go in the morning, some in the afternoon, and others at night. We worked with Primeira Igreja Batista Cubatão in the school, and we spoke in 39 classes in 3 days (Monday morning, Tuesday night, and Wednesday afternoon). The school principal Luis was very excited to have our project in his school, especially because we are Americans and when we give our speech in each class we speak in English. We always encourage the students to learn English if they can, because they will have better opportunities in their lives if they can speak English. We were very well received by the students and the teachers, and we had a great week at the school. Luis is very open to receive more help for the students and their families from us and from the church. God did a great work in the hearts and lives of many of the students & teachers, and many received Christ and committed their lives to Him - over 1030 students and 13 teachers. What an awesome God we serve.
Nancy & interpreter Amanda sharing Jesus One of the classes praying Interpreters Joelma & Amanda and our team
Some students during break time Kevin and interpreter Joelma speaking in a class Amanda passing out "Livro Da Vida" to students
March 5: People Sharing Jesus seminar at Igreja Batsita Vila Antartica in Praia Grande
The church is led by Pastor Eder, whom we know from when he was the youth and young adult pastor at Primeira Igreja Batista Sao Vicente. This was during the Carnaval holiday in Brazil, and many churches go to a remote place and have a retreat. Pastor Eder wanted to do something different - he wanted to stay in his area and do some evangelism and outreach in his "bairro", and some social assistance ministry for the poor in the area. Vila Antartica is a fairly poor community.There was a large group of young missionaries from the Brazilian state of Parana that arrived earlier that day to help Pr. Eder and the church to share Jesus in the community, and they were there for 8 days. They did evangelism outreach events in some parks, in the streets, and in a school. Pr. Eder wanted to have the seminar at the beginning of this special week of outreach, so that some people from his church and the young missionaries would have some good training. There were over 60 people that participated in the training, and God blessed the seminar. Most committed to actively share the Good News of Jesus in their daily lives, and to work afterwards to make disciples.
Kevin and interpreter Rebeca Kevin & Rebeca leading the seminar some of the participants in the seminar
March 13: Preach at Igreja Peniel in Guaruja
We have started to work with Igreja Peniel in Guaruja, which is led by Pastor Mesquita. We have already begun to work with another Igreja Peniel in another area of Guaruja as well. We will be working with the church in a nearby school in late April, and we will also be doing other things to help them to share Christ with people in their community. Kevin had the privilege of preaching in the church, which was started 4 years ago with 5 people. Pastor Mesquita and his team have helped the church grow to about 200 members, and they are committed to reaching their community for Jesus and to making disciples. The message on Sunday night was to encourage and challenge all members of the church to be missionaries wherever they are, and to faithfully join God in reaching people for Jesus and to help them to become the disciples God wants them to be. The leaders and members of the church received the message with excitement, and after sharing the Gospel to end the service 15 people accepted Christ and committed their lives to Him. Glory to God.
Some "dancarinas" in the service Kevin preaching with interpreter Alex Some of the people in the service
March 21-22: Speak at EE Alfredo Reis Viegas school in Praia Grande
We held our "Qualidade De Vida" (Quality Of Life) outreach project at this state school in the city of Praia Grande. We worked with Igreja Batista Vila Antartica, which is located close to the school. They located in a poor area of Praia Grande. On Monday we spoke in 5 classes in the morning period and in 6 more in the afternoon, and on Tuesday night we spoke in 7 more classes. All of the students are in high school. God moved in a powerful way in the hearts of many in the school, and the students, teachers, and the school leaders loved the project and really appreciated our help. More than 500 accepted Christ and committed their lives to Him, including 7 teachers and the principal Edson, and the vice-principal Monica. Edson and Monica asked us if we could come back and continue to help the students, but unfortunately we do not have the time to do the follow-up work. Since we speak in many schools during the year and have many other projects and events, we are not able to do more. That is why we always work with a church close to the school, so that they can try to do more to help the students and their families after our project. Unfortunately only 1 person from the church came each day to help during the project (we ask the church to send 4 or more people each day), so we are not sure how well they will do in the important follow-up work to help each new believer grow spiritually and find a good church home. Typically if a church does not participate well in the outreach event, there is little or no effort to do the follow-up work later.
Nancy & interpreter Kleber speaking in a class Principal Edson, V.Principal Monica, and our team Kevin & interpreter Leandro sharing Jesus
Prayer Requests & Praises
* Please pray that God will touch and save many people during our upcoming events, for His glory:
April 9: Speak at Young Adults group at Ministerio Evangelico Meshareth in Praia Grande ... April 11-12: Speak at EE Maria Thereza Pedroso school in Sao Vicente ... April 17: Preach at Capela Calvario in Sao Vicente ... April 25-28: Speak at EE Rene Rodriguez school in Guaruja.
* Please pray that God will give us his wisdom and guidance as we seek to find good churches to participate and help us in our outreach events in the schools, and that are willing to do the important follow-up and discipling work with the new believers and their families. We have had several churches that said that they would partner with us in this work, but unfortunately their participation was weak during the outreach event and their was little or no follow-up work done afterwards. This is one of our greatest challenges here.
* Please pray for our son Anthony as he seeks new employment. His current employment will be ending soon and he needs to find something before the end of June or sooner. Thanks for your prayers.
Special thanks to our interpreters who helped us in recent events: Amanda, Victor, Joelma, Rebeca (2 events), Alex, Kleber, Leandro, and Patricia.
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