Dear Friends, After a period of rest and recharging, we are excited to see what God is going to do this year in this area of Brazil known as the Baixada Santista, which includes the cities of Santos, Guaruja, Sao Vicente, Praia Grande, Cubatao, and others. We are expecting a great year, and God has already given us some great opportunities to share Christ in many schools and churches in the upcoming year. We firmly believe that Christ's return will be soon, and we are willing to sacrifice whatever we need to and to do whatever it takes to reach as many people as possible for Jesus. We ask that you please continue to pray for us, and for the churches we are helping, and for the people we are trying to reach for Jesus. The spiritual warfare that we experience is strong, but with your prayers and with God's help and power we will see many victories, to the glory of God. We hope and pray that you will have a blessed year. - Kevin & Nancy
"Our job is not to transform people into Christians nor to convict them of their sin. It is not our responsibility to make people do what they ought to do. Our task is to bring them to Jesus, and He will perform His divine work in their lives". - Experiencing God devotion
December 5, 12: People Sharing Jesus seminar at Primeira Igreja Batista Cubatao
We have begun to work with Pastor Joel and the church recently, and we will be working with them in a school in Cubatao in March. They have a new emphasis on reaching others for Jesus, and Pr. Joel wanted to have the training seminar to kick off the new emphasis for 2011 and beyond. There was good participation in the seminar, and many people committed to actively share Jesus with others in their daily lives. Another blessing was that 2 people who were visiting the church accepted Christ during one of the practice sessions.
78 people participated in the seminar Kevin and interpreter Amanda leading part of the seminar
December 19: People Sharing Jesus seminar at Primeira Igreja Batista Sao Vicente
We started working with Pr. Gilberto and the church early last year. Kevin preached in the church 3 times last year, and we also worked with them in a school in Sao Vicente. They have a special outreach event every year for New Years Eve that is called Viva !, and Pr. Gilberto wanted to have the training seminar before this year's event. They have aprox. 200 people do various forms of evangelism and service ministry in various locations in the city, including on the beaches, in the streets, in hospitals, and in some police stations. Hundreds of thousands of people come to the coastal cities for News Years Eve to watch the firworks shows on the beach, and there are many opportunities to share Jesus throughout the night and early morning hours. God blessed the seminar, and 118 people participated. Many committed to actively join God in His redemptive work.
Kevin and interpreter Camila Some of the participants in the seminar leading the PSJ training seminar
February 13: Preach at Igreja Peniel in Guaruja
We have scheduled our outreach event at a school near the church, so we have started to work with Pr. Nzuzi and the church. Pr. Nzuzi is an African pastor who is ministering in Brazil. The church has many teens and young people, and the church is very enthusiastic about reaching others for Jesus and making disciples. Kevin had the opportunity to preach in the church, and the church enthusiastically received the message to actively share Jesus with others and to make disciples. At the end of the service we shared the Gospel and 5 people accepted Christ and committed their lives to Him. Another blessing was that a member of the church is a leader in a large school nearby, and she helped us to schedule our outreach project in the school for August. In the 2 schools we have scheduled our project in near the church, we will be sharing Jesus with approx. 4000 students and many teachers.
Part of the worship team A skit during the worship service Some of the people in the service
Kevin and interpreter Alex preaching the Word Sharing Jesus at the end of the service Encouraging the church to boldly share Jesus
Prayer Requests & Praises
* Please pray that God will touch and save many people during our upcoming events, for His glory:
Feb. 28-March 2: Speak at EE Ary school in Cubatao ... March 5: People Sharing Jesus seminar at Igreja Batista Vila Antartica in Praia Grande ... March 13: Preach at Igreja Batista Peniel in Guaruja ... March 28-29: Speak at EE Alfredo Reis Viegas school in Praia Grande.
* We praise God that Nancy's eye and vision have improved. She went to a 2nd specialist and he gave her new medicine that helped, and she also needed new glasses because the problem caused her vision to change.
* Please pray that God will continue to open many doors and opportunities to share Christ. We praise Him that we have already scheduled many schools until late August.
Special thanks to our interpreters Amanda, Camila, and Alex who helped us in recent events. We appreciate your faithfulness and willingness to serve the Lord.