Dear Friends, It is hard to believe how quickly this year is going by, and that we will be closing out the year in a few short months. We are reminded once again of how quickly our lives pass by, and that what we do for God's eternal kingdom is really the only thing that matters in the end. May we all be found to be faithful to our Lord, and may we all keep our focus on what is important. We are in the middle of a period of several months where we will be sharing Jesus with over 12,000 people, and when we are in periods like this we typically face many adversities and challenges. Please pray for us, for God's strength and perseverance, and that God will be glorified by all that we do. We thank you for your prayers, and we want to assure you that your prayers make a difference. - Kevin & Nancy
"You ought to rejoice when God asks you to proceed in the work of His kingdom, because you know the victory is already secured. Donít focus on the problems and failures of others. Focus on Godís assurance of victory." - Experiencing God devotion
August 1-3: Speak at EM Judoca Ricardo Sampiao school in Caruara
Kevin and interpreter Joelma in a class Nancy & interpreter Atani sharing Jesus Anita passing out a discipleship tool in a night class
August 15-19 : Speak at EE Walter Scheppis school in Guaruja
Despite a rough start to our week long outreach event at this state school in Guaruja, God empowered us to overcome the adversities, and in the end He produced much fruit and He gave us many victories. We very nearly had an accident on the way to the school on the 1st day, and then when we arrived we discovered that the church we were supposed to work with decided not to help us (without notifying us). The pastor later told us it was because in a previous school event they worked with us, many had accepted Christ but only 1 person is going to his church afterwards. Also, we had to rearrange the schedule and reorganize our interpreters for the entire week after the 1st day, since the school needed to change their schedule. The school is for students in 4th grade through high school, and many of the students and teachers eagerly listened to our message. God prepared many hearts before this week, and 851 students and 8 teachers accepted Christ and committed their lives to Him. The school leaders were very pleased with our project and message, and they recommended us to 6 more schools in Guaruja. God is mightily at work, and all of the glory and praise goes to Him.
Some of the students in a high school class Nancy & interpreter Mariana sharing Jesus Kevin and interpreter Jessica speaking in a class
Nancy & interpreter Tainara leading prayer Interpreter Mayara passing out a discipleship tool Kevin & interpreter Alex praying with a class
August 21: Preach at Igreja Batista Jd. Casqueiro in Cubatao
The church has been led by Pastor Alberto for the last year. Previously the church was without a full time pastor for 2 years and a good number of people left and went to other churches. Pr. Alberto is working on building up the church once again. We have begun to work with them to help them share Christ in their community. We will be working with them in a nearby school in September, and we will perhaps do some other evangelistic services and events with them in the future. The message was about how God wants all members of the church to participate in His work and join Him in His mission to "seek and save the lost". At the end of the service I shared the Good News of Jesus and 4 people accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior and committed their lives to Him.
Kevin with interpreter Camila and Pr. Alberto Some of the people in the service Preaching the Good News with Camila
August 29-30 : Speak at EM Antonio Pacifico school in Sao Vicente
Patricia helping to share the Good News Interpreter Kaka & Kevin speaking in a class Nancy handing out a discipleship booklet
Some students at break time Interpreter Brunna helping in a class Another group of students (6th grade)
Prayer Requests & Praises
* Please pray that God will touch and save many people during our upcoming events, for His glory:
Sept. 4 : Preach at Igreja Peniel in Cubatao ... Sept. 12-15 : Speak at EM Nobrega school in Cubatao ... Sept. 26-28 : Speak at EM Lorena school in Cubatao
* Please pray that God will pour out His spirit and awaken more churches in this area, and that He will give them His desire and passion to seek and save lost people and to make disciples.
* We praise God that our son Anthony got a good new job in Miami recently. Thank you for your prayers for him.
* We praise God that Nancy is no longer having problems with her back. Thanks for praying for her.
* Please pray for our son John, as he looks for a new job. He is working now, but he is having problems there and needs to find a better place to work.
Special thanks to our interpreters Joelma, Atani, Anita, Jessica, Mayara, Mariana, Tainara, Alex, Camila, Patricia, Kaka, and Brunna, who helped us in recent events. We appreciate your faithfulness and willingness to serve the Lord.
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