We hope you are having a good weekend. We are enjoying a rare sunny afternoon in Michigan. Soon we will send out our prayer letter, but we wanted to share a few things with you in the meantime.
First, pray for Deaf church tomorrow. A good group have already said that they will be there. Pray that Carlos, Carlos and Maria, Ines, Vitor, Manuela, Helena, and others will indeed come and that God will work in each of their hearts. If everybody shows up, there may be at least ten Deaf present. We really hope that happens. Please also pray for our missionary colleaugues Cal and Joyce Voelker and Amanda Bloom as they lead the service.
Second, thank you for praying for the hearing church. Last week, there were about 40 people at church. This is terrific. While there are challenges, God is protecting and growing his work in Montijo. Thank you also for praying for Horacio. In a recent update, we mentioned he was discouraged and having doubts. Thankfully, in our last conversation, he seemed to be a little steadier. Don’t stop praying that God would strengthen his young and fragile faith.
Also, we are very thankful for the great furlough we are having so far. So many people have shown such generosity and kindness to us. The hospitality we have experienced has refreshed and strengthened us for the road ahead.
Here are just a few examples…
1. In Virginia, we stayed with a couple that has a “missionary apartment” in their home. They thought of everything, and even put chocolates on our pillows and had a fully stocked refrigerator with goodies just for us.
2. In Michigan, a group of ladies gathered on a Friday night to hear Sarah talk about praying for missionaries. Afterwards, they prayed with her and gave her a generous gift.
3. We have had many conversations with pastors and their wives who are going through hard times, but take time to listen to us and encourage us.
4. In many churches, people have given toys, coloring books, and snacks for Laura and Samuel. This has been a huge help for the long hours on the road.
The list could go on, but what has struck me most about the kindness we have experienced is that it has most often been from the hands of people and churches who were going through tough times or difficult trials. Yet despite this, countless brothers and sisters in Christ, have lavished us with love. What a wonderful reminder to me to serve, love, and care even when I am going through dark days.
May you have a blessed day tomorrow as you gather with God’s people!