March Prayer Letter: Good News!

“Our soul waiteth for the Lord: he is our help and our shield.” Proclaiming the gospel is always urgent and needful, but I especially felt that on Sunday as I preached and Sarah interpreted the message from Psalm 33 to a live audience of three (Laura, Samuel, and Genilson, who is one of the church’s deacons). Perhaps like you are doing this Sunday, we livestreamed our service because we were not able to gather as we normally do. While the setting was different, the message was as critically important as ever. In the end, over a hundred people watched the message live, and many hundreds have watched at least part of the message later in the week. While we long to gather again soon, we trust that many people will hear the gospel and be saved as a result of this pandemic. We are also praying that, as a church, God will spur us on to show the hope and love only Christ can offer.

This month has been filled with many other good things as well:

  • Our mission trip to North Africa was tremendous. It was a joy to give more than 100 New Testaments, books, and tracts to the believers there. Beyond that, the experience moved our hearts and helped each of us see that God is moving in the lives of many Muslims calling them to faith in Jesus. We are praying that here in Portugal we can be a base, sending supplies and teams to help the workers there.
The materials we brought
Mission team
  • Baptism Sundays are always special. On March 1st, four  teenagers named Patricia, Laura, Alexandre, and Filipe, gave their testimonies of salvation before their friends, family, and a packed church. It was moving to see how God is working in their lives, and seeing people baptized is absolutely one of the best moments ever. Praise God!
Baptism
  • While we are homebound for at least the next couple of weeks, our work continues on. I continue to teach my seminary class online. Sarah is recording videos of Bible stories for kids in the church to watch at home. Our services and Bible studies are continuing on as scheduled, albeit online. We are making countless phone calls and sending messages to encourage people and seeking to help where we can. God is sovereign and good, and we are hopeful that, in the end, we will be able to say with the apostle Paul that, the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel.”
Preaching the gospel to an online audience
Online seminary class

We know that each of you are living challenging days as well, and we pray for you. In times like these, we gain a greater perspective of how precious all of our friends and partners are. We love you! May God be with you!

When you have to stay at home, you make a tent in the living room.

3 thoughts on “March Prayer Letter: Good News!”

  1. So good to hear from you. I was curious what your situation was there. I am thankful to hear that each of you are well. Everyone here is well. We are in the “6 foot space”, “no more than 10 in a room” mode, but that could change any day as they are just now registering numbers here. We also began church online yesterday, although I did not attend Wednesday night for fear I might unknowingly spread the virus to an older member. (Our leadership has been slow to cancel traditional services because many of our older congregation do not have a means to watch online.) I think God is pleased that His people are using technology to continue spreading the gospel. I pray that people are using some of the “down” time to spend more time reading His Word and praying. I know God hears us when we pray, and I join you in praying that God would end this pandemic soon. Take care. Love, Ann Wilder

  2. David and Sarah, it is always encouraging to read your updates. We are, and will continue, praying for you, your family, the church, and that many people will come to Christ through your ministry.

    1. Really good to hear from you all! I am encouraged by reading your prayer letters as well, and I pray that God will strengthen the church plant there in Costa Verde. Keep up the good work. Maybe we can FaceTime sometime and catch up. God bless!

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