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JANUARY-MARCH 2010 PRAYER LETTER
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy , and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4.16
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, God's grace has sustained us through times of trials in the ministry here in Brazil. I have encouraged our family and church to seek God's grace to change the things we can (and ought to), and God's grace to turn over to the Lord the things that we cannot change. We have been seeing souls saved and Christians surrendering to the Lord, and the evil One is working over time to destroy our families. Praise the Lord for His all-sufficient grace to us and for the power that is in the name of Jesus Christ, through His shed blood on the cross. Dear Brethren, your faithful prayers and sacrificial support have allowed us to keep going here. May God supply your every need in Christ Jesus. Here's a summary of what took place in this past quarter.
Three relatives of Jeferson's (one of our workers) came to visit him back in January and all heard the Gospel in our services. I had the privilege of leading his sister, Aline, to the Lord and, in the same night, Jeferson led his brother, Adriano, to the Savior, when they got home after the service. His little cousin (about 8 years old) attended our Children's Church that night. Jeferson and his wife, Juliane, were in charge of that activity. He gave the invitation for salvation, but no kid responded. When they were about to leave the church, Larissa came to her aunt (Juliane) and said, “Aunt, aunt, is there still time for me to ask Jesus to come to my heart?” She got saved that night, too. What a joy to see the Lord reaching little ones! There were also three decisions of salvation made in February:
Jeferson, Aline, Adriano
Maria was saved at the hospital, and the Lord saw fit to heal her. Ivone, an elderly lady, attended her great granddaughter's dedication (you might remember that dedication from my previous Prayer Letter). That night she was under conviction but it was only a week later, that she got saved. Ivete saw her sister take her own life and, as she was trying to hold Maria and her brother, her body, she fractured 3 Aguinaldo vertebrae, and was bedridden when Rosa and I went to visit her. Long story short, we had a wonderful service in her bedroom that afternoon and she was gloriously saved. About 3 weeks later, Ivete came to our service and gave her solid testimony of salvation and told us that her whole back
Ivete wearing a back brace
bone had been miraculously restored, which the doctors said would be impossible (Thank God he is the God of the impossible!). Then, March 3 came, and Lauro came to our prayer meeting. As he walked in, I knew we had met before. I thought, perhaps, he had attended our church 5 years ago, but it turned out that Lauro had been my English student 14 years ago, before we went to the States on deputation! As a result of a “shipwreck” in his life, this 72-year-old retired Brazilian Sea Captain, who had been in command of great ships, had now “docked” at the Haven of rest, and that night, Lauro surrendered to the Captain of his soul, and anchored his soul in the Savior! This intelligent man has been maturing in the Lord so amazingly. The very night I led him to the Lord, I shared a passage of Scripture with him and he began to explain back to me the spiritual application of It - not bad for someone who told me he had read the Bible twice in his youth and had no Lauro, invited by Honorata to understanding of what he read whatsoever! Due to his church current business, Lauro travels quite a lot, but every time he is in town he is a blessing. When he is away, we communicate via e-mail or text message and it always rejoices my heart to learn that he prays and feeds on the Word of God daily.
Altino and Vaneiza are new converts who lived in our town for about 6 months, as she was doing internship for her medical training at our local University. They had a great testimony of faith and of God's blessings in their lives – a real encouragement to us. By their own testimony, our ministry here was a great blessing to them as here they heard the Word of God being taught and preached with clarity and purpose, whereas the church they came from the Gospel was given but no discipleship was provided to new Christians. So, we praise the Lord that we were able to influence many lives these 5 years we have been here. Some have moved away, some have passed away, but many have been touched with the Truth of God.
Izolete had been invited to attend a Baptist church by a lady in our church about 12 years ago, and that was when she first heard the Gospel, but rejected the saving Message. This year, however, she trusted the Lord as her personal Savior! She has been attending our church faithfully since then, as well as our discipleship classes. Her husband owns a bar in town, and is an alcoholic, and neither of her children is saved. The day I took this picture, Izolete told me that she had had a wonderful week. Her husband was feeling sick because of the liquor, and had not put a single drop of alcohol in 15 days! When he told her that, Izolete was reading the Bible and told him that the solution was in that Book! We are excited to see what God is going to do in this family.
Izolete in a discipleship class
Our teens participated in a 3-day camp in January in a farm nearby. They had a great time. We also had a family retreat in another farm which was blessing to our church folks.
On the last Sunday of February we had our first church service dedicated to our friends. Every believer was challenged to take one lost friend to the service. We had two professions of salvation that night, and one man raised his hand confirming that he had been saved and wanted to dedicate his life to serve the Lord. In March, I made a trip to my hometown (Porto Alegre) to take care of some paperwork for our trip to the States in the fall (furlough). When I was there, I visited a couple of churches and preached twice. Praise the Lord for the faithful men that filled in for us while we were down south. A week later we came back and that following weekend we had our 4th Evangelistic Conference. We had two speakers, from Saturday through Sunday. Although there were no salvation decisions (that we know of), the seed of the Gospel was definitely planted in some hearts. We are waiting for reaping. It was such a refreshing time.
Vlademir preaching in his hometown
Jair Lima (front row), our new missionary
Luiz, one of our missionaries also spoke at the Conference
On February 7, Izabel, Missionary to Mexico, came to our church and shared her burden for the Mexican souls. We are praying for her and hope to be part of her ministry in the future.
Izabel, Brazilian Missionary to Mexico
One of the speakers in our Evangelistic Conference was Jair Lima. Brother Jair is doing a church planting ministry in a very needy area of Florianopolis, capital of this state, some 60 miles from our church. I will be giving more details about this ministry in my next Prayer Letter. Our church was so burdened for this Brother's ministry that we took him on for regular support the following week. Now our small church supports 5 missionaries and one seminary student.
Jair, his wife, Sandra, and one of his 3 sons, Henrique (10)
OUR FURLOUGH – JUST AROUND THE CORNER:
We covet your prayers as we are going through the tiring process of bureaucracy to get all the papers we need to travel to the USA for our first year's furlough. We have taken care of some of this paperwork already. We still have more to go. Please pray especially for the following: 1. Our Visas (Rosa's and mine) 2. For funds to come in for our tickets and rental of a van for our traveling. We thank you so much for those who have so graciously given us towards this need. As of now, we have about 40-50% of our total expenses taken care of. If you wish to help us financially in this matter, please send your special offering preferably to our home church, as they are helping us manage all of these specific travel expenses (address below). While I was waiting to pick up my sons' passport photos, I got to witness to three Mormons who own this photo place. They asked me if our sons were going to Disney. I said that the purpose for those passports was to enter the US as we were missionaries and were going to travel to many churches. One thing led to another, and I shared the Gospel with them. I did not have much time as I needed to get back to the US Consulate, but they thanked me because it was the first time they had had a non-confrontational conversation with a Christian and they also understood the saving Message. They were interested in visiting my colleague's church in that town. That Pastor is going to follow up on that contact. PRAYER REQUESTS • • • • • • • Please pray for ... The salvation of Gelci, Osmar, Rafael, Samara, Simone; Salvation of Rosa's brother, Tony; The spiritual growth of these new converts: Cláudio, Márcio, Izolete, Lauro, Ivete, Simone F., Maria; The training of new leaders; Our new sattelite ministry; For funds to finish building a house so we can start a new congregation in town; For our special furlough needs (paperwork and finances).
PRAISES The Lord has blessed us with ... • Souls saved. • Godly wisdom. • Spiritual growth. • Financial needs met. • Good health. • Protection and provision.
The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. Psalm 126.3
God bless you all abundantly. Vlademir Silveira Mailing Address: Vlademir Silveira Caixa Postal 84 Itajaí, SC 88301-970 Brazil – South America E-mail: email@example.com Home #: 011-55-47-3268-2582 (NEW) Mobile #: 011-55-47-9923-8914 Send support to: BAPTIST EVANGELISTIC MISSIONARY ASSOCIATION 4744 Winchester Pike Columbus, OH 43232 (614) 833-0488 / (614) 833-1030
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