Happy Leap Day!
I’ve preached and taught more often this month that I have in a few years. For the past two Sundays I preached for the Brazilian church in Newark. My first sermon was on love (it was just after Valentine’s Day and our special couple’s gathering) and the second was on faith.
Tomorrow night the two small groups will be having their monthly get-together. We will be meeting at the house of a couple from the church and I will be teaching on hope.
As I mentioned, we had a couple’s dinner and study on February 16. Our guest speaker was Mike Landon, a preacher from Connecticut who serve for a few years as a missionary in Brazil. He and his wife came, and most of his talk was based around the “Five Love Languages.” It was a very interesting lesson, and the dinner afterwords was excellent. Christiane worked with Teresa and Ricardo in organizing and preparing the dinner, and everything was very well done (all the way down to rose petals on the floor and declarations of love from husbands to wives!).
The series on spiritual disciplines continues in the adult Sunday School. We just finished a section on hermeneutics (interpreting Scripture) and will be looking at resources for Bible study this week. By next week I hope to move on to Bible memorization. Most of the members who committed to read the entire New Testament in 3 months seem to be on track, though there’s been a little confusion over where we should all be right now. So, I’m preparing a calendar to help guide our reading through to the end of this “challenge.”
Please join us in prayer for the following concerns:
– For spiritual renewal and revival in the congregation, together with numerical growth.
– For the church to find a new, better location for the annual retreat in September. To be honest, I am very concerned about our camp situation. The camp we usually use was a bit unreasonable and difficult last year, and I committed to help the church find a new campground to rent this year. Unfortunately, so far everything has been out of our price-range or unavailable.
– For my family’s financial situation. We are still looking to raise $600 from churches in monthly support so I can avoid going back to a second job.
– For my plans to return to school in the fall for further job training so I’ll be better able to support my family in ministry.
– For Christiane’s naturalization process. She received notice from the U.S. immigration service this past week that her interview and tests are scheduled for April 28. Please pray that she has energy and time to study, as well as a good memory for what she’s studying.
– For the advance of the Good News that Jesus is Lord both among Brazilian immigrants in the U.S. and other countries as well as in Brazil.