Dear Praying Friends,
We are constantly amazed at what God can do in His Church in spite of who we are. So much is happening in the Bessa church and it is so wonderful to see God’s blessing. We would like to mention some of those ways the Lord is working.
In our last letter we mentioned our desire to begin a couples ministry at the church. We believe that strong Christ-centered couples and families are essential for a strong church. The couples ministry is already a reality. Couples from the church and visiting couples are now meeting once a month to be equipped with God’s Word and to spend time in fellowship over a meal. These meetings have been a wonderful opportunity to reach unsaved spouses with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Will you pray that this group will grow and that unsaved husbands and wives will come to know the Lord through this important ministry?
When we arrived at the Bessa church we realized the need for strong men who could help lead the church. There were some godly men who were active in ministries, but the need was great to see more guys step up. Right away Jeff began a men’s prayer breakfast once a month (see picture to the right). The group of guys is growing and we can see God at work. Where there was once only one deacon now God has provided three quality Christian men to serve in this important office.
After the last men’s prayer breakfast, one of our unsaved guys came up to Jeff asking for a moment. That moment turned into nearly two hours of meaningful conversation where the Gospel was once again shared with Assis.Please pray for Assis. He told Jeff that he was close to making a decision for Christ!
Then there are the ministries that Ivana has with the ladies of the church. This is the fastest growing group in the church. The ladies are on fire and excited to serve in various ministries in the church. (pictured left)
As I write this, the church is planning on starting a Bible club for needy children in a nearby neighborhood. God continues to bless us and we must continue to reach out and be a blessing to others. Please pray for this children’s project in the district of Jacaré.
And so I begin to run out of space on this page. Please pray for our upcoming eschatological conference with missionary Tim Franklin. Perhaps in our next letter we can talk a little about the teens ministry and the Gospel Team. So much to say… so little space. To sum it all up… GOD IS AT WORK in spite of who we are. Thank you once again for being a part of it all!
Jeff and Ivana Reiner (for the girls)