Dear praying friends,
Greetings from Brazil. Yes, we are back on the field. We arrived in Brazil about a month ago and for the first three weeks or so we hammered away at getting situated back on the field. They were some interesting weeks. When we returned to the field we found that our water situation was shaky at best.
After our arrival we soon realized that something was wrong with our pump. Sometimes we had water, but most of the time we didn’t. We spent days trying to figure out what the problem was. During this troubleshooting process we pulled the pump out twice. Now, pulling a heavy pump, wiring, and piping some 40 yards up a narrow well shaft is not the easiest of tasks, so we called the well guys.
Long story short… after being told that we would have to wait about 30 days to get warranty work done on the pump Jeff decided to forfeit our warranty and have the pump opened up somewhere else. I mean, you can only go without a shower for so long. People were starting to keep their distance from us J. The pump is now fixed and in the well. It’s nice to smell good again. We want to thank all of you who prayed us through this dilemma.
We found the Jacumã congregation doing well under Pastor Maxwell’s leadership. He has come a long way in his preaching and teaching and has shown much maturity in dealing with the flock. Maxwell’s wife Spray is also such a help to the ministries here and we cannot help but praise the Lord that this couple is a large part of our ministry team.
Jeff has been very careful not to come in and take over the bulk of the preaching and teaching in the church. Though it is not easy for Jeff, he has kept Maxwell in those positions of leadership so that our people will begin to see that the time for missionaries is coming to an end. Ivana has also kept herself from taking over the keyboard and the music department. The congregation has the leadership and the personnel to handle ministry without us. Now it is time to let the church know that we feel that our time here in Jacumã is coming to a close.
On September the 11th Jeff will be having a heart to heart with the believers here letting them know that we will be with them for a limited period of time and then we will be moving on to what the Lord has next for us. This will not be an easy service for the church or us. There will be those who still will not understand the need for us to step aside. It will not be easy for us as we tell these dear Christians and this dear Brazilian pastor and his wife that it is time for them to begin stretching their wings and flying on their own.
How long will we be here in Jacumã? We are not sure, but we know that when God opens the next door in ministry we are going to walk through it by His grace and through His strength. Pray for us.
Jeff and Ivana Reiner (for the girls)