Dear Ones in Christ,
What a month April has already been. Earlier this month we received a ministry group from our home church; Grace Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The group came to serve in the area of music, preaching and evangelism during the celebration of the Jacumã Congregation’s 11th anniversary.
Now, we knew this group was going to be a blessing and was going to be used of the Lord, but I confess that I underestimated the impact God was going to allow them to have on our family, on the church, and in the community. To God be the glory.
Within hours or their arrival they were already in church bringing the worship both in English and in Portuguese. Jeff Wylde delivered the message to a full church. All were blessed, but things were only getting warmed up.
On Monday night we held an open air meeting on the community’s sports court. The church had been inviting and praying for weeks and God blessed that service with many visitors. The wind that made it hard to read from our Bibles also drove the sound from the large speakers well beyond the many who were there under the lights taking the Gospel into the dark corners of the city where many others listened from their homes.
I have never seen the Jacumã congregation come together and work harder for the glory of God. Once again, the Grace Baptist Church team sang praises and gave testimonies on what God had done in their lives. Jeff once again brought the Word and we saw Christians come forward to pray for God to use them in a greater way. Once again… to God be the glory!
Through the week the ministry team was involved with kids activities and was able to share the Gospel with well over 150 kids. They worked out at the camp on Tuesday. They worshiped with the congregation during our prayer meeting on Wednesday night. The team also played sports with the teens on the court behind our church building. Those teens heard the Gospel again and one young girl made a decision to accept the Lord. Pray for Teresa.
It was a very busy week and one that God used to impact those of us here and those on the team. We walked away tired, but so grateful to the Lord for the things He taught us. Thank you Jeff, Joey, Jessica, Tommy, Tracie, Steve, Wanda, Jared and Kathleen for coming and giving your all! Thank you church and families for letting them come. Thank you, Lord, above all.
Thank you all for continually praying for us. God answers prayer. The work out at camp continues and the workers have been kept safe. The Jacumã congregation continues to grow both in size and in the Lord. We continue to carry on by His grace. Thank you for being a part of it!
Jeff and Ivana Reiner (for the girls)