Dear praying friends,
We ended last year thinking that if we could just make it through the year-end activities at church we would be in the clear. Yet, we started this year thinking that if we can just make it through January we will be able to slow down a bit. And so it goes! It has been full speed ahead here as we are on the final lap of our four year term. We have been working with the church and with the camp trying to make sure that both will be turned over to Brazilian leadership that will care for these two very important ministries while we are on furlough.
And on that note, I am so pleased to report that after much time in prayer the Lord has given us much piece about inviting brother Maxwell to take over pastoral responsibilities in our absence. Maxwell is a layman in a sister church that has some bible training, excellent Christian maturity, wonderful organizational skills and a deep love for the Lord and His Church. Both he and his wife Soraia are dear servants of Christ who have shown over the years their willingness to minister in the churches in our area. This is a very humble couple that loves the Lord and is looking for greater opportunities to expand in ministry.
The Jacumã congregation will be a great experience for this couple and may well be what the Lord uses to encourage this young couple to step out of the secular work force into full-time Christian ministry. Maxwell and Soraia may well be what the Jacumã congregation needs to encourage the church toward the ultimate goal of nationalization.
Our goal is to have Maxwell and Soraia already working beside us three months prior to our departure for furlough. We leave the field on the 12th of June. Will you pray with us during this time of transition both for Maxwell and Soraia and for the church?
We are also happy to report that the Paraíba camp has two major events in late January. The first is a teen camp that will begin on the 18th of January and end on the 21st. There are already some 90 teens signed up. We will be working beside my brother Jonathan and his family during this exciting week. A group of young people from various churches will be handling all of the programming for the week.
The second event will be the association meetings for the churches in the State of Paraíba. This will be held from the 26th to the 28th of January. Please pray for these events. May lives be changed for eternity in this wonderful place the Lord has given us.
As mentioned above, our furlough will begin mid-June 2018. We will be home for a year (Lord willing) and we look forward to giving a report to each one of our supporting churches and getting together with as many of our individual supporters as we can. Dear supporting church, it is not too early to begin scheduling a field report. Our contact information is below.
Thank you for your continued prayers for our family and for our safety. We are well, by the grace of God.
Thank you also for your continued support.
Jeff and Ivana Reiner (Nicole and Emilie too)