April 2016 Prayer Letter…

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)

Jacumã, Brazil

The Jacumã Teen Ministry…

Saturday night is teen night at church.  We have a small court behind the church where the teens meet for 3 hours of sports, games, snacks and of course the Word of God.  We have seen God bless this ministry with several teens coming to Christ.  The impact is huge on these lives as most of them are not church kids.  Many come from broken homes.  Many have alcoholic fathers.
This past Saturday we had 37 teens inside the church building for a movie night where we showed a Christian film and applied it to their lives at the end.
Pray for these teens.  They are a growing group inside the church as well.  Those who have been saved and have joined the church are helping in various ministries.
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January 2016 Prayer Letter…

Dear praying friends,

Ivana had invited Luciana to church for months and Luciana was always grateful for the invitation, but it took a while before she finally made her first visit. That night during the message Luciana listened carefully to the Gospel and came to know the Lord. Her life has been changed.

Recently in a prayer meeting service Luciana gave her testimony. She said, “People would always ask me if I had Jesus as my Savior. My answer was always “yes”, but it was never true. Tonight I know that I am truly saved!”

This is the power of God’s word on an individual. It’s the power of Christ’s work on the cross transforming one more life. It is our privilege and joy to see lives transformed one at a time.

God continues to work in Jacumã with several decisions for Christ since our last letter. Pray for Luciana, Alberto, Rondinelly and others who have come to Christ. Pray that they will continue to mature in God’s Word. Pray that God will continue to send visitors to church. Pray for continued growth. Our prayers are being answered… let’s not stop now!

For some time now we have been seeing the need for the Jacumã congregation to have it’s own parsonage. The church is growing and we see that we are in our final years here at this church plant. Though we do not know the timing of when we will actually step back and see the church continue under national leadership we feel like we should be preparing for that day.

We hope to be able to raise these funds from three sources. First is the church here in Jacumã which will be setting aside money every month for this project. Second, we hope to be able to raise funds from the Brazil Northeast region. Third, we pray that we will be able to challenge churches and individuals back home to give toward this need. Would you consider a gift of any amount for this project?

With that in mind we have contacted Baptist Mid-Missions and asked for a special fund to be set up for any church or individual who wishes to contribute toward the purchase of a parsonage in Jacumã. If the Lord moves you as a church or as an individual to give toward this project, you may send in a check to Baptist Mid Missions, PO Box 308011, Cleveland, OH 44130-8011. All donations to this project should be designated to the “Jeff Reiner Building” fund.

We thank you for prayerfully considering this need and we thank all of you who will give to this very important project.

We thank you also for your continued prayers and support. God bless you.

Jeff and Ivana Reiner

Jacumã, Brazil

October 2015 Prayer Letter…

Dear praying friends,

In our last prayer letter I mentioned that a young man by the name of Ryan had come to know the Lord. This past Sunday night Ryan and four other teens were baptized. Ryan’s unsaved mother was in the service and though she did not come to Christ, she certainly heard the Gospel. Her name is Adriana. Please pray for her.

In total seven joined the church membership this past week including a dear couple (Henrique and Elisangela) who recently moved to this part of Brazil and joined us from another church. They will be a huge help to the ministries here as they enjoy serving in the local church.

In late September we took several families up to a Christian camp about two and a half hours north of Jacumã for two days of fellowship. It was a wonderful time together with plenty of sun and crystal clear water. Yes, there are some perks to the missionary life!

Ivana and I had the privilege of being called to minister to couples in a sister church nearby. Ivana spoke to the ladies and I had a good time challenging the men. At the end of the day there was a banquet for all the couples involved. It was a wonderful time challenging couples to have more zeal in their marriages.

The ministry here in Jacumã with the teens is very tiring, but at the same time very rewarding. Every Saturday night we meet with the teens for three hours of sports, games, refreshments and, of course, God’s Word. Between 30 to 40 teens come every week and about 70% of these teens do not know the Lord as their Savior. Pray for these teens that they will come to Christ. Pray also for the growth of those who already know the Lord. Pray for the ladies and the men from the church who help us with this ministry.

The construction of the new camp continues. Two new housing blocks are nearly ready to be covered. Once these are finished we will be able to house nearly 100 campers. We plan on building a total of four such buildings to house nearly 200 campers. Once the first two blocks are finished we hope to begin building a swimming pool. The camp project is huge, but very exciting. We praise the Lord we have Jared Malcolm as our right hand man. Though I am camp director again this year, it is Jared that is daily overseeing the work group we have out there. Jared is from Faith Baptist in Winterhaven, FL. and has been sent here to help us develop the Paraíba camp. Please pray for Jared and his wife Grace.

And that summarizes some of the highlights of the past few months. If you made it this far in the letter, thank you very much!

We are grateful for each one of you who prays and supports this ministry.

In Christ!

Jeff Reiner… for the family.

Jacumã, Brazil

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                                                                                         Kid’s day at church…

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                                                                                       Kids day at church…

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This is where we took the couples from the church. It is a place called the “Lagoa do Bimfim”. Mineral water and white sand beaches.

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Yes… Missionary life is rough sometimes, but somebody has to do it! Watching the kids swim at the “Lagoa do Bomfim” camp.

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                                                                                                    Laís…

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                                                                                                   Brenda…

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                                                                                         Tiago (James)…

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                                                                         Ryan (mentioned in the letter)…

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                                                                                           Herbert…

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                                                             Thank you for praying and giving!

July 2015 Prayer Letter…

Dear praying friends,

I woke up this Monday morning feeling physically battered and worn from the weekend ministries, but at the same time feeling very joyful for all that God continues to do here.

I know that most people dread Monday mornings. For most Mondays represent the start of another work week, but for a pastor and missionary it is the end of another long weekend and the start of a new week of ministries.

So today I woke up early as usual (I never have learned the art of sleeping in, nor do I care to), rejoicing once again in the privilege of being part of the ministries here in Jacumã.

One week ago Rafael, João Victor, Anatoly, and Gabriel were baptized. Last night the four of them were in front of the church playing their guitars and praising the Lord. It is so wonderful seeing teens coming to know the Lord and getting involved in ministry. One more teen also came to Christ last night. Praise the Lord. His name is Ryan.

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Discipleship classes will begin once again this Thursday night with several couples and teens planing to attend this ongoing ministry that equips new Christians and prepares them to be active members of the church.

The church pews are finally here! They are so nice and allow us to seat so many more people in the ever-shrinking space that we have.

In June we hosted a work team from Grace Baptist Church in Floyd, Virginia. The eight team members worked hard out at camp digging and laying stone for the foundation of a housing unit that will one day sleep 48 campers. It was brutal work, but we never heard a single complaint! Thank you Pastor Steve, Susan, Caitlynn, Brett, Hunter, Quentin, Caleb and Jarrett. You guys were outstanding!

The family? They are doing great. The girls are enjoying the summer months and their cousins Blake and Bianca are in Brazil for several weeks, so they are all having a blast together. We all are enjoying our time with my brother and his family who will be here for a few more weeks.

Ivana has been hard at work with the children, teens and ladies at the church. I praise the Lord for my wife who brings so much to the ministries here and takes care of all of us here at home. Pray for her and pray for all of us as we serve Him one day at a time.

In Christ!

Jeff Reiner… for the family.

Jacumã, Brazil