Dear praying friends,
I must confess that the past few months have gone by so quickly that I have only recently realized that I missed our last prayer letter that was to be sent out in July of this year. July, August and September flew past us at a pace that has left us spinning and wondering where these months have gone. So let me say that I am sorry that July came and went without a report… it was not that there was nothing to report.
Let me try to bring you up to speed.
COUPLES… We have begun a new and much needed ministry among the couples at the Jacumã Congregation. We have felt for a long time that our couples needed a time to be immersed in Biblical teachings regarding marriage and family life. Strong Christ-centered couples result in strong families which will result in a strong and Christ-centered church.
The couples’ course meets two times a month and it has been a learning experience preparing and delivering Biblical studies that are real to life and, at times, hard-hitting. There are between eight to ten couples that come to each session and we have seen enthusiasm from the group. Pray that God will use this course to challenge husbands and wives to live out their marriages in the light of Biblical truth.
CAMP… We are completing the first two of four projected housing blocks at the camp. The camp is also being prepared for a large men’s event that will be held on the 15th of November. There is still so much to build at the camp, but God has brought us so far and we see that very soon we will be able to host large overnight activities.
We thank God for Jared Malcolm who continues to be the right hand man to the camp director. Jared is a huge part of the camp construction and his presence frees Jeff up to concentrate on caring for the camp finances and pastoring the Jacumã church plant.
Please pray for the safety of the camp workers as they daily build that which will be so useful for the churches in our region. Pray also that God will use this new facility to bring countless boys and girls, young men and young women to the Savior. If only one comes to Christ at the new camp, all the sweat and blood going into this project will be worth it.
CONGREGATION… As the church continues to be blessed and continues to grow, so do the attacks from the enemy. We have seen very promising teens with so much potential to serve in the church fall into sin. We have seen apathy from many who come through the doors every week, but never come to Christ or never feel the need to grow in the Lord. It‘s not easy. It’s discouraging at times. There have been moments that we have wondered why we continue on, but then the Lord reminds us of all He is doing in the lives of many others who are growing in the Lord. “… let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” – Galations 6:9
Thank you so much for praying. We need it! Thank you so much for giving. God bless each one of you.
Jeff and Ivana Reiner