Saturday, February 25, 2012

Uniting the Family

Today Redemption Baptist Church  spent the day together out in the country, away from the city and all the normal busyness that fills our days.  We were all looking forward to this time of bonding between the three new families that have started coming to our church and our original group. 

It was a tropical paradise and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with several of the ladies walking and exploring God's amazing variety of plants.    We each collected several little plants from the wild to take home for our gardens.  Mine are already in the ground and enjoying the rain God has sent our way. 

 The kids enjoyed playing the the little creek, swimming in the pool, hiking the trails and just playing with friends, both old & new.  

Of course we grilled some awesome Brazilian beef! 

Rook, Uno, volleyball, football, hiking...  We all had great time just being together.  

After lunch we had a time in the Word and discussed what is Biblical communion/fellowship.  It was neat to hear what others are learning and being challenged by in the Word.

We are so thankful for how God is working and building His church here in Sao Jose.  In addition to our newer converts, God has recently brought some older believers to our fellowship.  We are thoroughly enjoying the new friendships and biblical discussions.  We are encouraged by their hunger for the Word and excitement about what they are learning through expositional preaching.

We were so thankful to have renewed friendship with old friends and are still praying that God will continue to bring them to Salvation.  Will you pray that God will continue to build His church and open peoples eyes to the Glories of His Gospel?

Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Power of God unto Salvation


Today James & Daniel went out to do religious surveys which we use as a platform to share the Gospel door to door. 

They had the opportunity to have a thorough visit with a lady and her 84 year old mother.  It was so interesting to note how the GOSPEL affected both women.  Each time that James began sharing, the mother would quietly enter the room and just listen.  When James referenced Jn. 5:24, "Anyone who hears my word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not come under judgement but has passed from death to life."   The mother said, "You mean they won't enter into judgement?"  Just open, honest questions from a person who is aware of the shortness of her days and the sinfulness of her life. 

We are so thankful for the reminder that the Gospel is what saves, not our arguments or fancy speech.  The next time someone tries to engage you in a religious argument, point them to the cross and watch to see the Gospel affect them. 

Please pray for Teresa & Gina, who are Jehovah's Witnesses, that the Gospel will be have an effect in their lives.