A running update of the Taylor's ministry in the land of Brazil. . .
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
This weekend we had the privileged of hosting a group from a sister church in São Paulo. They came down on their holiday weekend to present a cantata at our church. We were so blessed and encouraged as we reflected with them on the life, death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
We were so excited to see God's hand at work and I wanted to share a few examples. When one of our men was making copies of the invitations, a young man saw them and asked him about it. The young man had enlisted for a year as a sailor and was stationed in our city. He seemed interested so we gave him an invitation. James went over to the Marina to pick him up the night of the concert. Although it was raining, he and a friend came to the cantata and then went out with the group afterwards for hotdogs. We are just amazed at who God brought and how He brought them. We are excited to see what God will do in the lives of these two young men.
Recently Jeremiah has been calling himself an idiot or a jerk. I have been concerned and corrected him several times. In time I noticed he was calling himself these names after he had done something wrong. I realized he was being convicted of sin and didn't know how to respond other than to be mad at himself. During the cantata, he started crying and when I asked what was wrong he said, "I'm a jerk." Listening to the music about God's love for us had once again convicted him of his sin. I shared with him that we all sin and do bad things but that Jesus came and died for all of those sins. He loves us and came so we could be forgiven. I told him to keep listening. He sat glued to the video as they sang and showed pictures of Jesus' death. I told him that Jesus took all the punishment for our sins. He died so we could be forgiven. But he didn't stay dead! He is alive and we can be with him forever in heaven.
What a privilege to see God at work in Jeremiah's heart. Please keep praying for Him that he will come to an understanding of all that God has done for him.
It was a precious weekend of renewing friendships with people who came down with the group last year, as well as making new friendships with those who came for the first time this year. We are so thankful for the body of Christ and the way they show His love for us in such practical ways.