Dear Praying Friends,
We are still in lockdown, although most are not obeying it. The biggest pain is no church meetings.
Children. With the schools closing, our children’s Enrichment program also closed. Pastor Euzimarques and the teachers began taking food around to the families in greatest need and praying with them. Then someone suggested they take lessons around every week for the children to complete. The lessons would consist of a picture to color, a Bible story and some math problems on the back. It has been a success! We are printing lessons for 65 children and adolescents. The parents are listening or reading the Bible stories with their children. A rapport has been established and our team members are even able to pray with some of the families about their needs. We rejoice that the Pastor and teachers are visiting in the homes… something they had been too busy to do before the lockdown.
There was a disaster in May, when the father of three of our girls was killed. Two gunmen on a motorcycle shot him as he stood in front of his home. He ran towards the church and collapsed on the street corner. They rode up and finished him off. This is the fourth man that has been killed on the street in front of our church in the last four years. And then, life goes on as usual.
Horto. We wrote about this new preaching point in our last update. Every other Sunday morning, a team from Esperança and União Baptist Churches goes up to the ranch below the statue of Padre Cícero, and holds a worship service for the caretaker and his family. We are chafing for this lockdown to end so we can get out and invite the neighborhood.
Internet TV. This lock-down has given us time to begin working on TV programs for the deaf to be aired on Internet TV. If you would like to see it, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZ7yI1Y5dnA then click on “Caminho da Vida.” It’s all Portuguese with signing. Take a look.
- The mother and three (siblings) who lost their husband and father
- Pray for the salvation of the parents of the children that we are now visiting in their homes.
- Pastor David and the Internet TV program for the deaf
Thank you for your important part,
Darrel and Jean
P.O. Box 308011, Cleveland OH 44130-8011
Web site: http://www.bmm.org