Winter Vacation

August, 2019

Dear Praying Friends,

We have just finished the first semester of the Enrichment Program for this our fifth year. Sometimes it’s like limping to the finish line, but this time we finished strong.   The enrollment was up.  We now had a gym and a program that is pulling in more kids.  We started an evening program on Tuesdays and Thursdays to attract kids that were in school all day.  About 75 adolescents showed up.  Included were several 12 and 13-year-old girls who were prostitutes.  They were very aggressive, calling the boys who ignored them “homos”.  Jean had just read about how girls this age are recruited; and, we identified the recruiters.  What to do?  Someone suggested we have only girls on Tuesdays and only boys on Thursdays. That solved the problem.  During the semester, there were several decisions to accept Christ as Savior.

This week Pastor Euzimarques and Jakeline completed their first year with us.  We thank the Lord for them and their ministry at União Baptist Church.  The church cannot fully support them, so he teaches at our Esperança Christian School.

Pastor David and Mariangela Araújo continue to work with us, but we have not been able to attract any deaf to our church.  Pastor David works as an interpreter for the City of Juazeiro so has daily contact with deaf people.  Our Deaf Program is zero.  Pray for the Lord’s will.

In July, we visited our church in Iguape.  They had Vacation Bible School while we were there.  Ten women of the church worked together to make it happen.  48 kids attended and had a wonderful time of singing, hearing Bible Stories, learning verses and playing games.  Six made decisions to follow Christ.

Winter vacation is over.  The Enrichment Program starts the new semester on August 13.  Neighborhood kids are asking “When?”  Please pray with us to reach their families.

We plan to come to the U.S. in September, to visit family.

Thank you for your faithful part in this ministry.

Darrel and Jean Haworth

 

 

 

 

 

Jesus is Life

We arrived in Juazeiro on January 15 to enjoy a busy retirement of organizing a new school year, missionary conferences, starting construction projects and being the assistant pastor.

Our neighborhood is full of Spiritism.  Here it how it affects the children in our Enrichment Program. The kids were running and playing in our new gym; when David suddenly fell to the floor and began to cry.  His teacher went over to see what had happened. The nine-year-old boy looked up sobbing, anguish in his eyes.  “Aunty.  I’m going to die!”

“Why would you die?” the teacher asked.

“I had a heart operation.”

The teacher pulled up his shirt.  There was no sign of surgery, no scar.  “Did you go to the hospital?”

“No.  My mother took me to the “vidente.”  (Generally a lady who cures through incantations and repetitious prayers.  Demonic.)

“What did the vidente do?”

“She put me on a table, said some prayers, blew some smoke, waved a palm branch over me and said that my heart was okay now.  But, she warned, “If you run you will die.  Oh, teacher.  I forgot and ran with the kids and now I am going to die!”

“God is the only one who knows when we are going to die.  The “vidente” does not know.  She was not telling the truth.  Here.  Give me your hand.  Let’s run.”  They ran around the court.  “Did you die?

“No.”

“Let’s run some more.  See.  You didn’t die.  It was all a lie.  Jesus will take care of you and He doesn’t lie…”  Happy, he ran off to play.

David’s mother and grandparents take him to Spiritism sessions.  He is quite impressed.  Pray for him.

If you would like to help our kid’s ministry with a donation, send it to Baptist Mid-Missions.  On a separate piece of paper, indicate that it is for “Haworth Children`s Ministry”.   If you want to donate electronically, you can go to the Mission website:  www.bmm.org/give/give-online/  and follow the instructions.

Thank you for your part in this ministry,

Darrel and Jean Haworth

Christmas in Carolina

Dear Praying Friends, 

Greetings from North Carolina, where we have celebrated Thanksgiving with family.  Now we are enjoying the Christmas Season with Dirk and Joy Nicol (our daughter)  and their three sons; and, looking forward to Jon and Lisa Haworth (our son) and their three sons coming from Tennessee!

We are thankful for the many blessings of our travels in Alaska, California, Arizona, Texas and Tennessee… visiting churches, friends and family; and sharing some of what the Lord has done during our 50 years as missionaries with Baptist Mid-Missions.

December 31st we will officially retire. However, we plan to return to Brazil January 9th to continue our ministry. A Brazilian pastor is now leading União Baptist Church. The building is about 95% complete and we need to finish. We want to increase the outreach of the Enrichment Program, helping neighborhood children to improve in reading, math; and, teaching Bible and music as well as reaching their parents for Christ.

The Hope Christian Academy has 250 children children and has been instrumental in reaching families for Christ. All the teachers are Believers, but still some children have graduated not knowing Christ as Savior. Another of our goals is to build it’s spiritual influence.

The latest from Brazil is an answered prayer. Our missionaries to the deaf, David and Mariangela’s car that was stolen at gun point, was found by the police 2000 miles away running drugs; and has been returned to them.

As we return to Brazil, we are counting on your ongoing prayers and support. If you would like to give a Christmas gift to the children’s work, please send it to Baptist Mid-Missions. They will continue to process all donations.

We wish you a Blessed Christmas and a fruitful New Year in Christ,

Darrel & Jean Haworth

Baptist Mid-Missions,  P. O. Box 308011,  Cleveland, OH 44130-801

Exciting Events

September, 2018

On August 30 we left Fortaleza for the USA.

 

Our church building is over 95% finished, but time has run out. We have to leave to visit our supporters before we retire on December 31st. Since we are coming back on January 10, 20to continue our work in retirement, we plan to finish up all the loose ends.

 

 

 

In July we baptized 7 new believers. Two teens finally secured their parents’ permission. One young man received Christ as Savior years ago in the children’s camp.

 

Our new Pastor, Euzemarques and Jackeline, have moved in and are busy taking over the leadership of Uniao Baptist Church. Pastor Euzemarques was present in our very first service 12 years ago and worked with us throughout his Seminary years; and then one year as pastor. He directed the children’s camps. He left to serve 11 years in two other churches and now he is back.

We will be in Alaska September 9 – 16, October in California; and November and December in Tennessee and North Carolina. This is a whirlwind tour but we have time to see you. Give us a call.
WhatsApp: (919) 579-6690; Email: ​darrelhaworth@gmail.com​; Cell phone: (919) 579-6690 Thank you for your part, Darrel and Jean Haworth

June Journal

 

The new missionaries for the deaf, David Araújo e Mariângela, had just bought a car and took off on a four-day weekend in Fortaleza to show off their 6-month-old baby to David’s parents.  They left Fortaleza, to return, at 4:00 a.m.  At 4:30, six armed men stopped their car and left them by the side of the road with only the clothes they were wearing and their baby.  The car, with 40 monthly payments to go, was not insured.  Please pray that the police will find the car.

 

A big blessing for us happened on Mother’s Day when 45 mothers came to Dinner.  Most of them were from our Enrichment Program.  They mixed with the ladies of the church and had a great time playing games, receiving presents and listening to Jean’s devotional on Hannah’s Gift.  The barriers are coming down.

Our church is about to get a roof.  The steel has been purchased, the trusses are being built and by the end of June, we may have a roof!

Due to church construction and unresolved problems, we have postponed our trip to the USA until September.  We look forward to seeing you.

Thank you for praying,

Darrel and Jean Haworth

February Focus

Dear Praying Friends,

It’s February and we are gearing up for our Children’s Enrichment Program to begin as soon as Carnival (Mardi gras) ends.   Kids and parents are asking, “When are you going to start?”   Pray for a woman with a nice soprano voice to teach music for us.

             David, Mariângela and Baby Isaac

The church parsonage was finished just in time for our Brazilian Missionary to the Deaf, David Araujo, to move in.  David has been a pastor for two years but has worked with the deaf for several years. He has felt the Lord’s call to work exclusively with the deaf; so, with David and Mariângela, we will be re-entering the deaf ministry after several years of not being involved.  Please pray for Pastor David and family.

We plan to come to the States in July to spend six months and visit everybody.  In order to do that we need to finish our building.  That includes the gym/auditorium floor and roof.  There is just enough time, so pray with us.

Several people are waiting to be baptized.  Some of them need to get married and a couple of teens need to gain their parent’s permission.

Our Pastor Igo and his wife, Andreia, have moved on to take a church in a neighboring town.

Our mailing address has changed.  Please do not send any more mail to C.P. 51.  It has been closed.  Our address is: Darrel Haworth, Rua Jose Geraldo da Cruz 80,  63040-295 Juazeiro do Norte, CE, Brazil.

Thank you for remembering to pray for these requests,

                                       Darrel and Jean Haworth

Mariangela, David and baby Isaac

November News

Dear Praying Friends,

In November, we baptized four young people. Three are Alysson’s children. You may remember that Alysson returned to Christ after enrolling his boys in the Enrichment Program.

You can read his story on this Blog, the Post for August 2017.

Three more young people wanted to be baptized, but their parents would not give permission.

The school year is ending here in Brazil and the Enrichment Program is on summer vacation. One of the children we miss is twelve-year-old Lucas. He has a mother and father and five siblings. They live in a tiny house with dirt floors. They sleep in hammocks, on the couch or on the floor. His father is a bricklayer. His mother also works, but they are both alcoholics. Lucas does not go to school and he cannot read. He comes both morning and afternoon to the Enrichment Program to eat. We are teaching him how to read. He has a sweet spirit but is hyperactive, anxious for love and acceptance. He asked his teacher, “Aunty, does God like me?”

Pray for him. He runs with the neighborhood boys and drugs are the primary entertainment for them.

If you would like to give a Christmas gift for our work with these children, send it to Baptist Mid-Mission and mark it for Haworth – Children.

Thank you for your part! Have a wonderful Christmas.

Darrel and Jean Haworth