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