Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Post by Tele Moraes

Here we are. September is around the corner and the summer holidays are literally over. Down in Brazil July is always a time for us to see God doing great things among His people. We gather together, Community Churches in this country work with members of the Community Churches of Central Indiana. It has been like that since the first Short Term Missions trip in 1993 in the very beginning of the Carpina Church. It was no different this year. The Lord poured His blessings daily as we joined forces to reach the lost and mature believers in Northeast Brazil. The Holy Spirit once more strengthened the group through his power. Jesus’ love was shared by words and deeds once again.

During the first week of the Medical Clinic they saw more than 800 people in Lagoa de Itaenga, a town where Pastor Ricardo is planting one of our newest Community Churches. Everyone who came had the opportunity to hear the Good News. Doctors, nurses, and support staff ministered through personal testimonies (Dr. Taylor alone told them about his journey with the Savior at least five times), preaching of the Word of God, on a personal basis, as well as public presentations of the Gospel. On the last day we took the whole group to the “big dump” in Carpina. That is a place where people try to survive collecting trash. Life conditions are subhuman, but their souls suffer from an even worse condition than their bodies as they desperately need the Lord. The team was so focused on the mission and so loving to the people that the impact caused by them in the community still echoes two months later. I am sure many started investigating the Gospel by what they heard and saw in Jesus-folks that day.

Youth Conference was the next challenge for the new group of nearly 30 young people and their leaders who came to minister for two weeks. They work very hard for three straight days, getting the last details taking care of. As the Conference took place and those kids begin to teach the material, they made an impression in all of us. Their love for Christ combined with the determination to accomplish God’s call in their lives give the Brazilian kids an incredible sense of responsibility to live a deeper relationship with Christ.

English Camp took place under a lot of expectations from all of us. Once more the Lord used the team in a very special way and a boy by the name of Felipe gave his life to Jesus.

The highlight for our pastors and elders was the Leaders Conference with Pastor Hubert Nolen from Brookville Road Community Church. The Lord spoke to all of us and we were challenged deeply from the Word of God.

I want to thank all of you who came to Brazil this summer, as well as those who faithfully prayed for their ministry and helped them financially to make their trip possible. You were a blessing in God’s hands and His people were strengthened because of your obedience. May the Lord richly bless you.

In Him,

Tele Moraes

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