These last few years God has put on Mário´s heart the need to teach and train the people from our church in a more intentional way. Most of our church our first generation believers and don´t have the Christian background and solid foundation that many of us have been blessed to have. That is why we have been involved with a local Bible Institute that teaches in the church after work hours. Mário has been asked to be the director of the BI and this week we have had a group of four missionary pastors teaching "Good Soil" a very Biblical and practical Evangelism Class. The students have been very engaged and receptive to the class. One of the ladies came up to Mário and thanked him for insisting that she take part in the class. Please pray that God would use our church to reach other for Christ.
This week we started our new school year. We have 17 kids that come fulltime to our homeschool together group. Once again I am in charge of organizing the preschool and and teaching English. It is a great challenge and a tremendous responsibility. Please pray for us as we have a whole school year to work with these children. Our prayer is that each one would come to know the Lord and live lives that honor Him. We have two children who do not come from christian homes.
If you would like to bless the school with books, material, volunteer work or anything else please feel free to contact me.
This year we were very blessed to have Clackamas Bible Church coming to help us with our Vacation Bible School. It was a very intense week hosting 18 people. They were a great help. It was a blessing to be able to reach out to our community and share the gospel with the children that came each day and also with several of the parents that would bring them.
We see that each year it seems to be more challenging to reach children in our area. Please pray that we would be able to do a weekly ministry kids ministry to be able to reach and teach them all year round.
Last weekend we had a heat wave that just about knoked us out, the temperature reached 105º F. Then Sunday morning we woke up to the news of a large fire about 100 miles from us that had killed several people. We have now heard that 64 people have died. Firefighters from all over the country and from Spain have come to help fight the fire. Today they have said the the fire has been contained.
Please pray that the Lord would open the eyes of the Portuguese people and that they would turn to Him for salvation, the only one who can save them from the eternal fire.