The church continues to do well and praise the Lord we continue to see salvations. However, even though we are seeing more and more people accept Jesus as their Savior the church has only seen moderate growth. We seem to have just hit a plateau. We do not want to get wrapped up in the numbers but we do wonder why people do not make that return visit. We try our best to follow up with each person but it is hard to put our finger on the cause. In the end, we believe that we are doing the will of the Lord and we pray that they will hear from the Lord to follow His next steps for their lives.
We just started Alpha at our church. If you are not familiar with Alpha, Alpha gives everyone the opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting. The Alpha course usually meets once a week for 10 weeks. Sessions begin with a meal, followed by a short talk and time to discuss what's been taught. During the discussion, everyone is welcome to contribute their opinions and no question is considered hostile or too simple. Questions might include—Is there a God? Why am I here? Where did I come from? Where am I going? We had 42 people come to our first class which is an introductory class and we asked if they would be willing to commit to the 10 week program. We had 34 people sign up. Praise the Lord! Please pray that they will hear from the Lord to continue to pursue a relationship with Him.
The girls are doing well and are back in school. Their friends are glad that they are back as well. Alyssa pulled out her front tooth and they got the opportunity to go swimming in the river. Camilly will be celebrating her 9th birthday on the 18th of April. We will be celebrating Easter in Marabá with Rick and Deanna Bergen and the whole Marabá church. We are excited to be with them. Please pray that our travels to Marabá and back will be successful and without incident.
May the Lord bless you this Holy Week and may you have a wonderful Easter celebrating the resurrection from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ. Please continue to pray for spiritual, physical, and emotional health for us.
Love and blessings, Steve, Elba, Camilly and Alyssa
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