Thank you so much for your prayers for us as we traveled to Brasilia for our National Church conference. This was a special conference because the churches were recognized as a National Igreja da Vinha church movement. This has been a long time in the making and the Brazilian National leadership has been doing a great job to get us to this point. Milton and Erika were named as the National Leaders and we feel very confident to be under such wise and loving care. You can find out more about Milton and Erika by visiting: https://xingu.org/opportunities/giving/piratininga_region/ . Please pray for them and consider giving.
We had many international leaders at the conference and we were grateful for each of their presence. Their guidance and support throughout the many years has been so instrumental in the growth and direction of the church. Elba also had the opportunity to share the Word of God. She preached one of her favorite topics which was about being a missional church and people. Her message challenged us to continue to keep reaching out to the lost and not get trapped within the confines of the church. Her message was received well.
When are time ended in Brasilia. John and Eleanor Mumford, and Dan Thiessen came back with us and we went on the river to visit two small church groups. It was a great time visiting these communities and getting to know John, Eleanor, and Dan more. The first church service was at a small river church along the Xingu river. This church is a healthy and vibrant church and many people attend the weekly church service. The night we attended there were only a few people because a lot of the people in the community boated into the city and stayed for the evening. Clenildo shared the Love of Christ and everyone was very attentive even though we were getting eaten alive by mosquitos. The second night we had the church service outside seated in a circle. Alyssa preferred participating in the service by laying in the tree. This was a fun service because we all got to interact with Clenildo and his message. We also had the opportunity to pray for others for God to heal them.
On the river, Alyssa went fishing and she caught a piranha. John and Dan ate the eyeballs and now are part of the fish eye club. This is one club I am not interested in being a member. The girls enjoyed the nice view of God’s beautiful creation as we headed home.
Please pray for a team coming from the Columbus Vineyard and Madison County Vineyard. We will be going to Pacajá to minister with Keith and Marsha Wilson. It is going to be great to be with this team. Please pray that the Lord shows His power daily and that we have eyes to see and ears to hear what He is doing. Also, pray for all of our travel that it will be filled with safety and peace.
Please also continue to pray for spiritual, physical, and emotional health for us. Prayer works and we feel them.
Much love, Steve, Elba, Camilly, and Alyssa
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