Thank you so much for your prayers for our regional InterVinha conference. We had a large turnout of well over 300 people. We held the event at the churches training center, and it was an orchestration of organization with 100’s of people sleeping at the training center each night, providing each meal, recreational time, cleaning and all the rest. Elba and the team did an amazing job and by the grace of God it went really well. Aside from all the logistical and physical things getting accomplished well, the conference would have been a flop without the presence of the Holy Spirit. Praise the Lord He was alive and present.
Our guest speaker was Gary Best from Canada and he spoke on the topic “Naturally Supernatural”. Gary wrote a book in 2007 with this same title and it has received good reviews. Gary spoke through the scriptures building us up to say that this is Christ plan and original idea for us today; that we can participate in the work of God’s Kingdom and that the miracles of Jesus time are for us today as well. After Gary’s teaching, he challenged us to do the stuff that Jesus was doing in His life and ministry. This is not new territory for our church, and I believe that each of our churches are doing this daily. But, it was a good reminder, and encouragement to continue to push into the Kingdom. We had the opportunity to pray for healing, words of wisdom, and miracles. The Holy Spirit did not fail us, and His power was felt by many. Many people were healed physically and emotionally. Thank you Lord!!!
In addition to the conference, we also had Dr. Dave Keseg come and teach about first aid. Dr. Dave is the founder of Luke’s brigade http://www.lukesbrigade.com/ and they focus on training first aid to people who live in remote areas and with limited access to health care. In his teachings, he focused on basic first aid, assessment of life threatening situations, and basic and essential treatment of injuries and illnesses. All the participants learned a lot, and had a good time in the process. They also received a certificate and a first aid kit. Thanks Dr. Dave!
On a personal note, Camilly and Alyssa are now back in school and they are happy. They missed seeing their friends and it was good being back together. Also, they gained 2 “sisters”. McKenzie and Kayla are here from the Vineyard Church of Delaware and they will be staying with us until December. They just arrived and they are trying to get their bearings with their new life here. Please keep them in your prayers.
Also, please pray for our upcoming annual dentist outreach to the community. A Dentist team is coming from Brasilia to work on the river with Richie Bouthillier, and then they will go to Santarem to work in the city and a small community about 45 kilometers away. We appreciate all your prayers.
Please also continue to pray for spiritual, physical, and emotional health for us.
Much love, Steve, Elba, Camilly, and Alyssa
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Here is a picture of my nephew Apollo. He found this owl by our house. It was really friendly and did not mind that he picked it up and carried it around. Who would have thought? He put it down for the night, and then it flew away. Pretty cool. We love having owls around our house. They are great in keeping the rat and cockroach population down.