Dear Immanuel family,
It is said about the Mission of the Church, either God’s people obey Act 1:8, “You shall be my witnesses…to the remotest part of the earth,”or Acts 8:1 happens, “On that day a great persecution began against the church of Jerusalem, and they were all scattered…..” Shortly after this, the first century church sent its first missionaries, Paul and Barnabas. For the last 21 centuries, the church has been sending out missionaries both at home and abroad. The message is still the same, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved,” with only the messenger and audience changing.
Next Friday, Immanuel will be sending 6 short-term missionaries to Brazil for the same reason - to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. Immanuel has sent a number of teams like this over the years. Two of these groups came to Paraguay where we served, one in 2000 and another in 2005 (see the attached photos). What a great encouragement these folks were to us and to the local believers. Years agomissionaries boarded ships and it took a week or so to arrive at their “promised land” of ministry. On August 22nd, the Brazil team will board a plane in the evening and in 10 hours they will be in Brazil.
The team will be ministering in a community outside Sao Paulo, helping Brazilian Pastor Dalvino Azevedo to complete the construction of his church’s building. The trip is being coordinated by Thomas Smoak, who serves with Pastor Dalvino. There are many facets to the trip, not only will they be working with their hands, but they have asked us to participate in their church meetings during the week. Some of the teens in the church speak English, so they can translate for the team as they share their testimonies and the Word of God. They will also be hand carrying audio equipment for the Action International team and hopefully the church.
It has turned out to be an amazingly economical trip so far since the team will fly out of Dulles Airport. A majority of the expenses will be supplied by Immanuel’s MPP (Missions Partnership Program). Each member has a portion of their support to raise. The Brazilian church planned to purchase a sound system for us to bring, but spent their funds finishing bathrooms for the team. The estimated cost of the system is $3500 and if the Lord is leading you to contribute, would you consider designating a gift in the offering to the ”Brazil team?”
As Jesus said in Acts 1, please pray that the Lord uses this team to be His “witnesses” while they are in Brazil. Team Members – David Abell, Mike Berlin, Matt & Kristin Gilman, Joy McNamara, and Paul Dreiling