Virtual church visitors

BZMissions newsletter for the past few days: Virtual visitors, March movement, Spiritual BBQ, Second quarter.

VIRTUAL VISITORS. Sunday at SJCampos, two young ladies from Canada visited our meeting. They found us through an Internet search. I didn’t talk to them much, so I don’t know whether the search was through our Portuguese or English pages.

They are teaching this year in the international program of a local private school.

Our family took them out with us for lunch, as we enjoyed Jorge, Paula and Daniel’s company as well.

Pray they will feel welcome and want to return.

MARCH MOVEMENT. In all areas we’ve noticed more activity, now that the January vacation time and Carnaval holiday season are over. From requests for literature, to visits in meetings and studies, to general attitude toward planning and commitments.

Brazilians say that the new year doesn’t start until after Carnaval (a moveable date usually occuring in February), and in some ways that observation is accurate.

After a time absent from the saints in the city of Guaratingueta, we went to a barbeque (churrasco) at Wilson and Fatima’s home Saturday.

The city is about an hour from us. We arrived around 12:30 p.m. and didn’t get back home until 8 p.m. that night.

Jorge, Paula and Daniel were present, as well as Wilson and Paula’s mother Dona Cecilia and their brother Joao. Wilson and Fatima have two children, Clayton and Bianca. Bianca’s non-Christian boyfriend was also present.

We enjoyed the fellowship with these hospitable friends, who were the firstfruits in the city.

Guara BBQ

In Leila’s photo above: Vicki, Paula, Jorge, Alan (Bianca’s boyfried), resting and chatting after a large meal.

SECOND QUARTER. In the SJCampos church, I finished my series on the Holy Spirit Sunday for the first quarter of Bible school. My last lesson dealt with attitudes contrary to the Spirit. Adauri finished his last sermon on the Beatitudes.

For the second quarter, Jose Roberto will preach, and Jorge will teach on the epistles to Timothy and Titus.

I’ll continue my preaching in the Taubate congregation and the teaching in our home group and, until we travel next month, in the study group in Taubate in Haroldo’s house.

Leila and Vicki have been accompanying me to Taubate both on Sundays and Tuesdays, as well as being an important part of our home group study.

PRAYERS. Looking over these items, find something — or someone — to prayer for.

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

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