It's the end of 2021, and we have a few announcements. We want to thank
the supporters and prayer partners who have given their time, energy, and
money for our family and the ministry here. We really appreciate it.
We thank you for your support, love, prayers, and encouragement. It continues to be a difficult, but growing season for us in Belém, Brazil. Each month that continues in the pandemic seems to bring a new lesson of patience. It has definitely been an intense ride navigating lockdowns, as well as the many new rules/mandates that have made ministry complicated. Our area of Belém just recently came out of its second lockdown this year.
Celebrating the Trials and Joys of 2020. Merry Christmas!!
What a year, right?!? This year has been a time of change, growth and adaptation for everyone around the world, and it is no different for us. The year 2020 has held monumental changes for our church, its ministries and our family. We certainly have been blessed by the Lord through our faithful supporting churches and individuals around the world that we are able to continue ministering and serving here in Belem, Brazil
Who could have imagined the changes that have taken place in the world, our homes and families, and our ministries these last 6 months since the Covid-19 pandemic? It has been a time of change for everyone. I've talked with many people during these last few months about this and for some, they say that there was little impact on their lives as homeschooling and/or working from home was already the norm
It is amazing how much can change in only 3 months. Since our last newsletter the world has been in COVID-19 lockdown/quarantine/self-isolation...and the same has been true for us here in Belém. It has really been an unbelievable event that we are living through, truly unimaginable to see countries in lock-down, some stores without basic necessities, families quickly adjusting
In the book of Hebrews it speaks of running the race that is before us with endurance...the author knew that this life (our ministry, our work, our mission, etc.) would be challenging. Any extra weight we add to this race does many things: makes it difficult to continue, makes circumstances seem unbearable, and eventually makes us want to quit.
We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!! We thank you all for your prayers, support, love, and encouragement to our family...you all are instrumental in our work here in Belem, Brazil. The holidays are always a difficult time for us as missionaries far from home. This will be our 4th holiday season away from 'home', family, and friends, and while some may think that the longer one is gone the easier it becomes, the truth is it's still difficult.
It has been a little over a month since we have returned back to the mission field of Belem, Brazil after our summer 'home-assignment' in the US. I am hesitant to call it a furlough because I believe furlough would include a time of rest and recuperation; however, this was not a time for that. We had a very clear purpose and objective(s) for this time