It’s hard to believe that almost 1/3 of the “New Year” is behind us already. Beyond our normal church activities since the beginning of the year we had a week of fasting and prayer, men’s distribution of 200 calendars in neighborhood evangelistic outreach and a presentation of the Old Testament Passover meal followed by partaking of the Lord’s Supper on Good Friday.
We were encouraged with the increase of four new members: two by transfer, one by reconciliation and one by baptism. Also, a seven-year-old girl professed to receive Christ in Sunday School. Two of the church’s young men are developing in the area of preaching and teaching and most of our 43 members are involved in some specific work in the church as together we seek to be “always abounding in the work of the Lord” [I Cor. 15:58].
Flavio and his wife Isabela moved into the church’s parsonage on April 3 to begin his ministry as co-pastor. The church is pleased to have a resident pastor for the first time in over five years. Rena and I look forward to transition out of the pastoral leadership as we work with this dedicated, young couple throughout the rest of the year.
Our Bible College ministry resumed on March 5 as classes reconvened with 21 students. With student enrollment down the school’s financial resources are also down, but we are privileged to continue having a small part in the ministerial training of some of Brazil’s finest young people. Rena teaches English and manages the school’s store. I teach three subjects, direct the Christian Service department and serve as the school’s treasurer. All of the people and things mentioned above need your prayers.
At 66 I thought we would see a reduction in our activities this year. However, beyond the increased responsibilities in both ministries which I’ve already mentioned, I was recently elected by our South Region missionary colleagues to serve as president for a year. Sometimes it’s like, “What are we doing? Where’d everybody go? I’m their leader!” Well, we’re here to serve and to fulfill the Great Commission. At present, we have no definite plans for retirement, but will continue in Brazil until the Lord leads otherwise.
Johnny & Rena Nunley