Let me give you a rundown of our activities from July to October. Thank you for your gifts and prayers!
JULY is always our “red-letter” month since our birthdays and wedding anniversary occur then. This year July was “ruby-red” as Rena and I commemorated our fortieth year of marriage.
We were also able to meet with our daughter, Jonna, and her family for a week during their visit to Northeast Brazil. Our son, Micah, was there, too. In addition to this memorable time with this part of our family I was invited to preach in two churches and was able to see the new camp ministry which is being developed under Missionary Jeff Reiner’s leadership.
AUGUST – Classes resumed at the Bible Institute with 41 students enrolled, 10 of which are marked for graduation in November. Rena continues to teach piano and English, records weekly Christian service reports and manages the snack-shop. I have invested significant time with legal documents as the school’s treasurer, in addition to teaching the Book of Romans and Expository Preaching.
SEPTEMBER – Two churches in Brazil’s Northeast invited us for back to back anniversary conferences, so Rena and I flew off again for 12 days. In the first conference we were encouraged to see that Pastor Alex, a 2008 graduate from the Bible Institute, was doing a fine job in a growing church. Alex baptized seven the Sunday we were there. His church had also started a new congregation not too far away.
The second conference took place in Patos, Paraiba, where we lived and worked from 1983 – 1992. It was good to see the church full with some second-generation believers present and others from three sister- churches in the region.
From Patos we made the hundred-mile trip to Santana de Mangueira where we started a church in 1983. The pastor’s wife was saved as a teenager during that time and we were pleased to hear that she has had a class of up to 22 boys, some of which have recently professed faith in Christ. The pastor and I were able to visit some old friends and once more we presented the gospel to Jaca and his wife, Maria, who used to host gospel services in their house. We also witnessed to Chagas who seemed to be close to salvation 20 years ago and Dorgival, the ex-mayor who donated the land on which the church stands. Pray with us that God may yet grant repentance to these who have heard the gospel many times.
OCTOBER - We had a special day of prayer at our church on October 4. Among other things we are seeking God’s blessings on our revival meeting which takes place Oct. 10,11 & 12. Also, we’re praying for the spiritual stability of a few children who have recently professed faith in Christ and for others who are interested in the gospel, but are not yet saved. And of course, we, along with all of our church veterans, need renewal of our commitments to God and our passion for the lost as we anticipate the Return of the Lord Jesus.
Sincerely in Christ,
Johnny & Rena Nunley
PS: We plan to be in the US the month of December for a rest, for my mother’s 90th birthday, and for time with our family.
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