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Muito Obrigado! Many Thanks!

Today I sat down and got caught up on our financials. My bookwork surprised me by being a pure delight. How often can you say that?! Repeatedly your love and support overwhelmed me with joy. I know times are tight and here you all are showering us with your generosity so that we can live out our dreams. Thank you! You give out of what little (or much) you have… May the One who sees what is done in secret reward you exceedingly abundantly above and beyond all you can ask or think, after all the Lord loves a cheerful giver.

Recently I stumbled across a passage in the Message (I Cor 2:1-5) which touched my heart. Here it is with how it struck my heart in brackets:

“You’ll remember friends, that when I first came to you to let you in on God’s master stroke [His call on us to go to Brazil], I didn’t try to impress you with polished speeches and the latest philosophy. I deliberately kept it plain and simple…
I was unsure of how to go about this, and felt totally inadequate–I was scared to death, if you want the truth of it–and so nothing I said could have impressed you or anyone else. But the Message [His heart of love for the Amazon] came through anyway. God’s Spirit and God’s power did it, which made it clear that your life of faith [your beautiful, amazing, awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping life of faith] is a response to God’s power [definitely! has to be!], not to some fancy mental or emotional footwork by me or anyone else.”

So thank you for all you have given. Thank you for each prayer. Thank you for every dollar. Thank you for each encouraging note. Thank you for each facebook comment. Thank you for each “like it” on facebook. Thank you for each gift. Thank you for standing with us while we waited for Petra’s arrival. Thank you for rejoicing when she came. Thank you for coming along side us through the difficult days. Thank you for being there. Thank you for being you.

One Comment

  1. Derrick says:

    Praise God for His infinite blessings…

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