Monthly Archives: May 2012

Wrapping Up

Liz and I are a few hours away from boarding our plane back to the United States. It’s been a good trip! God has provided tremendously. We’ve seen people healed, one person give her life to Jesus, and our team … Continue reading

Liz and I are a few hours away from boarding our plane back to the United States.

It’s been a good trip! God has provided tremendously. We’ve seen people healed, one person give her life to Jesus, and our team of ATS (Antioch Training School) students grow in boldness and obedience to Jesus.

Liz, Chris, Nick, & I will head back to Colorado tonight while the rest of the team will travel tomorrow. We will head back to a full schedule in Fort Collins as we round the corner into the summer with its priorities and challenges.

Please pray for safe travels and a good last day of ministry for the part of our team staying in Brazil!

Blessings!

Daniel (& Liz)

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Half-way through

Well, our first few days here have been both taxing and exciting. We have been without interpreters for the first portion of our missions trip. Consequently our primary strategy has been to find English speakers who will then help us … Continue reading

Well, our first few days here have been both taxing and exciting.

We have been without interpreters for the first portion of our missions trip. Consequently our primary strategy has been to find English speakers who will then help us share the Gospel. Our secondary strategy has been to pray for healing as the demonstration of the power of God transcends language and easily translates across cultures. A third strategy has been to learn bits and pieces of Portuguese in order to limp our way through conversations and introduce people to Jesus.

So, I’d like to share 3 stories, one for each strategy:

1. Kamila. We were sharing the Gospel the other day at the “Recreio Shopping” (local mall). Liz felt like God was saying to look for an icecream shop as a starting location in the mall. As we struggled to communicate in Portuguese with the otherwise unoccupied employees, a couple of young women came up to us and asked in English if we needed help getting icecream. Long story short, this young lady (Kamila) and her sister (Isabelle) spent an hour with us sharing the Gospel in the mall. They are Christians who are hungry to grow in sharing their faith with others and the opportunity to serve as a translator was envigorating. We’re hoping to reconnect with Kamila on Thursday afternoon to help with our outreach.

2. Healings. Today Liz, Tana, and I shared in a part of Rio called Ipanema. We met a number of people and had significant conversations about the Gospel. However, we had several connections with people who had physical problems who allowed us to ask Jesus to heal them. One woman in particular did her best to communicate in Portuguese with us. We discovered that she has pain in her left knee which limits her mobility. She let us pray for her. As we prayed we weren’t sure what was happening. After we prayed it was challenging to understand what she was saying. Regardless of the language barrier she managed to communicate through tears how the pain was gone and how she was so happy! Thank you Jesus! Over the course of the day we saw 4 people healed (kidney, tendonitis, knee, and foot pain)!

3. Learning Portuguese. “Fala Ingles?” has been my starting line in most conversations as I try to discern how to communicate with locals. Many people respond, “No” so I follow up with “Suomos Christianos e Missionarios do Estados Unidos. Podemos ora voce” (Something like that 🙂 ) Which means, “We are Christian Missionaries from the United States. Can we pray for you?” This has led to a lot of fun conversations and experiments in communication about what to pray for and how to pray for people. This was how we got to pray for the woman in the 2nd story. Other people say they speak English “More or less” which has turned into a lot of fun and funny conversations. Today I met a man who let me share the full Gospel with him and pray for him to encounter Jesus. He wants to know more about God so we’ll be communicating via email after I get back to the States.

How You Can Pray:

1. Favor in communicating with people on the streets. The ability to understand each other even though we speak different languages.

2. Salvations & Healings. Please join us in interceding for soft hearts which are ready for the Gospel and for the manifestation of the goodness of God through healing and transformation!

Serving with you!

Daniel (& Liz)

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welcome to rio

We arrived safely and have had a great first day. So far we have spent some time exploring the city and looking for English speakers to help us. (Please ask for favor with bilingual people who can help with translation.) … Continue reading

We arrived safely and have had a great first day. So far we have spent some time exploring the city and looking for English speakers to help us. (Please ask for favor with bilingual people who can help with translation.)
Our team got to meet a young woman named Natalie who has had a deformity in her right leg from birth. She welcomed our prayers for healing but we didn’t see a full healing yet. Please pray for complete restoration of her body!
We’re excited for what God has planned this week in Rio!
Blessings!
Daniel & Liz

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