Ann and Bruce serve as missionaries in Belo Horizonte, Brazil in partnership with JAMI, the international mission agency of the National Baptist Convention of Brazil. They equip Brazilian missionaries to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ in countries around the world, including unreached people groups in Brazil.
They wrtie: What an amazing worship we recently had at our church here in Belo Horizonte, Igreja Batista Reviver! It included baptisms, a marriage proposal, the collection of goods for a mission trip to a poor community, an appeal for teachers for the after-school tutoring program, announcements about an upcoming youth retreat and the church’s first mission conference, prayer for our missionaries in Albania and Guinea-Bissau, and more. During the sharing time, one brother exclaimed, “Our church feels so alive!”
The highlight for us was Asa’s baptism along with five other candidates. It was doubly special for our family, because when it was Asa’s turn Ann came down into the water and baptized him.
During the worship service, Filó told us about a short-term mission trip the church is planning to a very poor, isolated community in the northern part of our state. In addition to their financial gifts, people filled a huge basket with other offerings of toothpaste and toothbrushes, laundry and bath soap, clothing, cooking oil, rice, and beans, etc. We plan to fill a truck with these love gifts and take them with us on the 10-hour journey that our team will make to the community in January.
The broad range of mission activities now getting under way at our church is a direct response to a time of concentrated prayer that began about two years ago. At that time the church and its leadership was searching for its unique purpose and calling. The feeling that the church was dormant and directionless drove us to our knees. Soon after, the young adult group started engaging in local mission outreach activities with our encouragement, and it even took a short-term mission trip to a remote community in central Brazil. The church started to see and feel a new life through mission activities.
• Pray for Ann anc Bruce, their son Asa, their church in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and their pastor, Pastor Marcelo.