Tim and Martia Franklin
ABWE - Natal, Brazil

email timnmartia@yahoo.com
web timandmartia.com
September 18, 2019

Giving a ministry report and spending time with family are two key goals of this time of furlough, and we are grateful for these opportunities. Our summer has been interlaced with both. In July we served at Lopez Canyon Bible Camp in Arroyo Grande, CA. Rebecca and Rachel consider being camp counselors that week a highlight of their summer. Hannah was a happy camper, Tim gave the evening chapel messages, and Martia did the morning mission sessions. Following the week of camp we were a part of a four day missions conference along with two other missionary families. It was a blessing to reconnect with Grace Baptist of Paso Robles who has partnered with us this whole time we’ve been in Brazil. Usually we have one morning or evening every four years with our supporting churches, so it was extra special to have a longer time together during these days, as well as getting to hear the other missionary presentations from Zambia and Puerto Rico. We later spent a week in Utah with Tim’s parents enjoying time together (with the added bonus of peach and apricot season), visiting Dinosaur National Monument, then spending 6 days camping on the California coast (Patrick’s Point) with Martia’s family.

It is a blessing to visit our churches and share a ministry report in person during furlough. The fellowship, meaningful conversations, sharing of ideas, and encouraging words have been refreshing in each place we have been. We rejoice in the variety of ways we see that believers are serving the Lord and being a witness: opening their homes to needy children through adoption or foster care; helping with coaching community sports for kids with the purpose to build relationships to more effectively share the gospel; being honest, diligent workers in their jobs; being kind and caring as they care for the elderly in their care; and parents faithfully teaching their children in the ways of the Lord. One faithful prayer partner of 90 years invited us to share a ministry report at her care home during her Bible study hour. We thank the Lord that she has health and motivation to continue teaching the Word of God. Certainly there is not a lack of challenges throughout all these pursuits to shine for the Lord: the false teachings; disinterest and coldness people have towards the Bible; many times our own apathy and laziness; corrupt laws that protect sin, etc. With Paul, desiring to be as bold and certain as he, we say, “I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation; to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”

We are able to keep in contact with Ariel and Natalie via Skype and WhatsApp and get to see the new things that little Ben is doing. The pictures and videos that Natalie sends put big adoring smiles on our faces as we think, “he’s the cutest little person in the whole world!” Sometimes also we get a lump in our throat knowing we are so far away as he is changing so fast and we’re not there close, but we are thankful for the means to keep connected. Ariel graduated with a Bachelor’s degree last Nov. from the Bible college and is assistant pastor at Satelite church. Ariel desires to further prepare for ministry in Brazil through pursuing a Master’s degree. They are praying and pursuing options for coming to the States for this education. Pray for them as they seek God’s will in this area and as they wait for the next steps in the paperwork for legal permission for Ariel and Ben to come to the U.S.

Rachel started her classes at Bob Jones University and has had a good transition to college life. She arrived a week early for orientation with international students. That week gave her opportunities to meet people from other countries, get her books and class schedule in order, and accustom herself to the campus before the responsibility of assignments and the full number of students had arrived. She says she gets a lot of exercise walking to and from her classes. Pray for her as she gets used to the teaching styles and expectations of the various professors and as she decides which church to attend and what ministry opportunities to be a part of. Pray most of all that this time would be a rich time of spiritual growth and preparation for what God has planned for her life.

We just got the happy news of the arrival of baby Lucca who arrived a minute before midnight on Sept. 16th to Bible school graduates Davi and Sara. We serve together them as church planters at the Flores do Campo neighborhood. Pray for them as they have entered into this new world of parenthood. They now have the care of a new baby church and a new baby boy.

We are presently in the Gig Harbor area near our sending church Discovery Baptist Church where God has provided a wonderful place for us to stay on Fox Island with a view of the Puget Sound, a quiet place pretty much to ourselves where we can read, catch up on communication, Hannah can do her school, and we all can reconnect with our church family during the week. The next several weeks are in eastern Washington, but Fox Island will continue to be our base to came back to during the week. Thank you for your prayers for safe travels and blessed meetings.

July 15, 2019

We have all arrived safely to the states.

Martia, Rachel, and Hannah arrived June 8th. They enjoyed getting a head start with seeing relatives and camping at Lassen National park as well as taking part in a family camp at Trinity Lake with Grace Baptist of Redding. Tim and Rebecca stayed in Brazil a few weeks more to finish up the seminary semester and finish closing up the house. It has been nice to be back together after being apart those few weeks. After about a week for Tim to catch his breath, we, along with friends and family celebrated his parents (Robert & Linda Franklin) 50th wedding anniversary in Burney, CA... We thank the Lord for these special moments to enjoy together.

Travels begin:

We left the girls in Utah with their Franklin Grandparents while we flew to the East coast for Missionary Enrichment conference with our mission ABWE and and to give our first ministry report on July14th at Three Mile Bay in upstate New York . Following this trip back east we will head to Lopez Canyon Bible camp for a week (July 21-27) and then be a part of a missions conference at Grace Baptist Church in Paso Robles.. Before we know it, Rachel will be leaving for college (July25th) so we want to have some good family time during August. Thank you for praying for us in these times of transition.

 

June 8, 2019

Usually on Sunday nights we are with the Flores do Campo congregation, but we attended Satelite church for 2 special events: Baptism and Baby dedication. No, the two events were not for the same person. We praise the Lord for three young people that were baptized at Satelite church Sunday evening, one being our Hannah(12 years old). The other two were Pierre (Ariel’s brother), and Jonatan, both 11 years old. Even though these young people had gotten saved several years ago, the church prefers to not baptize children right away, but prefers to give some time to make sure the decision is certain. Sunday morning in the all church business meeting the three each clearly gave their testimony of trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior and desire to be obedient to the Lord in Baptism. Hearing the testimonies was a blessing to us all. Pastor Rubens gave Ariel the opportunity to baptize his brother Pierre. Pray for these young people to continue to grow in their love for the Lord.

The other special event of the evening was baby dedication of our grandson Ben Hesed. Pray for Ariel and Natalie as they bring him up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. We praise the Lord for the blessing little Ben has been in our lives already in these two short months we have before saying “goodby.” We enjoy seeing getting more social and interactive. It’s so sweet to watch the adoring looks he receives from his doting aunties as well.

Martia, Rachel, and Hannah will be flying out of Natal, Brazil on 4pm this Friday June 7th. We value your prayers for us in this time of preparation for travels, transition, and separation as a family for a few weeks. Tim and Rebecca will be leaving Brazil on June 26th. We look forward to the opportunities to meet up with you during this time in the States.

We praise the Lord that construction has started at the Flores do Campo property. I was surprised yesterday when Pastor Davi said that the bricklayer Brother John who has just been working on it for 2 weeks said it can be ready for meetings in 20 days or less. At first it will be somewhat rustic, but it will be slightly larger than where we are renting, and the rent money can go towards building materials. Continue praying for the building up of the building and most importantly, the spiritual growth of the handful of believers there, and the spread of the pure Gospel in that neighborhood.

Prayer requests

  • Furlough preparations
  • Hannah, Pierre, and Jonatan in their spiritual growth
  • Seminary classes (semester ends June 21st)
  • Flores do Campo church building construction
  • Ariel, Natalie & Ben
April 19, 2019

We are Grandparents!

Wow! We praise the Lord for the safe and healthy arrival of Ben Hesed Lima to Ariel and Natalie. He arrived March 26th 9:05pm shortly after arriving at the hospital. He weighed 3.313kilos(about 7lb. 5oz.) and was 48cm (19in.). Ariel and Natalie are doing a good job learning to be parents. We are all very happy to have little Ben in the family.

Furlough plans are in the making. Please pray for us as we figure out all these logistics of time and places. We are looking forward to spending time with family and with you who pray and give towards the work here in Brazil. We will be in the states from June 2019 until about Feb. 2020.

A couple weekends ago the girls and I went to ladies retreat. It was a good time of worship, teaching, and fellowship with the ladies. Two of our local pastor’s wives gave the 4 messages on “ learning to love and serve the Lord with all our heart”. Along with a few other ladies, the girls and I had our turn teaching the children’s class during the services. There was about 150 ladies total.

We praise the Lord for the special emphasis on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ especially this weekend. We thank the Lord for the freedom to meet together as believers to celebrate this fact and the freedom to share with the lost around us. May we more and more comprehend what Great salvation we have and communicate with others.

Prayer requests

  • Furlough preparations
  • Seminary classes
  • Rachel finishing highschool and getting ready for college
  • God’s direction for Rebecca
  • To be able to start Flores do Campo church building construction soon
  • Bible studies at Flores do Campo

 

February 5, 2019

Seminary

The new school year will begin with a Monday evening service on Feb.18th open to the Baptist churches in the area.. Tim has a double schedule of teaching this semester to work in the classes that are needed while we are gone on furlough, so he is getting things geared up for that. Last ministry update we asked prayer for Luana who had to stop in the middle of last semester to help her mom with health issues of an eye accident. We praise the Lord that her mom is doing much better, and Luana is free to return to seminary. We know of about 8 new students. Pray for them as they make this transition to seminary. Tim has especially wanted to be careful not to overcommit to extra conferences and speaking engagements this semester to make sure to do a good job of teaching at seminary, but after several persistent requests of a certain pastor, he prayerfully decided that he should take the opportunity to speak at the conference in Mossoro Feb.16-17. He plans to take the bus so he can avoid the stress of driving and use those hours to study. We appreciate your prayers for these ministry opportunities and for wisdom in organizing our schedule.

Church Plant

Please continue to pray for Davi and Sara and us as we wait on the LORD for open doors for building at the Flores do Campo church plant.

They were able to spend the month of January in Sao Paulo, Davi’s hometown, with family. They returned this weekend on the midnight flight and will be moving their earthly posessions from the seminary to their newly rented house in Flores do Campo. We pray that having them right there in the neighborhood will give opportunities for more close contact, and will help the work to grow. Last week we heard the happy news that they are expecting a baby so pray for Sara in her health and for preparations to be parents.

Vehicle

The salt has taken its toll on our pickup (GM D-20), that God provided in 2002 when we first arrived to Brazil. It been at the mechanic since the beginning of December. It has taken longer than we planned. The mechanic doesn’t seem to be in much of a hurry even though Tim has frequently kept checking up on things and done a lot of running around for parts. We praise the Lord for God’s provision for all the work that has been done and have been praying the whole time for the mechanic to be skillful, honest, attentive, and diligent. It is an important tool for ministry, and we thank you for your faithful support which is providing for these necessary repairs so this tool can be used for many more years.

Youth Retreat

We enjoyed being a part of a youth retreat at Bom Fim Jan. 16-19 at which Tim gave 6 messages from Revelation. A couple young families were there also. One of the moms told Martia later that her 5 yr. old Estevao was so interested in the messages and the graphics from Revelation, even though she had brought other activities for him to do during the service.

Music Conference

Rachel spent a week in Fortaleza participating in “Louvor em Harmonia.” We praise the Lord for the blessing of friendship, good Bible teaching, and edifying music for the young people.

Vacation Bible School

We will help in VBS at the Heights Baptist church (right next to the seminary and where we help with AWANA) this week Feb. 6-8. The following week we plan to repeat this VBS at Flores do Campo. Pray for these opportunities for the church to invest in the lives of these children in their respective neighborhoods showing the love of Christ and teaching them His Word. Attached are a couple AWANA pictures from the awards ceremony in November.

Special visitors coming

We’ve been looking forward to Martia’s sister Charity and her children coming to visit in January, but there were some visa issues. Those issues got straightened out, and we are now counting the days until Feb.20th for her arrival. Pray for a safe trip and that the time together would be a blessing to each one.