April 27, 2018
Praise God to Whom all praise is due.
The school year at the Bible school is off to a good start—intense, but fruitful. God is raising up quality young people to prepare themselves for further ministry. We have almost 30 on-campus students. We are directly involved in three classes as well as some of the extension classes. Four churches are hosting extension of the Bible school. These focus on strengthening the local believers. There is a great need of Bible teaching in the local churches throughout this region of Brazil. Many people die for lack of the gospel; many believers starve for lack of teaching. This month we are blessed to have Tim’s parents here for a module on Leviticus-Hebrews.
Looking back over the past year, six graduated from the Bible school in November. It was a blessing to have Pr. Bill Dupignac speak at the end-of-the-year ceremonies. Thank you to the believers in Kennewick for sharing their pastor with us.
Besides our responsibility at Bible school, our big project over 2017 was to build the parsonage as the Serrinha church plant. We praise the LORD that Pr. Magno and Mrs. Talline moved in by New Year’s and are now able to serve more directly. That community desperately needs the gospel. Between multiple children by multiple spouses there is also a high rate of perversion. Pray for the message of forgiveness and hope to shine brightly like a lighthouse on a mountain. Besides our family involved in various ways at Satellite city we have also tried to encourage this church plant among others. Of the aprox. 40 churches in the state association, over half have at least one church plant. Please pray for us—especially for wisdom and resources to help them fan their flame. For instance, the Brejinho church plant is waiting for the LORD to provide the wiring; Flores do Campo needs documentation; Passa-e-Fica, a permanent meeting location; Martins mature believers, and so forth.
On the family side our Natalie married Ariel Lima (ah-ree-EL LEE-mah) this January. We praise the LORD for a God-honoring ceremony. It’s nice to have them nearby on campus while Ariel finishes his last year of Bible school. They both love the LORD and are open to His leading even as they are quite involved in Satellite City Baptist Church. It was a blessing for some of Martia’s family to be here for the occasion.
Our big goal for 2018, besides serving in the Bible school and three of the extensions, is getting going the church plant in Flores do Campo neighborhood. This is a joint effort with Satellite and Igapo churches supporting Davi and Sarah. We are totally dependent upon the LORD. After multiple delays and with the prospect of renting a garage, we got to work making benches. Our first service was Wed. March 28. Please pray for God’s leading and provision, especially for wisdom towards fruitfulness.
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow.
In His service,
Tim and Martia and Natalie, Rebecca, Rachel and Hannah
March 23, 2018
The seminary year has begun again. We praise the Lord for eight new students! Each one was given the opportunity to share their testimony and call to the ministry during the chapel services. It has been a blessing to hear their stories of God’s grace in their lives. We’ve asked many to write down their testimony so we can share those with you, so hopefully in the near future you can praise the Lord in hearing God’s work in their lives also. Pray for the students, both arriving and returning, as they study and grow and serve in their various ministry opportunities. Tim is teaching OT survey one Saturday a month (8 class hours) at a newly opened extension in Santo Antonio and NT 2 weekly at the extension class on the other side of town at Satelite church. We praise the Lord for believers from our churches that are desirous to learn more from the Word and certainly Sunday services just aren’t enough. Besides the extension classes Tim is teaching I Corinthians, OT survey, and Dispensationalism here on campus this semester. Tim’s parents Robert and Linda are here for a month. Next week Pastor Robert will give a weeklong module on the book of Hebrews and Leviticus. We praise the Lord for good health and energy for them during their time here in Brazil.
Flores do Campo
We praise the Lord for some progress in the work in Flores do Campo. This is the neighborhood where the land is purchased and a wall built ready to build a place of meeting, but permission to continue due to documentation has been on hold. A place has been found close by where we can begin to hold meetings. Since December Tim along has been working on making hardwood benches for seating. Some of the seminary students have been able to help with this project also. Last night we planned to have the first prayer meeting in Flores do Campo, but this changed due to power outage in the area and it was decided it would be wise to wait. The first Sunday service is planned for Resurrection Sunday! Pray for Davi & Sara and us and others from the mother churches as we begin services. Pray as we make contact with people in this neighborhood that God would prepare their hearts to take in the Word of God whether to salvation or spiritual growth. Praise the Lord for financial provision to begin building as soon as documentation is in order.
We will miss not being with the believers at Serrinha now as we will be giving support to Flores do Campo. Continue to pray for Magno and Thaline as they continue to lead the church plant.
- Retreat went well in Campina Grande
- VBS went well at Heights church and AWANA has started up again
- Eight new students here at the seminary
- Financial provision for bench materials and rent for Flores do Campo
- Three will be baptized this weekend from Serrinha
February 10, 2018
Wedding and Visit from Family
Dear faithful partners who pray and give so we can serve here in Brazil. Thank you for your prayers in these past couple months. They have been busy and special. Ariel and Natalie’s wedding turned out to be a very special day with family and friends celebrating the gift of marriage that God designed. Continue to pray for them as they settle into married life. Tim’s parents were unable to make it in time for the wedding as they had some health issues, but we look forward to their arrival Feb. 22. Martia’s sister Roxi came to do the wedding photography. She made taking pictures fun. Martia’s mom, cousin Crystana, and nephew Ben came as well. They were a big help getting things ready for the wedding and it was special to have family here. Crystana assisted in taking pictures and Ben got to walk Grandmama down the aisle. After the wedding we were able to fit in a lot of activities in the short amount of time they were here, such as dune buggy rides, riding the waves on the ocean, eating seafood on the beach, Brazilian barbecue, eating tapioca, playing bananagrams and other games at home. We also were able to go through the Serrinha neighborhood inviting people for the church anniversary service. I think they got back with a renewed appreciation to hear the church message in English as all the services were in Portuguese. Some of the Brazilians here took the chance to practice their English with the family. We thank the Lord for these special times to be with our family. If you want to watch the wedding you can access it on https://m.facebook.com/.ibarecisa/.
Vacation Bible School
This past week the girls and I helped with VBS at the Alto church close the seminary. The theme was “Noah a man that obeyed God.” In our class there were about 15 3-6yr. olds each day. The first 2 days Wed. and Thurs. were surprisingly calm. The last day on Friday the children seemed quite a bit more wound up. We praise the Lord for the freedom and opportunity to point these children to the Lord. Pray that many will continue to attend Sunday school and Awana which will soon start up again with the school year.
Today we head out to Campina Grande (about 4 hrs. away) to be a part of a Carnaval retreat. The churches here plan a retreat at this time of carnaval to get away from the things that go along with the Carnaval holiday here in Brazil which include drinking, loud music, and promiscuity. Tim will be teaching 6 sessions through the book of Jude. Martia will give 1 study in Psalm 32. Pray for us in these opportunities to teach the Word of God that there would be clear and accurate communication that would edify and encourage God’s people. Pray also for the informal conversations and activities together. We don’t know this part of the family of Christ very much. One of the prospective students and his wife, Voltaeres and Carol, are heading up this church congregation. Pray for provision and God’s wisdom to know the right time to come on campus for seminary or the continue with the extension class modules in Campina Grande.
There will also be a Carnaval retreat at our local church camp Bom Fim. Ariel and Natalie will be helping in music. Missionary Mark Swedberg will be the main speaker accompanied by his wife Anita.
December 21, 2017
May you have a blessed Christmas Holiday together with friends and family celebrating our Savior Jesus Christ!
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. Matt. 1:21
Pray for the opportunities to present the Gospel at this time of year to the unsaved and pray for those who know the Savior to grasp more fully the love of God towards us in sending Jesus Christ to be our Savior.
Seminary campus is pretty calm and quiet these days. Several of the graduates have moved already to their new places of ministry. Most of the other students have returned home until February when classes will resume. Pray for them during this school break that they will be refreshed and also be diligently serving the Lord in the various opportunities that each one has.
Today at breakfast we celebrated with a special treat of blueberry muffins. (Just these past couple years have we frequently had access to frozen blueberries) This day Dec. 20th marks one month before Natalie and Ariel’s wedding. On Jan. 20th Natalie’s name will change to Natalie Ruth Franklin Lima. Wow! The time is approaching quickly! Attached is the invitation (watercolor & design done by the bride) for the wedding and a picture. Although we know most of you won’t be able to make it to the wedding we invite you to rejoice with us in the marriage of our oldest daughter and invite you to continue to pray for her and Ariel as they begin their lives together. We do look forward to having several relatives here for the wedding. Pray for all of us as we work on wedding preparations and new apartment preparations. This first year they will live on the seminary campus while Ariel finishes up his 4th year of seminary studies. It will be nice that they won’t be too far away at first. Thank you for praying for us all in this time of transition. We also invite you to watch the wedding live via Facebook. Jan. 20th 9:30 Pacific time at https://m.facebook.com/.ibarecisa/.
November 23, 2017
May you have a blessed Thanksgiving Holiday together with friends and family
Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord? Who can shew forth all his praise? Psalm106:1-2
In the busyness of end of the seminary year activities we will be celebrating Thanksgiving with several families, each of which has an American married to a Brazilian. We look forward to remembering our roots, thanking and praising the Lord together, eating some good food, and getting to do it all in English.
First of all we thank the Lord that our sins our forgiven in Jesus Christ and we have a sure hope in the Lord. This is enough to say thank you for, yet there is so much more.
- Thank you Lord that the parsonage in Serrinha is almost done and ready for Magno & Taline to move in.
- Thank you Lord that you have a plan for the church plant Flores do Campo.
- Thank you Lord for the freedom to point people to Jesus Christ without restriction.
- Thank you Lord for unsaved people who are open to hear God’s Word.
- Thank you Lord for the fellowship together with the seminary family.
- Thank you Lord that our children love you and are walking in your ways.
- Thank you Lord for the evangelistic visits to people in our neighborhood- for their openness to listen to the Word of God
- Thank you Lord for providing a pastor for the Carnaubais church: Graduate Moises
- Thank you Lord for good health and energy to serve you.
- Thank you Lord for the youth retreat this past weekend: for these wholesome times for friendship and edification with youth in other churches. Rachel & Rebecca have made some good friends
- Thank you Lord for your provision in the wedding plans for Ariel & Natalie
- Thank you Lord for various family that we will get to see soon here at the wedding
- Thank you Lord for continuing to work in our lives and never giving up on us
The semester is quickly coming to a close: tests, final classes, grading, oral doctrinal exams, a module class next week on Biblical counseling, graduation banquet, and graduation. The graduation speaker this year is Pastor Bill Dupignac pastor of Grace Baptist Church of Kennewick, WA home church of graduate Davy Costa and his wife Cathi. It’s been a while since a translator has been needed for graduation. We are looking forward to showing Pastor Bill first hand what God is doing here in this little corner of Brazil. Continue to pray for the graduates in this time of transition and pray for Davy & Cathi Costa with their three children for God’s clear leading in the next step for ministry.