About eight months ago the Lord burdened my heart again. Many could do what I do as a medical provider, but who was focusing on the Pantaneiros? I felt the time had come to give priority once again to the mission field in Brazil. God told me it was time to complete the vision He had planned. He promised that if I would be obedient, He would be faithful to provide what was needed. In December of 2013, I changed my work status from full-time to an as-needed status to allow me to focus on missions. Since the beginning of 2014, Wanda and I have lived on faith in the promise that God gave to me. And praise the Lord, He is faithful!!
Since March I have been able to spend 40 days in Corumbá, one week in Honduras, and plans to return in September and November. God has provided over $52,000 already so that work on the Mission Volunteer/Ministry/Retreat Center can proceed quickly. He has raised up men, here in the USA, as well as, in the churches of Corumbá and Ladário who are helping to get the construction projects done so we can move ahead with ministry. In addition, God has opened up a new vision for the farm through contact with local evangelical pastors, by using the farm and facilities for retreats, local training and conferences, and ministries to families and local communities.
We are excited about the future, but in these last few months, the Lord has reaffirmed for me that hands-on, day-to-day leadership is needed on the mission field to accomplish the goals He has given us. Therefore, the time has come for me to make an appeal. As GEM moves forward, we need you. Wanda and I are counting on you to continue partnering in ministry through prayer, though going, and through financial support. Will you join us as a monthly supporter? We are enclosing all the information you need.
Thank you for being obedient to what God leads you to do. As Brazilians say, “Only God can repay you.”