Dear Friends and Supporters,
Fall has finally arrived in Southern California and this canonly mean one thing; temperatures are heating up inSouth America. I just returned from a two week, 2000mile road trip back to the states of Bahia and Sergipe.We had such powerful meetings here last month thatwe wanted to return and finish what God started. Inevery service the power of God was made manifest ashundreds of young and old responded to the tangiblepresence of the Spirit of God. As with all of our eventsthere is an emphasis on salvation and encountering Jesusin a very real personal way. I am always amazed when Isee HIM open the eyes of the desperate and bring life tothose who are on the verge of giving up hope. At timesthe Spirit of God would be so strongly felt that we couldnot finish the service as people began to cry and weeparound the venue. I attribute this directly to the prayersthat you and others have offered to heaven on behalf of ageneration.During
We had many new doors and invitations into a few mainlinedenominations, something that I have been praying for since myfirst trip to Brazil. Not only does this expose to others what Godis doing in our meetings, but it also gives me access to tens ofthousands of teens who are looking to be discipled and taughtabout their new found faith. I can then promote our JovembytesApp, giving them opportunity to engage with this “free” tool. Iwas thrilled to know that during this past trip our numbers spikedon our download page, confirming to me that our App was notonly needed, but being used as well
I had a number of last minute opportunities arisewhile we were in the city of Aracaju. Numerous newspaper,radio and TV interviews were gladly accepted.But what had to be one of highlights was beinginvited to speak at a public high school. As usual webrought the snake and explained how small thingsget big, especially if you feed them. As I finished themeeting and began to speak very personally to thekids, the atmosphere changed and you could feelthat heaven had just stepped into the court yard. Theteens began to grow very quiet and then began toweep out loud. I was amazed that the grace of Godhad been made so very obvious to these hungrysouls. I turned to look at the administrators and teachersand they were weeping as well. The principal gaveme two thumbs up to continue with the message,taking as much time as I needed. I quickly pointedthe message to the work of the cross and how Jesushad come to save and set free. Hundreds raised theirhands, some accepting Jesus for the first time, othersrededicating their lives to Him on the spot.
I was excited to see the response of the people to theWord of God and to His powerful presence. One of thehosting pastors was commenting, “we thought you werejust a white guy with a snake who told stories.” I laughedout loud when mentioned this, telling him, “well sort of,I do use a snake, but the only story I tell is the one about aGod who sent His only Son to die for the world,” he smiledand agreed that this story was all we needed. Althoughit was a fantastic trip, there were many challenges alongthe way. I had to utilize two new translators, who werenervous to say the least, a sick Iguana (who eventuallydied) and a head cold that never got any better. In spiteof this and a few other communication issues, it wasone of the most powerful trips I have ever been a partof, at least in Brazil. I will be returning in December toRio for another two weeks of meetings. Please keepthis and my current trip to India in Prayer. God is doingsome wonderful things and I am believing that I willhave the grace and strength to continue being obedientto Him in all areas of my life. Thanks again for helpingus reach a generation with the Gospel of Life!