We have so many exciting things happening this summer, both here at CFBC and across the world!
The month of June began with 2 trips going to share the good news – in Santiago, Chile, and in Gallup, New Mexico. In Santiago, a group of CFBC ladies is lending assistance to our church planters, Julian and Jessica Pizarro as they continue to make the name of Jesus great in the community of Lo Barnechea. Pray for them as they continue the work this week, ministering in nursing homes and working with CFBC Santiago in different outreach projects!
In Gallup, our mission team is back again, serving with our partnership on the Navajo reservation. 25 CFBC members are busy sharing the gospel through Vacation Bible School, as well as through service projects like manicures and construction. The atmosphere on the reservation is one of spiritual darkness and oppression. Pray for the Lord to continue to move among them as our team shares the light and the truth of a Risen Savior!
If you were in church on Wednesday night, you saw that we commissioned Jeremiah Allison to be our CFBC summer missionary to our ongoing partnership congregation in São Paulo, Brazil. Five years ago, the Lord led the CFBC Missions Staff to a tiny church plant in São Paulo. Every January, we send a team to the neighborhood of Jabaquara to help this church reach out to a community that is heavily enslaved by black magic – and every year we get the privilege of seeing more people coming to Christ and being baptized! The Lord is doing mighty things in Brazil, and we get to be a part of it through street evangelism, home visits and family ministries!
This past January, the Lord called a young man from CFBC’s Young Professional Ministry, Jeremiah Allison, to come with us to Brazil for his first foreign mission trip. While there, Jeremiah got the chance to teach in revival services, share the gospel, and share his testimony. As he saw the Lord using him on the mission field, he also felt the Lord calling him to return to Brazil and teach English as a long-term summer missionary!
After arriving safely and getting settled in, Jeremiah wrote us, his church family, this first of his update letters!
“Day 2 here in Brazil, and I’m feeling great about it. There was nervousness leading into this trip; nervousness about leaving all my friends and family, going into a city I don’t know, and being with people who speak a different language than me. Amazingly, I’ve felt quite comfortable in it all. I can only attribute it to God’s grace and His support. It’s clear that the people here have a genuine love for Jesus. What’s even more encouraging is to see how true it is that there is one truth; though we live thousands of miles apart, we all know and worship the same Jesus the same way. Sure, there are cultural differences, but at the core, we are the same. Truth is absolute, not relative or cultural. There is a lot of good work for the Kingdom happening here with this church in Sao Paulo. They truly are a light in their community. They don’t take a day off in serving the Lord. I have a good feeling that they will not have any shortage of assignments for me to help them with. The pastor’s wife keeps introducing me to everybody as “professor de ingles,” which is Portuguese for English professor. This will be challenge, but I feel that with the prayer support and His grace, I may be able to get them started. The language barrier is a challenge at the moment, but everyone has been very patient with me and is showing me nothing but love and patience in helping me get there. The scripture is true in saying that His love is perfected in us whenever we have love for one another. Even with a language barrier, His love still shines. Continued prayers are invaluable to my time here. I thank each and every one of you for taking the time to read this. I greatly appreciate all your prayer and support. I cannot wait to continue to bring good reports of the good work happening here for the glory of Christ.”
– Wisdom for effective English teaching process
– Ability to adapt to language and culture without getting discouraged
– Safety and Protection
– God’s continued favor and use over this church as a light in the community
– Wisdom and grace for pastor Eguinomar as he leads his church
Continue to lift up Jeremiah. He will be in Brazil until August 8. To learn more about our partnerships in Chile, Gallup or Brazil, contact the Missions Office – 281-885-6784.