So, I was talking with a fellow teacher at my ESL class last night. He’s a newly retired lawyer and just moved here from California. He asked me why I was doing this, and so I told him. I told him about my family and our desire share the love of Jesus with others, then I told him about God calling our family to move to New York as full time missionaries, fully trusting in God to completely supply our funding and expenses, and this is literally the face I got, 😳. And then after a pause of what felt like forever, he said, “well good luck with that!”😂
What would happen to our lives if we believed this to be true? What would happen to our churches if the people inside actually saw themselves as God does? Can you imagine if we not only believed this message but shared it with our communities?
The kids have been in school for almost 7 weeks now and for the most part, it’s going well. They have all made some friends, which is exactly what we were hoping for. It is definitely challenging, especially for Jolie, whose homework sometimes takes hours to complete. And having to give presentations in front of the class is very intimidating for Jolie and Ivan. Once again, we are so thankful for Marlin, who helps the kids every afternoon with their homework.
To save on tuition costs, Ben started teaching English at the school’s afternoon English immersion program. He teaches 7-8 year olds, and it has been very challenging. Here, kids aren’t taught to sit still in school and listen, and it can be very frustrating at times. It has been a cultural experience for our kids, as well, to try to learn in an environment that is often chaotic. This is probably not going to be a long-term solution for our kids’ education, but for this year the main purposes are for them to become fluent in Spanish and to make friends.
Dear Friends and Family,
Our pastor speaks of the following life principle:"No Christian has ever been called to “go it alone” in his or her walk of faith." Similarly, no missionary has been called to go it alone in their journey of faith to follow God's will for their lives. It takes fervent prayer and financial support for his will to be accomplished! We are blessed with supporters who pray and give regularly to our family and ministry, and we are forever grateful!! What we are able to do together has kingdom impact! So, please join with us in thanking our Lord for multiplying and blessing in so many ways.
News from the Tyas family
Serving in Washington among the Hispanic community
From the notes of Ed and Gerry…
Summer is a memory as we head into the Fall season. Looking back, these are memories that we will remember and cherish.
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I want to share a cool story to encourage you to share the gospel as you go through your week…
I was at Dunkin’ Donuts studying for the message this week. I overheard the girls who worked there talking about the Bible and different religions. Just FYI, whenever you are made aware of a spiritual conversation going on around you, that is the Holy Spirit at work, and He is inviting you to join Him. 🙂
As soon as the customers cleared out, I went up to the counter and introduced myself. I told them I was a pastor who came there to study every Wednesday and that if they ever had any questions about Jesus, the Bible, God, or anything like that, I would be happy to help. They seemed very glad at the offer and we talked for a few more minutes about a world religions class one of the girls was taking in school. I gave them a White Stone Fellowship invite card with my email written on the back and told them to feel free to email me with any questions they had.
Dear Friends and Family,
Last night I traveled to São Paulo. Thank you for making that possible through your faithful support!! I was struck with the notable reduction in passengers, which makes my space-available (i.e., waiting list) travel much easier. However, this definitely signals something about the Brazilian economy: the Brazilian Real to US Dollar exchange rates have climbed to over 4 to 1. Since airfares and the US attractions that Brazilians want to visit are all dollar-based, the cost to Brazilians has risen significantly, and their plans to travel are being delayed/canceled. American Airlines has correspondingly reduced the number of daily flights out of Miami to São Paulo. I mention all of that to point out that the economy in Brazil is growing more difficult, and as a result, additional challenges are being confronted by our team members. Like in the US, elections are coming before year’s end…a presidential election here. Please pray for Brazil to elect a leader who leans away from the socialism of the Workers Party and towards a free market and smaller government.
Have a wonderful Lord’s Day. Please click below to read our summer newsletter.
Blessings in Christ,
Wade and April Wadsworth
Update from the Rhoadarmers:
Whew! What a busy Summer!
June- A team of 14 went to Rockport, Texas to help Hands of Hope. While there we helped three different families do much needed repair to their homes. It was a hot and humid time, but we had such a great time ministering to those still struggling because of Hurricane Harvey.
Check out the video of our Missions Trip to Texas in June.
We started our Skatechurch yesterday, exactly one year from the day we left Portland!
We hadn’t actually planned it that way, so it was a fun realization. It’s interesting to reflect back on our thoughts and plans for ministry as we boarded that plane, and how those changed throughout our first year here. Read more