Dear Friends & Family,
Last month, we asked you to pray for both a national online workshop and a training clinic. Now we have received the results. Response had been very encouraging with 134 pre-registered for the 2-evening workshop and 28 for the more in-depth training clinic that ran through Saturday. The teaching originated from Rio de Janeiro. Participation from as far away as the state of Amazonas was possible via Zoom.
In all, eight churches were involved. A large number of people, representing smaller congregations in other Amazonian cities, met together in the auditorium of their mother church where the Zoom transmission was projected on a big screen. The participants from the other seven churches in different states of Brazil connected from their own homes, using their smartphones, tablets and laptops. Connection issues had been an early concern for both the Zoom classes and the WhatsApp video-calls to be made to people who needed to hear an explanation of the Gospel, However, the Lord heard your prayers, and these did not pose significant challenges. The final report on participation was 133 and 28, respectively, for the workshop and clinic. Praise the Lord!
The secret of Evangelism Explosion for more than 50 years has always been face-to-face, real-life situations for equipping church members. In this process, friends, family members, etc. who need to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ are contacted. During the pandemic, technology has been used to continue to make this possible, since home visits in Brazil have for now become difficult to do. So, a trainer from their home, along with two trainees each one in their home, make a group video-call to someone who has agreed to hear an encouraging message from the Bible. What used to happen with everyone together in someone’s living room is happening with everyone in a different place! Still, people are being trained, and others are hearing the Gospel explained in a clear, non-threatening way. During this most recent training event with 28 clinicians, the Gospel was presented 23 times by EE teams to a total of 27 people. Of those, 20, or 74%, prayed to receive the gift of eternal life. Follow-up calls were scheduled with each one to begin their discipleship. Praise the Lord!
Join with us in praying: (1) that all of those who were equipped caught a vision for ongoing training in their local churches; and (2) for all of those who made a decision to begin to grow in their new faith. Praise the Lord for this process of MULTIPLICATION! And, thank you for making it possible through your continuing prayers and support!!
Prayerfully and with sincere gratitude,
Robert & Mary Jo Foster,
Serving Evangelism Explosion-Brazil
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