January 2013 Update

Maicol & Mandy Venter  (2008)

Dear Prayer Partners,

We are sustained daily by God's grace and provision and He has done marvelous things through the special relationship we have with each of you. Your encouragement, prayers, and financial gifts to our work here in Porto Alegre have given us the ability and strength to persevere, and we are sincerely thankful that you have opened your hearts to us in a very practical way! We look forward to sharing with you face to face as summer approaches in 2013! Please continue to pray for us as we welcome our daughter next month! Stella looks forward to meeting you too!

Love and peace to you through Jesus Christ our Savior,

Maicol, Mandy and Stella

January 17 Update

Dear Prayer Partners,

** IBE Youth Christmas Party December 22nd, 2012
In December Mandy celebrated the end to a busy school year with the English Day Care she has been working with. On December 15th we hosted the Christmas party where the children perform a play showing each activity they learned in English. One of the girls from this group of teachers also attended the church's Youth Group Christmas party we hosted at our place . The guys had a PS3 set up as well as a Wii for games. We had a Christmas cookie decorating contest, the winning cookie you'll agree is very impressive! Maicol shared a devotional and many heard the gospel and truth of Christmas, perhaps for the first time!

** First Baptismal Service December 1st, 2012

Igreja Batista Esperan├ža enjoyed our first baptismal service on December 1st! Maicol shared about the meaning of baptism and the gospel for this special service. Christopher (on the left in purple) and Renatta (on the right in blue) shared beautiful testimonies of changed lives in Christ Jesus and a strong desire to follow him publicly with their lives. What an awesome celebration! Christopher plays the guitar on Sunday mornings and Renatta teaches the children's lessons.

** Men's Study September 1st, 2012

The men's ministry has been picking up with great speed and participation. These pictures are from a retreat day the men had back in September sharing about True Masculinity in Christ as it relates to a man leading his family.

The men also had their Second Annual Prayer Vigil in November. They spent time studying the life of Daniel and praying for specific needs of our church and community.

On the right you see Telmo, a dear friend and fierce follower of Christ who went home to be with the Lord on September 30th, 2012. Telmo had a great impact on many in the church, especially the men as they strive to be godly leaders in their homes and workplaces.

We miss Telmo dearly. His family, who are part of our church, have been a great testimony for God through this time of grief.

Continue to pray for the men in our church as they seek to grow the knowledge of Christ and be transformed to be more like Jesus. We are discovering new leaders among us and we are very excited that the Lord is equipping and using them at IBE!

** Baby Shower for the Venter's November 18th, 2012

Lisandra is Telmo's daughter and a very dear friend to Mandy.

She gave a challenge to all the ladies, but specifically to Mandy at the baby shower the ladies of IBE hosted for Stella!

** Ladies Study September 29th, 2012
These are the ladies of IBE at a bible study led by Telmo's daughter, Lisandra. This picture was taken the day before Telmo suddenly passed away. The Lord spoke beautifully through Lisandra's teaching to the women that day.

God is so perfect in his timing, join us in continuing to pray power and strength on this family as they make great changes in their daily lives now that Telmo has moved on the be the Lord. We have seen them take many opportunities to accredit glory to God alone, and God's name is being praised as we see His strength displayed through them daily.

** Christmas Cookie Class Outreach December 9th, 2012
Our church meets in a shopping center and we were invited to give a cooking class for the community in English! Our theme was American Christmas Treats and our recipies included the Traditional Iced Christmas Cookie in cut out shapes, Sugared Pecan Balls, and Chocolate and Lime Shortbread Sandwiches! Yummy success!

** IBE Children's Christmas Play December 23rd, 2012

Our kids from IBE put on a beautiful Christmas play which brought many visitors to our church and lots of joyful singing!

** Science and the Bible Conference December 30th, 2012

We had our highest attendance to date (90) on the last Sunday of the year thanks to a very well presented conference on Science and the Bible. We had many first time visitors, and many peeked interests! An enlightening time where we learned about how science and faith truly are codependent!

** With Love from our team working at IBE!

By His Grace,
Maicol and Mandy Venter (and soon Stella!)

Posted: 1/14/2013  Expires: 2/13/2013

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