What a privilege!
The other day the one of our kids came rushing into the house with a fist full of letters and cards. Right on cue, one month after Christmas, the mailbox suddenly fills with cards and letters! The Christmas season is still upon us. Yeah!
To quote the old Christmas carol written during the American "uncivil" war (as Paul Harvey used to say), "There is no peace on earth, I said." When we look around at the chaos and division, see so many of society's institutions crumbling, we are reminded that though nations fail and the heathen raise their fists, God is building his church. This work of God, as in all others, will not fail. Brothers and sisters, if you want to know what God is doing in the world today, stop reading the political headlines. Go to a church that teaches the Bible. Love your brothers and sisters. Pray. Preach the gospel of Jesus (not the gospel of a party). You will find that God is not frustrated. His plans are not failing.
What a privilege-and responsibility-we enjoy, to share in life and ministry with so many of you. Literally hundreds of people participate in this church planting effort in Palhoça. Thank you for being a part of this. Your prayers and generosity encourage us to keep looking to Jesus and preaching the gospel day by day. Hopefully you can be encouraged by the reports that follow.