Sunday, A Day to Minister

Trip Start Sep 20, 2013
Trip End Sep 28, 2013

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Amazonas,
Sunday, September 22, 2013

Sunday was a day full of blessings.  We attended the Central Methodist Church in Manaus on Sunday morning.  The general superintendent spoke.  He is a big man, 6'8' in height, and I can tell you that I would listen to him.  His message was very good and the music was wonderful.  The congregation was so kind to us.  Interpreters were spread among us so we could understand the message.  We also enjoyed Sunday School where several of us went into the young adult class.  Again, the general superintendent spoke to us.  I was very encouraged with the interest and attentiveness of all the young adults.  We spoke about the bad things that happen to us in life and the promises of God's word that guide us through those bad things.  To see such interest and dedication by the young adults was very encouraging to me and the others.

In the afternoon, we walked around downtown Manaus.  We walked by the famous Opera House which was built in the 1700's by the rubber plantation owners who came to Brazil from Europe. Downtown was very quiet when we walked the city but one thing was clear, Brazil is a country which has many young people.  The energy of their young people is very special.  As the World Cup (2014) and Olympics (2016) come to Brazil, the world will experience the energy of its people and culture.

The most exciting part of the day was the night service at the church in Etel Vina.  After traveling through much traffic, we made it to this suburb of Manaus.  The first thing we noticed was NO POWER.   Since I was going to speak, the team thought I had prayed for it but not really.  The amazing thing was that we did not need power.  While many churches in the US would have canceled services, the church went on as planned.

God must have directly spoken to Holly because she was the only one to bring a flashlight.  That's all we needed.  As we worshiped in the dark, God provided and the service became that much more special to us.  Our group had prepared a couple of songs in accapella and as we sang them in the dark, God's spirit was truly present.  While the power came back on for about 15 minutes, hope for electric power faded once more when the power went off again.  Apparently, the crews from Dominion Power were just too many miles away to help (Love you Dominion).  

Then it was time for the message and while I got up to speak, I could only see so far in the dark.  God gave us a message about Trust and how he asks us to "completely trust" in him.  An account of David and Goliath was given where we saw that David did not walk toward the giant, he RAN toward the giant with complete trust that God would provide.   Our trip is just one example.  God has provided for our trip, giving us Andressa to interpret and Tommie to lead construction.  We already see his provision and I'm sure we will see him continue to provide for us.  God will provide for you as well, his word promising his provision for those who love him and are called according to his purpose.

Our day ended very late because following the service, we had dinner at a pizza restaurant. While the time was very late, the restaurant was packed with people.  One thing you should know about many Brazilians, they eat late at night.  You should also know that Brazilians love their weekends and while Americans slow things down on Sunday night, many Brazilians go out to enjoy the last part of their weekends.

Stay tuned as we start each day with great expectations.  If you have ever thought of going on  a mission trip, I encourage you to truly consider it.  While the pictures tell part of the story, you are missing the true experience by not being here.  For me, I love being in one of my favorite countries in the world.  We can know, the message of Jesus is alive and growing in this beautiful country.  Eu amo Brasil! 
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Al & Lynn Tilson on

Wish I was there with you. I love the Brazilians as well. My best to Andressa. Enjoy and continue the good work of God for the children. Blessings and prayers for you all. xoxo, Al (and Lynn)

Mark on

We will give our best to Andressa.

Danielle on

Bob, would you please send me the video and pictures of the kids in green dancing at the Sunday evening service.

Bob Forrest, the other Bob on

So glad everything is going well. We are thinking and praying for you. Great pictures! Enjoy your time in Brasil and have a safe trip home.

Danielle Lima on

Shalom , the video takes a lot of children dancing , the gang green shirt , you just recorded this moment , I want to show to their parents , if they also send me photos via email , I will be greatly thankful .
My Email is : danny.lima_ldh @ or @ danielle.lima
By facebook can also find me , I'm in the group of friends of Mark Carlton , just search for Danielle Lima .

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