June 2018 Newsletter

Dear Family and Friends,

When I was in middle school, once a year we had a day called “career day”. On this day, instead of coming into school, we were allowed to shadow a professional at their place of work. One year I decided to shadow a pastor. My dad set up the day with his good friend and fellow pastor, John Moriarty. To be quite honest, I remember very little from any of my career days, but there were a few things that happened during my time with John that have been etched into my mind ever since. After meeting John at the church, much to my surprise, I was informed that we weren’t going to be hanging around the building all day. As you can probably guess, I was more than okay with this. Hanging around the church all day didn’t exactly sound fun as an adolescent pastor’s kid.

The first place John took me was to the newborn unit of a hospital. As we stood there looking through the glass at all the newborn babies, John began to explain that one of the great joys of his job was how he regularly has the privilege of witnessing new life. As a pastor he would often be invited into the hospital to share the special moment of a baby entering this world, but also regularly would be witness to individuals turning towards Jesus and experiencing new spiritual life. Our next stop was very different… John took me to a cemetery. As we walked around the cemetery, he began to explain a whole different side of his job. He explained that a large part of his job was also walking with others through great hardships, dealing with crisis, sickness and even death.

I’m not really sure how much of what John was trying to teach me really sunk in at that point, but during this last month, I have reflected a lot about his words all those years ago and how true his words really were. We have had many blessings this last month. Our church continues to grow and mature. We are having amazing moments – experiencing God in tangible and awesome ways. We even had our first baptism.

Our first baptism

But it was also this month that Denise and I faced probably the most difficult ministry experience in our lives to date. It was just a few days after our first baptism that we received the news that our dear friend Kazu, a member at Vineyard Macapá (our former church), had taken his own life. The news was heartbreaking to say the least. Everyone in the Vineyard family here in Macapá was devastated. Many from both Vineyard Macapá and Vineyard Viva had close connections to Kazu and his family.

Kazu

Denise and I have been doing our best to assist the family and the two churches through this process. Because there are so many who have been deeply impacted by this, our job has at times felt overwhelming – not to mention that we ourselves are trying to process what happened as well. We realize how important it is to be well connected to God through times like these. Wearing out or burning out would be inevitable without the God’s presence in this. We have been encouraged to see how the churches have gathered around the family and the ones hurting the most, and also have been touched by the way God has continued to come and meet us in the midst of tragedy. We still have a long way to go, but God has definitely been guiding us through.

As is always the case, there has been great joy even through the hard times. As I mentioned, the church is doing super well, and of course, Jonas brings us daily joy.

Jonas and Denise



Jonas and me

Enjoying the World Cup

We woke up one morning and this animal was stuck in our pool. It is known as a “lesser anteater” or here in Brazil it’s called “tamaduá”.

Luckily we were able to save it!





Prayer Requests:

1) Pray for Kazu’s family.

2) Continued grace and strength to help our friends who are grieving.

3) Wisdom in planning and discipleship as Vineyard Viva continues to grow.

4) For Denise and I as we take care of Jonas and each other.

Thank you as always for your prayers and support. We love to hear from you!

In His Service,

Christopher and Denise

Contribution Link: https://xingu.org/opportunities/giving/meyer-ministries/

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May 2018 Newsletter

Dear Family and Friends,

Wow! What a month. It has been crazy, but awesome.

My home church, Vineyard Church of Delaware County, sent a team to visit us. It was great to spend time with them – and with J.T., my brother.

The VCDC Team

I’ve got to be honest, though. The best part of our month was the birth of Denise’s and my son, Jonas Taylor (J.T.) Meyer. He was born on April 28 at 7 pounds, 3 ounces. He is healthy and doing great. Denise had a C-Section and is recovering well. We have had a full house both with Denise’s parents staying with us as well as visitors. We’ve been really busy but with lots of good stuff.

Our Family




The church plant is doing wonderfully. Vineyard Viva is enjoying an increase in numbers both by birth J and visitors.

Thank you for your prayers and ongoing support for us as we adjust to being a family of three and continue to pastor our growing church. We love hearing from you.

In His Service,

Christopher & Denise

Contribution Link: https://xingu.org/opportunities/giving/meyer-ministries/

March 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friends and Family,

Denise and I wanted to take a moment to say hi and thank you again for your prayers and support. You mean so much to us!

As you can imagine, we are super busy with the church plant and preparing for the baby. We are super excited to meet our son. Here are a few fun picture so you can share in our excitement.

Vineyard Viva


Denise, baby and me


This month, Xingu Missions asked us to write an article for their quarterly newsletter. We thought you might enjoy reading what we wrote:

It was just over two years ago that Denise and I arrived in the city of Macapá. We originally came here to help the existing church. There was also an additional plan to plant more churches in the Macapá region. This second plan always seemed a bit far off. I knew that at one point we would want to plant churches, but I always looked at it as pretty far down the road. After a year and a half in Macapá, we realized that things were moving a bit more quickly than what we anticipated. The church we were sent to help was doing great, the divisions in the church had subsided and the attendance had tripled. We began to realize that maybe it was time for us to start really thinking about planting. After having talks with the leadership in the church along with some of our missionary supervisors, it was decided that it was indeed time for the next step.

This last December we made it official and along with fellow missionary Bob Lesher and 8 others we had our first service for our new church, Vineyard Viva (Alive Vineyard). In the 3 months of our existence, God has taught me many things. Of the many things he has taught me, the most significant thing I have learned is to keep my focus and the church’s focus on Him. I know that this sounds simple, but let me unpack this a bit. With a new church, everyone is extremely excited with a lot of ideas: ideas for "in church" ministries, ideas for outreach, ideas on the style in which our church will operate, ideas for everything. The temptation is to make "ideas" and "vision" our Number 1 focus. Although ideas, vision and planning are good things, one thing I continued to hear God speak to me was that we need to be extremely deliberate in placing our focus on Him before anything else. I really sensed God saying that if our focus stays on Him, he will bless our church.

We have already seen God’s blessing on our church. Our numbers have begun to rise, but most importantly, we are seeing God come and meet and impact people. We are already seeing lives changed and this more than anything is exciting. We know we are at the first steps of a long journey and have much to learn, but we couldn’t be any more excited. We feel as long as we stay connected to God and His leading, we will end up exactly where we are supposed to be.

Prayer Requests:

  • Please pray safety and health for Denise and our son through labor and delivery.
  • Pray for the upcoming transition as we go from a family of two to three.
  • Continue to pray for our church as it continues to grow.

Thank you again for your prayers and support. We love to hear from you.

In His Service,

Christopher and Denise

Contribution Link: https://xingu.org/opportunities/giving/meyer-ministries/

January 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friends and Family,

Thank you for your prayers and support. They are always very greatly appreciated.

Things have been going really well for us lately. Denise is now at the six month point of her pregnancy! It’s been so cool being able to feel the baby moving around inside her belly. We can’t believe that in three months we will be bringing a baby home! We are a bit nervous, but mostly excited!

Denise and our baby

One slight complication is that Denise has a hernia. She believes she actually got this hernia when she was young, but it was never taken care of. As the baby has grown, the hernia is being pushed out and has begun to show itself again. Because of the strain of giving birth, her doctor has recommended a C-section. During this surgery, the doctor will also take care of the hernia. This has been a bit of a disappointment, but Denise has moved past it and now feels complete peace about the plan.

We are having a lot of fun seeing what God is already doing through our new church plant. We planted our church six weeks ago with eight other individuals. We have enjoyed growing closer to the team and seeing deeper relationships develop. We also have had new people beginning to show up which is very exciting. The last three weeks we have seen between 20 and 30 at our services. We are working hard trying to connect with all the new people and help them feel part of what we are doing.

Church Party

Here is Bob Lesher from VCDC who is part of our church plant, too.

I want to take a minute to share a little personal triumph in my life. As I’ve mentioned in past updates, learning Portuguese has been a battle for me. It has definitely been a "two steps forward, one step back" process. Over the last year, I have seen some huge leaps and advances in my Portuguese, but one thing has always felt out of reach – preaching in Portuguese. Although I have been meeting and counseling individuals in Portuguese for a while now, when it comes to preaching, Denise has continued to translate for me. You see, not only has Portuguese been difficult, but since I was young I have had a deep rooted fear of speaking in front of groups of people to the point of having panic attacks. Since arriving in Brazil my thought has always been, "How could I possibly preach in Portuguese when I can barely do it in English?"

While on my furlough back in the States, I was lying in bed one morning and had a thought cross my mind, "When you return to Brazil you need to begin to preach in Portuguese." Initially I ignored the thought, but I just couldn’t get it out of my mind. I began to sense that this was really the Holy Spirit speaking to me. Although the thought of preaching in Portuguese terrified me, I made a commitment in that moment to be obedient soon after I returned to Brazil.

I’m happy to report that this last Sunday, I did my sermon in Portuguese. I was nervous beforehand, but once I started, it felt so much more comfortable than I expected it to be! Everyone was very encouraging and supportive. People were actually taking notes! I remember thinking, "I can’t believe they actually understand all this!" I know I have a ways to go, but this step was a huge one for me.

Me preaching in Portuguese

Prayer Requests:

1) Please pray for continued growth and health of our new church plant, and for relational connections in our new neighborhood.

2) For continued grace to preach in Portuguese.

3) Good health for Denise and our baby.

Thanks again for your prayers and support. We love to hear from you, even if it’s just a quick hello.

In His Service,

Christopher and Denise

Contribution Link: https://xingu.org/opportunities/giving/meyer-ministries/

December 2017 Newsletter


Dear Friends and Family,

Thank you for your prayers and support. They have been greatly appreciated.

Denise and I have been back in Brazil for almost 2 months now and it has been a whirlwind of activity. We wanted to take a minute to catch everyone up on what’s been going on here!

We enjoyed our annual Missionary Care Retreat with the rest of the Xingu Mission missionaries. Our guest speakers this year were Bill and Dotty Christensen from the Columbus Vineyard. We really like Bill and Dotty and thoroughly enjoyed the activities they led us in. And as always, we had a blast hanging out with everyone!

From our retreat

We moved into a new house! We feel so blessed that we were able to find this house. Because our church plant is starting in our new home, there were a few things that we knew would be necessities, primarily a location close to downtown and a good distance from the existing Macapá Vineyard. We also were looking for a home with enough open room space to function well for our beginning church plant. We feel like this house just fell into our lap and couldn’t be any happier.

Our new home

This past week we had the first service of our new church plant. Everyone was so excited to get started and the night was great. The Holy Spirit’s presence was tangible all evening. We all really felt like this was the start of something special.

Our new church plant

Denise and I are becoming more and more excited for our baby to arrive! It’s definitely surreal knowing that a baby is growing inside of my wife! Denise was able to find a good doctor and the pregnancy is going well.

Denise


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Please pray:

1) For growth and health of our new church plant, and for relational connections in our new neighborhood.

2) That the Lord would continue to bless the Macapá Vineyard.

3) Good health for Denise and our baby.

We miss being home for the holidays – it is still such an adjustment to be away from family and friends in the U.S. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year!

Thanks so much for your love and support. We love hearing from you!

In His Service,

Christopher & Denise

Contribution link: https://xingu.org/opportunities/giving/meyer-ministries/

October 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friends and Family,

Denise and I arrived back in Macapá early Thursday morning. Our trip back was long, but we made all of our flights and our luggage made it, too! At the moment we are just getting back into the swing of things and adjusting to our daily roles here in Macapá.

Home

We are really happy to be back and excited to start this new chapter in our lives. With that being said, our furlough in the States was so amazing, it was hard saying goodbye to all of you! It was great connecting with friends and family, and also making new friends and developing new relationships. By the end of our time Stateside, we felt very encouraged & connected to our extended family in the States. Thank you!

Most of you know this by now, but for those of you who don’t, we wanted to share some exciting news. DENISE IS PREGNANT!!! At this point Denise is just over 3 months and everything is going well. It seems like her nausea is beginning to calm down. We can’t wait to introduce the new member of our family on our next furlough!

We have a few prayer requests:

  • Please pray for a good doctor for Denise here in Macapá.
  • A new house closer to where we will be planting our new church.
  • Continual growth in my Português.
  • Wisdom and discernment in the first steps of our church plant.

Thank you to all who have committed to pray for Denise and me! And to all who support us financially, please know that we are incredibly grateful for your partnership in our ministry!

In His Service,

Christopher & Denise

Link for contributions: https://xingu.org/opportunities/giving/meyer-ministries/

September 2017 Newsletter

Dear friends and family,

Thank you for your prayers and support. They have been greatly appreciated.

Denise and I are just over halfway through our time here in the States. We are having a great time! We have met with many people, visited a handful of churches, had friends from Brazil visit us here and took a family vacation. Best of all – we have had a wonderful time doing it all.

Our time here has been great for the two of us. Once we head back to Brazil we will send a more in-depth recap of our furlough and some of the things God has done. But for now we thought we could share some pictures to highlight our time here so far. Enjoy!

It has been awesome to see so many of you while we are here and look forward to spending more time visiting. Thanks again for your prayers and support.

In His Service,

Christopher & Denise

Contribution link: https://xingu.org/opportunities/giving/meyer-ministries/

Hanging out with my dad’s side of the family.

Vacation with my family. We had an amazing time!

We had the opportunity to get together with Buck and Luciene Schmidt. Buck and Luciene planted the Vineyard in Macapá back in 2004. We had a great time with them!

Our Friends from Macapá, Diego and Sid, came and hung out with us for 3 weeks!

Denise and me being interviewed by Dave DiYanni at Vineyard Community Church on the east side of Columbus.

Me being interviewed by Michael Hansen at Vineyard Church of Delaware County.

Denise and me