January 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

I am back in Brazil after a wonderful visit with family and friends over the Christmas holidays. Denise and I enjoyed the time with my family and connecting with some of you. As I was able to share with many of you during our time in Ohio, there are exciting changes coming over the next number of months. Not only are we preparing for our May 10th wedding, but we are also seeking the Lord so we can have clarity concerning where Denise and I will live and serve together under the Xingu Mission. I will begin taking some survey trips over the next month or two to investigate the options at some other mission bases. Denise and I would appreciate your prayers as we seek God’s heart and mind.

Denise and I on the river.

Getting prayer from Denise’s pastor at her church.

My new heroes, my future brothers-in-law and father-in-law.

With so many things going on in my life and so very much transition, it becomes very easy to be self-focused. I have felt a bit stuck in the middle of what I had been doing during the last nine months here and what I will be doing next. One thing I feel God has put on my heart is that for right now I am to pour myself into the people that He has already put in my life, that I am to pick a few people to really encourage and minister to. I have been thinking a lot about that lately. We as humans enjoy big numbers and grandiose events. What I mean is that as a missionary there is a desire to make a huge impact very quickly on many lives. Not to say that this is no longer my desire, but I guess I feel God pushing me to go about it in a different way.

Jesus is the best example of this. Jesus came here to change the world. It is true that Jesus spoke to big crowds at times and performed crazy miracles, but a huge part of his life was pouring himself into his disciples. The way Jesus reached the world wasn’t only through the words that came out of His mouth, but also out of the mouths of His followers. Of course I am in no way comparing myself to Jesus, but if I am going to follow an example of how to do ministry, it will be His. Also, I am always reminding myself that I am here for the advancement of His Kingdom, not the advancement of my own. In other words, if God’s plan for my life is to pour into a few who will then go out and impact thousands, I need to be okay with that. As Phil Strout states, "It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you don’t care who gets the credit".

Looking over the Xingu River from my home. What a privilege it is to serve Jesus in this beautiful country!

One of the primary modes of transportation in this region, both on and off the road, are our motorcycles. Here I am with three other missionaries.

One of the secondary goals of my time in Ohio this December was to raise an additional $700 to $800 dollars per month. Those who supervise me here at the Mission indicated that this is what I need to raise in order to cover Denise’s and my future budget once we are married. To all who pray for me, please know it provides me with regular comfort to remember that I have your support. To those who are supporting me financially, you have no idea how much I appreciate your contributions. To those who wish to begin or increase your donation, below you will see a link for online donations or an address where donations can be sent. Please prayerfully consider how God may have you join in this Kingdom work, reaching those who live along the Amazon Basin.

Thank you again for your kindness and support. I love hearing from you.

In His Service,

Christopher

Xingu Mission

P.O. Box 340785

Columbus, OH 43234

(Make checks payable to Xingu Mission with “Meyer Ministries” on the memo line)

For online Contributions:

http://www.xingu.org/14g_meyer.html

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