April 2015 Newsletter

Dear Friends and Family,

Thank you for your prayers, support and notes over the last month. They are so encouraging!

It has been an eventful few months for us. As I’ve shared in the last few newsletters, Denise and I have been doing a lot of traveling. Our only trip this month was to Piratininga, São Paulo. Denise was invited to sing on a Vineyard Brazil worship album. Denise has never had the opportunity to sing on an album, so to say that she was excited would be an understatement. I was also excited for the trip for a number of reasons. I was excited to see what Denise would think of studio time, I was excited to hear her voice recorded, and I was also excited to be introduced to the Southern Brazil Vineyard Region.

The history of the Vineyard Church in Brazil is an interesting one. It seems that for a while, there were Vineyards multiplying in the north making up one region and Vineyard Churches multiplying in the south making up a second region, but with no connection between the two groups of churches. In more recent years, there has been a conscious effort to unite the two regions. This might sound simple, but you have to understand that the north and the south are very different places. The south is much more developed than the north. With the exception of the language being Portuguese, in many ways Piratininga feels much closer to the United States than what I have become accustomed to in the north. Even the way the southerners talk about the North, it is if they are describing another world. According to a lot of the southerners I talked to, all they really know about the North is the Amazon River and the vast rainforest.

Once we got to São Paulo, Denise got to work right away. We were at the studio a few hours after we arrived. While Denise was in the studio, I spent most of my time getting to know people. We stayed with the pastor of the Vineyard Church of Piratininga. His name is Milton, and he and his family are awesome! Milton is also the leader of Vineyard Brazil which is comprised of the churches in the southern and northern Brazilian regions. I felt so encouraged that Vineyard Brazil is in the hands of such a cool and talented guy.

Denise recording vocals in the studio.

Denise with Milton – Milton is the Senior Pastor at the Vineyard Church of Piratininga.

Pastor Milton blessing us at church.

Denise’s recording time went well. She was pleased with the results and is looking forward to more opportunities in the future. While there, Denise and I participated with the worship band at their Sunday service. We were also invited to speak to a group of young adults about the life of a missionary. Overall we both had a great time. We met many great people and were able to get a much broader picture of Vineyard Brazil.

Denise leading worship and me in the background at the Piratininga Vineyard.

Hanging out with new friends in São Paulo.

A young adult small group from the Piratininga Vineyard. We spoke with them about missionary life.

Although our travels have been a blast, we are looking forward to getting back to our responsibilities in Altamira. We realize that our move to Macapa will be here before we know it. We are working hard to finish well here and to make sure that any ministry we have been looking after will be left in good hands when we leave.

Prayer Requests:

Pray for grace to finish well in Altamira as we hand off our various responsibilities.

Pray for wisdom as we make decisions in approach our move to Macapa in late 2015 or early 2016.

Continue to pray for our financial support.

We feel so privileged to serve God as missionaries in Brazil. Thanks again for the part you play in that. We appreciate your prayers and support and love hearing from you.

In His Service,

Christopher & Denise

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

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