Dear Friends and Family,
I feel like we say this every month, but there has been so much going on lately. This last month has been a whirlwind of exciting events! The month started out with a trip back to our future home, Macapá. As we told you in our last newsletter, we are moving to Macapá as base leaders with the goal of planting other churches in the area. Macapá is at the mouth of the Amazon about 300 miles from where we currently live. It is accessible only by plane or boat.
This month’s trip there was a very important trip because it will be our last time visiting before our move in October. Between spending time with our future co-laborers, getting ideas and information for our living options, and trying to get information on the costs of moving everything we own from one state to another through the Amazon region, it was a busy visit. We tried to spend as much time with as many people in the church as possible. One of our goals was to try and get a better understanding of the pulse of the church, its strengths, weaknesses and the overall vibe. The trip was definitely well worth it. After the visit, I believe that Denise and I have much more clarity on what we are stepping into and we couldn’t be any more excited!
Within a few days of our return to Altamira, my dad and my 13 year old nephew, Emerson, arrived in town. My dad came to visit us and speak one of the nights at the Northern Brazil Regional Conference which is called Intervinha. Emerson was just along for his first northern Brazil experience. Denise and I had many responsibilities at Intervinha as well. We were asked to be responsible for organizing all the music at the conference. One idea we implemented was to get as many Vineyard musicians from around the northern region involved in the music instead of only having musicians from one church lead worship. It turned out to be a lot of work and it created some challenges, but in the end we were so happy we did it this way. We hope that this is a model followed at future Intervinhas.
We also had our good friend, Fabiano, from Southern Brazil coming to help us out with the worship. Fabiano leads Vineyard Music Brazil. Every time I am around Fabiano, I learn so much. He has such a heart for worship and is genuinely just a great guy. One thing that is very important to Fabiano is reproducing true worshiping musicians in the next generation. Because travel is difficult between the north and the south of Brazil, Fabiano talked to Denise and me about the possibility of learning some of the training they do in the South, so we can try to reproduce it in the North. This is something that Denise and I are praying about at the moment.
After Intervinha we had a week to spend with my dad and Emerson. It is so much fun revealing my life here in Brazil to my family. We spent a few days on the river, spent some time at our favorite waterfall, visited churches, hung out with a lot of friends, and ate a lot of Brazilian food! It was very nice having some time with Emerson – it is amazing how much he has grown! I am so proud of the young man he is becoming. It was also great timing for my dad to visit. He was a great sounding-board for thoughts and ideas we have. We discussed everything from Denise’s and my ideas for the church in Macapá to my thoughts and questions about the first years in marriage. I am very blessed to have a father with such wisdom. The only hard thing about having my family visit is saying goodbye. This is always difficult, but what brings me peace is that I am doing exactly what God has called me to do.
Please continue to pray:
- For our upcoming move to Macapá. Pray for all of the details including the transport of our possessions by barge, and a safe and affordable home.
- For our financial support. There will be many financial expenses, both in the move and in becoming base leaders in Macapá. We have been strongly encouraged to increase our monthly support.
We love hearing from you. Even short notes are super encouraging. We very much appreciate your financial, prayer and relational support. We couldn’t do this without you and are grateful for each one of you.
In His Service,
Christopher and Denise