God Moves

God Moves

I got into the taxi after a wonderful week in Curitiba. I was there attending a conference on Evangelism with Reinhard Bonnke. He and his team have won over 75 million people for Christ, and what they had to share was nothing short of life-transforming. Leaving there, I knew I would never be the same. I started chatting with the taxi driver, telling him about the week. I began to share Christ with him as I have with so many other people. But this time was different — instead of witnessing in my own strength, fumbling for words and thinking of how to say things, I shared with a boldness and life that came from deep inside. Continue reading “God Moves”

Legacies of the Amazon

Legacies of the Amazon

Twelve hours upriver from Santarém, on the clear waters of the Tapajós, is a most extraordinary place, unlike any other place I’ve ever been. Recently, fellow missionary John Eisenmann and I caught a line-boat to meet up with a team that was out starting a new work. What would ensue would be a very memorable experience.

Leaving Santarém
Leaving Santarém

We headed to our line boat Ana Carolina III at around 3 PM. It was set for departure on Wednesday, June 5 at 4 PM, and we had to secure our spot onboard. You claim your spot by hanging up your hammock and then promptly sitting in it, taking up as much space as possible. If you do not, you risk being crammed into a small area, hammocks hung all around you; hands, feet, and other body parts all too close for comfort. Another missionary, Pablo Fast, learned this the hard way when, on a line boat, a rather large woman hung her hammock above his and in the middle of the night it fell. Gravity took over and — well, let’s just say he had a “smashing” experience. Continue reading “Legacies of the Amazon”

Sarah Faith Reutter

Sarah Faith Reutter

On Wednesday, June 26 at 8:45 a.m. at the hospital in Santarém, Sarah Faith was born at 3.5 kg (7.7 lbs)! We had marked the day far in advance. Ruth’s due date was still a week away, but due to past complications, everyone agreed it would be better to mark a C-section. And Ruth was SO ready to have the baby — she was a beautiful preggy lady, with a big, round tummy that almost looked like a perfectly round basketball was in there!

Ruth and Becky ready for the birth!
Ruth and Becky ready for the birth!

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A Picture Update’s Worth a Thousand Words

One moment we were dining with our friends on furlough in Illinois, and the next moment we were back along the Amazon River in Santarém, ministering with Evangelist Reinhard Bonke at the 2012 Congresso da Paz. We were barely off the airplane before going to the stadium for our yearly Evangelistic event — in fact it wasn’t until after the Congresso that we unpacked! But it was so wonderful being a part of an event that had 1,016 people come to the Lord Jesus!  And what a great way to be welcomed back to ministry and life in Brazil!

The girls steal the show as they dance to the music
The girls steal the show as they dance to the music
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