The time has come — we are moving to Japan on April 24! But first we go to the States on January 14 for three months of visiting, support raising and a little vacation. We are looking for a place for our family of 5 to stay, preferably in the Quad Cities or Peoria area, and a vehicle big enough to move us around. If you know of anything that’s available, please drop us an email! We just sent out our newsletter about our move to Japan, including what we’ll be doing, so if you didn’t receive it already in the mail, here it is. Just click to open!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Project AmaZon was born out of a missionary family’s passion for the lost. When the Huber family came to Santarém in 1976, there was a handful of small congregations throughout the entire, immense area. Village after village needed Christ. And so they began traveling, evangelizing different areas and taking Brazilians along with them, discipling as they went. Other missionaries come alongside, and PAZ grew. They had a big goal: 100,000 churches planted, starting in the Amazon Basin and moving out around the world!
PAZ always had a bigger-than-life vision. It’s because that vision came from God and His bigger-than-life will that ALL come to saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. A new day has dawned. It is one of a world-wide move of the Spirit not confined to a geographic region. A global harvest of epic proportions is underway. It is the final chapters of the book of Acts, and it is ramping up to the climax. The mighty move of God which has reached so many Brazilians is blowing across the continents.
While we continue with fervent passion to reach the unreached of the Amazon, God has raised up a mighty congregation of thousands of leaders ready to disciple the nations. In just our last baptism in Santarém we baptized 1,042 people to God’s honor and glory! Two of those people were from our cell group, Olcirony and Laney. In our cell group for over a year, we loved them, shared God’s truth with them, and worked with them until they gave their lives to the Lord this January. Now they are growing in God and His ways.
We continue to work with our disciples, their cell groups, the worship ministry at church, PAZ media as well as traveling around to minister at conferences and build churches in the interior. Life is hard work right now but also very exciting — and all as we prepare to be a part of a brand new move of PAZ in Japan next year. And if that wasn’t enough, in two weeks we’re about to add a precious little girl to our family! Everyone is excited and ready! We ask for your prayers for a safe delivery and blessed transition.
The same passion that burned in the founders of PAZ for the lost now burns in us as we look to reach the darkest places of the globe with the blazing light of love in Christ! If you haven’t yet seen the video I produced on our works, take a moment to see it. It is a combination of several passions: music, video, missions, adventure, photography and most importantly Holy Spirit Fire!! It’s the video at the top of the page.
And for those of you wondering where you can see more photos of the girls and some recent amazing trips, check out my instagram profile: https://instagram.com/natereutter. We praise God for all that He is doing around the world and we thank you for all your love and support. Without it, we couldn’t do what we do.