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Noah's Ark becomes a new church construction plan

Done with our preparations, we head back to Santarém and say goodbye to our brothers and sisters in Piracaoera

The day after helping Joaquim and the short-termers with the finishing touches on our new church plant in Iruçanga (see the last article), I went out with Joaquim again, this time on the flooded Amazon River to go visit another church construction work in progress. The community of Piracaoera lies along the Amazon River and is completely under water. PAZ has been helping this area recently because of the devastating floods that have destroyed many homes. In the midst of these floods, we are also building a new church! This church was recently featured in a video I put up on the PAZ website – click here to see it. The purpose of our trip was to prepare for the next work team that will be helping soon.

We piled into the little speedboat and went out into the great Amazon. I was amazed by how high the water is, even after it’s gone down by about a meter. So come with us now on the flooded Amazon River. Just click the first picture below and advance the slideshow with your arrow keys. ?????? ?????? ????? ??????? ?????? ?????

The floor of this church isn’t even done yet, and people and fisherman are already using it for shelter! It’s one of the only places for miles around that is above the water. Because the church has opened its doors (that aren’t even hung yet), good will in the community has grown greatly, and by God’s grace we will see this church grow greatly because of it.

Thousands of years ago, Noah built a wooden ark as instructed by the Lord. It was a refuge to him, his family and all sorts of animals. Today we are still building arks as instructed by the Lord, but now for people. These arks are called churches and are a refuge for those in the flood; a place to find salvation in Jesus Christ.

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Building One of PAZ’s New Churches in Iruçanga

The brand new church in Iruçanga has doubled in size since this building was built just one month ago!  We're here to put the finishing touches on it.
The brand new church in Iruçanga has doubled in size since this building was built just one month ago! We're here to put the finishing touches on it.

Project AmaZon (its missionaries, pastors and churches) is working hard at the ambitious goal of planting 500 more churches by 2014. This short term goal is a part of a larger goal to reach the Amazon Basin by 2045. To do that, we need to maintain a 15% annual growth rate, or in other words, every church needs to plant another church every 5 years. Wow! What an awesome goal! Our goal for this year is 75 new church plants, and earlier this year I wrote about it and even made a wallpaper on the PAZ website. You can read that article by clicking here.

When I’m not busy with my responsibilities with the church (leading and overseeing cell groups, discipling, playing in the many services at Central church, etc) and when I’ve got most of my work with the mission done (promoting PAZ), I get to go out and actual help with teams to build the very churches we’re working to plant! Recently I went with our Construction Coordinator Joaquim and a group of short-term missionaries to put the finishing touches on one of our new churches in Iruçanga. This is a new church under the supervision of fellow missionaries Josiah and Jennifer Huber (Josiah is the son of Luke Huber, founder of PAZ and Ruth’s uncle).

The rest of this story will be told through the pictures, so go ahead and click on the first picture and follow along! Use your arrow keys to advance to the next picture and enjoy. Please be praying right along with us for the health and growth of these churches and that we can have God’s strength, grace, protection and resources to accomplish these goals for His purpose!!

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July 2009 Paperback Reutter

Click to view the July 2009 Paperback Reutter
Click to view the July 2009 Paperback Reutter

Dear friends and family, here is the latest Paperback Reutter mailing that just went out! Hopefully you received it, and if you didn’t, here’s a chance for you to see what you missed. Click on the picture to view it on your computer. It’s not the same as paper, but it’s good too! Please click here to contact us and let us know your address info if you didn’t recently receive one of these. Keeping up a mailing list, whether it be email or mail, can be a great litmus test of one’s patience! We’d be thrilled to update your information or add you if you’ve never ever received one of these mailings. God bless!

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Some think twin boys, others think…

Mom of twin girls presenting her TV program, Mais Que Vencedores

I hear there seems to be a guessing game going as to the sex of the babies, not only here in Brazil but also back up north! Well, no need to guess or wonder anymore, because today we went to the doctor for an ultrasound, and she said that we have twin girls! God’s just showing off His goodness now 🙂

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Recently, Ruth has been having so many dreams about boys that she wasn’t quite sure what to expect at all. Both grandmas (Becky and Joanne) went along to the doctor’s office to find out the news the moment it was available. Ruth and her mom are planning on preparing the nursery while I’m away for a month in the States.

My plans for the States are coming together. Here’s how they stand for the moment:

  • Aug 3

    Meeting with Missions Team in Geneseo, IL

  • Aug 5-15 3 Family reunions! (Reutter extended, Reutter and Phillips)
  • Aug 16
  • Visit 1st Free in Moline
  • Aug 23 Visit Crosspoint in Eureka
  • Sep 1 Leave for Brazil

So that’s the skeleton of the plan, and it keeps filling in more. I look forward to seeing so many of you and I am praying for a wonderful time of fellowship with the short amount of time I have. But remember, next year the whole family visits- Lord willing, with our twin girls!!

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March for Jesus

The March for Jesus this year in Santarém was huge and powerful. As Santarém is being won for the Lord and the number of Christians grows, so does events like the March. The March had a great turnout, and it’s amazing to see how God is using His church to win a city that even just 50 years ago had a handful of Christians. Take a look at these pictures. (Don’t forget to click on them to see them fullsize- a must! Use your arrow keys to advance the slideshow. To view all the pictures and read an update on Ruth, make sure to click “Read More” below!)

The Amazing March for Jesus in Santarém Approaches
The Amazing March for Jesus in Santarém Approaches