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A “Sharp” Start to 2011

Judging by the start of 2011, it should be an exciting, fruitful year! The girls are quite busy people, walking around, climbing on anything and everything, blabbing away and even helping mom and dad with the housecleaning. They are more and more fun every day as they interact with us and each other. The word “no” is being taught, much to their dismay (but for their own good). Being parents of twins is not just a full-time job — it’s two full-time jobs. Fortunately over the holidays we had Ruth’s family in town to celebrate Christmas with us! We were so, so very busy last year that this year we are paring back a bit in order to balance our new life-responsibilities well!

The Hrubik family all together!
The Hrubik family all together!

Robbery Prompts New Security Measures

Among some of the more interesting happenings as of recently has been the theft of several things from our property. Just before Christmas, robbers started entering our yard when we were not home — jumping over the tall walls. Unfortunately, we had lots of the girls clothes stolen, their bedding, our clothes and many other things left on the drying line. Just two weeks ago they opened up our outdoor chest freezer and took everything in it — tupperware and all! Even the brooms and fabric softener went. We had to do something, so we installed a security-camera system to deter the thieves. But they just kept coming in, even entering while we were at home. When we saw them trying to break into our house (via the video footage), we knew something more had to be done. We got some quotes and installed some concertina wire around the walls. The stuff is nasty, and hopefully will deter the crooks. Hence the “sharp” start to the year.

A few fingers were pricked during the installation of this fence.
A few fingers were pricked during the installation of this fence.

But no security measure is perfect, nor could it be. Our treasure isn’t here on this earth anyway. Thank goodness our treasure is in a place where thieves can never steal it. Is yours? Sometimes you don’t know the answer to that until something is stolen. What would your attitude be then? In the end, we’ve been praying for the good of our “enemies” by praying for their repentance and salvation. But we must also be wise in this world and do our part to protect our family and the things God has given us to use for His Work, hence the fence.

2011 — The Year of Discipleship

Looking back on 2010, we were able to complete a vast majority of our goals. The CD was launched successfully, we had a successful (but quick) furlough in the States, our ministry and family grew (physically, not in numbers). But some of these things happened at the expense of other goals: cell group and discipleship growth. For 2011, we realized we needed to make these things a bigger priority, because they’re a priority to God. 2011 is the year of discipleship and multiplication (cell group growth). We are focusing on investing in our future leaders and disciples, to raise them up to take over the groups we’re going to multiply this year.

Our vision is to multiply our group early this year, supervizing the new groups as we train in two different couples in each group to lead. Then in October, we multiply both of those groups again, installing 4 couples as leaders. Please pray with us to see that happen! To invest in leaders, it takes time, but the harvest in great!

Praise and Prayer Requests

    Praises

  • Our continual safety in Brazil
  • Generous year-end gifts
  • A great 2010, with an even better 2011 coming
    Requests

  • The raising up of new leaders
  • Wisdom in balancing all of our responsibilities in the mission, church, family and ministry
  • Continued increase in support

We thank each and everyone of you from the bottom of our heart for your generous support of our family and Project AmaZon. We look forward to seeing all that God has for us in 2011! Enjoy these pictures and don’t forget to click them to see them larger!

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The Paperback Reutter

Here’s our 2010 Holiday edition of our snail-mail newsletter, the Paperback Reutter. It’s packed with pictures and recaps our year in family and ministry — and what a great year it’s been! So much has happened through our partnership in missions. Just take a look!

Click to download the Paperback Reutter
Click to download the Paperback Reutter

Also included in this newsletter is a tear-off response card. With the addition of 2 lovely members to our family, we are looking to also add to our support base. Your support is what allows us to live here in Brazil and minister the Gospel to many who have never heard. It’s an awesome opportunity and we extend it to you. The response to the Gospel here in Brazil is tremendous and now is the time to act! Read the letter to see how to act, or simply click below to make a tax-deductible donation through Project AmaZon. So many have already partnered with us and we thank each and every one of you for the way you are blessing us and the Brazilian people. Have a wonderful Christmas!

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Aninho: The Twins Turn One

The girls turned one year old! Tonight we are having a small party with our cell group and this Christmas, when Ruth’s family will be back in town, we will have another celebration. The one year party — or “Aninho” — is a big deal in Brazil. Those who can afford it (and many who can’t) spend thousands and thousands and thousands of Reais to pull off a party that the kid won’t even remember. I’m not sure why it’s such a big deal, but one of the best theories I’ve heard is that in older days, when a kid made it to one year old, it was a big deal because the infant mortality rate was so high. Even though we’re not having a HUGE party, we are sure thankful for our two beautiful girls. It has been a large part of the healing God has ministered in our lives. Enjoy these pictures from their birthday! Make sure to click them to see them full size, then use your arrow keys to advance.

Good morning Becca!  Happy Birthday!
Good morning Becca! Happy Birthday!
Good morning Anna!  Happy, happy birthday!!
Good morning Anna! Happy, happy birthday!!
Becca and mom.
Becca and mom.
Anna and mom.
Anna and mom.
Becca has learned how to turn on the spicket and spray Anna.
Becca sprays Anna.
Anna takes it in stride!
Anna takes it in stride!
Don't ask.  I don't know.
Don't ask. I don't know.
One year ago.
One year ago.

For the first time in over a year, there is no immediate project on my plate. A year ago I started work on PAZ’s new website, then we had the twins. The site launched last Spring and then I went to work on the church’s CD. We launched that at the Congresso and right afterwards we headed to the States. After getting back, we led worship for the MDA Conference and now, oh now, we breathe! We are also really working on growing our cell group and investing in our disciples right now. Soon enough, the new church CD project will start, video projects will start for PAZ — not to mention we have a team from New Life Christian coming down in a little over a week! Praise God for all the great opportunities here. Know that your support is having a great impact in and through our lives. We continually covet your prayers. We love you!

P.S. — Check out more photos from the girls’ birthday at facebook by clicking here.
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HOME!!

We’re HOME! After a great, exciting but tiring two months of go, go, go, go, GO — we are back in Brazil and getting settled in. We really did have a nice time, and our waistlines (especially Nate’s) grew. The girls went from squirming on their backs to crawling to standing up all while we were on furlough! Thank goodness for many carpeted homes 🙂 To see more great photos from our furlough, click here: Click Me!.

Anna shows off some shades that would work in Brazil.
Anna shows off some shades that would work in Brazil.

Now we are getting ready for the 10th Annual MDA Conference, a conference where pastors from all over Brazil, from many denominations come to learn more about the soul-winning, disciple-making system of cell groups and one-on-one discipleship. This is always such a great conference and I can hardly wait. Our worship team will be leading the worship for this great event and nationally launching our new CD that I produced last Spring. God is good!!

That’s all for now, check back later for updates on the conference! We love you!

Becca LIKES the swing!
Becca LIKES the swing!

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Here We Come!!!

Ready or not, here we come!!! On August 9th, we set out on our long awaited 2-month furlough! Needless to say, we are very excited and looking forward to showing off our precious girls to everyone (because honestly, I think everyone is most interested in seeing them than us – hahaha). Anyway, here is a quick overview of our schedule for the time we are in the US. We hope to see as many of you as possible.

August:
9 Leave Brazil
11 – 21 Road Trip Out East
23 – 28 Reutter Family Reunion
29 First Free Church (Moline, IL) — Nate’s preaching

September:
5 Geneseo Free Church (Geneseo, IL)
12 Crosspoint Community Church (Eureka, IL) — Nate’s preaching
14 – 23 Canada Trip
24 Open House at New Life Christian Church (Morton, IL — all Central Illinoisers welcome!)
26 New Life Christian Church

October:
5 Leave QCA for Florida
11 Leave for Brazil

So there you have it. If you’re in any of these areas when we’re around, we’d love to have you out when we’re visiting or during an open house.

Congresso 2010 Recap

If you haven’t read the update I wrote on this years’ Congresso da Paz, I encourage you to click here and read it! It was a huge success as 1,374 people made first time decisions to follow Christ! Two of those people came straight from our cell group and are now being discipled. Please pray for them during this critical time of their Christian walk.

What a thrill to lead tens of thousands of people in worship!
What a thrill to lead tens of thousands of people in worship!

This year was also a big step for our worship team as well, as we were the headlining worship group and we launched the church’s first CD which I produced, Por Ti. Sales of the CD have been going well, in fact I’ve been told that you can buy pirated copies of it downtown Santarém, along with Hollywood’s latest movies. I guess that’s how you know it’s a success. When we get back from furlough, our team will be launching the CD nationally in Brazil as we will be leading worship for the 2010 MDA Conference in Santarém.

Next time you hear from us, it may just be in person! Until then!