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Stretch and GrOw

So, what did we do after having 3 conferences in a row? We went to a 4-day family conference with speakers Jeff & Becky Hrubik (Ruth’s parents)! That’s right, 4 conferences in a row- for the most part the whole month of January was conferences. Conferences are great, but now we’re thankful that our next conference isn’t until Feb 20. The only difference with this conference compared to the others: Ruth and I are the speakers!! It’s a youth conference at our PAZ base in Rio Branco, located in the Amazon Basin near the border of Bolivia and Peru.


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It’s thrilling and scary to think that we’ll not only be preparing around 10 sessions of material, but we will be teaching it Portuguese! That’s no big deal for Ruth, but for me it will be a huge stretch. We certainly covet your prayers for the conference. PAZ churches hold youth camps and retreats all over the Amazon during the weekend of Carnival to provide a good alternative to the otherwise spiritually destructive weekend. We have plenty of great things to say, so it’ll be a matter of putting it all together and presenting it well.

The PAZ Church where I will be speaking about Worship Ministries

Not only we will be speaking at this conference, but the Saturday before this (Feb 14 or Valentine’s Day in the states), I will be speaking at a local PAZ church to the worship teams about developing their worship ministries. All of these opportunities have come up since the recent PAZ Missionary Conference, where the speaker Pastor Harold told me that I had a gift of teaching and that I should develop it alongside my other gifts. Ruth had also been praying God would give her opportunities to use her gifts more, so when these came up, even though it’s a huge, HUGE stretch, we said “yes!” We don’t want to be the people who say “no” to the LORD just because we feel in over our heads. Anything that the LORD calls us to do will be bigger than us and stretch us beyond our “limits.” We better get used to being stretched!

Remember Moses’ response to the LORD’s call at the burning bush? He said “LORD, but I am slow of speech.” I sure identified with Moses this last week, but I know that if I say no, the LORD will respect that, and find someone else to do His will. I want to be the person who does His will – His “yes” person! The LORD just continues to grow us, challenge us and use us. We feel like this is also the start of a new chapter in our lives here, as the LORD so obviously has opened up the doors in this area.

In the meantime, I am a bachelor until Saturday, Feb 7, as Ruth is traveling with a medical team and helping to translate. In addition, we, the staff of Project AmaZon, are seeking more of the Lord in a corporate 21-day Daniel fast that started last Thursday. A Daniel fast is basically a fast of just fruits and vegetables – forget any meats, animal products, soda, etc.! I always thought being a vegetarian would not be any fun, and especially a vegetarian on a vegan diet. Now I can confirm it is true. I am certainly a meat and potatoes kind of guy. But there isn’t anything I wouldn’t give up to walk more closely with the Lord. (If something is standing in your way, it’s called idolatry and it’s pretty serious in the LORD’s Book). I think I will be ready for a meat-lovers pizza once the fast ends! Now if only we had a Pizza Hut here. Please lift us up in prayer as we prepare and participate in these upcoming events. God bless you!

P.S. – Check out the brand new wallpapers I created at https://www.projectamazon.org and read more about the great things going on with PAZ!

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The Christmas 2008 Paperback Reutter

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Click on the picture to download the newseltter!

Here it is, our Christmas 2008 Paperback Reutter is our snail-mail letter that we send out 2-3 times a year. We just sent this one out last week, so if you haven’t received one via the mail, it means you’re not on our mailing list! Send us your name and address and sign up now! Thanks for your love and support, and enjoy our newsletter!

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Gravy with your truck, anyone?

We just celebrated Thanksgiving here in Brazil, and it was almost 100 degrees – in the shade! Now I can overheat and overeat, all at the same time. My parents (Ken and Joanne Reutter) have a tradition of hosting a big Thanksgiving meal at their house each year – complete with turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing and, of course, pie! We sang “We Gather Together” and the Doxology and then Scott Blunier, a fellow missionary, read George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation. It was amazing to hear the account of the first Thanksgiving and the strong Christian roots we have in America.

Emotionally, it was a difficult Thanksgiving for Ruth and me. On Thanksgiving, you think of all the things you’re thankful for. We really have so much to be thankful for, but the thing that mattered most to us, we lost. I pictured God leading us off of a ever-climbing mountain to go down into a long, scorching desert of which we cannot see the end. But we trust God’s Word in the midst of these situations and I truly believe He is leading us to an even greater mountain that we could have reached in no other way than by trusting in Him as we pass through the desert.

On Friday morning around 7:20 AM, we heard a great “CRASH” from inside our house. It didn’t sound like an accident to me, we here crazy loud stuff all the time, so I just waived it off. Jeff called me a few moments later and told me to grab my camera. Just up the street from us, a truck veered off the road and went careening into the front porch of Adriano and Carla’s house (our Brazilian dentist and her husband). Fortunately, they were away on a trip, there was no one infront of the house when it happened, and even there 2 dogs were around the side (shivering with fear, but alive!). Even the driver was OK. What a Thanksgiving!

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A Ruth Update – by Ruth!

I want to thank each one of you for all your prayers during the last weeks. Nate and I have felt them and they have carried us through the most difficult time in our lives. After 9 days in the hospital, I was finally released on October 3rd. Leaving the hospital was very difficult because my arms were empty. But God is so faithful and gives us the peace and strength we need each day. And our prayer is that we can live our lives for His glory!

As I was reading my Bible the first morning home, I read about the prophetess Anna, whom along with Joanne my mother-in-law, we named our daughter after. In Luke 2:37b, it says, “She never left the temple but worshiped night and day…” Our little Anna is accomplishing the purpose she was called to do – worship our Lord night and day! She is forever in His presence! Of course, I cry because I miss her, but I know she is so happy, worshiping Jesus!

The first night I was home, I kept waking up in the night every time I would roll over, reaching out with my arm to make sure my IV line was not in the way. I almost laughed out loud a couple of times. I’m still on antibiotics, and once those are done I go in to get blood tests to make sure the infection is completely gone. But praise the Lord I’m home! I’m ready to get back into the swing of things and get busy! I feel like I’ve been out of commission for weeks! We love you all so much and can’t thank God enough for all your support during this time.