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In the Heat of the Moment

In less than a month, the girls will turn 2 years old! It’s hard to imagine how fast they are growing up: walking, running, even conversing in English/Portuguese/Babiese, not to mention how much fun they’ve become. Wherever we are, they draw a crowd. The other day we were in a local children’s store, and they asked to put our kids on a billboard for children’s day (a big Brazilian holiday). I (Nate) am traveling quite a bit with our worship team, and everywhere I go I get to share about our twin daughters and how God is faithful! God is using their story to impact others to trust in God — praise the Lord! You’ve got to check out this little video we’ve put together of some recent highlights, including a new trick of Becca’s. What’s the trick? You have to watch and see! (Some of you have seen part of this video on facebook, however there is new stuff right at the beginning you don’t want to miss!)

Our missionary life is filled with diverse activities. Recently we had a missions team from New Life Christian Church come down and help build a new church. We spent nearly a week out on the Amazon River helping to put the roof and rafters on and prepare the floor to be poured. It was a great week of ministry. Check out this short video of the highlights and see what it was like — including some very exciting and lively piranha fishing! They were practically jumping out of the water, into the boat!

Now don’t you just want to come down and visit?! Teams are lining up for next year, and now’s the perfect time to start planning a team of 6-12 for 1-2 weeks of unforgettable ministry in Brazil! Each team brings Christ to a community in a whole new way.

And things just don’t slow down in our local church involvement. Besides our ever growing cell groups and disciples, our worship team is actively preparing for a 2nd CD. The CD will be filled with original songs from over 300 + people serving in the worship ministries at church. There are 51 services each Sunday for our ministry to lead — services held in buildings and campuses all across town. Right now we are gearing up for the 11th Annual MDA Conference, where pastor and leaders from all over Brazil and even other countries come to Santarém to learn all about how we do missions, cell ministry and one on one discipleship. It’s always a great and busy time.

You just want to squeeze 'em!!
You just want to squeeze 'em!!

Soon after, my brother will be bringing a team down from his church in Southern Florida. We can’t wait to have him down here and go out to impact another community! He is then staying over for Christmas and my sister Hannah is coming down. Many of Ruth’s siblings are also coming into town for Christmas, so we’re already looking forward to a great holiday time with family.

Once again we thank you so much for all your prayers and support — all of which fuel the great work God is doing in and through us! May God bless you richly!

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The CD is Ready! Now Comes the Congresso!!

Our Wonderful Worship Team
Our Wonderful Worship Team

Two months of intense work have paid off as I just sent off our worship team’s first praise & worship CD entitled Por Ti (For You) for duplication. Ten thousand copies are being made for the launch of the new CD as our worship team leads the worship for the annual Congresso da Paz, the huge 3-night evangelistic event featuring impressive dramas, sets, dances, skits, praise and worship, preaching and — most importantly —salvation! Thousands upon thousands pack out our local soccer stadium to be impacted by the phenomenal event. It is always a highlight in our year.

We covet your prayers as we ask the Lord for a powerful manifestation of His Presence that inspires worship and praise and opens the doors for the salvation of hundreds — even thousands of people! The event will happen Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 2-4. The whole worship team has been fasting and praying since we started preparing for the event two months ago and we continue to fast until the event happens. Check out this short video of highlights from last years’ Congresso.

Another exciting aspect of this years’ Congresso is that all of the proceeds from the CD are going to help the church build its new building that will hold over 10,000 people. Our church right now has an estimated 42,000 people that meet in 45 services all over the city, so this project, we pray, will greatly help the church build it’s new, badly needed building. We don’t want growth to be stagnated because of logistics like building size!

The Girls Grow and Cheer

Aunt Hannah visits!
Aunt Hannah visits!

The girls continue to grow, grow, grow and are a huge success wherever we go. They have both learned how to shake their heads “no.” Needless to say, we are trying to teach them “yes.” They grab for everything, so going into certain stores has now become scary. They talk and talk and talk, even though no one understands them, but we pretend that we do. 🙂 They love car rides and Anna has a new-found love for dogs.

This month is their first true introduction to soccer in Brazil as they compete in the World Cup. The girls wear their green and yellow colors proudly as we cheer Brazil on to what will be their 6th World Cup win!

The girls cheer on Brazil to victory!
The girls cheer on Brazil to victory!

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Growing Girls Update (Video)

Dear Family and Friends,

Just thought we would send out a little update so you can keep up with our growing girls. Its fun to see them look more alike as they grow, but also to see the differences in their personalities. It sure is an adventure every day in the Reutter household. They sure love to be around people. If they are getting fussy (due to boredom because mommy runs out of ways to entertain) all we have to do is go to the grocery store and walk the aisles, that they immediately start smiling at everyone around. Beware Daddy, these girls already have “shopping” in their veins! (That is definitely Mommy’s influence.)

Anna Grace and Rebecca Joy trying hard not to be cute. It's not working.
Anna Grace and Rebecca Joy trying hard not to be cute. It's not working.

Rebecca Joy is a bundle of joy, although with her, everything is a little exaggerated – from eating to sleeping. She does not cry much, but when she does, its with sobs and tears and the whole works. She has learned how to squeal and the neighbors keep telling me they love to hear her!

Anna Grace is definitely more graceful, but she is our active child! Her arms and legs are in constant motion. She would prefer to stay awake all day instead of taking naps. She loves to talk and follow you around the room (with her eyes… the crawling days are not far behind). When she smiles, it is with her entire face!

My favorite part of the day with them is first thing in the morning when they wake up! They are so smily and happy to see me. No matter how many times I was up throughout the night, it is all worth it when they give me that huge smile first thing in the morning. I’m trying to “train” them to not wake up at 6:45 every morning, so I put them in their swing (they are still sleeping in our room) until about 7:15-7:30. However, they are usually so awake, that they will talk to themselves quietly for about 15 min. and then the louder squeals/calls start coming. I just lay in bed and smile.

Now enjoy a quick video of the girls!

Nate has been very busy with the new PAZ website launch and also setting things up for the PAZ church’s CD recording. Although he is busy, he still takes time out of his day to play with the girls and take lots of pictures. He will even occasionally change a dirty diaper!

We are all getting very excited about our trip to the USA this August. We tell the girls of all the fun we are going to have and all the wonderful people they are going to meet.

Well, that’s it for now… but we’ll keep you informed on the latest Reutter girls’ acheivements!

Love,
Ruth, for the family

PS. For the 2 months that we are in the US, we were wondering if anyone has 2 highchairs and a double stroller we could borrow. Thanks!

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Our New Life with Rebecca & Anna (Video)

Here’s a fun, quick video of our twins, Rebecca and Anna. Welcome to our fun new life! It involves a whole lot of baby time like this – it’s 2 full-time jobs. Fortunately our cell group meets in our house, our disciples come here for discipleship, my current work with PAZ involves all kinds of creative work (website, video, etc) I can do from home. And best of all, we can meet with God wherever we are. In other words- we hardly leave the house, except for when I go to church for meetings, practices and worship on Sunday! But God has sure blessed us with this work that we can do from our home! Enjoy this cute video!

And those are earrings you see! Yes, here in Brazil, all little girls have earrings as soon as they’re born. We waited until they were both healthy before piercing their ears, but now they’re all ready for a girly life in Brazil.

Be praying for continued growth and better sleeping and eating patterns. Right now they sleep for 3 hours straight at night (on a good night) until they wake up and need to be fed. So mom and dad don’t get a lot of sleep. And then they are full-time work for 2 people during the day. I (Nate) will be launching a brand new PAZ site with videos and lots of great new content in the next month or so. After that, I will be starting a big worship CD project with the church. Actually, it’s already started, they’re just waiting for me to start recording!

And in the midst of all of this, we never forget our primary God-given purpose- make disciples! We plan to multiply our cell group early April, which means lots of visiting, sharing Christ, starting discipleships and developing leaders. Whew! But with God’s help, we can do everything He’s called and equipped us to do. Thank you so much for your prayers and support. They continue to have a big impact in and through us!