Thursday, January 28, 2016

"Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my Heart"

I have the awesome privilege of being a part of our praise and worship team at our church, IBA Porto.  I have been greatly affected this week by the words of a classic hymn we have been rehearsing, "Be Thou My Vision."  One of the verses of the hymn says it this way:

"Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise,
Thou mine inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art."

May that be our daily prayer, that He alone is our treasure and inheritance!

A Christmas Concert
During the Christmas holidays we were blessed with the opportunity to invite unsaved friends and family to come hear about the true reason for Christmas.  We sang about the miracle of the virgin birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and how He came and died for us, and rose again!  Many were confronted by the Gospel, and we are in constant prayer that the Holy Spirit would work in their hearts to bring them to Him!
We were also able to present the same concert in the prison that I have shared about in the past.  Many men came and heard the Gospel.  The Lord is doing great things!  Please be in prayer for all of these people who have heard the Gospel!

The Big Move
We are officially residents of the city of Alfena, Portugal!  The move has not been without its difficulties and frustrations, but we are getting settled and excited for what the Lord has in store.  As we have shared in the past, our vision is to get completely immersed in the community in which we live, being in prayer that the Lord will bring natural opportunities for us to share the Gospel to those around us.  This will also include starting a Casa Farol (Lighthouse) in our home as soon as we can.  Please be in fervent prayer that we will be wise in our decisions, and that the enemy would not find foothold as we look to shine the light of Christ in this lost community in which we live.

30 Weeks!
We covet your prayers as we move closer to the birth of our fifth child.  Caryne and baby are doing well. There will be more doctor's visits now as we are approaching the last 10 weeks of pregnancy.  Pray that we will get to the hospital in a timely fashion this time around!  Thank you so much for your partnership with us here in Portugal!