A big thanks to all of our prayer and financial supporters. You guys are a tremendous blessing; we could not do this without you!
Departure Date/Health Update
Athena saw both her surgeon and oncologist this week. They are pleased with her progress. We are grateful that her CT scan last week showed no growth in the lung nodule that was discovered this summer. This nodule could be something Athena was born with, an infection, scar tissue or a malignancy. The oncologist said that since it has not grown so far, he doesn’t expect that it will be a problem. However, standard procedure is to monitor a nodule for at least a year before deciding “it’s nothing to worry about.” Athena will have another chest CT in March.
While we are disappointed at not being able to return to Brazil at the end of December, we clearly see that God has said, “Wait.” In addition to needing another CT, the airline luggage embargo that was to start January 1st was suddenly moved up to include all of December, tickets on other airlines are running as high as $12,000 for our family, and the person that was coming to help out with the kids’ schooling had to cancel. Right now, we are looking at April 13th as a departure date. This will also allow Lloyd to take a four day course at the beginning of April on servicing and maintaining the engine for the airplane.
Lloyd will be in Brazil from January 14th through February 4th to help with the annual youth retreat. The teens do not yet know that he is coming; it is a surprise. The focus of the retreat is “Running the Race Well”. It will have an Olympic theme. Please start praying now for spiritual growth, salvation decisions, and changes in lifestyles and priorities. Also pray for the many details that still need to be worked out as well as for Lloyd and our coworker, Al, as they will be bringing the 18 messages during the 7 day retreat.
If anyone would like to help out with expenses for the retreat (supplies, activities, meals), donations can be sent to ABWE, P.O. Box 8585, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8585. The account number is 0131663-001. Please indicate it is for the youth retreat.
We are excited that a man and an older teen from Santo Antônio have continued making weekly visits to Betânia to teach after our coworker, David, left for furlough.
Praise God for their faithfulness.
Lloyd just talked with one of the two men who have been leading the congregation in Amaturá. He is going to be moving which will leave just Dácio with the responsibility of keeping the work going. Please pray for Dácio and also that God would provide a pastor for this congregation. It has been four years since their pastor left.
Additional Prayer Requests
Please pray for us to patiently wait on God’s perfect timing for our return to Brazil. Pray about the possibility of someone to travel with us to help with homeschooling for a few months (let us know if you are interested!). We are still needing about $4,000 for passage.
Your partners in reaching the world for Christ, Lloyd, Athena, Julia, Jessica, Jacob, and Lucas Peace