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Awesome Things Happening in Brazil

Andy Lashley - Tuesday, August 05, 2014

From our missionaries Allen & Robin Dutton:

Dear friends and family,

Let me update you on the many things that have happened in Campinas.

Since the beginning of the year the Lord has blessed us with numerical and spiritual growth both at the Guanabara and Campo Grande congregations.  We have had 24 baptisms since the beginning of the year.  Fourteen at Guanabara and 10 at Campo Grande.  From these 24 baptisms, 17 happened in June and July.  Many of these again are the result of the theology classes that ended at the end of May.  Once again the theology classes have proven to be a great tool for evangelism.  Last Sunday we had 5 baptisms at Campo Grande from the same family.

I want to tell you about Mr. Deoclides and his wife Alice and their daughter Matilde.  He is 70 years old and his wife is 66 years old.  Matilde, their daughter is 44 years old.  She is married and has one child.  They began attending our worship services at the beginning of 2014.  They were first invited to a home Bible study at the house of one of our members.  I remember Mr. Deoclides saying, “I have been to so many different churches, I do not want to be a part of any other.  I will go to your Bible study because you invited me.  But do not expect me or my family to go to church.”  It did not take long for him to change his mind.  He wanted to see in a larger scale what he was learning in that small home Bible study.  I invited them to go through the theology course that began in March.  All three did.  After the course ended, Matilde told me she wanted to study more about baptism because she was in doubt her previous one was valid.  I then asked her parents to accompany her in this Bible study because I wanted Mr. Deoclides and his wife Alice to study along with their daughter.  They thought I wanted them in the study to give support to their daughter.  My intentions were for them to hear what I was going to study with their daughter and help them with their decision as well.  God blessed our study and the seed that was planted at the beginning of the year produced fruit.  All three of them realized they needed to be baptized for the right reasons now.  They were immersed into Jesus on June 1st.  Their other daughter Erenides began studying the Bible as well and she was also baptized into Jesus on July 24th.  What a great family to have united in Jesus.

 Above: Allen with the Deoclides family

We graduated 100 students in our theology classes.  At the Guanabara congregation we had 60 students finishing the course at the end of May and receiving their certificates.  These classes met on Monday nights from 7-10pm for 12 weeks.  At the Campo Grande congregation we had 40 students finishing the course and receiving their certificates.  These classes met on Tuesday nights from 7-10pm for 12 weeks.  Both classes had great Bible students and I believe they were one the best groups we have had since these classes began in 2002.  Many continue studying now in a personal Bible study both with Alisson and myself.  Please continue to pray for more conversions. 

We had a wonderful visit from the Arbuckle family.  Bill, Amy, Will, Justin and Jemma came from Edmond, OK and spent three weeks with us here in Campinas.  What a great time we had.  I want to commend Bill and Amy and their children for having such great caring and serving spirits.  They came to encourage our family and the church as well as to work a lot.  Many of the members became close  friends with the Arbuckles even taking them around the city.  What great representatives of love they were everyday.  

 

Above: Arbuckles and Duttons

After almost one year to the date of waiting patiently (and sometimes not so very patiently) we received wonderful news on the 24th of July.  The city hall gave us our permits to tear down the house next door to our building and to begin the addition to our auditorium.  What a wonderful day that was.  On the 25th  the bulldozers were already working and by the 26th the lot was completely empty.  It took us one year to get the permits and one day to tear down the house.  We have met with the engineers and architects and construction will actually begin August 11th.  They have promised us it will be built in four months ( I know better than to believe themJ).  I am just happy we will now be able to enlarge our auditorium.  We surely need it.  We are averaging 160 in worship service now in a building that seats 130.  Last Sunday we had 171 in worship service.  Please take a moment to thank our God for hearing our prayers and for giving us this wonderful blessing. 

Above: Demolition in progress!

Finally, we just began another group of theology classes at the Guanabara congregation.  We had 98 present for our first class.  Praise God!

We love you and pray for you every day,

Allen and Robin Dutton       

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