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Urbanova congregation

Just a reminder: We meet in our home in the Urbanova area of SJCampos. When the lockdown came, we divided our group up into three smaller groups, to meet in homes.

  • Vicki set up a study with a new visitor Dec. 20. She and Andrezza will begin studying Tues. Andrezza is a new student of Paulo’s at the gym and he studied with her once there and invited her to our meeting.
  • We’re broadcasting our Sunday meetings via Jitsi. Some nine or 10 were online for it Dec. 20.
  • We had a record number Dec. 13, since the lockdown began. Some of the Satelite group met with us, plus a Christian couple who live in Canada, to make 17 total. It’s a large number for our living room, considering the lockdown, but everyone seemed to be comfortable.
  • The two Sundays previous to Dec. 20 Paulo and Bruno preached and both did great jobs.
  • Our home renovation has almost finished, and none too soon for our mental health. The renovation opens up more space for our meetings.
  • At the gym we had the second and third lessons in the 5×5 evangelistic series on Dec. 3 and 17. At the latter, we talked about the steps to salvation. One gym student participated briefly. We had 6-7 present via the Jitsi software, from several different states.
  • The biweekly gym study is slow to restart, considering lockdown, virus fears, and, now, holidays.
  • Paulo and I have studied together every Saturday thus far this month, on the topic of suffering.
  • Pedro and I studied once as we’ve been reading through the book of Job.

Brazil publications

  • December’s issue of Edificação magazine was published early in the month. Its theme is the letter of 2 John. We’re 10 for 10 for the year.
  • We’re reformatting the magazine to go all digital in 2021. This is the first change of the format in several years.
  • Books galore are in preparation, among them the dictionary of biblical vocabulary, a book by Barry Newton, and others.
  • We’ve been using our digital hymnal since June. This month we’ll offer it to others on a subscription basis.

Please pray

  • For our (physical and spiritual) families’ work and wellbeing during the lockdown.
  • That all the saints may remain faithful during this period of isolation.
  • That more may study and be saved.
  • That Paulo and family may find another house to rent.
  • For our continued level of support from kind congregations and friends.
  • That Vicki and I may remain well in health and heart, for uninterrupted service.

What say you?

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