Received February 15, 2011
Dear Praying Family and Friends,
The earth is the Lord’s and all it contains, the world and those who dwell in it. For He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. Psalm 24:1-2. Everything we have in life belongs to the Lord. Therefore, we should be willing to give Him our time, wealth and devotion. If He would ask you to give up something for Him would you be willing?
Praise the Lord! We want to thank-you for your continued prayers for us and the construction of the floating house. It has been another productive month for us in the building of the floating house. Here is what transpired. It took us seven days to sand the floors. We used hand-held sanders because Brazil does not have big sanders that you can walk behind. That meant for a whole week we were down on our hands and knees. After the floors were sanded, the wood arrived for the outside walls. The wood was wet when we got it because it came directly out of the forest. Thus, we had to wait two to three weeks for it to dry before we could nail it up to enclose the house. Right now we are in the process of putting up the outside walls. While we waited for the wood to dry we continued to build all the frames of the inside walls. This was an interesting project also. The wood that is used for the studs here are not square or smooth when you get them. It takes time to square cut each board before you can measure and cut the board for the length that you need it. Once the frame of the wall is in place, you must sand it down to make it smooth. Next, we had the three bathroom floors fiber glassed. For this project, we hired a man and his apprentice who did a great job. Also, a friend at church who is an electrician helped us wire the whole house for electricity. Some of you have been asking, “How big is the floating house?” The outside measurements are 33feet by 66feet. The livable space inside the house is 23feet by 52feet.
Another praise that we would like to share is we have a team of three men coming from Oklahoma on a mission trip to help us finish the construction of the floating house. They will be in Manaus March 1-9, 2011. Please pray for this team as they prepare for their trip. While they are here, they will be helping us put PVC on the inside walls, framing in some of the ceilings, sanding and varnishing wooden doors, painting the outside walls, varnishing the inside floors, painting the outside walk around, putting up gutters and doing whatever else is needed to get the floating house close to being done. They will also have an opportunity to evangelize and minister with us as we help the homeless adults on Wednesday night. We are looking forward to having our first team come from the states to help us!!
Please pray for those that will be participating in Carnival this year. Carnival is going to be here March 5-8, 2011. Carnival is an annual party that is held forty days before Easter. On certain days of Lent, Roman Catholics and some other denominations traditionally abstain from the consumption of meat and poultry, hence the term carnival meaning “to remove meat.” Celebrations are a farewell to bad things in a season of religious discipline to practice repentance and prepare for Christ’s death and resurrection. With these celebrations and partying comes sexual immorality, alcohol consumption and many other “sins of the flesh.” Rhythm, participation and festive costumes vary from one region of Brazil to another. Examples include organized parades led by samba schools, public parades and minor parades. Carnival is heavily influenced by the African-Brazilian culture and it is mixed with cultural depictions of local folklore. Carnival is the most famous holiday in Brazil: the country stops completely for almost a week and festivities are intense day and night. The consumption of beer alone accounts for 80% of annual consumption and tourism receives 70% of annual visitors. The government distributes condoms and launches awareness campaigns during this time to help curb the spread of AIDS.
Please continue to pray for Pastor Brelaz and the treatment center for the homeless. Our Pastor is making lots of trips to the place where the treatment center is located. He still has many decisions that he is trying to make concerning it. There is a lot left to do before he can move homeless people off the streets so they can receive physical, mental and spiritual help. Pastor Brelaz has created a site on the internet that will help people know how to specifically pray and what is happening with it. Feel free to check it out at: www.casareviveramazonas.com.
- Please pray for us as we get ready to move onto the floating house. We hope to make our goal of February 22, 2011 but there is a still lot of work that we need to have finished before this date.
- Pray for the Lord to give us wisdom as we continue to build the floating house. It has been exciting for us to see it coming together! With each passing day, we are able to see the work that is being accomplished and praise the Lord for His provisions.
- Continue to pray for Afonso (the man who was building the floating house) and his family. Pray that we can still have a relationship with him and his family.
- Please pray that we would be “bold witnesses for Christ” to the men at the marina where our floating house is being built and to all the Brazilians here.
- Please continue to pray for our two daughters and son-in-law.
- Please pray for our parents and other family members.
- Please continue to pray for the homeless adults and children who live on the streets in Manaus. May we continue to be used by the Lord each Wednesday night as we minister to them.
God has truly blessed us to have you all as part of our team!! We want to thank you for all your prayers and encouraging emails. We love you all.
For the glory and honor of Jesus Christ,
Don and Dawn Friesen
Rua Marques da Vila Real Telephone:
Da Praia Grande 03 Don’s cell: (92)9140-5575
Pq Das Laranjeiras Dawn’s cell: (92)9272-7897
69058-100 Manaus, AM
We pray that this update finds you well. Thanks for your continured prayers.