Dear Praying Family and Friends,
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My load is light.” Matthew 11:28-30. These are the words of Jesus Christ. He tells us that He is the only way to heaven and He is our only Savior. These verses were shared by a Pastor from the states who came to help us with the floating house construction.
Praise: Our first team from the states was a great blessing to us this month. The team of three men arrived in Manaus on March 1st and they were with us until March 9th. While they were here in Brazil they worked really hard on many different projects on the floating house. Some of the work that was completed included putting up rain gutters, enclosing the gables, framing in the ceilings, sanding inside doors and other wood and putting up some of the inside walls. We are grateful for their hard work and help! We appreciated everyone’s prayers and support during the week they were here.
The construction on the floating house is moving along quite nicely. We are seeing many changes on it daily and we praise the Lord for His provisions. We think that it will take us another three weeks before we will be living on it. Please keep praying for God’s will to be done as we get closer to moving the floating house to our primary ministry location. Pray that hearts would be open to hear the Gospel message.
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Please pray for those affected by the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that hit northeast Japan on March 11, 2011. A missionary writes, “Please pray for our colleagues in Japan, both American and Brazilian. Pray for opportunities to share the light of Jesus in the mist of suffering and pain in a country that has less than .05% Christianity. CompassionNet adds, “As we hear about the devastating 8.9 earthquake that struck Japan, our hearts go out to all who are suffering such tremendous loss. We thank the Father that all of our IMB workers in Japan are safe and accounted for. Please pray for them as they are in the midst of this ongoing tragedy, asking God to comfort them, continue to protect them and use them according to His purposes. Pray for Japanese Baptists who are dealing with this national tragedy. Pray that God will give wisdom and guidance to all who are involved in rescue and relief efforts. Pray that the Japanese people will know of God’s great love for them.”
Don will be in Peru for some training March 20-25. He will be learning how we can use common issues in communities as an inroad to presenting the Gospel to those that live there. It is one way that we can meet the needs of the people but at the same time give the people a chance to transform their spiritual lives. Please pray for those that will be leading the training as well as the missionaries who will be there. Also, remember the spouses that will be staying at home during this week.
Please give so people in the United States and Canada can hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions was March 6-13, 2011. The Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® is much more than an offering envelope and an annual missions-giving emphasis. When people give to the offering, 100 percent of their gift will be transformed into missionary salaries and ministry supplies. Those missionaries and supplies will help others hear the message of Christ and respond in faith to His offer of salvation. Time and again our missionaries relate how the offering is their lifeblood. They know that behind each penny given, there is a Southern Baptist who believes in what they do and are affirming the need to equip them to share the gospel with those who need a Savior. www.anniearmstrong.com
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.
1.) 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.
2.) 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.
3.) Please continue to pray for our two daughters and son-in-law.
4.) Please pray for our parents and other family members.
5.) 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