June 12, 2011
Dear Praying Family and Friends,
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him and I am helped; therefore my heart exults and with my song I shall thank Him.” Psalm 28:7. The Lord has been our source of strength and our shield in these past five months of the construction of the floating house. We give Him all honor, glory and thanks for His faithfulness.
Thank you for lifting us up to the Lord in prayer. Finally, we achieved our goal! We moved on to the floating house on May 26, 2011. As of this letter, we have slept in our new home for 8 nights. We praise the Lord for His goodness and for His provisions!! The floating house is already a huge blessing and we are enjoying the fruits of so many answered prayers!!
Thank you for praying. Kandi, our youngest daughter, had a difficult time with her flights to Brazil. Because of bad weather and tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas, she was delayed two full days and all of her flights had to be rescheduled. Instead of 8 hours of flying and 8 hours of layovers she had 20 hours of flying and 28 hours of layovers! Thus, we are thankful that she is finally here in Manaus with us! She will be here until August 23, 2011. Kandi’s friend, Maggie also had to reschedule some of her flights but she made it here too. Maggie will be here with us until the end of July.
Our move to the floating house: After Kandi and Maggie arrived here on Thursday, May 26th, we took them to the mission apartment so they could take showers because we didn’t have the water completely hooked up yet on the floating house. Then, we loaded our truck with some essentials from the apartment and we headed to the marina where the floating house is parked. Don finished hooking up the water, Dawn started putting things in order on the floating house and Kandi and Maggie explored the new house and went fishing. Friday and Saturday were spent moving appliances and the rest of our things to the floating house.
Trip to our first destination point: Sunday, May 30th we took an eight day trip to three different villages. Our main purpose for this trip was to see the area where we will be moving the floating house for the first time in August or September. We made some valuable contacts and we scouted out some areas that will work for us to park the floating house.
Please pray for our daughter Annie and her husband Jay. They are coming for a two week visit. They leave today from Oklahoma City and they should arrive in Manaus tomorrow at 12:45pm. We are excited that they are coming! We are looking forward to all our family being together!! This will be Jay’s first time in Brazil.
Please continue to pray for Pastor Brelaz and the treatment center. God is moving among the homeless in Manaus. Pastor Brelaz is seeing lives changed as they are taken off the street and moved to the treatment center. R and L continue to share their personal testimonies of salvation in churches and to their friends who are homeless on the street. The website for the treatment center/homeless ministry now has photos on it. Check it out at www.casareviveramazonas.com just click on photos on the left hand side of the webpage.
Please pray that the homeless adults and children in Manaus would understand that God loves them and that they would give their lives to Jesus Christ. Pray that God would change their lives and that He would give them the power to break their addictions.
- Continue to pray for Afonso (the man who was building the floating house) and his family.
- Please pray that we would be “bold witnesses for Christ” to the men at the marina where the floating house is parked and to all the Brazilians here.
- Please pray for our parents and other family members.
- Please pray that we would be obedient to do God’s will and not our own.
God has truly blessed us to have you all as part of our team!! We want to thank you for all your prayers, support and encouraging emails. We love you all.
For the glory and honor of Jesus Christ,
Don and Dawn Friesen