Archive for August, 2009

The Gospel for Brazil church in Tiangua was broken into recently, and suffered significant damages but not as extensive as originally thought.  Please read Joe’s update and how to donate to assist the church in repairs.

Original Post from Joe Carr (www.joecarr.wordpress.com)

God is good!

Here is the latest from pastor Danilo in Tianguá:

The police told me that the motive of the entry was to obtain crack cocaine. Anything of value will be stolen to fuel the addiction. Crack is the drug of choice of the teens and children here in Tianguá. The police think that two adults were responsible for destroying the metal grates and door and that a small child was then inserted into the opening they made. The child was instructed to take anything electronic and the only thing actually stolen was a DVD player that is used to show evangelistic films in our children’s ministry. In Tianguá 80% of all murders, rapes and robberies are committed by minors.

As is so often the case, the damage from the entry was far more expensive than that which was stolen. Additionally, the cost to repair the doors, door frames and wall is going to cost much less than expected due to the donation of time and labor by locals.It is thought that since the church is doing so much work in the drug/prostitution community that they have become a convenient target; people know where they are. Isn’t that cool?

We are going to raise and send $500 to the church. Some of you have already given contributions and others would like to help. You may send checks, payable to Gospel for Brazil and memo-ed “Tiangua,” to Gospel for Brazil, 803 S College Rd, Ste D, Wilmington, NC 28403. Of course cash works well also!

If you would like to use a credit or debit card, please click on this link:

http://joecarr.wordpress.com/2009/08/27/tiangua-attack-update/

It will take you to Joe’s site and from there you can click on the “Donate” button, which will take you to the PayPal link for the donation.

All donations are tax-deductible.

Anything we receive in excess of the $500 will be forward to the church for the purchase of another DVD and for use with their evangelistic outreach.

Thank you for all of your concern and prayers!

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We have been journeying south to Brazil with Gospel for Brazil since 2004 (four missions total) to share the truth, grace, love and hope of Jesus Christ with the lost and hurting of Brazil, particularly the northeast desert region of the state of Ceara.  Each and every trip we come back stronger christians with a greater knowledge of God’s Ways and changed as people.  You can’t walk into the fire without a lot of old and unclean ways of this world being burned off to be left behind in a pile of ashes. 

When we are in Brazil, we know we are walking in the center of God’s Will for us.  We know we are there for a specific purpose, as a group and as an individual.  We may not fully know all of God’s purpose for us being in the desert of Brazil but it’s not important we have it all figured out. 

However, we often get asked, “Why do you go?” or “Is it worth it?”  or “Couldn’t you just send the money you’re wasting by going to the ones in need?”  And this is from fellow christians.  Most of the time, I don’t even indulge the ignorance.  You just won’t convince them of it’s true spiritual value.

So, as confirmation to us that go and to all christians, I would like to share a letter that our GFB pastor in Tiangua sent to Joe.  I think it answers these questions perfectly.

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“You’re the God of this City {Ubauna}, You’re the King of these people, You’re the The Lord of this Nation {Brazil}, You Are

You’re the Light in this Darkness, You’re the Hope to the hopeless, You’re the Peace to the restless, You Are

There is no one like our God, there is no like our God

Greater things are yet to come, Greater things are yet to be done in this city.” 

Chris Tomlin – God of This City

Five years ago, our crazy Jesus Caravan made it’s first journey into the Heart of Darkness to the small, spiritually oppressed desert village of Ubauna.  We were like a band of gypsies drawn by a force within us that was greater than our doubt and resistence could overcome; to an area that we never would have comtemplated visiting for any reason, much less to bring hope and reconciliation to a lost and oppressed people.

Some of us recognized the force pulling us into the Heart of Darkness, some of us didn’t.  We just knew that was where we needed to be during that particular moment in time.  We weren’t really sure what to do, what to say or where we needed to be but people were still touched and redeemed by our message of mercy, grace and hope in Jesus Christ.   For most, it was the first time that they had ever heard the truth of Jesus.

For the generations that had come before, Christ was just a figment of their imaginations, a glorified foot-washer to the Virgin Mary or a stranger that had passed by on his way to someplace else.  Satan and his roadies ruled this area, blinding the people to the real faith, hope and love of the true God.

If not for a woman hungry for the truth of Jesus crying out to God in the middle of the desert, “to send someone, anyone that can bring us the real Jesus and teach us His Ways,”  the area may still be engulfed in darkness.  But God is God and He heard and placed a spiritual telephone call to Joe Carr’s spirit, placing a burden on his heart for the people of  Ubauna.  So off we went, a true vagabond of spiritual young’ens to do just that – tell them and SHOW them the true Jesus.

We met them where they were and we walked with them for a couple weeks.  We hugged them, we held hands with them and we told them that the one, true Lord wanted desperately to know them and live among them.  That He wanted to give them a love, a hope and a faith that was real and would forever change them and their village. 

We told them and many believed it…until we left, leaving behind no one that could remind them on a daily basis who they now were in Christ.  We had no missionary or pastor to lead God’s new little flock.  It didn’t take long before many stopped believing and walked back into the fold of Macumba Spiritism and Catholic Mysticism.  If God was their God and the God of Ubauna, then why had He left.

However, God doesn’t start something that He doesn’t see to completion, whenever that may come.  So in 2007, he sent Audrey and Andreia Feitoza to Ubauna as Gospel for Brazil’s first full-time missionaries, and the spiritual marathon began in earnest.  Now, just two years later,  Ubauna now knows the real love, hope and grace of Jesus Christ.  They have seen Jesus walk among them and they believe.  Children and families are being fed and nourished and not left to die alone and without hope.  Disciples are being grown and raised up to continue telling this region about the real Jesus.

Although there is still some darkness lingering, refusing to go quietly, Ubauna has been brought into the Light of Jesus Christ and satan has been reminded, once again, that he is a defeated foe at the mercy of the authority and power of Jesus.  What once was a village that had 13 Macumba temples is now a village that has only one.  Soon, that will be put to death.  What once was a village that had 100+ people turn out for its annual Macumba/Spiritist Festival has been reduced to just 13 participants this past year.  The “community organizer” was so livid at Jesus because He had stolen her congregants, she ran through the streets cursing Jesus like a demon-crazed lunatic.  Man, wish I could have witnessed that. 

As for the Catholic Mysticism church, God will deal with that shortly, and not kindly.

When I think of where this started and where God has brought Gospel for Brazil, I am overwhelmed with happiness and joy.  We have three GFB churches in the fold now and will be adding more within the next year, including more missionaries to the crew of several we already have.

Now, when we leave after spending two weeks among our brothers and sisters in Christ and the people of Brazil, they don’t forget.  They don’t forget that God is truly the God of Ubauna, and the God of Brazil, even if many in the nation don’t realize it or have forgotten…but that will change, that too will change.  Just ask the people of Ubauna.

 

“Sometimes at night, I see their faces

I feel the traces they’ve left on my soul

And those are the memories

That make me a wealthy soul

Yea, those are the memories that make me a wealthy soul”

Bob Seger, Travelin Man

 

 

 

Saudade – Longing, nostalgia.  A yearning. To miss or long for.

Saudade is an expression that Brazilians use to express a state of deep spiritual and emotional yearning for or longing.  It transcends the superficiality that often accompanies our statement of “I miss you.”  It’s a missing of something, or someone so much that you experience a sense of grief for that person or place that you just left.

This is the state that we find ourselves in since returning from Brazil two days ago.  Although we are physically in Savannah, our hearts, souls and spirits are still in Brazil with our Brazilian brothers and sisters in Christ, and all the families and children we have been honored to spend time with over the two weeks we were away.   Each person, especially the children, has touched us deeply, and left traces of themselves on our souls.  The people are so full of life and love that it’s humbling to experience.  In turn, we have come home with a little less of our hearts and souls because pieces of them were left behind to forever live among the people of Brazil. 

Since we first trekked several thousand miles south in 2004, God has grown a passion and love in us for the country and people of Brazil.  Each trip, more and more of ourselves are left behind and we become a little more Brazilian.  It’s a passion and love that doesn’t make sense from the world’s perspective but not many things of God do.  We don’t try to understand or figure it out, we just embrace this passion, this love for Brazil that He has given to us.  Not only have we embraced it but it has become a driving force and influence in our lives.  There’s not many days that go by that we don’t think of Brazil, its people and how Gospel for Brazil is making a true, real difference in the northeastern desert region of this country through the light of Jesus Christ.  Lives are being saved, hope is springing forth and spiritual strongholds are being destroyed.  People are knowing geniune love, mercy and grace for the first time in their lives, and it’s inspiring a new generation of disciples for Christ.  It’s awe-inspiring and at times too much to comprehend.

Although we are filled with a yearning and longing tinged with grief for Brazil tonight, we are so filled with a contentment and peace in knowing that for two weeks we were honored and priviledged to have spent time with an awesome group of Jesus Freaks that journeyed far from home to do God’s work, and the people of Brazil.  Lives were changed on both sides of the mission, and the Holy Spirit worked in us and through us in a mightly way that has changed us and brought us into a deeper understanding of God’s awesome Power and Authority.  He loves us so much and is so anxious to give us all of Himself.  That’s why He sends us to Brazil each summer, so that we can know Him and His ways more but most importantly, so we can bring this love that is found only through His Son, Jesus Christ to the lost and hurting of Brazil. 

Tonight, as we get ready to start our crazy lives again here in the States, we sit with heavy hearts, wishing that we had had just a little more time with our brothers and sisters in Christ, our families and our children in Brazil.  So, to the Jesus Caravan that we were honored to be a part of for two weeks and to the country and people of Brazil, we say…

 “Obrigado, Nos amamos voces e voces estarao sempre em nos os  corações.”  

Patrick and Christy

In several hours, we`ll be getting onto our plane and heading home, saddened to be ending our time in Brazil, and getting back to the reality of our daily lives.  Man, the time has gone by just too quickly.  We need more of Brazil but America is calling us home.

The trip has been an awesome, God-centered and Holy Spirit-driven experience into the heavenly realms that has left a deep impact on everyone involved, causing each of us to leave a part of ourselves in Brazil with the people we have been honored to share Jesus with and worship with. 

Seeing how far God has brought our “little“ mission ministry is humbling, and we are so thankful that God has allowed us to be a part of it.  Lives are being reached for Christ, hope is being brought to a desolete and hopeless people and spiritual strongholds are being shattered. 

I wish I had the time now to tell about all that has happened but it will have to wait.  I will be writing about our experiences over the next several weeks so please visit to read how God is moving in Brazil.

Until next time – Boa tarde and tchau!

Bom Dia!  Well, we`ve been in Brazil since early Monday, and it´s already been a spiritually charged trip.  After many delays on Sunday, we all made it to the plane that would send us south (questionable at one time), and spent the next eight and a half hours cramped, uncomfortable and sleepless.  But after three previous trips, we knew what to expect.

We finally arrived in Fortaleza at 7:35 am Monday morning, and we`ve been running since.  Although we had had roughly 15-45 mins of sleep, we went rocking over to the Davis Lar Orphanage for some Holy Spirit-led fun with Wade, Michelle, Alie, Brie and the kids.  Wow!  What a great time of fellowship.  We had two of the children pray over and for us for our trip and then we were able to pray for them.  We then went over to their new property and prayed over it.  We returned to the hotel for a good dinner, a coconut and some desperately needed rest.

Yesterday was spent learning the songs to sing and worshipping with some of our Brazilian brothers and sisters.  This is always a highlight of our trip when we get to fellowship with them.  They bring an intensity and passion to worship that is refreshing and not often seen in America. 

Oh, and we also had an afternoon cleansing unclean spirits from us and some speaking in tongues….well, at least for me.  What an awesome breakthrough I experienced and I feel so blessed to be finally stepping into the heavenlies.  I sense it is just the beginning to God unleashing the warrior inside that can walk into the darkness and rip souls from satan`s grasps.  Awesome!

Anyway, my time on the computer is running short and we`ll be heading to Ubauna shortly….if our buses get here.  LOL.  Like Forrest said, `Life in Brazil is like a box of chocolates…you never know what you`re gonna get.` 

Please keep praying for us and for the people of Brazil.  I hope to post at least once more but please check out Joe`s site daily (link on my page.)

Tchau!

Patrick