As you may know, we are celebrating ten years in Brazil. Ten years of ministry, ten years of life. Ten of the best years of our lives for us. Three kids born and raised here. Churches planted, pastors trained. So much ministry activity. It was a pleasure to give the best years of our life to the people and country we love!
Yet recently, we have felt like our time in Brazil was coming to an end. And just when we didn’t expect it, God opened up an amazing door for us.
I’ll be serving as the pastor of the Brazilian ministry campus at First Baptist Orlando. There’s an enormous amount of Brazilians both at the church as well as in Orlando, so the opportunity is incredible for us. We’ll be working at a church with a great reputation in the city. We couldn’t be more happy about the opportunity.
We are also sad that we are leaving Rio. We love Rio and have loved living in Brazil. So many years, so many memories. It is hard to say goodbye! Fortunately, while we are leaving Brazil, we won’t be leaving Brazilians. Orlando is the backyard of Brazil.
God has given us this opportunity. And what I’ve noticed over the years is this… When a cycle of our lives is coming to an end, the hand of God is clearly in it. We don’t need to force His hand. We simply need to follow the clear leading of the Spirit. What a privilege it is to be a Christian!
In the coming days and weeks we will be saying a lot of goodbyes and hellos. Pray for us. It’s an emotional time. Pray for our kids adaptation, for a smooth transition, for our churches and ministry in Brazil (that will continue), for our new work. Pray that God grants much grace.
What about our ministries? Pastor Cristiano Gaspar will lead Igreja do Redentor. Craig Weyandt will serve as the interim pastor at Union. Cristiano and the team will continue with Restore Brazil, which I will continue to lead from the US, and I will continue leading A29 Brazil in the short term.
Would you commit to praying for our family and ministry during this time?
Jay, Lu and family