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Patience and Promises

Lynda Neuman on September 9, 2017

According to 2 Pet. 1:4-6  PATIENCE is one of the ways we are to respond to the precious promises God has given in order to help us live our lives in a godly way.  " And because of His glory and excellence He has given us great and precious promises. These are the PROMISES that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world's corruption caused by human desures. In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God's PROMISES. Supplement your faith with . . . PATIENT endurance." We are having to call upon God's PROMISE of always working the best for His...

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The Power of God in Prayer

Lynda Neuman on September 7, 2017

Reading on a mobile device? Choose the mobile-friendly view.   Sept. 7, 2017 We are in prayer these days especially for several situations, believing that the Lord hears and answers our prayers. Last Friday, Sept. 1, we spent several hours with our son-in-law, Pedro, his brother, John, and sister-in-law, Rosimar, hearing more details of how the Lord is answering the prayers of many on behalf of John and Rosimar’s daughter, Jessica. She has had heart valve problems for three years now, involving several surgeries. Most recently she has had a septic infection that brought her to the point that doctors had...

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Moving Again!

Lynda Neuman on September 7, 2017

If you are reading on a mobile device be sure to choose the mobile-friendly view. Another move is in the offing for the Neumans in Brazil. It began as a thought several weeks before we left the US, yet God’s provision was made almost instantly available to us through the announcement of someone from our church putting their house up for rent. This house is just a few blocks away and closer to our church plus it will be less than what we currently pay, with the advantage of much more room. As with any move there are extra costs....

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New Facebook Group

Lynda Neuman on September 7, 2017

For our Faithful Prayer Partners -- It takes a lot of time to write a prayer update.  Often we have so much to report they end up being long and you may find them tedious to read -- especially if you are trying to read them on a mobile device. We have found two solutions to this problem.   1. When you come to our site, it should give you the option of choosing the mobile-friendly view which will adjust the margins down and give more space between lines. That should help you read our monthly updates with more ease. 2. Those of you...

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Japan Trip Report

Jerry Neuman on September 7, 2017

If you are reading this on a mobile device be sure to  choose the mobile-friendly view for easier reading.       Two months have passed since I was in Japan researching the possibilities of ministries for our MMM missionaries. The ramifications continue today.  We now have a better idea how our Brazilian missionaries can reach the Japanese for Christ. I spent the four days in Osaka with a Brazilian pastor and his Latin American Church (Igreja Ágape), which, although predominately Brazilian Portuguese speakers, includes a number of Spanish speaking members from Peru, Bolivia and Chile. I was able to teach and...

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Back to Brazil . . . and Beyond!

Lynda Neuman on September 7, 2017

If you are reading this on a mobile device be sure to choose mobile-friendly view for easier reading June 28, 2017 Dear Prayer Team, One month and 5 days ago, Jerry sent out the last email update -- you would not believe all that has happened in that month! For those of you who have asked to join our secret Facebook group, you have followed the incredible way that God has cared for us in the midst of two car breakdowns and a transmission overhaul, getting financial clearance from ABWE to return to Brazil -- TODAY!!!, finding a place to store...

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Back Home in Beaumont

Lynda Neuman on May 2, 2017

The numbers tell the story of our whirlwind trip to the North. During 40 days we slept in 23 beds! We spoke in 4 Sunday Church services, besides 4 other church prayer meetings, updating them on our ministries and encouraging prayer and financial participation. We met with 12 financially supporting units (individuals or couples) besides 7 prayer supporting units. Lynda spoke to 2 Women's Missionary Fellowships and Jerry presented our MMM ministry at a 3 day Men's Weekend Retreat. In Los Gatos, California we participated in the California Association of Regular Baptist Churches annual meetings, meeting with numerous missionaries, pastors and...

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Heading North

Jerry Neuman on April 21, 2017 Comments (0)

A Persecuted Church and a Free Church? No! As we reported in our last prayer letter, we were planning to attend a conference we thought was on the Persecuted Church. We learned much from a missionary couple who have traveled to over 180 different countries, interviewing those who face persecution on a regular basis, asking: "How do you manage? Is Jesus worth it?"  We learned a number of principles and some surprising ideas. One of them is that there is not a Persecuted Church and a Free Church, but THE CHURCH, the body of Christ. Throughout the New Testament and in the...

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Catch up Time!!

Lynda Neuman on November 11, 2016 Comments (0)

Oh my!  This blog has gone by the wayside with our busy lives! We are determined to try to pick up the pen once more! We need to use this media as a means to stimulate your prayers, so to start please read the attached update about how God has been working out His will in our daily lives. Your participation with us in prayer is so important! We determine to post several times a month to this blog keeping you up to date as to how you can have a part in our ministry through prayer. Be sure to...

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Learning Lessons the Hard Way

Lynda Neuman on June 4, 2012 Comments (0)

 Dear Partner in Ministry,We try to spare our children from making choices in life that are not wise, based on our our own or others' experiences. We don´t always succeed though; sometimes they have to experience life to learn.  It comes a little harder when we, the older, experienced ones, have to admit we are still learning from the hard knocks of life.Take choosing a car, for example.  We bought our current one almost 4 years ago, using what funds we received from our former car and adding some funds received from offerings on a short furlough.  Our choice was...

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What a Week!

Jerry Neuman on May 20, 2012 Comments (0)

Phew!  What a week! (May13-20)  We were counting on your prayers.  I hope you were with us.  We experienced many blessings amidst the busyness of the schedule. To add challenge to a busy week, since our car was in the shop, we were dependent on rides with others or riding the buses, which usually adds 45 min. to an hour one way, except for when going as far as the Bible school and then you can count on an hour and a half.                                     ...

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Getting to the Heart of the Matter

Jerry Neuman on May 12, 2012

David, the Psalmist sang, The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped.Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song will I praise Him.Hebrew is not for the faint at heart.  This semester's class was supposed to be one of the hardest because of the circumstances given us.  Ten are survivors and we are going to continue studying even if it goes beyond the semester to get through it all.  The professor's heart is too sof,t but he really desires that they understand the basics.  Jewels of practical application along the way have...

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What we didn´t plan on was . . .

Jerry Neuman on April 28, 2012

Well Lynda told you Saturday afternoon about how we thought things would go this next week.What we didn't plan on was . . . the news we heard at lunch on Sunday.  A couple in our church has been talking about maybe getting more involved in ministry to the point of possibly going overseas as tent making missionaries.  Brunno told us about the definite steps they are making to go away next January to another seminary that has on-campus housing.  We encouraged this step of faith and rejoiced in the Lord with them.What we didn't plan on was . . . staying...

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Points of Prayer - April 21, 2012

Lynda Neuman on April 21, 2012

  Dear Praying Friends,Life has been flying awfully fast, but I realized today that I must slow down enough to share with you how you can be praying for us in the midst of a very busy weekend.  We are truly grateful for your interest in our ministry and cooperation before the Father's throne for His guidance in what we choose to do and blessing on the results.This has been an intense week as, on top of normal responsibilities, Jerry has been writing a 10-15 pg. paper about the reformation era to be presented in the Theology conference at the...

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Fortaleza to Host the World Cup

Lynda Neuman on April 11, 2012 Comments (0)

  Our city is coming up in the world!  And as it comes up, more opportunities for evangelism are opening up. As our city prepares to host the World Cup in 2014, more and more people are interested in learning English. That is good for our daughter, Lydia, who earns her way teaching English.  That is also good for the cause of evangelism.  How is that you say?  Well, read the new page "Preparing to Evangelize in English" on our webpage and learn how we are gearing up for evangelism to the expatriots who live here and the tourists coming...

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Praying . . . Once Again

Jerry Neuman on March 7, 2012

  A couple of months ago now we asked for prayer for the John Nascimento family in Guyana with regards to needing a visa to stay in the country.  In December the government office said that they would have the process done by the end of January.  We prayed and December passed.  We prayed and January passed by.  We prayed and February passed.  This is all good and an answer to prayer since they were able to stay as long as it was in process.  Last Friday they received notice to appear at the office.  Once again they said the...

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Crisis Prevention, Squeezing Thru & Transition of Ministry

Jerry Neuman on January 5, 2012

Crisis PreventionOur single Maranatha missionary, Eliane Vieira, is needing our prayers in the next week.  She just found out that instead of returning to her home in the Cape Verde Islands on Sunday night she will be having gall bladder surgery.  She came home just for a few weeks to get some much needed rest and some medical attention for environmental allergies, but now her return will be delayed two weeks or so.  Will you please pray for her in these days?Squeezing ThruJeanette is the daughter of German missionaries who have served among Brazilian Indians for almost 30 years.  She...

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In the In-Between Times

Jerry Neuman on December 28, 2011

Luv Him in the mornin' when ya see the sun a risin',Luv Him in the evenin' cause He brought ya through the day,And in the in-between times when ya feel the pressure comin',Remember that He luvs ya and promises to stay . . . with you . . .[1]This week, at least in Brazil, is considered to be the In-Between week: in between celebrations of Christmas and the New Year.  Since school is out, the doctors traveling, the bureaucrats escaping why not consider everything a loss and go along with the In-Between Holiday?  Why not?  Because there are several activities...

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The LORD Listens

Jerry Neuman on December 28, 2011

   The LORD ListensOne of the biggest incentives to our prayer life can be the answer to prayer.  If we really, truly believe the Lord listens and answers our prayers we are encouraged to pray more.  Your getting involved in prayer for missionaries and their prayer requests can become one of the greatest boosts to your prayer life.So let me ask the question: Did you pray for the request we sent out the other day?  Did you believe the Lord listened to your prayer?  Were you expecting an answer soon?He did answer our prayers and here is the reward for your...

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Prayer for the Nascimentos

Jerry Neuman on December 28, 2011

 Urgent Prayer Request  We have just heard from our Maranatha missionaries in Guyana, John Nascimento and Fabiana.  For weeks they have been expecting a response from government officials about their decision to grant visas for them.  Today, Monday, the 19th, they received a call to come and talk with them tomorrow, at 10am.  Typically, this is the way the immigration department uses to inform people that the request was denied and informing them of how long they will have to leave the country.  We've seen it before in several cases of missionaries working in that country.  We are reporting to the...

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East is East and West is West

Jerry Neuman on December 28, 2011

  Rudyard Kipling began his famous poem with the words,   Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,   Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgment Seat;   But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,   When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth!  Sometimes it is hard for me to live on the east coast of Brazil, having been raised on the West Coast of the US: the ocean is just on the wrong side of things!  Culturally though,...

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Filling the Gap

Jerry Neuman on December 28, 2011

 This year John Piper's Desiring God Ministries launched Holy Ambition: To Preach Where Christ Has Not Been Named.  Bob Walsh, the Director of International Outreach, wrote in the preface "In the last century the demographic center of global Christianity has shifted south in a big way. Huge numbers of people are being added to the church daily in Africa, Asia, and South America.[i] But the supply of biblically trained shepherds to lead these churches is in no way keeping pace."We are trying to fill that gap training Christian leaders to be biblically equipped for the task.     Last Saturday night we saw the fruit of our labors...

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Full Steam Ahead . . . well maybe

Jerry Neuman on November 22, 2011

 Imagine with me a steam locomotive heading down the tracks.  The passenger train is full of people going to the many towns up ahead, which also have people waiting to board this train.  All of a sudden you, the coal tender, realize that you have no more coal!  You've got enough to get to the next town or so, but sooner or later, and probably sooner than you want to, you're going to come to a rolling stop!   We are constantly evaluating and re-evaluating which ministries offered to us are most important and which are suited to our gifts, abilities...

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Weaving Two Life Stories

Jerry Neuman on November 15, 2011

Several years ago Diana was my student in Christian Ethics class.  The essence is of this class is that we are to do all for the glory of the Lord.  Diana was also a pre-med student who applied herself and a sweet girl.  Having since specialized in pain control and anesthesia, she is now waiting for a position at the cancer hospital (public care) here in Fortaleza.  She and her family are good friends at the church we attend.Pastor Nilson is probably about 45 years old, having served well here as a pastor, spent about 10 years as a missionary...

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Everything for Life and Godliness

Lynda Neuman on October 9, 2011

   Report on the Biblical Counseling CourseThe apostle Peter began his second letter with the affirmation that through our knowledge of God in His Word, we have been given all that we need to live in a way that pleases God. (the Scriptures are completely sufficient to live a godly lifestyle.)  Holding on with all we have to that truth, we have facilitated the Biblical Counseling Seminars at the Maranatha Seminary (SIBIMA) twice last year and then last month again.  First it was 30 students.  Then it was 120 taking part in two modules.  Then we projected 200 in three modules this time! ...

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Biblical counseling course

Lynda Neuman on September 18, 2011

 Friday, September 17, 2011Dear Praying Friend,It's been far longer than we desired since we last wrote or posted on our website. Life has gotten very busy and complicated. We'll have to explain further in a future letter. For now, we'd like to ask your special co-operaion in prayer during this next week. SIBIMA will be offering the 3rd Course in Biblical counseling from September 19 to 24. We have been very heavily involved in the planning and logistics of bringing this course to Fortaleza. You might remember that in February of last year, due to canceled plans for a special...

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Trips -- Near and Far

Jerry Neuman on August 20, 2011 Comments (2)

It isn’t nice when your only car is in the shop for a week.  It would be easy to get out bent of shape at the problems we are having with our trips around town on the buses, but our trips don’t compare with the ones our pastor is making these days.  Friday morning we sent off, once again, Pastor Jenuan Lira, president of the Maranatha Multi-cultural Ministries mission.  He returned at mid-night last Sunday from a week in the Cape Verde Islands and now, four days later, he is on his way to East Timor. Fortaleza City BusLast Thursday’s experience...

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Pedal 40 - Creative Missions Giving

Lynda Neuman on August 16, 2011 Comments (1)

  R$80,000.00 (=$53,333.00)  -- that's the missions giving goal for 2011 at Igreja Bíblica Batista Planalto (IBBP) where we attend.  How did we arrive at that amount??  By adding up all our commitments to missionaries: monthly support commitments plus benefits such as 13th salary that are expected here.  Last year the goal was R$40,000.  This year we added 2 new missionary families -- João Sousa, MMM missionary to Guyana and Vasily, a  Russian missionary pastor in Turkmenistan who cares for several congregations all at once.   So our goal was doubled!  Somewhat daunting, you say??  Discouraging, when half-way through the year we only had about 1/3 of our full...

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Post Semester Reflections

Jerry and Lynda Neuman on August 8, 2011 Comments (0)

    POST SEMESTER REFLECTIONS REFLECTIONS OF A ROOKIE   by Lynda Teaching the Ladies' Christian Worker class this last semester was my first experience on my own at the seminary level, so I went into it with a bit of trepidation.  My perspective being somewhat different from what was passed down from previous teachers, I decided to come up with my own material, making it a greater challenge yet. God graciously gave me a small group with which to work, all very desirous of serving God and reflecting His character in the way they live their daily lives. Each lady has a...

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God's Blessings on Family

Lynda Neuman on July 9, 2011 Comments (2)

 FAMILY CONCERNS  One of the biggest challenges of serving the Lord in distant places, is the distance this oftens puts between us and our loved ones. When we moved to Brazil in 1984, we recognized that distance would limit our opportunities to be with our respective families and many friends scattered up and down the West Coast and across the US. As our family grew, this distance began to separate us from our children and their families as well, some in the US, some in other parts of Brazil.  The times when we are all able to be together become fewer with greater times between, yet we cherish...

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Spring 2011

Lynda Neuman on May 24, 2011

 The first months of this year have been some of the busiest we’ve had in our missionary service.  The last week of January was the Christ on Campus week.  This was the second time that SIBIMA has had this week of spiritual preparation of university students for the battles they face on secular university campuses.  Jerry presented four hours on Spirituality to the 15 students.Classes at SIBIMA began in February.  Jerry is teaching Introduction to Missiology, Analysis of I Corinthians, Eschatology and Christology.  Lynda is teaching the Women’s Workers course.  Preparation for this has been a challenge since she has...

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Recapping 2010

Lynda Neuman on February 17, 2011 Comments (1)

     Furlough Ministry in the US From April 15th to August 13th we returned to the US to fulfill our responsibility of reporting to all our churches every five years.  In three months time, we reported to 14 financial/prayer supporting churches and 2 churches who pray for us, besides meetings with pastors of several other supporting churches and making friends with some new pastors as well.  Many miles were safely traveled in a comfortable, economical car loaned to us by friends.  God provided our $700 support need enabling us to return to Brazil on time. A monthly internet/cell phone...

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The Way God Answered Your Prayers

Jerry Neuman on December 21, 2010

     Dear Prayer Team, We want to thank you so much for your prayers for us in November and December. Your participation in this way was important to us. Read on to experience the blessings of answered prayer as you read the following report. Missions Trip to Interior It hardly seems like a month since we went on the missions trip to Crateus.  We did some car maintenance just before leaving that surely helped us have good trips there and back.  Also, the preparation by the leaders helped the group when adjustments had to be made.  Our plans to use...

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Your Prayers are Needed

Lynda Neuman on December 21, 2010

Neuman's NicheJerry and Lynda Neuman in Fortaleza, Ceara since 2002, with ABWE in Brazil since 1984   This letter was sent out the second week of November, but didn't get posted on the site until the end of December. . Dear Prayer Team, Much is happening in the next few weeks and we feel the need for special prayer, so here's to update you so your prayers can be informed. Missions Trip to InteriorThis  holiday weekend, Nov. 12-15, a group of about 35 from our church will be taking a mission trip to Crateus, a city 5 hours interior.  We'll be in the first...

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BACK IN BRAZIL AND GOING STRONG

Lynda Neuman on September 28, 2010 Comments (0)

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