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Teach them to Observe All things 4/16/2021

Jerry Neuman on June 7, 2021

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The above quote comes from my slides for my Introduction to Missiology and Church Planting (IMCP) class. I thought you might like to try your hand at Portuguese! Truly, we are to obey the Great Commission of Jesus Christ who has all authority in heaven and earth.

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you . . . Matthew 28:20

This week I gave a test to my students of IMCP. Some of the teaching during these weeks has been about the basic terms of Missiology, the plan of God to create world-wide cultures that would worship Him from their various cultural bases, tracing through the Old Testament God’s plan to use Israel to carry out His multi-cultural mission, the commands of Jesus for the Apostles and the church to take His mission further, definitions of the church and the importance of planting churches in the mission plan of God. My students found the test a bit more difficult than they were expecting so we are planning a retake these days.

During the next couple of weeks, we will be studying the history of missions – from Paul and Barnabas departing from Antioch of Syria to Maranatha Multicultural Ministries in Brazil. I especially enjoy teaching this aspect of missions.

COVID takes its toll . . .

The COVID has not been easy on some of my students. One, who is a Pharmacist by trade, was down for 2 weeks with it. Another one was in bed for a month! Two others were affected financially because of lockdown situations and contemplated dropping the class, but their churches came through with funds so they could continue their studies. Another one found that he did not have the time to study adequately for several subjects, so he decided that the one he wanted most was my class! We continue to have classes online through Zoom and there is no talk about it changing any time soon. This is definitely not my favorite way of teaching!

Lynda continues with her counseling/mentoring activities online.  Tonight, Friday, she will be teaching the ladies from our church by Zoom on the topic of Wisdom as seen in the book of James.  Preparing for this lesson has been challenging and convicting she says.  Other than Sunday evening church services, Lydia has been doing most of her activities online, but will return shortly to teaching English classes in person. She has several new online counselees and is working diligently on her dissertation for an M.A. in Biblical Counseling course.

All three, Lynda Lydia and I, continue to be healthy, not experiencing COVID symptoms. We are fortifying our immune systems daily. We avoid crowds and observe government demands for use of masks. The health care systems here in Fortaleza are still over loaded. There are literally hundreds of people waiting for a bed in an ICU. The doctors, nurses and others are exhausted.

Again, we are so thankful for our faithful supporters. Your reflection of the Lord in this way makes all the difference in the daily grind. Because of your faithfulness and extra gifts we continue to have opportunities to help financially Brazilians in ministry and others to whom we are ministering. Thank you. May you know the blessing of the Lord every day until He returns!

To Brazil and Beyond,

Jerry, Lynda and Lydia Neuman