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February 2017 – Prayer Letter

Prayer Letter – February 2017


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Prayer – Fear or Faith?

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Living in a foreign country can put life into perspective from time to time. Sometimes my perspective can also be warped by my surroundings. This particular subject is a bit puzzling and though not fully noted here, there are some fine lines that are not easily distinguished. Therefore, if you have some thoughts about the subject that you would like to share, I would be glad to hear them. You can send me an email or comment on this post.

Prayer is a powerful tool. Many times it is misused, misunderstood or abused. To many it can bring comfort, peace, strength and empower us to accomplish he tasks that God has placed in our lives. The question is, how do you use prayer?

SIN

At times in the Bible, God has said that he would not hear the prayers of His people. Some of these times sin or disobedience was the main factor. Isaiah 1:15 demonstrates this perfectly. Reading the context of the verse we understand that Judah was compared to Sodom and Gomorrah and their sins were as scarlet. This is where God when speaking of prayer says, “And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.”

FEAR

You may say, “I am a faithful Christian. I ask forgiveness for my sins and therefore God hears me.” Yet, I challenge you to examine your own prayers. Do they demonstrate faith or fear?

Do you pray because you are afraid? Do you pray because you are afraid you might be hindered by a certain situation? Are you praying for relief? The Bible says that God has not given the spirit of fear. (II Timothy 1:7) We should question our motive for prayer. Some may think that as long as we are praying, our motive should not matter. Yet the Bible says that “ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” (James 4:3) Yes, our intentions and our motives do matter!

FAITH

What has been bothering me over the past few weeks is the matter of my prayers and my faith. Do my prayers show faith or a lack of faith? How can our prayers show a lack of faith? Faith is trust. Sometimes we pray because we do not trust God to do what is right. We may pray because we do not think He is controlling the situation. Sometimes the outcome is not what we would like. This leads us to pray for change.

Faith, on the other hand, cannot be equated with a lack of prayer. True faith is confidence in God! So there is a battle ground here in our prayers. Do I pray because I trust God or because I do not trust Him. The easy thing for us to do is to say, “If I did not trust Him, why would I pray?” Many times we pray because we have been taught that God is able. God is all powerful, therefore, He can solve my problem.

Jesus demonstrated His confidence in the Father in several ways. Just before Jesus raised Lazarus, He prayed, “Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.” Now that is confidence! In the garden He also prayed, “not my will, but thine be done.” Again, this is confidence and trust.

So, do your prayers reflect your fear or your faith?

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Pray for the Country of Venezuela

Pray for Venezuela

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Our church here in Vilhena has been praying for a Brazilian missionary family in Venezuela (Pastor Aguinaldo and Rita Ferreira). Although we knew the situation there was bad, it seems as though the situation is getting quite bit worse. This week I called them to find out exactly how bad the situation is. Here is what I was told…

Aguinaldo and Rita

Pastor Aguinaldo, Rita, Joyce, Julia, and Juan Pedro

Wages

An average person makes about 5,000 Bolivars a week. That is equivalent to 5 American dollars a week. This makes things difficult enough. From the information I received, a carton of 30 eggs costs 4,000 Bolivars. That means you must work for four days to buy 30 eggs. Inflation is through the roof. Just imagine what it would be like to pay $4,000 for a carton of eggs. Just carrying that much money could be a problem. What if you were going to buy a weeks worth of groceries? Where would you keep the cash?

(The $4000 is just a comparison. If you carried $100 bills, then you would need 40 of them. The actual price of the carton of eggs is $4, but minimum wage is $5 a week.)

Shortages

Their biggest problem is not money. The biggest problem of all is food shortages. People can wait hours and hours in a line to see if there is any food for them to buy. Then they can wait for hours to pay for the food they found. There are shortages of everything. Our Brazilian missionary friends said that they are eating mainly rice and eggs. They raise chickens, but are finding it harder and harder to feed the chickens.

Recent news articles are saying that eating three meals a day is a luxury. Most families are eating one meal a day. The government regulates all prices.

Other items like cleaning supplies, deodorant, medicine and other such basic items are not available. Thankfully, the Brazilian currency is stronger than the Bolivar making it easier for the missionaries on the financial side, but the shortages are affecting the rich, the poor, and everyone in the middle.

Dangers

As far as we can tell, Pastor Aguinaldo and his family are in no immediate danger. They are happy to be where they are and have no intentions of leaving the country at the present moment. The country of Venezuela has been rated the second most violent country in the world when measuring on a homicide index. It is second only to Honduras.

That being said, some people around them have committed suicide because of the desperate situation that they are finding themselves in. Many stores are being looted and thieves are trying to provide for their own also. Lines are very dangerous! People start shoving and pushing. Many have been killed while waiting in line. Besides that, there is always a risk that the people will be arrested for one thing or another while waiting in line. The police and military seem to be on the lookout for opportunities to act and threaten the populous.

Pray

There is not much we can do other than pray. Our church is trying to keep a close eye on the situation from here in Brazil. We are sending a special offering this next week to help Pastor Aguinaldo and his family take a much needed trip to the Brazil border to get some supplies. They have been allowed to bring things back in without being searched, but they always run a risk. The government is confiscating many items. They open letters and mail to get anything out that might be valuable.

As I was talking to Rita, Pastor Aguinaldo’s wife, she said they have been providing bread and a drink at church. Many of the children coming to church look forward to getting a small piece of bread. However, she said, “Our flower is running very low. We cannot keep this up if we do not find more flower.”

It is not a crisis of terrorism, but many of God’s people are having a hard time there in Venezuela. Please pray for this family. They are serving the Lord with gladness. They have stayed in Venezuela because they have no other choice, but because they realize that people need to hear the Gospel message.

Though we say the greatest need is food shortages, there is no doubt that there is a greater need than that. There is a spiritual need that must be met. The love of God through Jesus Christ must still be proclaimed and this may be one of the best times to do it! Pray that God will work in lives and may many come to know Christ through the hardships that they face.

 

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