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MINISTRY PLANS, OPPORTUNITIES, AND REPORT
Darrell and Kathy Robinson
April 2004

MINISTRY TRIP TO BRAZIL MARCH 3 - 17, 2004

Friday, March 12, 2004 was our day off for tourism. Accompanied by Pastor Levir and Marta and English speaking Elena, we went on a small boat across rough waters to the "MEETING OF THE WATERS" where the BROWN water of the Amazon converges with the BLACK water of Rio Negra. Fantastically the currents flow side by side--brown & black water--at a different rate of speed.

We went into the jungle! At the dock Indians had a trading post with their self-made wares. We saw parrots, toucans, alligators, monkeys,and some unknown to me animals. Trees were 300 feet tall. Beautiful vegetation! God's world is wonderful! I witnessed to the Indians! They were Believers and part of a church. Thank God for His wonderful Gospel and Missionaries!

Saw the "Hebides"-People living in houses built on huge logs in the river's edge to survive the extreme Amazonian floods.

BACK IN MANOUS AT THE MUNICIPAL MERCADO ON THE RIVER FRONT

We looked through shops. Witnessed to an Amazonian woman, Hutche, who said she was a Non-believer, but I gave her a "Steps To Peace booklet.". She said, "I may change my mind." I went through the booklet. She joyfully received Christ! And said she would lead her husband to receive Christ! Praise the Lord.

At night Kathy and I went alone to a revolving restaurant at the top of a hotel, and met Danielle from Sao Paulo. She was smoking, said she was a third generation Spiritist and could not receive Christ. I explained the power of the gospel that Jesus has authority over all spirits and sin. Then, I presented the plan of salvation and asked her to pray with us and receive Christ. She said, "Desculpe mi um momento (Excuse me for a moment)." She stepped away and put out her cigarette, came back and said, "OK!" She repented, prayed, received Christ, and joyfully thanked us! "Praise God for His transforming Gospel--Col. 1:14-18.

BELEM CONFERENCES AND SEMINARS

After 30 hours from home in Belem, at midnight we were met by our wonderful Missionary Paul Lambach, Sem. Pres. Gilvan and wife, Jesus, VP Alesandro, Ex. Asst. Vanja & husband Joao. student conference at 8AM Friday, Pastors and Wives Conf at 8AM Saturday. Kathy and I both spoke, helped by our wonderful missionaries Clyde Schultz and Marla Green.

Preached in three churches Sunday. Had a delicious fish lunch with missionaries and Seminary President and Family on a beautiful Island across the river. The power of God is at work in Belem (some 35 professions and many other decisions). I went street witnessing with outstanding young Pastor Antonio and 3 people made professions.

Kathy spoke in one church. We had great fellowship with other missionaries, Carol Schultz, Elaine Lambach & Families, Vanja at lunch in her home. God greatly blessed the seminars on Gifts and Kathy's Womens Conference. The women (and the men) greatly responded to Kathy's seminar on "Victory Over Depression." Some pastors attended her seminar. They want her to come back for an expanded conference next year. Kathy became ill with her stomach on Tuesday night. It lasted two days. Would you believe? I substituted for her on Wednesday. We left Belem for Manous at 10:30 PM on March 10, 2004.

MANOUS

We were met at plane by Seminary President Marcelus and Missionary Mark Bratcher. The Brazilians treat us with wonderful hospitality! Started my Vida Total da Igreja Seminar Thursday night and continued through Monday evening. The students and pastors were outstanding.

On Sunday I preached at three churches. Two were powerful, alive, and packed with people. One was dead! Many decisions were made for Christ! After church Pastor Levir insisted that we go to the beautiful Rio Negra Beach.

It was raining furiously, but he still insisted. We went under umbrellas to a small covered resturant where the sides were open. Blowing rain wet us, but the soup and cupuacu dessert were good.

While we sat there an artist approached and wanted to sketch our pictures. I said that we were about to leave. He asked where I was from and what we were doing here. I told him and then asked him if he was a Believer in Jesus Christ. He said, "No, but I would like for you to 'bless' me." I said, "Yes, I will be pleased to do that!" Then, I shared the gospel and asked him to pray and receive Christ. He prayed and I prayed for him. He was gloriously saved and said that he knew Christ will bless him and give him power to live for Him.

We started home on Tuesday, March 16 and arrived on March 17. In Sao Paulo the line to International Departure was a half-mile long. I told Kathy, "I am not going to stand in that line unless I have to do so. We will not make it through before our flight departs at 11:50 PM." We walked back up the line near the front and asked if this was the correct line. A gracious man said, "Yes, but do you know that if you are past 60 years of age, you can go to the front of the line and they will let you in?" Wow! The Lord delivered us from the line! There are some advantages to getting old! We made it home OK, but about an hour late. Wish all of you could have been with us.

TOTAL CHURCH LIFE STRATEGY IN BRAZIL

is making great advances. Brazilian Baptist State Conventions and Associations continue to request seminars. Pastors who have been in the seminars say that their churches are turning around and growing. Pastor Odilon, First Baptist, Santos, is doing a great job as Coordinator. Many want our three books and materials and seminars, but are very poor and cannot afford them. So our ministry must be flexible to allow them to pay only what they can afford. We are equipping leaders here to lead TCL Seminars and some are doing it. They also want and need
People Sharing Jesus Seminars.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEADERS FROM THE USA TO LEAD TCL, PSJ, AND INCREDIBLY
GIFTED SEMINARS ABOUND!

The requirements are COMMITMENT TO JESUS to master the material, be able to speak through an interpreter, go at your own expense, have a heart for soulwinning, be willing to work, be flexible, and love people.

PRAY FOR THE SPREADING OF THE GOSPEL AROUND THE WORLD

Our grand daughter, Blakely Robinson, will graduate from Baylor University on May 15 and will go with me to Joao Pessoa, Mossoro, and Rio de Janeiro,Brazil on May 18. Then Pastor Odilon and I are scheduled to go to Angola, Africa (a Portuguese speaking country) on June 1-6. SEMARANG, INDONESIA will be our destination July 18-27 with Bobby Morton and tentatively, Retired Missionary, Carl Lee.

DOORS KEEP OPENING

I just received word that Baptists in Portugal found out about our plans to go to Angola. They have issued an invitation for Odilon and me to come to Portugal as we return and train their pastors in Total Church Life Strategy.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS--KATHY GOT WELL AND MADE IT FINE.

OUR LOVE AND PRAYERS,

DARRELL AND KATHY ROBINSON

 

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