The Lord continues to bless the work in Brazil, and especially in Maceio! You may recall from previous updates that there was a group of people from the neighbourhood of Benedito Bentes that expressed an interest in learning more about the Reformed faith. Several of them have now requested membership and are taking introductory classes with a view to being examined by council.
In addition, a new group from another neighbourhood, Zetenorio, are also studying reformed doctrine and have requested that Rev. De Graaf and student Lucio da Silva assist and guide them. While the preparations for the preaching point are ongoing (getting pricing from builders and approval from the congregation), the work of evangelism is flourishing! We pray that the Lord will continue to work in the hearts of the residents of Maceio.
Another notable project is taking place on the internet. A website, informally dubbed “Dordt 2018”, is being set up to counteract the growing Arminian influence in Brazil. There is a strong anti-Calvinist presence on the Portuguese internet, influenced by several translations of American books. There have also been requests for more information about Calvinism and the Canons of Dordt, so Rev. De Graaf and Lucio are also busy working on that. This project has the potential to influence many people beyond the confines of Maceio.
Please pray that the Lord would continue to bless the growth of the congregation in Maceio, and also the work on the new website. Pray also for strength and wisdom for those that proclaim the gospel!