You’re probably wondering; “where is this guy!”
Well, sometimes I wonder the same thing! Or maybe you don’t really care that much. Either way, I am sorry for taking so long to post on my blog. We have been very busy that’s for sure, in the work that is furlough. Sounds kind of funny to put those two words together, “work” and “furlough”, in light of their definition:
Work: Physical or mental effort or activity directed toward the production or accomplishment of something.
Furlough: A leave of absence or vacation, especially one granted to a member of the armed forces. A usually temporary layoff from work. A leave of absence from prison granted to a prisoner. (Answers.com)
Since our arrival here in the United States on June 2nd, 2009, to the hugs and handshakes of some very special folks at the airport, we have reported of or presented our work in over 70 different Independent Baptist Churches in six states, participated in 11 missions conferences, several revival meetings, Homecomings, Jubilees, Fall Festivals and a few other special services such as Church Family game night, or Pastor’s meetings and fellowships. We’ve been to the Brazilian work my Father started in Alpharetta, GA for many services, singing and preaching in Portuguese to the very people that my heart aches to reach with the precious Gospel of Christ.
I’ve preached and witnessed of Christ also to Americans, Brazilians, Mexicans, Colombians, and Germans. (Some I did not even ask where they were from, just where they were going…) I’ve been privileged to see people respond to the Holy Spirit’s conviction, and I’ve watched as that miracle of miracles happened right before my eyes; one moment a soul is dead in sin and bound for eternal damnation in Hell, and the next that same soul is saved, redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb, forgiven and on their way to eternal bliss in Heaven! Hallelujah! Glory to the Lamb! To be honest, it’s been a while, oh to see another soul saved today!
During our furlough we have had the privilege of being at our Home Church, Victory Baptist of Loganville, GA, for at least 21 services. I have been honored to preach God’s Word there twice. It was there too that I got in the way trying to plant some sod, we were blessed to be a part of the 09 mission's conference, I learned so much about the organization part of church in the staff meetings and I really messed up those guys at the training center trying to teach on the life of Paul. I’ve had the joy of going out on Family Involvement day a couple of times, I went to the Resurrection Sunday early service, and once got a Pounding from my whole Church Family!
Really, I would need to write a book in order to adequately express my gratitude to my Pastor and my Home Church Family. Even then it would need to be in several volumes, and it would still fall short.
No matter where I go, I am blessed to report with my head held high and my voice strong; “I am a second generation missionary to Brazil, with Macedonia World Baptist Missions out of Victory Baptist Church, Loganville, GA, Derik Lawrence is my Pastor.”
This furlough Stephanie had her tonsils removed, once being rushed to the Hospital Emergency Room at 4:00 in the morning due to excessive bleeding after the surgery.
I spent several weeks in physical therapy for my neck pain to no avail, it still hurts!
We stopped on the side of Interstate 95 in Virginia once to keep Frank from drowning in his own vomit!
We saw God miraculously free my Mother from critical injury, even death in an automobile accident.
And God allowed me to travel back to Brazil for two weeks with my Mom, and there we saw God do a wonderful work in the hearts of those we ministered to.
It’s been so good to be with my Mom, Dad, brothers and sisters on many occasions and fellowship with them in the back yard around the barbecue grill, the bountiful table and the broom stick. Lots of good memories…
We have traveled many, many miles, eaten too many hamburgers and fries, spent the night in some really awesome places and went to Wal-Mart so many times I feel like I deserve to have stock in the company!
So as I finish this inadequate and incomplete summery of our furlough I will say this; “Are we there yet?”
Oh! God is so good, all the time He is good!
January/February 2015 Prayer/Update Letter
4 years ago