September 2015 Prayer Letter

Dear faithful co-laborers in the ministry,

We have had a mild winter here in Brazil, and now spring is upon us.  We are grateful to the Lord for the much-needed rain that we have finally gotten these past few days.  As I sit in my office listening to the rain coming down, I would also like to convey to you some of the “showers of blessings” that God has poured out upon our ministry.

I mentioned in our last prayer letter that we were having a special get-together at the church to celebrate a Brazilian holiday on July 9th.   Fifty one people were present, and once again the Gospel was presented to all in attendance.  The Seed was planted, and we continue to pray for a bountiful harvest of Deaf coming to Christ.

We also had “Friend Day” in July, and the Lord blessed us with 48 people in attendance, with eight first-time visitors.  I preached a message on Hell, and although no one made a profession of faith, they did have an opportunity to get saved.

In August, we had a Men’s Retreat at our home. Some of the men had asked me about having a Men’s Retreat since the ladies have a Women’s Retreat every year.  It was a good time of fellowship for our men, and we had one man that came who used to be a member of the church a number of years ago.  We will work to make the Men’s Retreat bigger and better each year.

On September 7th, we had a churrasco (cookout) at our home for the entire church to celebrate Brazil’s Independence Day.  Fifty two people were present and although it rained off and on, everyone had a good attitude.  We thank the Lord for sending the rain as São Paulo has been in a drought for a couple of years.  We had some visitors on this day, and as customary, we had a time to preach the Gospel.  I had to stop about half-way through the message to move the service indoors when it began to rain again.  Please continue praying with us for the work here as we believe that it will not be long before we begin to reap from the field that is white already to harvest.

Becky has started a new, separate evangelistic class for some Deaf people that are not saved.  She is using the “Wordless Book Visualized,” and is slowly and simply teaching one color each week to some Deaf that have no religious background.  It’s exciting to see these young people come faithfully to church to learn from God’s Word.  Please pray for the salvation of John Gabriel, Valter, Wellington, Leandro, and Edna.

We are planning to take our furlough next year.  If you are interested in having us stop in and give a report, please contact me with a possible date in mind, and, Lord willing, we will fit it into our schedule.

We appreciate you all so much for holding the ropes on our behalf.  May God continue to bless you all!

Your missionaries to the Deaf in Brazil,

Dan and Becky Bennett

June 2015 Prayer Letter

Dear faithful ministry partners,

Much has happened since our last prayer letter, so I will try and give just a few highlights of what has been going on in our lives.
In April we traveled back to the USA for Rachel’s graduation from West Coast Baptist College. We picked up a ministry vehicle from Baptist Missionary Transportation Ministry (BMTM) in Harrisonville, MO, and then made our way to California over the next few days. We were blessed to be able to see Dan’s uncle and aunt in Colorado on our way out west, and even stopped again on our way east to pick up Dan’s suit he left there by mistake (whoops). However, we stayed with a precious couple in Utah, and when the man heard about the suit that we had left, he took Dan and bought him a (much needed) new suit. We were only able to visit a few of our supporting churches while in the States since our time was very limited. However, while we were in California it was a blessing to be able to have had our whole family together- all seven children for the graduation! Becky’s parents also were able to fly out to California for the graduation, and we were able to spend some good time together.
After Rachel’s graduation on Wednesday, May 6th, our youngest child, Christine, celebrated her fifth birthday on May 7th. She is growing so fast, and is looking forward to starting kindergarten in a few weeks. On Saturday, May 9th, we began our long trip toward Kentucky and Ohio since Rachel was hired on at the Creation Museum. It was a long, hard trip, but we sure enjoyed the time in the van with Rachel. Joseph and Nathan are working in Ohio, and it was good to have spent some time with them again as we helped them look for an apartment for the three of them to share.
After we left Ohio, we made a whirlwind trip to South Carolina to see Becky’s family, then over to Georgia to see Dan’s dad and oldest brother & family. It was short, but oh, so sweet, to see loved ones again, and we can only imagine the joy we will have in Heaven of never having to say, “Goodbye” ever again.
We returned to Brazil on June 9th, and the following Monday a group from Valley Bible Baptist Church in upstate New York came and spent twelve days with us. This church supports our colleagues, Jon and Hannah Speights. They were such a blessing as they came ready to work. They helped in literature distribution, and also helped with our Valentine’s (June 12) banquet where we had fifteen couples in attendance. Pr. Shawn Foster preached several times while here, and a good number of our church people told him that they wanted him to come back and preach again.
Next week on July 9th we will have a special get-together at the church to celebrate this Brazilian holiday. Please pray with us about this time with the deaf, as we will be having food, fun and fellowship. There will also be a short message preached to the deaf on this day, so please pray that we will see some saved as a result.
On Sunday, July 19th, we are having “Friend Day,” encouraging our people to bring in some first-time visitors.
We are grateful for your faithful prayers and support, and we thank God for you.

Your missionaries in São Paulo,
Dan & Becky Bennett

January 2015 Prayer Letter

Dear praying friends and financial partners,

“O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together.” Psalm 34:3

We want to express to all of you our deep appreciation for the Christmas cards and special offerings that were given on our behalf. You helped and encouraged us in a special way, and we’re also very thankful for the extra Christmas love offering that was given to us.

Back in November on Thanksgiving night, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the church with our annual Prophecy Conference. The first night there were 30 people in attendance as Dan preached about the Rapture of the Church. On Friday night, there were 29 people as we saw and heard a message on the Judgment Seat of Christ. On Saturday night, there were 53 people for the preaching on the Tribulation. Sunday was a great day as the place was packed with 87 people showing up, with several first-time visitors. Denize, a deaf lady that came on Saturday, was back on Sunday. Pr. Rinaldo, the former pastor, preached a message on the Second Coming of Christ, and at the invitation, Denize got up from her seat and went out to talk with Becky. I saw Denize a little while later hugging another one of our ladies, and with a huge smile on her face she told me that she had been saved. I asked her some questions to try and make sure she understood, and it seems as though she truly did get saved. Afterwards we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Igreja Batista da Bíblia (Bible Baptist Church), with good food, fellowship, and a beautiful and delicious cake made by one of faithful men.

On December 21, Dan baptized three young people (two of our own children, and a deaf Brazilian girl). Also, one lady received assurance of her salvation. We had one first-time visitor, and a few second and third-time visitors. One man who came, began asking questions about salvation. Please pray for Mário, the husband of Denize, that the Holy Spirit would continue working in his heart, and open his understanding of the Gospel. Since Denize made a profession of faith a few weeks back, she really wants her husband to get saved, too. Thanks for your prayers regarding the salvation of Mário.

We ended the year with a good time at Deaf Camp from December 29 through January 1. Although we had a small number, the Lord blessed as we ended the year being spiritually challenged from the Word of God.

We were blessed to have our four oldest children here in Brazil for Christmas and through New Year’s. The hardest part of being a foreign missionary is being so far away from family members, but we know that we are where God wants us, and His grace is sufficient.

Thanks to all that have a part and an interest in our ministry here in Brazil. To GOD be the glory, great things HE hath done!

Prayer Letter – October 2014

October 31, 2014

Dear faithful co-laborers in the ministry,

With joyful hearts we want to “praise God from Whom all blessings flow!”  It’s hard to believe that 2014 has flown by so quickly.  We have seen God working in our midst, which means that our old enemy has also been fighting against us.

On August 2, we went to make a visit in the home of one of our deaf ladies, and while there we were able to lead Kaio, her eleven-year-old hearing son, to the Lord.  We were invited over to have lunch at her house, but in the end it was her son that received the Bread of Life.

On Saturday, September 6, we had a cookout at our house for the deaf to celebrate Brazil’s Independence Day.  We had 54 in attendance, and Dan took advantage of this opportunity to preach a Gospel message to our visitors.  No one made a profession of faith, but the Seed was sown in the hearts of the deaf that came.

On September 21, Becky had the privilege of leading Rebeca, a fifteen-year-old deaf girl, to the Lord.  Her parents were members of the church when she was born, but they backslid several years ago.  With their daughter being a teenager, and the world closing in on her, the parents knew they had to do something.  Since then, the parents have gotten right with God and started coming back to church.  All three of them are now coming faithfully to church, and they are also enjoying the class we have for new members.

On Thursday, October 23, a deaf lady by the name of Auciléia came to church again.  She has been coming now for a couple of months, but didn’t understand spiritual things at all.  One of our deaf men, along with his wife, has been teaching this lady for several weeks in their home. On that evening when she arrived for Prayer Meeting, she began telling us that she did not want to go to Hell, so Becky took her into another room and spent the whole service going over the plan of salvation with her. At 7:25pm on this October 23, 2014, Aucileia trusted Christ as her Savior! To God be the glory!

On Sunday, October 26, a young deaf man by the name of Fábio came to church. We mentioned earlier that we had a cookout at our house on September 6, and Fábio saw a Gospel presentation, possibly for the first time, back in September.  On that Sunday, he saw the Gospel story one more time.  As Dan preached another evangelistic message, Fábio was all “eyes” as the Holy Spirit was working on his heart. He responded during the invitation, and after the service another hard-of-hearing man and Dan took him to another room, and for the next 30 minutes Dan went over the verses and recapped the message for him. At 5:30pm, Fábio bowed his head and prayed a simple prayer of confession and repentance of sin, asking Jesus to save him. Praise the Lord!

We have several activities planned for the next two months, and we are excited to see what God is going to do at the Igreja Batista da Bíblia (Bible Baptist Church) in São Paulo, Brazil.

Once again, from the bottom of our hearts we want to convey to you our deepest gratitude for having a part in our ministry.  Thank you for giving and praying, as both are necessary for us to be able to continue spreading the Good News here in Brazil.  May the Lord continue to bless you for your faithfulness in helping us carry out the Great Commission among the deaf and hearing in São Paulo.

That all may “hear,”

Dan & Becky Bennett

July 2014 Prayer Letter

July 24, 2014

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.  (Psalm 145:3)  We greet you from São Paulo, Brazil, praising the LORD for His unsearchable greatness towards us.  We have several items that we would like to share with you, so that you may join with us in our song of praise to the Lord.

On April 20, Dan was able to lead Alaor, a deaf man, to the Lord that had been coming to church for a couple of months.  It took several times of explaining the Gospel from different angles before he was able to understand and was ready to put his faith in Jesus Christ.  His life has been transformed, and he is definitely a “new creature” in Jesus Christ.

On April 27, Becky was able to lead this nine-year-old hearing boy to the Lord after Dan preached on the second-coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.  He had been curious and wanting to be saved, but was not ready in his understanding of the Gospel.  That day, the Holy Spirit opened up his heart and understanding, and Almir trusted Jesus as his personal Savior.  His parents are deaf, and they are happy that their son is now saved and on his way to Heaven.

May 12 marked the fifteenth anniversary of our family’s arrival to Brazil.  It has not been an easy road, but oh my, what blessings we have received!  We are so grateful for the opportunity we have had to serve the Lord in Brazil these past 15 years.

On May 31, our eight-year-old son, Matthew, was having doubts about his salvation late that Saturday night.  Becky had talked with him, and then she called me in from my office to talk with him.  What a thrill and a tremendous blessing it was to see Matthew kneel beside our bed and pray to receive Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior!

On June 8, Dan had the special privilege of baptizing these two precious deaf ladies.  The one on the left, Amélia, is 72 years of age, and the one on the right, Imaculada, is 76 years old.  The water heater was not working, but even though the water was cold, they were excited to get baptized.

We count it an honor to be able to represent you, our faithful ministry partners, here in Brazil.  Without your love, prayers, and support, we would not be able to do what are doing to reach the deaf of São Paulo with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

With grateful hearts,

Dan & Becky Bennett

 

 

March 2014 Prayer Letter

March 31, 2014

Dear family, friends, and faithful ministry partners,

I want to start out by saying how grateful we are to each of you that have a part in our ministry here in São Paulo, Brazil.  We stay busy in the work, and as with any ministry, we have our share of struggles, but the blessings far outweigh the difficulties.

I want to emphasize a few of our highlights we have had in recent months.  Some of you are aware of a few of the things I will relate, but not everyone has received news of the latest happenings.

In November, Dan baptized three deaf people, and the Lord blessed with a good number of people coming to witness this event in the lives of these people.  We also celebrated the 19th anniversary of the Igreja Batista da Bíblia (Bible Baptist Church), and we trust the Lord to continue to bless the church with spiritual and numerical growth for the future.

In December we had our Christmas Banquet, and we had a good number of people for that big event.  On December 23, Dan & Becky celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.  Almost fifteen of those years have been spent in Brazil.  We also had our first Deaf camp on December 26 through 28.  We had a great time as we emphasized the Christian Family.

We began a New Member’s Class the last week of January, which usually goes for about eight to ten weeks.  There are two elderly ladies in the class.  One of the ladies cannot read or write, and that makes it a little more challenging as Dan teaches her the very basics of the Christian life.  She has been very faithful, and is excited about being baptized and becoming a church member.  The other lady has about a second-grade reading level, and has a little higher level of understanding, but even the most basic things are completely new to these ladies.  We will soon be having another baptism in the near future for these two ladies.

In February we had deaf BIMI missionary, Bruce Kelly, with us for a special Sunday.  We had a wonderful day, and the deaf of our church warmly welcomed Bro. Kelly, his wife, and son.  There were 87 in attendance, and we praise the Lord for the opportunity to meet some new deaf people.

We are seeing more visitors, as well as, having some others return that come from long distances, but have not been very faithful.  The situations are different, from a backslidden husband, to health and financial reasons, and another just because of the time involved in getting to church.  We are encouraged that these are putting forth an extra effort to get back in church.  One deaf lady told us that she was going to a church that was closer to her home, but that she was not learning anything.  God is blessing, and for that we surely praise His name!

We count it and honor and a privileged to represent you in Brazil.  As you keep shining the Light in your “Jerusalem,” we will continue to shine the Light in the “uttermost part of the earth.”

That all may “hear,”

Dan & Becky Bennett

June 2013 Prayer Letter

June 26, 2013

Dear partners and friends of the ministry,

Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”  This verse has helped me recently as we have had many different physical, emotional, and ministerial changes in the past several weeks.

In March, we returned to the States for thirteen weeks for various reasons.  The main reason was that our children, Nathan and Anna, would be graduating from high school through the A Beka Academy home-school program.  There was a good number of graduating home-schoolers from around the world that descended upon Pensacola, Florida for those two days, and we congratulate our children for their hard work and accomplishment.

Second, we were also in a number of new churches to present our ministry, and to try and raise some additional needed support.  We are grateful that three churches took us on for financial support in South Carolina, Texas, and Iowa.

Finally, since this would be the first time for Nathan and Anna to be out “on their own”, we felt it necessary to be with them in this transitional phase of their lives as they said goodbye to the family.  All four of our oldest children are involved in summer ministry at the present time.  Joseph (age 20) is traveling with Neighborhood Bible Time, a good organization with which I served when I was in Bible college.  Rachel (age 22) and Anna (age 17) are serving with a Summer Jewish Ministry Outreach in Miami, FL, and Nathan (age 18) is doing the same thing in Downer’s Grove, IL.  Leaving four of our children in the States was a very difficult thing to do, but we praise the Lord that they are serving Him, and they have a heart for ministry.

On June 21 we returned to Brazil with our three youngest children.  We were anxious to get back here and back into the ministry.  On June 23, our very first Sunday back, the Brazilian pastor informed the church that he is leaving the ministry, and will no longer be pastor of the church.  It took a while for this announcement to sink in since he has been there for 17 years.  He said that Pastor Daniel (me) would stay there to continue the work.  While we knew this was coming, we didn’t expect it to be so soon.  Over the years, there has been a dramatic decline in the attendance, and I would like to see an increase in the church again, as a thriving, growing church.

We appreciate so much our faithful prayer and financial supporters.  While we are thankful for the three new churches that took us on for support, we don’t take for granted those of you that have stood with us through “thick and thin” over many years of ministry.  You all are a vital part of our ministry, and we know that we would not be in Brazil without you.  The harvest is plenteous, but the laborers are few here in Brazil.  Keep praying that we could see more fruit harvested for our Lord, and fruit that may abound to your account.

That all may hear,

Dan & Becky Bennett

February Prayer Letter

Dear faithful ministry partners,

Let me begin by saying how grateful to God we are for each and every one of you that have an integral part in our ministry.  Thank you for “holding the ropes” so firmly and faithfully!  We do not take you, or what you do for us for granted.

As the first month of 2013 is already history, we thank the Lord for what He has done, and we look forward to seeing what He will do in the remaining eleven months of this year.

Regarding the church property, some time ago, an elderly deaf couple passed away and left a portion of their “estate” to the deaf church.  After being tied up in legal matters, their property is now free to be sold.  Please pray that it will sell quickly.  We don’t know for how much it will be sold, but the sale of this property should help with the initial cost of getting started on the construction of a building.  Read more

October 2012 Prayer Letter

Dear partners in ministry,

What a privilege it is to serve the Lord! Let us never forget that Jesus is coming again, and it may very well be soon!

In our last letter, we mentioned the donation of property by another church to the church in which we are now serving. The church that donated the property had to formulate a legal document, stating that they were, indeed, donating the property. When the document was taken to a notary’s office to be legalized, there was something that the notary noticed that was done in error. As a result, the document was not notarized, and the land donation has not been officially transferred over yet. It’s a lot of “red tape,” but we are not discouraged by this delay, believing that God has something great in store for this area called, “Guacuri.” Read more

Prayer Letter 5/31/12

May 31, 2012

Dear co-labourers in the ministry,

Thank you for your continued prayers and support. We truly count it an honor to be able to represent your church in Brazil.
For those of you that were praying for us as we were looking for a vehicle, we appreciate your prayers. The Lord provided the money for us to get a twelve-passenger van in good condition. We bought it from an individual, and we had it checked by a deisel mechanic to make sure the engine was fine, and also a mechanic that specializes in transmissions, and everything checked out great. However, just a month after we bought the van, we were moving to our present location when the water pump went out. I pulled off the road when I heard the engine noise just as soon as I could, but the damage was done. The motor was blown and had to be rebuilt. We were without a vehicle for a month while the work was being done, and so we took the bus back and forth to church. We now have the van in our possession, and we hope and pray that we will not have any more problems with the van for a very long time.
In the deaf church, I am getting more opportunities to preach, and therefore my sign language is gradually improving – thank the Lord! The church has struggled in recent years as a good number have left the church, and some have even been telling other deaf that the church had closed. We are praying that the current members would stay faithful, and also that we would be able to reach more deaf with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We mentioned in our last letter about some exciting news regarding the deaf church. The news is that the Bible Baptist Church in São Paulo has received a Read more