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