Love the Lord from Matthew and Ednay Abel [July 2019]
Jesus said: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also...No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money."
Just over a week ago I preached about money for the first time. The Bible has a lot to say about money, occasionally even calling it an idol. Someone once said, "be careful about how much you esteem money, for he is a good servant but a terrible master." We live in a very idolatrous country (Paraguay). Many stores and markets have a shrine at the entrance, and any time of the day one can observe the devout kissing his/her hand and touching the idol, bowing slightly before entering to shop. This is the kind of idolatry that is easy to identify. It is more challenging, however, to identify the more subtle (and arguably more powerful) invisible idols that we ourselves might have.
It is not common for me to cry, much less to have a breakdown while in the pulpit but that is exactly what happened last Sunday. The Holy Spirit convicted me of loving money more than God.
Do you believe the Gospel? Do you believe that through the sharing of the Gospel, sinners can have faith, repentance, forgiveness of sins and eternal life? Have you heard God's command to preach the Gospel (Mark.16:15)?... Now let me ask you; how often do you evangelize? Think about that for a minute.
What if you were offered a deal in which you would be paid $1,000 (one-thousand dollars) for every person to whom you would honestly try to evangelize. Do you think you would engage in evangelism more? It is a sobering (or plain terrifying) realization to identify that money has more influence on your actions and emotions than God himself and his expressed will.
The gospel is true, and it is worth more than money! God is true and he is more precious than silver, more costly than gold and more beautiful than diamonds. Can you sing the rest of the song? "And nothing I desire compares with Thee"
Three principles can help keep money in its proper place: 1. Recognize that everything you have and are belongs to God. (Ps. 24:1; Dt. 8:1718) 2. Practice contentment and gratefulness. (1Thes. 5:18; 1Tim.6:9-10; Hb 13:5) 3. Be Generous (give it away!) (Ps. 37:21; Prov. 11:24-25)
Around the base
Ednay and Mafú have both enjoyed the opportunities to teach and influence within the Betania church in Paraguay.
Mafú teaches Old testament on Saturdays and does discipleship with some young men.
Ednay has a group of wives who gather for mutual encouragement and to pray for their husbands. She also disciples an Aché highschooler. Ednay invests much prayer and effort in intentional relationships.
Both are involved in leading the youth-group activities.
We left home (Luque, PY) on the 17th of June and were gone for two and-a-half weeks.
During which we visited missionaries in several communities in Eastern Paraguay. We continued to Brazil for the AILLB Pastors conference (which, by the way, beat expectations!). After the Conference we preached in several churches as we made our way back home (Bateias BR). Back in Bateias (where we were born and raised, and our parents live) we had an early Birthday party for Zoey! Our time there was great and as always too short. We made the most of every day seeing friends and family within and out of the church. We left our car in Brazil. It is up for sale so that we can get a local vehicle. For the next couple of months, we will have to depend on rides and/or public transportation.
Another noteworthy piece of news is that Zoey has been promoted to Big Sister status as we are expecting a new baby to be born in January!
-- Pray that we would love God above all else. That our "idols" would be revealed and rejected.
-- We need direction from God to know where to invest in long-term missions.
-- Pray that God would continue to work through us to bring the dead to life.
-- We need our car to sell, and then to buy a local vehicle.
-- Our documentation is "stuck" all we can do is wait and pray. Pray for timely processing.
-- Short term missions teams from Brazil will be here over the next couple of weeks. Pray for a good experience and impact for the Kingdom.
-- Pray for Ednay's pregnancy; for healthy mom and baby.
-- Pray that we might be strong in faith to honor the name we bear.
Jonathan and Tamba Abel—Maringa, Brazil TIME JOURNEL, May 2019
June is almost here - that means summer (for you)! Also means that we will be going to the US for a short furlough. Some places that we might run into many of you: Annual Conference in PA (June 11-14), FLY in CO (July 1-5), and Family Camp at the ARC in WI (July 28-Aug. 3). There will be churches we will be visiting in between these events. We’d love to stop by and visit with you over a cup of coffee, if you happen to be at these events or even on routes to/from them. Some last-minute informal meetings could be arranged, depending on when/where. Anyway, to hear from you period, will be welcome!!! (Check our email or WM link below).
This last semester has been very full. We participated in a children’s Bible Camp in Campo Mourão. Michelle traveled with a team from her uncle’s church, on a short mission trip to Mexico. Along with our church family, we did a lot of volunteer work at cleaning and fixing up the Bible Camp for our Carnival Youth Camp early March. Also, our church has been reaching out in prayer and visits to 2 Leukemia patients (both of which have young children). We’ve enjoyed hosting many visitors (both from here and from the US), and at our church.
Our women participated in a Brazil AFLC Women’s Conference in Londrina, where 137 women gathered and were encouraged in the Lord - the theme being, Reclaiming Lost Values (relationships, etc.).
Now our church will be taking in 6 new members, for which we are thankful. There are always challenges along the way, but God is the One who helps us and answers so many prayers. We can only be thankful and pray and do our part, however big or small it is. Investing in lives for Him is the only investment worth doing.
And we thank you, too, for investing with us with your time in prayer and/or financial support!
Please drop us a line if there is a possibility of us seeing you. And, if you can’t. Just Hi!
In Christ, Jonathan, Tamba & Michelle Abel
Contact us at e-mail: email@example.com
Gifts can be given on line at www.aflcworldmissions.org Or mailed to:
AFLC World Missions 3110 E Medicine Lake Blvd Plymouth, MN 55441-3008
*Greetings to all congregations wanting to support AFLC World Mission during their 2019 Vacation Bible School programs,
Thank you for promoting AFLC World Missions with the Vacation Bible School PowerPoints. These presentations were developed for summer teams to use as they teach VBS. Our AFLBS summer teams are using Group Publishing’s curriculum this year with the theme, “Roar!: Life is Wild- God is Good!” AFLC World missions has made PowerPoint presentations to aid you in teaching the daily Bible verses and some bonus features of the Jore’s life in Uganda.
Even if you are not using the Group Publishing curriculum, you may find the PowerPoints of great value as they feature the Jore children on location in Uganda.
VBS Offering Project This year we are suggesting that a mission offering be taken for one of the following: • The Follow Them Home Project at the Miriam Children’s home in Brazil • Children’s Christmas Boxes for Mexico • The Horeb Children’s Home in India or for purchasing Bibles in India.
The offering can be sent to AFLC World Missions. You can find out more about these ministries, and others appropriate for VBS, on our website at:
Overview of the Presentations – Roar! Life is Wild- God is Good!
- When Life is Unfair
- “The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble...” Nahum 1:7
- Bonus Feature: Hannah Jore making yogurt
- When Life is Scary
- “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me...” Psalm 23:4
- Bonus Feature: Jay Jore with his chickens
- When Life Changes
- “O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endureth forever.” Psalm 106:1
- Bonus Feature: Julia Jore growing cucumbers
- When Life is Sad
- “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart...” Psalm 34:18
- Bonus Feature: Judah Jore making mulberry lemonade
- When Life is Good
- “...Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible...” Nehemiah 4:14
- Bonus Feature: Elijah Jore describing the Nile river viewed from his front porch
At the end of each presentation encourage the students to pray for the work in Uganda or the special project you have chosen. The prayer of the children is important!
Thank you so much for telling your VBS about the work of the AFLC World Missions.
Special thanks to Pastor Del Palmer for his dedication to seeing this project through to completion. May God bless you as you minister this summer.
In His service,
Rev. Earl Korhonen, Director AFLC World Missions
May 2019 Newsletter from Paul and Becky Abel
People to People Sharing God's Word: This continues to be our focus as we serve as missionaries in Brazil. We want people to come to know Jesus and learn to live by His Word. Pray for our daily contacts. We have many elderly people and shut-ins in the two churches in which we are involved. Paul enjoys visiting to share the Word and Communion.
Sanderson and Igor: Temporary sons since March we have had two young men living with us. We help them, and they help us. They have been a blessing in ministry, especially with the youth and children. It's fun to have them in our household. Each morning we start the day around the table for breakfast and devotions with the boys and our day workers before everyone gets off to work.
Women's Group: In addition to our weekly women's Bible study we have occasional special events like the local Women's Tea and the women's conference which gathered 170 women.
Family Camp in Campo Mourão: Our people in Bateias joined together to make and sell over 550 pizzas in order to send a busload of people to our Family Camp in Campo Mourão this year. It was a blessed time of fellowship and growth as people from several of our Free Lutheran churches came together for the 4-day camp. Now we are gearing up for a Family Retreat at the ARCA in June. We are also in the process of planning a camp for adolescents in July and a VBS program for the children. Pray for more rentals for the ARCA.
Bible Club for Children: The children in Bateias are learning about missions and collecting coins for the mission in Paraguay. They all love Matthew and Ednay so this is a project that they can identify with. They made banks from plastic pots with a photo of Mafu and Nay and Zoey on the lid.
Encouraging Pastors: We had the privilege of getting all the area pastors and wives together at the ARCA when Pastor Del and Karen Palmer and Pastor Earl and Joan Korhonen came to visit in March. We will have a second encounter this Sunday to encourage one another in ministry. We are thankful for all the wonderful ways Pastor Del has encouraged us and supported us through his years as Mission Director. We look forward to developing a great relationship with Pastor Earl as he takes on the responsibilities of this calling. In June all the Free Lutheran pastors and some of their wives will be together for a couple of days of intensive fellowship and "meeting of the minds." Pray that this event will be used by God to unite and encourage our pastors. Some of our churches have been going through challenging situations, and we have tried to offer wise counsel as we are asked. We have visited the churches in Iguaçu Falls, Campo Mourão, Maringá and Londrina since I last wrote. In June we will travel to Campo Grande for the anniversary of their congregation and to do special meetings.
Easter celebrations: The most important holiday of the year is Easter when we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus, the One who came to save us and make us new. We worked on special presentations for church, had a fun time with a special Easter devotional with our grandchildren, and a big Easter meal with a houseful of friends and family. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Aleluia!
Studying the Word: Please join us in prayer for a seminary student from Bateias named Jean. He is planning to marry Aneise in September and they hope to serve the Lord together in pastoral ministry. Christ the King Free Lutheran church in Pipestone has supported this couple with their monthly gifts (thank you!) Also pray for João Victor who is preparing to spend a year studying at AFLBS. Pray for his visa to come through and for financial provision. Maybe someone reading this letter would like to help João with his Bible School expenses (hint, hint) for 2019-20.
Life in the Tropics: We love living and ministering in Brazil. It's a bonus to have fresh fruits growing in our own yard. Right outside our front door we have a palm tree that yields a fruit called "butiá" which makes a delicious, refreshing juice. Sustained by the prayers of many we hope to give lots of fruit for the Kingdom while we have life and energy. Thanks for praying for us and for supporting us financially. You are like a lifeline keeping us alive on the mission field. Love, Paul and Becky
AFLC World Missions 3110 E. Medicine Lake Blvd. Minneapolis, MN 55441
Gifts may be given on line at www.aflcworldmissions.org Or mailed to:
AFLC World Missions 3110 E Medicine Lake Blvd Plymouth, MN 55441-3008
To watch the most recent video about the AFLC Missions in Brazil please follow the link to the AFLC homepage:
This video is available at https://www.aflcworldmissions.org