Dear Pastors and Praying Friends,
It is incredible for me to be writing the last letter of 2007! This year has passed by so fast! It feels like Christmas was just yesterday! The Lord has blessed us and our ministry! We had two more baptisms in October! Alessandra and Aurélio were baptized and became members of the church! Alessandra is teaching the 4-8 year old Sunday School Class! Praise the Lord!!
Our Bible Club is studying their third book and are loving it! They are learning many Bible verses. Jonathan, a teenager that just got saved, memorized about 30 Bible verses. On the awards night, the kids were asked each to say a Bible verse to the congregation. Jonathon said 10 and if I did not stop him, he would say more Bible Verses!!! We praise the Lord for these children! We thank the Lord for using us to touch the lives of these kids!
We thank the Lord for the salvation of Zenira and Sílvio! Praise the Lord!!! We also pray for the salvation of Valdir, Nivalda, and our community.
We are preparing for our missions conference and we will have as our guest speaker Dr. Garvin Dykes. He is the director of our mission board. Please pray that many people will come and get saved.
Please continue to pray for our safety and the violence here in Brazil. In August, as one of our neighbors was going to work in the morning, he was robbed and killed at the bus stop in front of the town square. We can feel God's protection around us! Here everybody leaves home, and does not know if they will come back alive. Even the police, who are supposed to be protecting us, are asking for protection. Our mission strategy is to reach most of all the children with the Word of God, that they may become adults with the fear of God and make a difference in the society.
We are so excited to come home for furlough in March 2008! We have had many churches contact us to schedule meetings. If you have plans to have the Tavares family visiting you, please let us know. We plan to be in the Northern area from March-June, and in the South from July forward.
Please continue to pray for Tiffany as she takes the final exams to pass into Medical School. It is a very hard test. There are over 4,500 competing to be within the 100 best to attend the Federal University, which is free. We know that if this is God's will for her life, she will pass the test!
We thank you for your faithful prayers and financial support! May God richly bless you and your ministry!
Under His Care,
Paulo, Marilza, Kayla & Tiffany Tavares
Your Missionaries to Brazil