by J. Randal Matheny, editor
Friday our family returns to Brazil, after some five weeks in the USA. The big event was our son’s wedding December 15, which I’ll refrain from gushing over.
Other moments were also encouraging and uplifting. Churches responded to help make up some of the financial loss we’ve sustained over the past few years, with a 65% drop in our buying power. (For those who don’t know me, I’ve been a missionary living in Brazil since 1984.)
One of the other encouraging moments has been my participation with the men’s prayer group at the Center Hill congregation in Paragould, Ark. This church has supported us in Brazil since the beginning.
Every Monday morning they meet together in the multi-purpose building with a list of people who need prayer. The list includes the sick, caregivers of the sick and missionaries. I was gratified and humbled that my name was on the list.
Each brother “pours out his heart before God,” as organizer J.T. Ashby put it, with his own concerns, while mentioning a portion of the list, name by name.
The ministers and several of the elders and deacons participate.
For three weeks I met with these good brothers. Each time I came away refreshed spiritually and braced for greater service.
J.T.’s stout coffee, as good as it was, didn’t warm the atmosphere as much as the united devotion of the men.
I return to Brazil Friday knowing those men better. And growing closer to my Lord.
Those prayer meetings are a high point of this trip I’ll not soon forget.
“So confess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great effectiveness,” James 5:16 NET.
One of the encouraging moments has been my participation with the men’s prayer group.