A “Fermata” retreat/clinic for pastoral couples was held February 1-3 in Triunfo, Brazil. John taught two sessions the first afternoon: Self-life to Christ- life (wheel diagrams) and the Daily Cross (a grace perspective on Luke 9:23). His interpreter, pastor Thiago, is a kindred spirit with excellent English skills. Linda shared her testimony in the evening meeting. Team leader, Edmund Spieker, gave the introductory session.
Thursday was a full and fruitful day. John had the privilege of teaching two sessions in the morning. The first was about identification with Christ (the Line diagram); the second was on Egypt / Wilderness / Canaan (four phases of discipleship/counseling). There was a third morning session and an afternoon session on leadership and conflict resolution. After supper there was a presentation about TransWorld Radio.
On Friday morning there were breakout sessions with the men and women meeting separately. Linda spoke to the ladies, then Ursula gave her testimony and presented the Castle message via PowerPoint. In the pastors’ group Edmund, Luciano and John took turns speaking. John’s segment was on how to have and give a three Cross testimony. The retreat concluded with an hour long testimony time where the participants each shared what God has done in their lives during the Fermata.
The team’s next Fermata is scheduled for February 6-8 in Caruaru (also in the northeast region). Thank you for your interest and prayers for this ministry to leaders in Brazil. To God be the glory!