Praise be to God several did respond to the offer of grace today. All in all probably 20 to 25 came forward during the calls to come and stand for the Lord by Rory and John today. Each new believer that responded received prayer, was given a Bible or New Testament, and encouraged to grow in the Lord through discipleship. There were several others that were in the valley of decision that we talked with following the presentations, but God started a good work in many hearts as we made ourselves available to plant or water the seeds. A couple of people in particular stuck out: a Mormon man who, along with his wife, has been questioning their religion's beliefs and a biker who stopped to hear the message and then talked with us for about 45 minutes afterwards with lots of questions. The mormon got distracted with a cell phone call and ended up walking away, and the biker wasn't ready to respond today, but agreed to read a pamphlet he was given on being born again by Chuck Smith and to meet with John after the team leaves. Please pray for him as he was very open and had lots of questions, but was very distracted by a man from Bend, Oregon that was an obvious ploy from the enemy, who came and stood next to him as we shared the Word of truth. They had never met before, but in the end the Word of God was planted in his heart.
One of the most thrilling part of the day's outreach occurred when our hotel manager, Ricardo, responded to the Gospel and came forward during the last alter call of our entire trip! It was a rejoicing time for the team as he and his staff have been so hospitable to us and we specifically prayed for the staff this morning! As a way to remember this day and the team, we bought him a very nice leather Bible that we are all signing and will present to him tomorrow. That was an incredible way to end the outreach on the streets of Curitiba. Thank you Lord for ALL that you have done in our lives, in the lives of many of the believers in this beautiful city, and for reaping a harvest and new souls for your Kingdom. We give you all the glory and praise!
We love you all very much and appreciate your faithfulness to pray and support this outreach.