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Fifth Week in Lent

Prayer for the Day: Sunday, March 29

Caught between the cradle and the cross, we come to you, O God, 

       Wondering why at times our faith seems so limited.                        

Floundering about, we merely try to survive in a world

       Where we have so little control.                                 

Forgive our fear, O God, for your promise exceeds our wildest dreams

        And enable us to be your servants even when the cost is high. 

 In the name of him who paid the highest cost to usher in your kingdom,

        Even Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.



Fourth Week of Lent


Humanity has learned to harness the power of the tides and the sun and the moon.  Someday we will learn to harness the power of love, and for the second time in history we will have discovered fire.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881–1955)

Thoughts for the Day: Saturday, March 28

Never lose an opportunity to see anything beautiful for beauty is God’s handwriting.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

The higher goal of spiritual living is not to amass a wealth of information, but to face sacred moments. 
Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907–1972)

We cannot create what we can't imagine.  
Lucille Clifton, American poet––Maryland (1936–2010)


Our Congregation


Prayer is a way we gain strength from God as we face life's burdens and concerns as well as joys. Please use the e-mail link to have your name, your concerns or your joys added to our prayer list. Prayer requests are confidential, known to God and the pastor. 


Could you please uplift our prayer requests? 

The Corona virus – because we’re isolated, it’s a good thing. Still, we live in close proximity to each other. Also, with some of our kids running away and returning as well as our staff being away, but eventually coming back, there’s always the threat of infection. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will protect us.  

Health – Our house parent Anderson has been fighting a bad illness. One of our boys has pneumonia and is in isolation. Others are sick. We have some masks but they are of poor quality. 

Crime - Outside of our gates, there is a lot of lawlessness going on. Street people are dying and it’s not the police who are doing it. Our cook Rosalena was recently robbed on the bus and her cell phone was taken. Please pray for protection.  

Drugs – Most of the boys that are given to us are drug addicted and are detoxing now.  

Discernment – Our office staff is not here but will be re-evaluated within two weeks. Should they come back? Should they stay away? With the Corona virus, it makes every decision so crucial.  

Future – With the food shortages now, will we be able to acquire what we need a month from now? Will we be able to prevent the Corona virus from infecting our campus? 

Family – Bella, our daughter has asthma attacks. Getting her to a Brazilian hospital in this current Corona environment is really hard. Please pray for her health to stabilize before they return to Brazil. We had planned for Marc, our son, to return to the U.S. in May to start at a new school. With the outbreak, everything is up in the air. Marc’s schooling is of huge importance to us, and finding the exact school to meet his needs (spiritual, educational, life skills, etc) is crucial. It is a heavy burden for us.  

Thank you for your support and many heartfelt prayers. We need them! The Lord has provided each of you to be a blessing to us as we try to bless the youth of Brazil. To God be the glory!  

Global Ministries

United Church of Christ​​​​​​​



  Debbie Colvin, Ghana
 8  Karen Campbell-Nelson, Indonesia
15 Jeanette Salley, Zambia
22 Michelle McKay, Haiti
29 Fritz Gerald Joseph, Morocco

American Baptists Churches

International Ministries 

International Ministries, also known as the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society, works cross-culturally to invite people to become disciples of Jesus Christ and to proclaim, through both word and deed, God's reign of justice, peace and abundant life for all creation.

Pray for Corenne and Phil Smith rescuing homeless street children and youth from the streets in Brazil. Needs multiply due to the Corona virus pandemic. 

Corenne and Phil minister to children who are part of a residential program that rescues homeless street children and youth ranging in age from 8 to 18. The program provides guidance, education, and training for future employment. All students have completed a paid internship and are employed before they leave the program. Corenne works mainly with the older children, working with them on life skills so that they can eventually transition away from a boarding school to independent living. Corenne also serves as a surrogate mother to many of the children, sharing with them the love of Jesus. After experiencing day-to-day living in a safe, caring Christian environment, most of these children make decisions to follow Christ. Philip Smith is the president and CEO of the residential program, Hope Unlimited for Children, which was founded in 1991. Philip is an associate missionary serving in Brazil in a joint appointment by International Ministries and Hope Unlimited International. 

Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.

Rom. 12:12 NRSV