Missionary Update: Bobby & Charlene Wacaser in Brazil [January 2012]

Bobby, Charlene, Jessie, and Brennen Wacaser have served the Lord as church planters in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil, since 1985 through BFM.

January 5, 2012
Dear Friends,

We started the New Year off the way we hope to work throughout 2012. We spent the first day with several new friends we’ve made who are not followers of Christ…yet. Like most Christians, our natural tendency is to gravitate toward fellow believers in our rare leisure time. The main problem with that is that we distance ourselves from those who most need to hear the gospel and see Christ truly present in the lives of those who profess him as Lord. Backing up a little bit: we actually did this on Christmas day also. They were both delightful days in which we had genuine pleasure in sharing the gospel and being friendly to folks who are usually neglected by church-goers. We train and encourage all of our leaders to utilize this strategy for reaching the lost also. We reach out to the greater population through many other means, but we see that this up-close and personal approach was the primary means that Jesus and his disciples used to get the gospel to their fellow citizens.

We are back into construction mode on our new church building. We will be pouring our concrete floor and laying the tile very soon and then move on to all the other final touches. These “final” touches seem more like they keep us in a holding pattern, or that news ones pop up regularly, but we do see steady progress. The important thing is that we’ll be able to get everyone out of the weather and have a multifunctional building operating within weeks, not months.

We are dealing with a huge challenge in our evangelistic ministry, Projeto Vida. Here in Brazil, there is an opportunity to contribute toward philanthropic/social entities through one’s monthly electric energy bill. Projeto Vida had been receiving such contributions for several months and they were increasing, when all of a sudden, a glitch arose in the power company’s billing system and these contributions ceased to enter. There was no detour of funds or theft, just the fact that many would-be contributors lost the option to give and therefore, those funds have nearly dried up. Some folks are still able to give through this means, but more can’t than can. This will greatly hamper our ability to feed and house the more than 40 workers we had depending on these funds last year from coming back to work fulltime in February. Last year Projeto Vida shared the gospel to nearly 100,000 people throughout Brazil, but with this problem we will be greatly hindered from getting to the unreached areas. Please pray that this problem may be resolved or that the Lord would provide other means of supplying the needed resources.

We are excited about this year’s opportunities to make Christ known and to launch new churches where none exist as yet. We thank you for your love, prayers and support. May the Lord bless you richly throughout 2012.

In Christ’s love,
Bobby, Charlene and Brennen Wacaser
Rua Manoel Valdomiro de Macedo, 2281
81170-150 Curitiba, PR Brasil