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June 02, 2009
Hi from the Sky!
My Dear Friends,
By the time you get this Jeff and I will be back in Miami. I’m on the plane as I type and according to the flight map in front of me we are 2,576 miles away now (we’ve been in the air for 4hrs so far with 4 ˝ hrs still to go). We are experiencing a lot of turbulence right now and it feels like I’m on a country bus going down a dirt road. YIKES!
First, let me say “Thank you!” to so many of you for sending me to Brazil. Words cannot even begin to express what I feel right now as I think back on the many lives that were changed in the past 10 days.
One such life is Maria, the mother of this disabled young man, Adriano. She’s a worker at a school where I was speaking who came to listen to my testimony because of her son’s condition. I remember her standing in the back just crying and crying as I spoke and at the end, Maria opened her heart to Jesus.
The next morning before my first presentation, Jeff, Tony and I went to her home to meet Adriano. Can you believe he got up at 5am eagerly anticipating my arrival? It was such a special time but my visit left me troubled.
You see, besides Cerebral Palsy, Adriano also has a severe case of Scoliosis which may take his life. His spine is so badly curved that he’s in a lot of pain and his own ribcage is crushing his lungs. He can barely breathe and had to gasp for air a few times during our visit.
Maria has a very big decision to make in the weeks ahead. She has to decide if Adriano should have spinal fusion surgery (like I did) or not. If he has the surgery there is a big chance that he could die on the operating table but if he doesn’t have it he will surely die. The doctors give him no hope either way. But… our God is a God of hope! PLEASE PRAY for Adriano and for Maria as she makes this very difficult decision. Pray that God will move mighty on their behalf.
Well, in spite of the difficulties and challenges we faced on this trip, God prevailed. Today, 129 more Brazilians know Jesus as their savior and countless lives were changed. Hope was renewed, marriages were restored, recommitments were made and pastors and leaders were encouraged and strengthened.
Thanks again for being a part of this ministry. I am truly humbled by how much you believe in me and are committed to sending me “into all the world” to reach people for Christ. As William James once said, “The best use of a life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.” It is with this in mind that Mission of Hope will now begin making plans to bring my testimony to Paraguay. Please pray for us as we begin to work out all the details for that trip.
“I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given to me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.” Acts 20:24
United with You in His Service,
Posted by Bernadette at 05:43 PM