This has been a month of catch up, trials, and blessings. Of catchup because we were set back in our preparation for winter as well as training our dogs one month on account of attending the FI mission conference. The conference was great. Yes I did say training dogs. We operate a dog sled business that we use as an outreach to tourists from all over the world, mostly Chinese. Of trials in that Rhema, our youngest child, had a golf ball sized infection under her arm that required surgery. They drained 30cc of ﬂuid out of the infection. Everyone has been sick and the family vehicle blew a head gasket. But God. Oh the but Gods of scripture and life are so wonderful. The blessings. Rhema now only has a bandaid covering the incision. Everyone is healthy. We have just enough money in the bank to ﬁx the head gasket of the engine, and we had one of our past clients send us a text. Last year they had a dog sled ride, we shared creation to the cross with them and fed them pizza and other snacks. They stayed the night in our tour cabin so they could watch the northern lights. The Aurora forecast was bleak, so we prayed that Jesus would bring the lights,. Later when Becki checked on them and they said “Your Jesus is amazing! He brought the lights.” Becki told them that He is everyone’s Jesus. These people heard the gospel, found out that Jesus answers prayers, and recently texted Becki stating “I am a real Christian now, I got baptized in April”
God is so good. Last week we had the opportunity to share Jesus with nearly 20 different Chinese. We encouraged a young Korean couple in the faith and how to prioritize family, work, ministry and faith. There was an atheist couple that we shared with; the husband is studying to be a science teacher. We shared from creation to the cross with a focus on 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 (the evidence of the resurrection), he said that I really sparked something in him and he was going to research what I had shared with him. I gave him the names Lee Stroble and J Warner Wallace to look up as well. So God is moving.
Now as promised our vision for Brazil.
Our plan is to attend language school and while attending language school, we will explore rural Brazil. ,west and southwest Brazil speciﬁcally, the farming communities and small towns.
Our next step would be to ﬁnd the area with the most need, those little red or orange dots on the map that signify less than 2% Christian. Once we ﬁnd that location then we will begin to search for a central location around the greatest need to establish a base. Once we graduate language school we want to quickly and smoothly transition to the new location, walk around the villages praying, and helping anyone out that we see needs and will accept our help. We will then invite them and their families to our place for supper. We will serve them Jesus, plant a church, begin street preaching in the town, raise up leaders that are capable of reproducing Christ in others and spreading the gospel, turn the church over to the people and establish a pastor. We will oversee the local pastor and, Lord willing, repeat the process in the next town.
The goal will be to plant as many growing, self sustaining, Christ centered churches as by God’s grace and power that we are able. We want to bring blessings to the communities by Acts 3:26 “When God raised up his servant, he sent him ﬁrst to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.” Well that is our plan and our vision in a nutshell. This is the outline that we are planning to follow.
We have no idea how long it will take or the obstacles that we will face. We just want to proclaim Jesus to the overlooked rural communities of Brazil, to bring in those from the back roads to the marriage supper of the lamb and make sure they are dressed properly for the occasion. We want to establish a base so that in the future we can accept other FIRE missionaries, short and long term, to help spread the ﬁre of the gospel. I expect our greatest problem will not be the harvesting but the lack of harvesters, but, I also expect God to bring the right people at the right time. We just need to keep our focus on the vision, and especially on Jesus and on our family.
My family is currently my team and it is up to me to lead them and not be a hypocrite. “Be shepherds of God’s ﬂock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the ﬂock.” 1 Peter 5:2-3 NIV
If you would like to become the feet to the mouthpiece that Christ has made us and our vision has become your vision, then you can partner with us and become part of our team to get the gospel to rural Brazil by becoming part of our prayer team and or through ﬁnancial support by the avenues below.
Thank you and bless you.
Jesse and Becki Brattrud and family
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About Jesse & Becki Brattrud
It is our vision and focus to plant churches and to establish a base that can accommodate other missionaries and/ or those who are being raised up for ministry