It has been a reminiscent month, a pretty cool month and a time of spiritual warfare. I have thought a lot this month about a man of God by the name of Johnny Hall. He has influenced my life greatly. Johnny taught me many valuable lessons in the years that I knew him before leaving Florida. Probably the greatest lesson that he taught me was the moment that you are no longer teachable God can no longer use you. This is a lesson that I have tried to implement throughout my Christian life. He also taught me how to lead by example and graciously lead those older than me. He taught me to not believe a rumor unless you know the facts. The lesson that I learned through watching him and his life is to have a godly legacy. I remember that when his mother passed away he found her with her Bible open on her lap. I remember the grace he walked in even though the hard times. I remember the pride I felt when Dr. Peters was bragging about him in a chapel service nearly 20 years ago, and the excitement I had for him and his wife when I heard that they finally made it to the foreign mission ﬁeld.
All that being said none of us will fully understand the impact this side of glory that we have on those around us and especially those we are around more than an hour per week. This includes those we work with/around, friends, and family. We are all on a Christian walk with our eyes fixed on the destination and making many slight alterations as we are moving to get to our goal.
This month we learned of the impact that we had on another family. About 5 months ago we provoke them until they watched the movie “The Atheist Delusion” by Living Water Ministries and today because of our lives they are now evangelizing about 3 days a week, every week for a couple months now. We have been meeting regularly for just over a month with them, and they are sharing with us the influence that we have had on their lives. We have begun to minister together door to door and in local grocery stores. We are beginning to build a really cool relationship with our families.
This month we had the honor of a couple getting engaged on the dog sled on a pond in the Alaska wilderness. After the tour we had a celebration meal of cinnamon rolls and drinks. We shared the gospel with them and then gave them much parental advice about relationships and marriage from our personal lessons.
We had an audience of another group of two that asked Becki, my wife, permission to stay to see if she said yes to the proposal who also heard the gospel. They all thanked us for sharing and said that the experience was really neat and asked that we take a picture with them. It is cool to share Jesus and people thank you for it afterwards. God is so good.
We have been inviting friends and neighbors over for supper with the intent of sharing the gospel as well as our vision for Brazil. Again this is always fruitful since they know our lives and so respect us enough to listen to us. On the night that one of our neighbors was to come over for supper, Christmas Eve, he did not show, nor answer his phone, so I knocked on the door until he answered. He sheepishly told me he wasn’t coming over, that he had been drinking. I went home and told Becki, and she immediately prepared him a Christmas dinner, which he received nearly in tears saying “Really, thank you, Merry Christmas,” and closed the door with a smile on his face.
It is so often the little things we do for others that make a big difference in their lives. marriage from our personal lessons. We had an audience of another group of two that asked Becki, my wife, permission to stay to see if she said yes to the proposal who also heard the gospel. They all thanked us for sharing and said that the experience was really neat and asked that we take a picture with them. It is cool to share Jesus and people thank you for it afterwards. God is so good.
I had the opportunity to preach on New Year’s Eve. I preached on the cross and Jesus’ sacriﬁce so we would be free from our sins, and how to share this message with a lost and dying world. This message was birthed from our Christmas tree which just happened to be a cross that our kids and I built and Becki and I decorated with red and white lights . The kids drew pictures to hang on the cross and our gifts were presented at the foot of the cross. We started a new Brattrud family tradition, to remember the greatest Christ mass gift, the sacriﬁce of Jesus so we might be forgiven our sins, healed and made whole.
Thank you all for all of your support and believing in what we are doing. You truly are a partner in what God has called us to do. Thank you and bless you.
Until next month.
The Brattrud family
Jesse, Becki, Corban, Zeruiah, Abigail, and Rhema
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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