This has been a hectic month.
We got the bus serviced, but it was not finished until the Thursday before we were to leave on account of a bad radiator. The replacement had to be shipped up from the US. Needless to say the bus cost $2500 more than planned. It cost just over $4000 for everything done to the bus.
We didn’t get our lease for our property from the lawyer until October 1 and that ran $900 total, $300 more than quoted and a week later than promised. After we had the bus back and the lease in hand, we were finally able to sign the lease and get the insurance for renting our property.
I was able to finish a 3 week long series on Colossians on Sunday the day before we left and afterward the church threw us a potluck and sent us out. We were finally able to leave Fairbanks about 4:00 on Monday afternoon.
We have had many divine appointments along the road. Our middle daughter, Abigail, has been making flowers out of pipe cleaners and handing them out, which has opened the doors to talk to several people. We had some good conversations encouraging believers, and shared the gospel with a couple people at Liard Hot Springs.
We saw many animals and had good roads through Canada. The worst roads that we experienced were in North Dakota. I am currently writing our newsletter in Iowa. Once we hit the snow in North Dakota we headed south and got out of the snow. We should be in North Carolina in three more days.
Since it took so long to get the bus back and get the paperwork from the lawyer for our lease we weren’t able to contact pastors in advance before we left Alaska so we will begin doing that once we arrive in Charlotte. We have approximately 4 months living expenses saved so we will be diving into partnership development headfirst and we will either sink or swim. We hope to have a sustainable support base raised before our personal funds dry up. We are excited to see how God is going to supernaturally provide for us.
hope is that those who partner with us will support us and the vision that God has laid on our heart, and not just a location. We are excited to see what Jesus will do through us during this new season of the 6 of us living and traveling in the bus. We want to be a blessing to everyone we meet and bring them closer to the Creator.
So on with it, the best is yet to come!
Please pray that we can bring the gospel with boldness, clarity, and the love that others can receive. Please pray for our partnership development to gain momentum.
Thank you to everyone who has partnered with us, your prayers make a huge difference. Thank you again
Blessings in Christ,
Jesse and Becki Brattrud and Family
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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
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 it. Then invite them and their families to our place for supper 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. Oversee the local pastor and repeat. The goal will be to plant as many growing, self sustaining Christ-centered churches as by Gods grace and power that we are able. 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.”