January 2016 newsletter

Happy NewYear! We enjoyed wonderful times with U.S. family in November and December. It was a joy to take in Christmas concerts and have a white Christmas for a change! We also had a good meeting with the World Missions Committee in December. We want to share in this letter about some of the fun things we’ve done and let you know of our plans for the remainder of our furlough. Plus, a little glance at what’s happening in Brazil.

Abel Family reunion     Our family time at the ARC over Thanksgiving was all we dreamed it would be. After almost 16 years all seven Abel siblings were reunited with Mom and Dad. We had a total of 31 of us together; we still were missing 40! What special moments we shared reminiscing, singing, and praying together. 2016 marks 40 years since the Abel family cut an LP which has blessed many people through the years. We sang many of the same songs at our birthday program. We have a rich Christian heritage and are so thankful for John and Ruby and their selfless love and ministry all through the years

More Family Time     We had a great time when our daughter Christina and her little boy, Tommy, made a trip to the U.S. in December. Although we live so near each other in Brazil we often don’t have much time together there, so this was a treat! At Christmas all of Becky’s family was together at her parent’s home in Northfield, MN. Yes, we are making the most of these opportunities to be with our parents and siblings and children while we can. These are some of the blessings of furlough!

Supporters and Schedules     While we are in the U.S. we are constantly making contacts with our supporters. We have decided to visit only the supporting churches we were unable to visit in 2013. We have enjoyed a few days now and then at the Mission Home in Osceola, WI – a wonderful place to call “home” when we are in the U.S. The next-door neighbors, the Hills, (right) always welcome us royally and bless us in so many ways.

Jan. 4 Brazilian Church of Hope in Bloomington, MN p.m. service Jan. 5 AFLBS Morning Chapel Service
Jan. 7-22 Mission Trip to Switzerland
Jan. 24 Word of Life in Mankato, MN a.m. service                                                                 Jan. 31 Fox River in Sheridan, IL a.m. service
Feb. 3 Newark Free Lutheran, IL p.m. service
Feb. 6-7 Boyerstown, PA Sat. p.m. service and Sun. a.m.
Feb. 7 Ruthfred Lutheran, Bethel Park, PA p.m.
Feb. 14 Our Saviour’s Thief River Falls, MN a.m. and p.m.
Feb. 21 Good Shepherd Cokato, MN a.m.
Feb. 28 Emmaus Lutheran Bloomington, MN a.m.
March 3 Return to Brazil
Along the way we will visit several supporters and pastors. Hope to see some of you! Our son Andrew is helping us make a short DVD we will send out to all our supporting churches the end of January. If other churches are interested, just call the mission office (612-545-5631) and a copy can be sent to you. Our phone number is 612-417-1459 if you want to call us.

Pray for the work in Switzerland     Pray for us as we head for Switzerland once again in January to invest some time teaching and interacting with the Brazilian Free Lutheran church we visited last May. Pastor Craig Johnson will join us for this trip. We are asking for prayer for this new outreach in Europe, that God will direct the decisions to be made and bless the efforts of these dedicated Brazilian Christians as they reach out in Geneva.

Life in Brazil     While we are away, life and ministry continue in Brazil. We are so thankful for Matthew and Ednay and all their efforts to take over for us in addition to continuing their own ministries. Pray for them in January as they lead camps and VBS. They need to raise more support as missionaries, so if any of you reading this letter would be interested in helping them (or helping us) please go to the AFLC website missionary support and sign on as supporters.

Blessings to you in the new year! Paul and Becky

AFLC WORLD MISSIONS 3110 E. Medicine Lk. Blvd. Mpls., MN 55441