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So here’s an interesting story. Every month we receive our water bill in our mail box. This bill must be paid or else the water supply will be cut off until all is paid in full. Well, there’s an option to have it automatically debited from your bank account so you don’t have to worry about it every month. For some reason, I assumed I had already set this up when we traveled to the United States last year, but, in reality, I hadn’t.
When we arrived home from our trip, we were soon visited by two workers from the local water company informing us that they were at our house to cut off our water supply!! I responded, “Wait wait, haven’t I been faithfully paying our bill online”? When they responded with a big negatory, I quickly checked, realized my error, paid my bill online, and printed the receipt. When I showed them all was paid and apologized for my mistake, they looked relieved and happily informed us that we could continue with our water as normal.
We took advantage of this special situation, as usual, and told them about church and the cell group that meets at our home. We invited them but tried not to get our hopes up. But sure enough, one of the workers showed up to cell group with his wife!! We were very pleasantly surprised. A couple weeks later, the other worker shows up!! And a few weeks later his wife decides she too wants to follow Jesus and now is also coming. Praise God!!
These two couples are among our most faithful disciples and are on fire for Jesus. They are now beginning to help us lead some other cell groups and disciple other new believers!! Isn’t God fantastically amazing?!! YEEHAAWW!!
This is the life
The two workers from the water company!
Here’s a quick synopsis of what has happened in our lives in 2011.
Ministry-wise, we started out the year getting involved in cell groups and beginning to disciple some new believers. We were faithful members of the cell group and helped it grow until it multiplied and we became the leaders of a new cell group at our own house. Praise the Lord that this new cell group also grew and new leaders were raised up so that it has multiplied as well. Long story short: we are now leading and supervising 4 healthy cell groups. Some of these will multiply now in January and the total number will be 7.
Please continue to pray with us that many lives will be saved and well taken care of. Pray also for our disciples that they will continue to grow in intimacy with Christ!
Family-wise, we have a beautiful, healthy baby boy named Noah. He is now 8 months young! We have been able to see both our families this year and many friends, which has been very encouraging. Erin is learning how to speak Portuguese very well! After Noah’s birth, finding time to study the language has been a real challenge, but she gets lots of practice through discipling and counseling numerous women.
Fund-raising-wise, God has blessed us with faithful supporters who truly care about us. We are currently still in need of an additional $450 per month. If God is speaking to you about partnering with us in this area as well, please feel free to hear and obey 😉
We are sincerely thankful for all our supporters and we pray for you often. May God give you a very blessed new year and may you grow even closer and more intimate with Jesus! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
We love you so much!!
cell groups get-together
cell group Christmas party
Noah at 7 months!
Isaiah, Erin, and Noah Huber
Haha well, not really thaaaaat dangerous, but we’re back never-the-less. We were really blessed with a wonderful time in the U.S. praise God. We were able to see so many of our precious family and friends. Here was our itinerary: BRAZIL – Denver – Chicago – Los Angeles – San Diego – Boston – Denver – BRAZIL!!!
Our purpose in going back to the U.S. for 5 weeks was not only to see family and friends, but also to raise some much needed prayer and financial support. It’s amazing how much life changes when you have a baby. Not only has our life changed, but also our budget!! Who knew such a little person could demand so much re-structuring! But we love having a son, love the changes, and welcome the new challenges!
We are now back in full swing in the ministry here in Fortaleza and absolutely loving it. While we were gone, some of our newest disciples and new believers got a little discouraged, but after LOTS of time and prayer with each of them, we are seeing them regain what was lost and grow from the experience, and now they are even stronger in Jesus name.
Please pray that people we are working with and discipling will become strong in the faith and spiritually mature Christians with intimate relationships with Jesus. Pray also for wisdom for us as we deal with complicated situations, financial support, supernatural energy, new strategies for reaching the lost, and of course for Noah.
We love you very much!!!
Isaiah, Erin, and Noah Huber
a new believer sharing her heart
one of Noah's favorite places
cell group at one of our disciples house
We are having a wonderful family reunion!!
We have so much to be grateful for in these last 2 months and are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Noah as we write this post…any day now! The highlight of April was a neighborhood “festa” or party. Our cell group, along with some other Brazilians from a local church came to our house armed with food, balloons and hearts open to whatever God had in mind. We prayed together and then went out into the community (we live right next to a pretty poor but fairly safe neighborhood) inviting people over for food, prayer and testimonies. We were so excited to see at least 40 adults and kids come for a night that ended up changing most of our lives. It was beautiful to see our cell group reaching out and loving the people that came. Many were able to share the Gospel and their own testimonies. We know at least 4 teenage girls accepted Christ and many said they were looking forward to coming to cell group the upcoming Thursday (tomorrow). One of Isaiah’s newest disciples, Branco, shared his testimony of how God has completely changed his life in the last few months as the crowd of people listened intently. After everybody had gone home, our cell group stayed around to debrief and nobody wanted to stop sharing testimonies of how they had seen God work and how He had opened their eyes to a new world of reaching out and loving people. We went to bed that night so grateful and once again amazed at how much fun it is to watch God at work.
We have been so blessed to see the lives of our disciples being changed and touched by God in front of our eyes. One man who became a Christian a few months ago told us last week that he thinks God is calling him to missions and has recently been having vivid dreams about his future. Another who rededicated her life to Christ 5 months ago has begun to pray for people on the street for healing and is hoping to go to Bible school to get training for full time missions. We have been blessed with disciples who are hungry and passionate to learn more about Christ and become more like Him.
Personally we are so excited for Noah to be born, his offical due date is May 2nd so any day now! He’s currently in the breech position and if he doesn’t turn by May 9th, Erin will have a c-section that day so please pray that he turns head down! We are excited to have Erin’s mom and brother come in a couple weeks to help out with the little one. Thank you so much for your prayers and support, we are so privileged to be able to live and work here in Brazil because of you!
Aahhhh, so much is happening and it’s so exciting to be a part of it all and be used by God to do what we can and watch God transform lives. There are so many amazing testimonies of couples that were ready to separate and be done with the world and each other, but God is bigger than all of it and has completely changed and restored so many families who now are totally in love with each other and have made their family a priority!
receiving prayer to start a new cell group at our house
So many testimonies of people who were absolutely ruined by drugs, alcohol, and prostitution, but, again, God is bigger and has a plan for these people and has turned their lives around to be more than conquerors in Christ!!
Erin and I have been getting more and more busy making visits, discipling new
leading a Bible study at our house
converts (9 of our disciples have excepted Christ in the last few months!), training leaders, leading cell and evangelism groups, and a fantastic beach ministry reaching out to surfers….etc. And we know that this is just the beginning.
our cell group!!!
–Wisdom and supernatural energy as we lead Bible studies, cell groups, pray with and give advice to new converts under our care
–Complete fluency in the Portuguese language
–Healthy and safe birth for the baby (Noah) due the beginning of May
–Added financial support with the arrival of our baby
–Protection from carjackings and hold ups
–God’s grace on us as we minister at different events
Today is a historic day! Today is the official start to an evangelistic ministry that has been on my heart for a very long time.
I firmly believe that we should be a shining light no matter where we are or what we are doing. We should be excited and proud to be a follower of Jesus and proclaim His name in every walk of life, especially in uncommon ways. Today is the launch of “Surf Paz”! Our purpose: to reach surfers in Fortaleza for Christ. We will be meeting every Saturday afternoon at the beach to pray together, surf together, meet new people, and courageously share the Good News to the surf population.
Please pray that many will take on this responsibility and that many will come to know Jesus in a personal way. Also pray for me (Isaiah) as I’ll be preaching tomorrow at both services.