Tim and Debbie Dunn
Dear Friends and Family,
We are so grateful for your support and for allowing us to serve the Lord in Brazil through The Antioch Partners. Recently, Debbie was able to represent SepalKids at the the Congresso Mãos e Coração (Hands and Heart Conference), a conference sponsored by the Igreja Presbiteriana do Brasil (Brazilian Presbyterian Church) for children’s ministry workers. It was held at our church here in Curitiba, on a very cold couple of days. There were approximately 150 participants, some coming from the far northeast of Brazil. They about froze since they had never experienced temperatures in the 40s before (remember, there is no central heating here!). It was a wonderful conference, despite the cold, with several general sessions and many workshops from which the attendees could choose. Debbie had a booth with materials from SepalKids and had a chance to share in a general session about the resources SepalKids has to offer to the churches.
Music Opportunities Gaining Steam
Along with monthly piano playing for worship services at church, Debbie is also sometimes leading singing with the guitar at our family group. After taking a break in July for the mid-year vacation period, Debbie’s recorder classes are picking up again. In August a few new students joined the ranks. Now she has three different levels of students going at the same time. So she is busy popping from one group to the next during the hour class time. They plan to share in worship, along with the guitar students, on Sept. 16th. The offer for her to teach recorder classes at the children’s home hasn’t materialized yet, but the director there promises they are getting close to getting things organized so she can begin that ministry. The music classes at the preschool continue, and what a joy that is! The children are so excited when they walk into the room to make music together through dancing, singing, and playing rhythm instruments. Debbie recently was able to purchase some lollipop drums and they are a big hit.
First Sepal Breakfast for Pastors
On August 2nd we held our first of what we hope will be a monthly breakfast for pastors and church leaders. It was well attended, exceeding our expectations with approximately 40 in attendance. We had a time of worship led by Max, our team member whose ministry is worship, a devotional by Josimaber, and then each of us shared about our ministries and about Sepal in general. We hope to continue with different speakers sharing on leadership topics.
This past six months we both have had several opportunities to teach at our church. Tim has led the family group study for adults a couple times and taught the choir Sunday School class. Along with another teacher, Debbie is responsible for the seven and eight year-old lesson during children’s church hour. She has also taught the children during the weekly family group on several occasions. Tim received an exciting invitation to participate in a global group of leaders regarding the development and improvement of Business as Mission. He looks forward to the first meeting of this group.
Dissertation on the Home Stretch
Tim’s dissertation is in the final stages. The defense is on Sept. 26th in Pasadena. We’re so glad this phase is just about over. He has learned much about Brazilians serving in Business as Mission capacities. Now he will be prepared to share with the church and business leaders this new strategy for missions mobilization. He is already scheduled to share at our church’s missions’ conference in October on the topic. We are finalizing plans for other speaking engagements to share about our ministry, including the opportunities available for Brazilians to serve the Kingdom through Business as Mission. Tim is also participating in an ongoing interdenominational working group that is focused on Business as Mission.
We enjoyed a wonderful time together with the Sulc side of the family in July at our niece’s wedding. Jonathan loved being with all his cousins. He continues to be holding his own in school with all the challenges of learning in a second language. We are considering moving him to a different school next year (February) for various reasons. We’d appreciate your prayers for wisdom in this area. Beverly, Debbie’s sister, continues her battle with liver cancer. Evidence of the cancer is back, so she began chemo again last week. Please pray for a miracle, for that is what it’s going to take to heal her of this cancer. Her faith is incredibly strong, an inspiration to us all.
Our Riches in Christ Jesus
Finally, this is a great time to express our thanks to each of you who are part of the team that makes it possible for us to serve here in Brazil. We have sensed God’s hand on our lives so many times during the past three years - and we know that the prayers of God’s people around the world are the reason why.
We are also greatly aware of the financial investment that so many individuals and churches are making in supporting our service here, and we want you to know how much we are committed to being faithful stewards of the investment that is being made in our ministry. We have budgets that must be met and right now the balance in those accounts is below where it needs to be. Can we ask you to pray about giving a one-time gift or increasing the frequency or size of your current giving? Thank you for your willingness to join with us in what God is doing in Brazil and around the world.
For Christ’s Kingdom,
Tim, Debbie, and Jonathan Dunn