Aaron & Cristiana Brakefield
Evangelical Church Missions – Brazil
Aaron continues to pastor at the Vida em Cristo Church and also serves as Field Director. Aaron also helps with administration and activities at the English school Life English Center. Cris cares for their three boys Nicolas (9), Jonas (6) and Marcos (2) as well as working with Dave Warren in the favelas four times weekly to teach English.
Pray for the Brakefields and the Vida em Cristo Church as they are working to start a food shelf ministry at the Church. They plan to distribute the food as a weekly event and use that opportunity to build relationships with the visitors. Pray that they will be able to make improvements to the property to make it more secure and to prevent break-ins that would put the donations and available food at risk.
They are getting ready to reach out more intentionally with English by leading a weekly English activity time and a weekly Bible study at the Life English Center. They also plan to hold an all-English church service at Vida em Cristo on a monthly basis. Pray for wise choices and discernment as they undertake these activities so that they can be fruitful in their efforts and opportunities.
Mark & Annie Duhrkoop
Mark continues to serve in the ministry of Return, working with families through mediation and conflict resolution. He also partners with Genesis Ministries, which gives him the opportunity to help families with issues and relationships connected with aging and that season of life.
Mark is keeping busy doing presentations and training in the areas of aging, conflict resolution and forgiveness. He has been having opportunities to share about this growing ministry and building bridges with churches as well as local and state agencies. Pray that Mark will continue to have more opportunities to share and make connections and that God would open doors where Mark’s expertise and ministry is needed. Pray that he could be a welcome help in working with those who need assistance in restoring relationships and navigating these issues.
Financial support through grants have been a welcome source to support their ministry, but pray that God will multiply opportunities to share about their ministry and grow their monthly support to meet their needs.
Pray for Annie as she continues to heal from a recent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from her tongue. Pray that the Lord will bring complete healing to her body. Pray that God will continue to bless so that the medical expenses are met, especially after extra time off of work for healing. Pray for Reid as he prepares for a missions trip back to Honduras in Spring 2015 as well as for Onalee, who continues studies at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington.