We will continue to post videos and photos as we are able. Please pray for Dave Ball’s wife, Cyndi, who suffered a minor stroke and is recovering. This has caused a delay in our ability to post more video and photos. I am still in Sao Paulo and Dave Ball is now home with Cyndi.
Here is a quick debrief before I return home. It has been a remarkable trip so I want to capture a few highlights to encourage each of you.
- We have spoken live and in person to well over 6,000 people. If you add television and webcasts, the number becomes much larger. We know of 20 people who committed their lives to Christ during these live talks with a simple invitation after showing a film.
- We have traveled more than 12,000 Km from the NE of the country (Amazon) to the very southern city of Porto Alegre. At every stop we have met with church leaders to present the God Provides Project.
- We had three goals: 1) build or increase the relationship of University of the Family with church leaders 2) Seek 10,000 churches to commit to launch God Provides and contract to touch a minimum of 100 per box set of films. 3) Expand the awareness of Crown and it’s mission in those churches.
- According to UDF team, this trip not only met all the objectives, it exceeded everyone’s expectations. 1) we had incredible favor and excitement with the church leaders we met with 2) we oversubscribed the goal of 10,000 churches to launch. One denomination has never partnered with an outside group in it’s history, but the God Provides project has been approved as the first! One denomination has requested 100,000 boxes of the films to use in their church cell groups over the next 3-5 years! Many churches developed strategic plans asking for 20 – 50 sets to reach all of their cell groups. 3) Crown’s mission has gained great momentum here.
- When UDF launches in October, we have the very realistic opportunity to touch over 1,000,000 lives in one year in this beautiful country.
- Our partners, the UDF team say that there has never been so much accomplished in one trip in the history of University of the Family —in twenty years. Needless to say, we are very pleased with the results. Jorge, the founder of UDF, says this trip had a special annointing of the Lord. That is the best explanation.
- Please pray for God’s protection of UDF, Pastor Nobu and Crown. This is a very significant project for God’s glory.
Thank you for making it possible. God’s Hand directed this and we are called for such a time as this!