Dr. Thomas and Mrs. Linda Gilmer – Church Planter, Bible Translation in São Paulo, Brazil
Dear Friends of Zion:
Thank you for your prayers and offerings. Another exciting month of ministry has passed.
Two of those who accepted Christ last month did so during the Caravan to Israel led by Pastor Alexandre Dutra, the Brazilian president of our Jewish ministries here in Brazil. He baptized them in the Jordan River! Another trip to Israel is planned for next year.
My favorite area of ministry is personal soul winning and helping others lead souls to Christ. I had witnessed countless times to our dry-cleaning delivery man and was losing hope. Forgetting that I had given him a small BBN booklet with the Portuguese title “Crente, Descrente e Pseudocrente” (“Christian, Non-Christian, or Pseudo-Christian”), I asked him if he was sure he would go to heaven if he died. I was surprised to hear him say, “Yes, I am sure I will go to heaven.” I asked him who led him to Christ. He answered, “I read the booklet you gave me last week and accepted Christ!” Much patience is needed to integrate him into the church nearest his home or even the one nearest to his place of employment.
I have just finished reading and analyzing another book written by a Brazilian author. The work of Editorial Consultant has always been a part of our ministry but is seldom mentioned in our monthly letter except as a prayer request for “Bible study helps, both media and printed.” There is never enough time for all I have the opportunity to do. In both evangelization and editorial work, I am motivating and training others and always thinking of other areas that need
attention, as well. I would like to be twins or triplets! Just an added plea for sponsors for the Bi-Annual Congress in Recife in July. This Congress is important to help me fulfill a promise to help start 10 new churches in states in Brazil that do not have a church like ours or yours.
Please pray for the success of Linda’s upcoming cataract surgeries.
May God richly bless you all.
Yours for the Messiah,
Tom and Linda Gilmer
- Professions of faith: 3.
- Successful Youth Rally at Templo Batista de Indianópolis.
- Much sowing of the Seed, with faith for the reaping.
- Salvation decisions: Jews and Gentiles.
- Ongoing projects (Bible study helps, both media ;and printed; larger warehouse for Bibles).
- Full support for Harold Ralph (lacks 22%)
- Linda, cataract surgeries June 24 and July 4.
- Ladies’ retreat in Sept., Linda, Rachel and Roxanne speaking.
- Sponsors for Bi-Annual Congress in Recife in July