Andrew Fanstone Update
But the angel said to them, ¨Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great Joy that will be for all people.” Luke 2v10
At this Christmas time when much fear and uncertainty prevails in the world we need only return to the first Christmas and remember the words spoken by the angels to the shepherds.
We need not fear for there is Good News, it is of great Joy and it is for all people. Because there is such good news, that a saviour is born to rescue us, we must take it to all people through out all the world and hence this can sum up the reason I guess we are in Brazil; to tell all people this good news of great joy!
We do love being here in Brazil but it is often hard especially at Christmas time to be away from family and friends. Recently I was back in England to visit my elderly father who continues to suffer with his health and this year my brother John will be back home in the UK visiting from Australia with his family for Christmas. He was diagnosed with leukaemia a few years ago and so I would appreciate prayers for my whole family at this time.
Here in Brazil we have a busy couple of weeks ahead of us with many events planned. We will put on a big Christmas banquet on the streets of the slums, run children´s Christmas parties and also have a Christmas afternoon tea for the ladies involved in prostitution that we work with. Please do pray for us as we run these events that they will be full of great joy and the good news of this season can be shared clearly.
As you can see from the photo above Jessica, Ana Keziah and Noah are growing fast. They have had a good year at school and have made lots of friends and enjoy swimming, dancing and going to the beach.
It is not only our own family that is growing fast but also the Iris Global family here in Brazil and last month we organised for the first time a national gathering where the other Iris bases and missionaries from Brazil came together here in Fortaleza. There were about 70 of us and it is an amazing privilege to be able to help raise up other missionaries who work reaching people in rubbish dumps, unreached villages in the countryside and slums around the country.
Below is a photo of the gathering
However there are still many hurting, poor, forgotten, broken people unreached by this good news of great joy and so we need to continue to multiply, raise up, train and send out more workers to the harvest fields. That is why we run our missions school which will take place once again next year. Please spread the word. There is also more exciting news about the plans for the school which I will wait to tell you next time!
Finally we would love to thank you once again for all your love, support and prayers over this year which has made it possible for us to tell this Good News of Great Joy to All people.
It seems like God is acelerating and multiplying all we are doing and sometimes we feel in awe and a bit out of our depth but it is a good place to be as it keeps us dependant on God for his strength, help, wisdom and provision for all the fun challenges that lay ahead.
Thank you for being part of this journey and for partnering with us on this adventure. We couldn´t do it with out you and we do ask you to continue to remember us in your prayers.
Happy Christmas and a Very Blessed New Year!
Lots of Love Andrew, Claudia, Jessica, Keziah and Noah.
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