Today we're going to talk about two of our
missionaries serving in Sao Paulo, Brazil. They are
Scott and Joyce Pittman and our church supports
them through our Cooperative Program giving. This is
a huge city - it's estimated that more than 13 million
people live in the center city, but add in the greater
metro area and that number jumps to around 30 million.
Brazil was one of the first overseas mission fields for
Southern Baptists - we sent missionaries there in the
mid-1800s and have continued to do so ever since. These
days the Brazilian Baptist Convention has more than
6,000 churches and more than one million members, so
our missions work has been successful. But the missions
need is still massive.
The Pittmans are in a large city. But they are not trying
to work alone. They are coordinating a partnership
between Sao Paulo and the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
That means Scott and Joyce are helping bring hundreds
of pastors and lay Baptists to come on short-term
mission trips to Brazil. Some volunteers preach, some
lead basketball camps, conduct backyard Bible clubs or
hold women's events and so on. It's a big project for a
Scott and Joyce have a map of the city mounted on their
wall so they can track all the volunteer teams coming
and going. Sad to say, it has a lot of blank spaces where
people need to hear the Gospel. Let's pray now for Scott
and Joyce as they pray and plan to reach their big city
for Christ. And let's pray for Kentucky Baptists as they
head way down south!