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Damasceno - International Ministries The latest from Hermelinda and Jorge Damasceno What are the Damascenos Up To? <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span lang="EN-GB"><i>“For the kingdom is the LORD'S: and he is the governor among the nations” </i>(Psalm 22:8)<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="EN-GB"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="EN-GB">&nbsp;</span>May the peace of our Lord be with you all!</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify">How good is to know that the Lord our God is God over all peoples, languages ​​and nations. How good to know that he does not want to be God only over the United States, but wants to be called Lord among all peoples. The truth is, because the Kingdom is His, there is no discrimination or any form of prejudice that could stop someone from calling him God and father. The Kingdom is His and that is it.</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify">We are His servants if only we obey. In our obedience, we declare to the nations, peoples and languages ​​that all are welcome to know the love of this God who has revealed himself in the person of the Son. "Let thy kingdom come, and thy will be done. "</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><b>The Kingdom in Albania</b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify">On July 11, we were in Albania to celebrate the 25<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the first Baptist Church founded in Albania - Kisha Baptiste Lajmi i Mire (Good News Baptist Church).</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="EN-GB">This church was founded by us 25 years ago, Today it has about 80 members and is pastored by Rev. Edmond Palucaj, the first Baptist pastor to be ordained in the country.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="EN-GB">It was a very beautiful celebration. We have had brothers and sisters of various denominations with us and founding members who now live in other cities and countries.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="EN-GB">We were invited to preach the Word of God in this special occasion, which we did with enthusiasm and dexterity. The shared bible text was Hebrews 12: 2 "Looking unto Christ the author and finisher of the faith".<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="EN-GB">We encouraged our brethren to stand firm in the faith and have Christ as the compass of their lives. It was a very special moment for all of us.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="EN-GB">We want to thank the Churches that have been so faithful to us during our time in Albania. Without the financial contribution, prayer and encouragement, perhaps we would not have churches today planted in Albania. We would also like to thank International Ministries – IM, for all the support offered to us whether it is pastoral or logistical. We have always been able to count on you.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="EN-GB">&nbsp;</span><b>The Kingdom in Tanzania</b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify">Our projects in Tanzania continue to go very well. We are developing 8 projects in the Kikavu community in northern Tanzania. With about 12,000 inhabitants. This community had no access to any health service until we took on a small building in the community and turned it into a Surgery. By then the inhabitants of Kikavu had to walk for about 10km to access any health service. The situation in the community was distressing. The infant mortality rate is very high. 12% of children die before they reach 3 years of age and life expectancy is around 40 years.</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="EN-GB">Our projects are in: Clinical care, Medical centre for mothers and children (under planning), community care (including nutrition and disease prevention), oral hygiene, malaria prevention, medical centre for diabetes treatment, support for the local school (including school meals and oral hygiene) and social empowerment.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="EN-GB">The projects have had a very large impact on the life of the local community. For example, we received in 2016 from the Tanzanian government, the award as the cleanest village in the Country and t</span>he weight of new-born babies has increased significantly due to our prenatal program</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="EN-GB">In November, we will be making another trip to Tanzania to follow closely the development of the projects.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><b>The Kingdom in Great Yarmouth - United Kingdom</b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify">It has now been 8 months since we took over the Portuguese-speaking congregation in Great Yarmouth.</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="EN-GB">The city of Yarmouth is home for more than 3000 Portuguese speaking people from various place in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. They are immigrants who come to the city looking for a better quality of life but with no hope for the future. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="EN-GB">We are offering hope to them through Jesus and as a result the work has gone from strength to strength to the glory of God. When we arrived, we had about 20 adults and 8 children, we are now about 50 adults and 15 children. God has been very good. Soon we will be having baptismal classes.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><b>Prayer Requests</b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"></p><ul><li>Pray for this year World Mission Offering. Pray for our churches to be generous on their giving.<br></li><li>Pray for us, that the Lord may strengthen our hands and firm our knees so that we may continue to proclaim the gospel of Christ wherever we may go and be.<br></li></ul><p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="EN-GB">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify">Jorge &amp; Hermelinda Damasceno</p><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="EN-GB">IM Missionaries<o:p></o:p></span></p> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 02:13:29 -0400 Following God's Lead <p align="justify"> <font face="Calibri">Dear brothers, the Lord continues to do great things in our midst, praise his name forever!</font></p><p align="justify"> <font face="Calibri">In our last letter, we shared with you that we would probably be moving out of Dereham. The Lord was already telling us that our time in Dereham was ending, they were 10 blessed years. During this time the Portuguese-speaking church continued to grow and the English church has grown as well, especially in terms of mission.</font></p><p align="justify"> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><font face="Calibri">CHANGE</font></b></p><p align="justify"> <font face="Calibri">On January 1, 2017, we began a new ministry amongst Portuguese speakers in a town called Great Yarmouth, in the East of the country. In fact, we founded this church, 10 years ago along with the church in Dereham, and two others more. After 3 years we had planted this church, we moved on and left the church in care of another minister because it was too heavy for us to lead more than 2 churches at the same time.</font></p><p align="justify"> <font face="Calibri">To summarize, the minister at Great Yarmouth left the church just at the time when God told us to move from Dereham. So the Lord has placed in our hearts the desire to continue this project in Great Yarmouth.</font></p><p align="justify"> <font face="Calibri">We are very happy with this new challenge. The congregation is made up of 90% of people who come from Portuguese speaking countries in Africa. They are excited and thirsting for God.</font></p><p align="justify"> <font face="Calibri">During this ministry we will be investing heavily in discipleship, leadership formation, and evangelism.</font></p><p align="justify"> <font face="Calibri">There are many challenges, although they live in England the culture is totally African, some still with their origin beliefs ... but God has sent us to look after them and minister his word and here we go.</font></p><p align="justify"> <font face="Calibri">We have always had the desire to go to Africa as missionaries, our hearts always burned for them, so God sent Africa to us!</font></p><p align="justify"> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><font face="Calibri">SEE WHAT GOD DOES!</font></b></p><p align="justify"> <font face="Calibri">Another ministry that God has entrusted to us is the running of an NGO we founded here in the UK to deliver medical aid in countries of extreme poverty in Africa. So we founded an NGO called <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Health Amplifier</b> (<a href=""></a>). At the moment we have built a clinic in Kikavu - Tanzania, which attends about ten thousand people. In our next report we will be talking in more detail about this project.</font></p><p align="justify"> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><font face="Calibri">EUROPE NEEDS JESUS</font></b></p><p align="justify"> <font face="Calibri">We believe the immigrants are here on this land to make a difference, the English come to our church and stay in the service and do not know how to speak a word in Portuguese, sometimes we have translations, but often not. They say they feel great joy when they are with us. We once asked, but you do not speak Portuguese, you do not understand what is preached. Then he told us: I did not need to know Portuguese to feel the presence of God and to know that He is here with you.</font></p><p align="justify"> <font face="Calibri">Let us continue to pray for this country, so that God uses us here not only to reach out to the immigrants, but also to reach to this rich and generous people that need a revival from heaven!</font></p><p align="justify"> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><font face="Calibri">PRAYER REQUEST</font></b></p><ul><li><div align="justify"> For the salvation over this nation</div></li><li><div align="justify">For the town of Great Yarmouth (There are many African children living on the streets by choice)</div></li><li><div align="justify">May God give us wisdom to work with the people he sent us</div></li><li><div align="justify">We continue to ask for prayers for our children, Vinícius is in Barcelona – Spain doing his college internship, please pray for protection. </div></li><li><div align="justify">For Isabelle, our daughter. She is in college doing psychology. The college is very close to where we live (:</div></li><li><div align="justify">Please pray for our family members in Brazil.</div></li></ul><p align="justify"> <font face="Calibri">May the Lord bless you and thank you for everything!</font></p><p align="justify"><font face="Calibri">Jorge &amp; Mel Damasceno</font></p><p align="justify"> <font face="Calibri">IM missionaries in the UK</font></p><p> <br></p> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 06:12:00 -0500 The Nations Will Come to You <p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: justify; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 13pt;"><font face="Calibri"><em>“Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations you do not know will come running to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor." (Isaias 55:5).</em></font></span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 13pt;"><font face="Calibri">Dear brothers and sisters, peace and grace for all.</font></span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 13pt;"><font face="Calibri">We really can say that the Lord has done wonderful things in our midst. </font></span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 13pt;"><font face="Calibri">This year 2016 has been a time of decisions, we have seen people making decisions to follow Jesus, but unfortunately, we also have seen people deciding not to walk with him any longer</font></span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 13pt;"><font face="Calibri">In April, we had another Alpha course (this is a well-known discipleship course vastly used in the UK). This time we held it in the village of Litcham, 10 miles north from where we live. We had six participants. A Russian lady attended this ten week course and had the opportunity to hear the gospel. She also shared with us, how it was like living in Russia, many decades ago, where they could not talk about God or express any faith.</font></span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 13pt;"><font face="Calibri">Hearing these testimonies, we could meditate a bit and realize how much freedom we have, but we do not use this freedom for the good of the Gospel</font></span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 13pt;"><font face="Calibri">Here in the UK, God has given us the opportunity to meet people of different nationalities without leaving the country; God has sent the nations to us. We have had the opportunity to minster to them and in the end they all say: "If I were in my country I may not have the chance to hear the gospel as I am doing now."</font></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 13pt;"><font face="Calibri">We are also in a decisive year for our ministry, we feel that God is doing something new for us, we feel that we will soon be moving from this region to another region of the UK. We have been here for ten years and Glory to God these have been ten fruitful years.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Praise be to our heavenly Father who has used us here in this place. God made his name known in this isolated region of the UK. PRAISE TO HIM!</font></span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 13pt;"><font face="Calibri">The Missionary Hermelinda, plans to make a movie night in our home with the women of the international club. She is the process of choosing the right movie. She is praying to be something that will speak deeply into the hearts of these ladies and reveal the person of Jesus to them.</font></span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 13pt;"><font face="Calibri">Please continue to pray for our children, as you already know this will be the third year of our son, Vinicius, at university and next month our daughter, Isabelle, will be starting hes first year at university. </font></span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 13pt;"><font face="Calibri">We praise God for our children are doing well in their studies and on their walk of Faith. </font></span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 13pt;"><font face="Calibri">Our daughter is also participating in the Alpha Course and has shown enough commitment to know the Lord more. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Vinicius, has also grown in faith. One of our greatest desire is to see our children loving Jesus!</font></span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 13pt;"><font face="Calibri">May God continue to bless you all, as you continue to cooperate with us in this wonderful work!</font></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 13pt;"><font face="Calibri">Hermelinda &amp; Jorge Damasceno</font></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 13pt;"></span><span style="font-size: 13pt;"><font face="Calibri">International Ministries Missionaries in the UK</font></span></p><p> <br></p> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:43:46 -0400 Sowing New Seeds <h4 style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 107%;">"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten son of the Father, full of grace and truth."<br></span><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 107%;">John 1:14</span></h4><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:107%"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><h4 style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 107%; font-weight: normal;">Dear all,</span></h4><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:107%">Another year is coming to an end and we can say we have seen the glory of God being manifested in the lives of many who receive Jesus as Saviour of their lives.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:107%">As we said in the previous letter, here in the UK the challenge of preaching the gospel is huge. This is supposed to be a Christian nation, but in practice is far from what the Bible teaches. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:107%">Despite the spiritual coldness in this nation and Europe, this has not prevented the move of God.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:107%"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><h2 style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:107%"><b>ALPHA COURSE IN LITCHAM</b></span></h2><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:107%">We're at the end of the first course of evangelization (Alpha Course) in Litcham village and the result has been excellent!! Our goal is to get another one in March. Pray, because the village is quite conservative, and people are not very open to new things. We need new contact with community key persons who will facilitate access and the involvement of local people. We believe that God is already there preparing everything.<o:p></o:p></span></p><h2 style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 107%;"><b>ALPHA COURSE IN DEREHAM</b></span></h2><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:107%">The Alpha Courses held in the town of Dereham, where we live, have been wonderful. There were four courses held in different places and days. We praise God because lives were surrendered at the feet of Christ, people who knew nothing of the Gospel and now want more and more of God. Recently an English boyfriend of a Brazilian lady, started going to the Alpha course, he said he did not believe in God but accepted the challenge to participate in the course. He finished the course and is now attending the services and wants to get to know more about God. At the moment, he is being discipled by Pastor Jorge. Others who were also part of the Alpha courses, are now part of the church cell groups. They are very keen on their new journey with the Lord.<o:p></o:p></span></p><h2 style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 107%;"><b>INTERNATIONAL CLUB</b></span></h2><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:107%">Once a month we hold an international club meeting where we meet people of different nationalities. It takes place in the church hall with an approximate number of 30 people. They are immigrants who came to start a new life in UK. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:107%">They spend most of their time working hard, without any social interaction. So we created the international club to meet some of the needs of the immigrants to create bonds of friendship which helps them not to fee isolated. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:107%">The international club promotes different courses and activities of interest to the immigrants. We invite NGOs to inform the immigrant how the country can assist them with their basic needs and the church could not fail to be there, represented by us and some church members, offering spiritual help. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:107%">We currently have two families from Romania which, at times, come to the church services. There are also many people who want advice and prayers. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:107%">Most of the migrants we see are very religious and religion for them is part of their culture and traditions. This worldview sometimes hinders them from understanding the cross of Christ. Please pray for the migrants and the stranger among us.<o:p></o:p></span></p><h2 style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 107%;">INTERNATIONAL LADIES 'MEETING</span></h2><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:107%">In November, the missionary Hermelinda, started in our house a meeting for women called: International Women Meeting with two objectives: to befriend with migrant women and create opportunities for shearing the Gospel with them. This meeting was attended by 14 women from different nationalities: Russian, Polish, Ukrainian, Portuguese, Brazilian and English. Please pray for the next meeting in January for more women to come. This meeting will be held every two months.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 107%;">Brothers and sisters it is good to share the wonders of the Lord with you, know that you are also participants in this through your prayers and financial contributions. We are together sharing the gospel of Christ, the Son of God, whose birth will shortly be celebrated throughout the Christian world. God is ahead of us, preparing the way, breaking barriers, opening the door ... well, Christ is our general.</span></p><h2 style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 107%;">PRAYER POINTS</span></h2><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"></p><ul><li><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 107%;">Please pray against this wave of terrorism in Europe, pray for protection. We have our kids here and we were also concerned about their safety; our oldest son, Vinicius, is already in its second year of college in a big city, Birmingham. Next year our daughter, Isabelle, will also be in college only coming home on vacation. God help us !!!!</span><br></li><li><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 107%;">We also ask you to pray for our health. Sometimes we face health problems, which are quite discouraging leaving us powerless. Pray for God’s renewal of strength.</span></li></ul><p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:107%"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:107%">In Christ,<o:p></o:p></span></p><h3 style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 107%;">Jorge &amp; Mel Damasceno<br></span></h3><h3><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 107%;">International Ministries Missionaries</span></h3><p> </p> Tue, 08 Dec 2015 23:36:47 -0500 A Busy but Blessed Summer 2014 <p class="MsoNormal">Dear Brothers and Sisters,</p><p class="MsoNormal">International Ministries World Mission Conference</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">It was a privilege to us to be able to witness this very important event in the life of International Ministries. In August over 1200 participants and over 150 international partners joined us to celebrate the 200<sup>th</sup> anniversary of IM.&nbsp; It was a celebration of what God has done through IM in over 70 countries. It was a family atmosphere, where we could hear clearly from the Spirit of God the importance of working together to make Jesus known amongst the nations.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">It was also wonderful and inspiring to meet many of our missionary colleagues and catch up with what God is doing thought their ministries.<o:p></o:p></p><h3><b>Back in the UK…</b></h3><p class="MsoNormal">We had a wonderful summer time in the UK. During the summer we were engaged in a one question survey across Norfolk, called Who Cares? In this initiative we asked people one single question: What hurts the most? The result of the survey has just come in and the top issues identified are:</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:18.0pt"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1"><!--[if !supportLists]--><o:p></o:p></p><ul><li>Suffering 13.1%<br></li><li>Family Challenges 11.4%<br></li><li>Death 7.7%<br></li><li>Disappointment 7.1%<br></li><li>Relationship Problems 6.4%<br></li><li>Loneliness 6.4%<br></li><li>Money Worries 6.4%<br></li></ul><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 18pt;"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 18pt;"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 18pt;"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 18pt;"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 18pt;"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">In light of the results, we as church are in the process of preparing ways to respond to these issues in our area. We are going to let you know in due time what we are up to as we discern which are the godly ways of helping people to go through difficulties and trials in their lives.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><h3><b>Family</b></h3><p class="MsoNormal">We are all doing well. Both of our children, Vinicius and Isabelle, are facing a turning point in their education. Vinicus got the grades he needed to make into his first choice University. He is going to Aston University to study International Business Management. The sad thing is he is leaving by the end of September, so we are going to be half empty nesters and our hearts are melting. We are going to miss him a lot.Isabelle is in her final two years of education before going to university, at the moment she quite firm in her decision to go to medical school.&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal">Please uphold both of our children before the Lord as they go through this crucial moment in their lives.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><h3><b>Prayers</b></h3><p class="MsoNormal"></p><ul><li>Please pray for the guidance of the Spirit as we respond to the result of Who Cares survey.<br></li><li>Pray for the World Mission Offering so there will be enough financial provision to invest in God’s Kingdom.<br></li><li>Pray for us as we share the love of Jesus with those who do not know him yet &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</li></ul><p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:18.0pt;tab-stops:92.4pt"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:18.0pt;tab-stops:92.4pt"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:18.0pt;tab-stops:92.4pt"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>Jorge &amp; Hermelinda Damasceno</o:p></p><h4><o:p>International Ministries/ABC Missionaries in the UK</o:p></h4><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 23:09:02 -0400 Always Focused and Full of Joy <p><em style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 107%; text-align: justify;">Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain (2 Cor. 15:58).</em><br></p><p align="justify"> <span style="line-height: 107%; font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Calibri"><br></font></span></p><p align="justify"><span style="line-height: 107%; font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Calibri">Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:</font></span></p><p align="justify"> <span style="line-height: 107%; font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Calibri">I have learned that perseverance, patience and dedication are essential elements in our Christian walk, and apparently the three are intertwined.</font></span></p><p align="justify"><span style="line-height: 107%; font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Calibri">Persevering without being constant can&nbsp;alter the&nbsp;natural course of things by&nbsp;often anticipating or extending it.</font></span></p><p align="justify"> <span style="line-height: 107%; font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Calibri">Within a ministry context, perseverance without constancy may make us reach our target completely worn out and unable to enjoy what we had sought or even not reach the target at all.</font></span></p><p align="justify"><font face="Calibri"><span style="line-height: 17.1200008392334px;">Inconstancy</span></font><span style="line-height: 107%; font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Calibri">&nbsp;is often the result of discouragement and lack of joy in what we do for the Lord. Without us realizing it, the routine takes over our journey and mission and we are no longer able to see what the Lord is doing around us, and even when we do see it, we may no longer find joy in it because everything seems to be in vain compared to the long wait.</font></span></p><p align="justify"> <span style="line-height: 107%; font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Calibri">May the Lord renew in us the joy of serving Him so that we are able to persevere towards the goal proposed to us - this is our prayer before the throne of the Lord.</font></span></p><p align="justify"> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="line-height: 107%; font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Calibri">Ministry</font></span></b></p><p align="justify"> <span style="line-height: 107%; font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Calibri">We are glad in what the Lord is doing. His faithfulness is real and His word will not return to us empty. Isaiah 55:11.</font></span></p><p align="justify"> <span style="line-height: 107%; font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Calibri">In the month of March 2014, we baptized four young men from the Portuguese-speaking congregation and a brother from the English Church. The testimony of these young people was impactful to believers and non-believers who were present. In a country where 90 % of young people have never attended a church service and many have no idea of who Jesus is, this is a big victory.</font></span></p><p align="justify"> <span style="line-height: 107%; font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Calibri">Mel and I are happy that one of these young men was our 17-year-old son, Jorge Vinicius. It is wonderful to see how Vinicius has grown in his devotion and love for the Lord.</font></span></p><p align="justify"> <font face="Calibri"><font size="3"><span style="line-height: 107%;">We have a strategy of&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 17.1200008392334px;">evangelism</span><span style="line-height: 107%;">&nbsp;in a&nbsp;</span></font><span style="line-height: 17.1200008392334px;">neighborhood</span><font size="3"><span style="line-height: 107%;">&nbsp;away from the centre of Dereham, called Toftwood. Two Sundays a month, we have activities for children, who are accompanied by their parents. In a relaxed atmosphere where we serve coffee, tea and sandwiches, as well as setting up tables with the day’s newspaper for the parents and crafts for the children, we take this opportunity to speak of God's love. We have an average attendance of 100 people. Some of them are starting to go to our church and others are expressing interest concerning the faith.</span></font></font></p><p align="justify"> </p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="line-height: 107%; font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Calibri">Prayer Requests</font></span></b></p><ul><li><div align="justify"> <span style="line-height: 107%; font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Calibri">For our son, Jorge Vinicius, who was recently baptized in October and will join the University.</font></span></div></li><li><div align="justify"><br></div></li><li><div style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="line-height: 107%; font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Calibri">For the evangelistic outreach held in Toftwood neighbourhood.</font></span></div></li><li><div align="justify"><br></div></li><li><div style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="line-height: 107%; font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Calibri">For the established Portuguese-speaking congregations started through our ministry.</font></span></div></li><li><div align="justify"><br></div></li><li><div style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="line-height: 107%; font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Calibri">For International Ministries as we celebrate our 200<sup>th</sup> anniversary this year.</font></span></div></li><li><div align="justify"><br></div></li><li><div style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="line-height: 107%; font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Calibri">For our family. For health, grace, anointing and a renewed desire in the work of the Lord.</font></span></div></li></ul><p align="justify"> </p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="line-height: 107%; font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Calibri"><br></font></span></p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="line-height: 107%; font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Calibri">We thank you all for your spiritual and financial support. May the Lord in everything enrich you and empower you in every good work, making you prosperous in all things.</font></span></p><p align="justify"> </p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="line-height: 107%; font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Calibri">&nbsp;</font></span></p><p align="justify"> </p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="line-height: 107%; font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Calibri">Pastor Jorge &amp; Hermelinda Damasceno</font></span></p><p align="justify"> <span style="line-height: 107%; font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Calibri">England - United Kingdom</font></span></p><p align="justify"> </p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="line-height: 107%; font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Calibri">International Ministries/ABC</font></span></p><p align="justify"> </p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="line-height: 107%; font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Calibri">Email: </font><font color="#0563c1" face="Calibri"><a href=""></a></font></span></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 00:00:13 -0400 Accessible Love <p class="MsoNormal"><i>"Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen." (Galatians 1:3-5)</i><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp; <br></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Dear friends,<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">The other day I was thinking about the goodness and care of God. That goodness and care that led our Lord to go up to the cross, and there lay down His life for us, but that care continues to manifest itself today in our lives through the many deliverances that we obtain from the Lord; those visible and invisible. In my reflections I realized how very selfish I sometimes am to think that this care is<span style="color: red;"> </span>the exclusive property of the redeemed ones, It is like I wanted to monopolize the virtues of God only for me and forget that God and everything which emanates from him is available for all humankind, " For God so loved the world. "</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Thank you Lord for your care and deliverance according to thy will and not mine and that it is accessible to all who believe.<o:p></o:p></p><h3><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p>Ministry</h3><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p>God is good. From May this year, we have had seven water baptisms take place in the Portuguese-speaking congregation. It was a beautiful moment where we had the presence of several people in the congregation including nonbelievers. It was a great testimony that the God we serve is still active and working in this world.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p>We are in the planning stages to start an International club. We are praying to develop strategies to reach out to the people of various nationalities in the community.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">The idea of a place where they can come and listen to God’s word, have a chat, have some fun, relax, meet friends, be prayed for and be themselves has been very attractive for many of those we have been inviting (most non-believers). We are soaring with God and allowing the Spirit to lead us on.<o:p></o:p></p><h3><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p>Prayer Request</h3><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p>Pray that:</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"></p><ul><li>More people will come to know Jesus in the Portuguese speaking community, English and International communities<br></li><li>We are going to be able to listen to the strategies that comes from the heart of God.<br></li><li>The Lord of the harvest will send more labourers into His Harvest.<br></li><li>God will continue to support our family and keep us in His peace.<br></li><li>International Ministries will continue to have the resources necessary to reach out to people and nations.</li></ul><div><br></div><div>Jorge and Mel Damasceno</div><div>International Ministries Missionaries in the UK</div><o:p></o:p><p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 21:17:27 -0500 Keeping Our Eyes on the Lord <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><i><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">“I lift up my eyes to you, to you who sit enthroned in heaven. As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a female slave look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till he shows us his mercy”. Psalm 123:1,2.<o:p></o:p></span></i></p><p class="MsoNormal"><i><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Recently, God has spoken to us about the need to be with our eyes fixed on Him in an attitude of dependency. What do we need to do to obtain the help we need to preach the gospel to a secular generation that is heading every day toward paganism? A generation that regards the sacred things with an air of contempt.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">How to obtain the necessary instructions so that in front of the arrogant and their contempt, we can keep alight the flame of hope and the conviction that we serve a God who is in control of all things?<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">The answer is to be vigilant with our eyes on the Lord God. From His throne comes instructions and commands to take the right decisions. It just take one move from the hand of the Lord for things to happen and this move can happen anytime.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Teach us, O Lord, to have our eyes on you and patiently wait for your move.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Ministry<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">With each passing day, we are establishing this new phase of our ministry. At the moment we are praying and working to begin work among the international communities in the region. We already have some contacts among Filipinos, Indians, Africans and others. Our desire is to bring them the precious Word of God and help them to integrate in British society.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">In Bishop's Stortford, three sisters are preparing to be baptized at the end of the month of June 2013. The two ladies in the picture are mother and daughter. God has been so gracious to this small congregation that against the odds has been growing every day.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">In Dereham, Pastor Marcos Hernandez, who took over the congregation last year, will move there in August, with the whole family. This will give him the opportunity to further consolidate the congregation and strengthen the bonds of friendship in the community.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Family<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">We are all doing well. We are in the middle of spring and although the temperature is very low for this time of year, we have had some sunny days and it encourages us enough.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">We are eagerly waiting for the summer and we are planning to take two-week vacation in order to recharge.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Prayer Requests<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Pray for the beginning of the work among the international communities.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Pray for Pastor Marcos Hernandez home move. That everything will run as planned.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Pray for the sisters who will be baptized in June. Pray that the Lord will protect them from all the snares of the enemy.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Pray for our family. We need wisdom in making decisions in our ministry.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Pray for IM. Pray that the Lord will give the finance necessary to send more missionaries overseas and for wisdom for those who are involved in decision making within the organization.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, we thank our gracious God for your participation in the work of the Lord. May he make you grow in wisdom and grace in order to become prosperous to the praise of His name. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Let us continue with our focused on the Lord our God.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Jorge &amp; Hermelinda Damasceno</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">IM Missionaries in the UK</span></p> Tue, 28 May 2013 02:48:06 -0400 Taking on New Adventures <p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><i>"Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy."</i> (Habakkuk 3:2)<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p>The prayer of Habakkuk has been continuing song on my lips. In this prayer the prophet recognizes the power of the God whom he serves and he fears this stunning statement. Feared because any recognition of something leads us to claim a truth, and the truth once installed leads us to react somehow. The prophet is not only in nostalgia but rather pray for these divine acts to happen in his days. Tough times; calamity, hopelessness, disbelief, greed among other things was part of the context in which the prophet lived, not very different from our time. No matter where in the world we are, we will face the same situations. The prophet, in his state of impotence appeals to the one that is powerful to do much more than we ask or think according to the power that works in us (Ephesians 3:20). Between my state of powerlessness and God's power, this has been my prayer for the country and the continent where we serve. Make Lord thy name and the excellence of thy power known.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>Ministry<o:p></o:p></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">In my last letter I mentioned that some changes would be happening in our ministry from January 2013 and they are already here. One of the changes is the focus of our ministry. In the last six years we have reached out only to the Portuguese-speaking community. During that time we saw three churches planted and consolidated in a region where there never was Portuguese-speaking churches. That is a great victory.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Now our focus will also be to the English-speaking community or the local and the international community i.e. all ethnic groups that are represented in our region.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The JAMI (The Brazilian Baptist Mission Board) and International Ministries signed a partnership with an English church called Dereham Baptist Church and the Eastern Baptist Association. In this partnership we are developing strategies for church plant, strategies that will shorten the distance between church and the community and leadership training. We are still in the development phase of the vision and we appreciate your prayers.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">We are very happy with this new phase of our ministry. This is a challenging step but we know the Lord is in control.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>Family<o:p></o:p></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">We are all well. Vinicius began the first of his two years before University. He is doing Business Studies and French. He seems to be very excited.&nbsp; Isabelle still has a long way to go, but seems to have strong tendencies to art and medicine.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Hermelinda is on cloud nine as she passed her driving. Now I seat on the passenger seat.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The big news of 2012 was the acquisition of our British citizenship. Now we're British. Now we have to get used to the famous tea time.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>Prayers</b></p><span style="font-family:Wingdings;mso-fareast-font-family:Wingdings;mso-bidi-font-family: Wingdings"><span style="font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"></span></span>For encouragement in this new phase of ministry.<o:p></o:p><span style="font-family:Wingdings;mso-fareast-font-family:Wingdings;mso-bidi-font-family: Wingdings"><br><span style="font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"> </span></span>For God's direction.<br><o:p></o:p><br>For a Spirit of discernment. We want to discern the doors that are genuinely opened by God from the one that are not.<o:p></o:p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p><br></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Jorge &amp; Hermelinda Damasceno<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">IM missionaries in UK<o:p></o:p></p><p></p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 09:42:01 -0500 God is consolidating what He started <p></p>&nbsp;<br><p></p><div><div><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>It is always a joy to write to you and keep you posted about what is happening in our ministry, as matters of fact we should never forget that we are together in this mission endeavour. It is the very interaction between the God of Mission, &nbsp;the ones who sent - The church, the ones who have been sent - the missionaries and the ones being reached - the recipients, &nbsp;that makes the mission enterprise one of the most powerful expression of God's kingdom on earth. In cross-cultural mission we are able to see that there is no geographical, social, cultural or spiritual barriers that cannot be broken &nbsp;when we work together.</div><div><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>We would like to encourage you to continue to be part of this wonderful expression of God's Kingdom and what opportunity we have to do it through the World Mission Offering. Your offerings and prayers are supporting our ministry and enabling us to reach out to many migrant workers as well as the locals, with precious Word of God.</div><div><br></div><div><b>Ministry</b></div><div><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div><div><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>As many of you might know Mel and I have been pastoring a congregation of sixty members that we started back in 2006. It is amazing to see how a small group of six people grew to a congregation of sixty adult &nbsp;plus children, in a short period of time. &nbsp;In the beginning of July of this year we passed this congregation over to Pr. Marcos Hernandez, a Brazilian born Spanish citizen pastor who has been living the UK for ten year. Pastor Marcos is now employed by Dereham Baptist Church as a part-time minister to help to take this congregation to another level. This is going to free us up to develop the other congregations we have started in the region. There are other developments in our ministry that might take place and we will communicate them to you in due course, but for the moment we count on your prayers.</div><div><br></div><div><b>Family</b></div><div><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div><div><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>We have just come back from our holiday and deputation time in Brazil. We had a brilliant time there, as we say here: a smashing time! To see our family members, friends, brothers and sisters after three years was truly a gift from God. We are back in the UK full charged to continue to serve Him.</div><div><br></div><div><b>Prayers</b></div><div><br></div><div>For Pr. Marcos Hernandez as he starts his new ministry amongst this congregation. Pray for wisdom and resilience.</div><div><br></div><div>For wisdom and a spirit of discernment over our live so we might be able to take the right decisions as our ministry continue to develop in this country.</div><div><br></div><div>For Vinicius and Isabelle, as they star their new school year. &nbsp;Vinicius is now sixteen and is going to six form. Here in the UK the combination of the results he got this year and the ones he gets in the next two year will determine what level of university he might be able to apply after this period.</div><div>Thank you ever so much to partner with us in what God is doing in the land of the Queen.</div><div><br></div><div>Blessings,</div><div><br></div><div>Jorge and Hermelinda Damasceno</div><div>International &nbsp;Ministries missionaries in the UK</div></div><div><br></div> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 08:37:28 -0400 Let His glory be known <p><span class="apple-style-span"><span style="color: #333333;">"Declare among the nations his glory, and among all peoples, his wondrous works." (Psalm 96:3).</span></span><span style="color: #333333;"><br> <br> <span class="apple-style-span">Peace beloved in Christ!</span><br> <br> <span class="apple-style-span">Our hearts fill with joy for being able to preach among the nations the glory of God.</span><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><span class="apple-style-span">And it is in deed this glory that makes men and women of different languages, races, peoples and nations understand the true meaning of life given to us through Christ Jesus.</span><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><span class="apple-style-span">This glory can transform and renew lives, not only the lives of those who are the recipients of this glory but also those who minister.</span><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><span class="apple-style-span">There is renewal for all those who preach and receive the gospel of Jesus Christ.</span><br> <br> <span class="apple-style-span"><b>BACK TO THE BEGININGS</b></span><br> <br> <span class="apple-style-span">As you know we continue in contact with Albania, the country we served as missionaries for 14 years.</span><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><span class="apple-style-span">In the month of February along with Pastor Ronald Silva, executive secretary of JAMI (The National Baptist mission board of Brazil), and the missionary Glauco, I left for a<span>&nbsp; </span>week missionary journey to Albania.</span><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><span class="apple-style-span">It was a singular moment.</span><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><span class="apple-style-span">We had the opportunity to visit the churches we planted there and our hearts filled with joy as we saw those we proclaimed the glory of God to, were continuing to serve him with joy.</span><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><span class="apple-style-span">We have been encouraged by the growing ministry of pastors: Edmond Palucaj and his wife Nila, minister of Lajmi i Mire Baptist Church (Good News) and Endri Tabaku and his wife Dysh minister of Drita e Botes Baptist Church (Light of the World).</span><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><span class="apple-style-span">Although these brothers are relatively young in their ministries, we could see the desire that burns in their hearts to make Christ known in Albania.</span><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><span class="apple-style-span">We also took the opportunity to give training for the local leaders.</span><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><span class="apple-style-span">Pastor Ronald Silva, was an instrument used by God to speak about the impact of a well-prepared leadership in transforming communities. What a great honour to be used by our God in the work he is doing through the nations. We hope to return next year.</span><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><span class="apple-style-span">Pray for God to open doors!</span><br> <br> <span class="apple-style-span"><b>WHILE HERE IN THE UK</b></span><br> <br> <span class="apple-style-span">God has really been kind and gracious to us.</span><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><span class="apple-style-span">Our ministry here in the UK has grown greatly. The work of evangelization requires many sacrifices on our part, but we are willing to pay the price to see as many people as possible get to know the glory of God.</span><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><span class="apple-style-span">As we read in the Word, "our work is not vain in the Lord." (I Cor 15:58 b), and it is not at all, last month we had the joy of ordaining three brothers and three sisters to the diaconal ministry.</span><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><span class="apple-style-span">It was a remarkable moment for the whole Church.</span><br> <br> <span class="apple-style-span"><b>REGARDED TO US…</b></span><br> <br> <span class="apple-style-span">The Lord has his face shining upon us and blessed us.</span><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><span class="apple-style-span">Pastor Jorge finally finished his master degree in theology, and missionary Hermelinda her diploma in health and social care.</span><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><span class="apple-style-span">The children are on school holiday and expect, without any anxiety, the resumption of classes in September.</span><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><span class="apple-style-span"><span style="color: #333333;">Thanks to everyone for the prayers, they have been holding up our arms for the battle.</span></span><span style="color: #333333;"><br> <br> <span class="apple-style-span">Finally we ask the saints to keep praying for our ministry and International ministries, so that the Lord will use us with anointing and authority in order to make known God's glory among the nations of the earth.</span><br> <span class="apple-style-span">A fraternal hugs,</span></span></p> <p><span class="apple-style-span"><span style="color: #333333;">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><span class="apple-style-span"><span style="color: #333333;">Damasceno’s Family</span></span></p><p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(245, 245, 245);">IM missionaries in the UK</span></p> <p><span class="apple-style-span"><span style="color: #333333;">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><span class="apple-style-span"><i><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; color: #333333;">Please donate to World Mission Offering. Your gift can make a difference in the lives of many.</span></i></span><i><span style="font-size: 14.0pt;"></span></i></p> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 20:00:00 -0400 He Continues to be Gracious <p style="vertical-align: top;"><span class="longtext"><span style="color: black;">Dear brothers and sisters,</span></span><span style="color: black;"><br> <br> <span class="longtext">It is with great joy that we write to you reporting what our gracious God has done among us. </span><span class="longtext">We already are in our fourth year here in the UK.&nbsp; </span><span class="apple-converted-space"></span><span class="longtext">This time has been fantastic for our family and ministry.</span><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><span class="longtext">In relation to our family, it was very good after fifteen years living in Albania, and some of them through unrest time and wars, to be able to dedicate more time to the family as we serve God in the ministry he entrusted us in this country.</span></span></p> <p style="vertical-align: top;"><span class="longtext"><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="vertical-align: top;"><span class="longtext"><span style="color: black;">In relation to the ministry here in the UK, we have to confess that we came here, after being missionaries for so long in the poorest country in Europe, with some prejudices to be broken like: Does God need missionaries in rich countries?</span></span><span class="apple-converted-space"><span style="color: black;">&nbsp; </span></span><span class="longtext"><span style="color: black;">During this period God has shown us that his love for the lost is unconditional.</span></span><span class="apple-converted-space"><span style="color: black;">&nbsp; It does not depend on </span></span><span class="longtext"><span style="color: black;">how much financial mean someone has, their race or level of intellect.&nbsp; It reminds us of Peter's missional confession: </span></span><span>“I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.” </span><span class="longtext"><span style="color: black;">(Acts 10:34 &amp; 35).</span></span><span><br> <br></span></p><h3><b>Ministry</b></h3> <br> <span class="longtext">Milton Keynes</span><br> <span class="longtext" style="color: black;">We rejoice in the Lord for another city reached with the Gospel of Jesus.</span><span class="apple-converted-space" style="color: black;">&nbsp; </span><span class="longtext" style="color: black;">In the town of Milton Keynes, about 100 miles from where we presently live, we started a new congregation.</span><span class="apple-converted-space" style="color: black;"> </span><span class="longtext" style="color: black;">Every Saturday night at Loughton Baptist Church, we do a service for a group of about 18 people.</span><span class="apple-converted-space" style="color: black;">&nbsp; </span><span class="longtext" style="color: black;">This group is very excited and very hungry for the Word of God.</span><span class="apple-converted-space" style="color: black;">&nbsp; As thing develops we will keep you posted.&nbsp; </span><span class="longtext" style="color: black;">Have them in your prayers.</span><br> <br> <span class="longtext" style="color: black;"><b>Couples Meeting</b></span><br> <span class="longtext" style="color: black;">As part of our strategy to restore families values in the community, we held our 2010 Couples meeting in the town of Dereham.</span><span class="apple-converted-space" style="color: black;">&nbsp; </span><span class="longtext" style="color: black;">It was a success!</span><span class="apple-converted-space" style="color: black;">&nbsp; </span><span class="longtext" style="color: black;">We had twenty participating couples and the feedback we've had from these couples was that the event served to further strengthen their marital bond and remind them about how important is to spend time together in order to preserve the foundations of the family.</span>&nbsp; <span class="longtext" style="color: black;">We have had many cases of divorce among the immigrant community and this has worried us.</span><span class="apple-converted-space" style="color: black;">&nbsp; </span><span class="longtext" style="color: black;">We have linked this to the fact that immigrants work long hours and often neglect spending quality time with their families; as a result the weakening of the relationship is imminent.</span><br> <br> <span class="longtext" style="color: black;"><b>Men’s Meeting.</b></span><br> <span class="longtext" style="color: black;">We have sought to invest more in the men of our community.</span><span class="apple-converted-space" style="color: black;">&nbsp; </span><span class="longtext" style="color: black;">To be honest it has not proven to be an easy task.</span><span class="apple-converted-space" style="color: black;">&nbsp; </span><span class="longtext" style="color: black;">We had a modest beginning in our first meeting but rewarding.</span><span class="apple-converted-space" style="color: black;">&nbsp; </span><span class="longtext" style="color: black;">It was nice to hear from men who left their countries, how they feel about being in a new culture facing new challenges.</span><span class="apple-converted-space" style="color: black;">&nbsp; </span><span class="longtext" style="color: black;">Such information will help us establish a better structure for our future meetings with the group of men.</span><br> <br> <span class="longtext" style="color: black;"><b>Preparations for Christmas.</b></span><br> <span class="longtext" style="color: black;">The snow came early this year.</span><span class="apple-converted-space" style="color: black;">&nbsp; </span><span class="longtext" style="color: black;">It's late November and already we have about five inches of snow.</span><span class="apple-converted-space" style="color: black;">&nbsp; </span><span class="longtext" style="color: black;">The scene now is typical of that of a Christmas card.</span>&nbsp; <span class="longtext" style="color: black;">The atmosphere of Christmas is already here.</span><span class="apple-converted-space" style="color: black;">&nbsp; </span><span class="longtext" style="color: black;">We can already hear the conversations about the preparations for Christmas.</span><span class="apple-converted-space" style="color: black;">&nbsp; </span><span class="longtext" style="color: black;">It is common among the immigrant community to spend Christmas together with other families.</span><span class="apple-converted-space" style="color: black;">&nbsp; </span><span class="longtext" style="color: black;">The atmosphere in our churches is a festive one.</span><span class="apple-converted-space" style="color: black;">&nbsp; People are already choosing the </span><span class="longtext" style="color: black;">drama that the children will present this year.&nbsp; What </span><span class="longtext" style="color: black;">songs will be sung.</span><span class="apple-converted-space" style="color: black;">&nbsp; </span><span class="longtext" style="color: black;">What the decoration of the church for this year is going to be.<span>&nbsp; </span>Christmas is here.</span><span class="apple-converted-space" style="color: black;">&nbsp; </span><span class="longtext" style="color: black;"><span>However we must not forget that Christmas also points to hope and solidarity.</span></span><span class="apple-converted-space" style="color: black;"><span>&nbsp; </span></span><span class="longtext" style="color: black;">During this period many needy families do not have the resources to celebrate Christmas.</span><span class="apple-converted-space" style="color: black;">&nbsp; </span><span class="longtext" style="color: black;">We have worked closely with Salvation Army to meet the basic needs of these families in order that they may see the God of all hope through our witness.</span><br> <br> <span class="longtext" style="color: black;">We want to thank you all for your kindness, love, care and prayers. prayers.</span><span class="apple-converted-space" style="color: black;">&nbsp; </span><span class="longtext" style="color: black;">One of the reasons we see all of this happening is because of your involvement in our ministry.</span><span class="apple-converted-space" style="color: black;">&nbsp; </span><span class="longtext" style="color: black;">Please do not give up!</span><br> <br> <span class="longtext" style="color: black;"></span><p></p> <p style="vertical-align: top;"><span class="longtext"><span style="color: black;">Please continue to support our ministry through International Ministries.</span></span></p> <p style="vertical-align: top;"><span class="longtext"><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="vertical-align: top;"><span class="longtext"><span style="color: black;">In Christ,</span></span></p> <p style="vertical-align: top;"><span class="longtext"><span style="color: black;">Jorge, Hermelinda, Vinicius and Isabelle Damasceno</span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(136, 136, 136);"></span></p> <p><span>International Ministries Missionaries in the UK</span></p> Fri, 03 Dec 2010 19:00:00 -0500 God is Still at Work <br><p style="font-weight: bold;"><span>“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek”. (Romans 1:16)<span class="longtext"><span></span></span></span></p> <p><span class="longtext"><span>The Gospel is and will always be the power of God to change people’s life and the Portuguese-speaking<span>&nbsp; </span>migrants in the UK is experiencing that.</span></span></p> <p><span><span class="longtext">We received a request for help from a family that was desperately upset, because they were under a strong spiritual oppression. </span><br> <br> <span class="longtext">Jorge and Hermelinda went to visit that family, which was quite sad and fearful. As we were sharing the gospel and showing that Jesus was the only one who could save them and free them of oppression. </span></span><span class="longtext"><span>We felt the power of God moving in that room. The father of the family who claimed not to believe in spiritual things seemed so tough, materialistic, but as the word was at work, he suddenly opened his <span>&nbsp;</span>heart before the power of God and accepted the prayer of deliverance and we love and mercy of God once again being poured on a family in such a great spiritual need. </span></span><span><br> <span class="longtext"><span>After a week, all the family attended one of our meetings in the church. It was a great testimony to the community who knew the man and knew how much he was materialistic. </span>He was known to the community as one of the first immigrants to arrive, was a man of business and a very influential person. </span><br> <br> <span class="longtext"><span>At the end of the meeting, the family invited us to visit them again because they still wanted us to pray for their home. </span>We will continue to follow up this family. They have not yet completely surrendered to Jesus, but there is great interest in getting to know the Lord, so we will be investing with prayers and Bible studies. </span><br> <br> <span class="longtext"></span>At the moment this family has come and shortly we expect them to grow and change.</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span><span class="longtext"><span>In another town, about 110 miles from where we live, another group of Portuguese speaking immigrants, knowing the work we do in amongst immigrants in the UK, has also invited us to start teaching the bible to them</span></span><span class="longtext"><span>. In January we began to visit them and we have a group of 15 people adults and ten children. <span>They all come from a different background, some of them had gone stray from the faith and others had never got to know Jesus before. We are going to keep you in touch about this group in our next Journal</span></span></span><span></span></p> <p style="font-weight: bold;"><span>PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR<br></span></p> <p><span></span><span>For wisdom and grace, so we may be able to see the opportunities and seize them</span></p> <p><span>For more workers. We need people that will feel called by God to reach out to the</span></p><p><span>migrants.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Wingdings;"><span><span></span></span></span><span>For the release of finances. We need more people involved in our MPN</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Wingdings;"><span><span></span></span></span><span>For our family. Especially for Vinicius (13) and Isabelle (12) as they enter their teen age.</span></p> <p><span>In Christ,</span></p> <p><span>Jorge and Hermelinda Damasceno</span></p> <p><span>IM missionaries in the UK</span></p> Mon, 03 May 2010 20:00:00 -0400 This could only be possible because of the partnership World Mission Offering provides <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="">It has been three yeas since we first arrived in the UK. At the time all we <span style="">&nbsp;</span>knew was that we were to work with Portuguese migrant speakers living in the Eastern and Central regions of England. We remember three years ago seating in the living-room of our flat in Brazil, during the time we stayed there getting prepared for our new adventure, trying to image how the ministry here would look like. It was a time of uncertainties and trepidation. Only we could do was trust that God was in the lead, and in fact He was!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="">He is the one who gave us grace, wisdom and strength to:</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 17.85pt; text-align: justify; text-indent: 0cm;"><span style="">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 18pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="">Be reaching out with God’s Word Portuguese speakers already in nine localities</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 18pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="">To have already three congregations established in these localities</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 18pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="">To see people coming to faith and being baptised</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 18pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="">To promote integration between the Portuguese community and the locals</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 17.85pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="">To run English classes for those want to learn the language</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 18pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="">To set up four migrant support centres where people can access different kind of services.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 18pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="">Share friendship<span style="">&nbsp; </span>and encouragement with those who find themselves<span style="">&nbsp; </span>useless</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 18pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="">Be able to help and<span style="">&nbsp; </span>influence local authorities to deliver a better quality of services for those most vulnerable</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style=""><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="">At the moment we are full of gratitude for all that He has done. What has been happening in the last three years could only be the work of the God that in partnership with the church is doing great things over all the earth. We say in partnership with the church because he could do it on His own but he decided to give to his church the opportunity and privilege to partner with Him as He shows His love for the lost.<br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="">Your support through World Mission Offering as well as your targeted giving made all the things mentioned above to become reality. When you give to the WMO you become partners with God in what He is doing in the lives of many people in the world, like those here in the UK</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="">We would like to thank you for all your support and for putting yourself forward willing to be part of what God is doing in the world. He is certainly in the lead.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style=""><span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="">Jorge &amp; Hermelinda Damasceno</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="">IM Missionaries in the UK</span></p> Sun, 11 Oct 2009 20:00:00 -0400