Below are some letters from Diana Ortiz who is one of our CMM Spanish Leaders. She was in Brazil visiting CMM Missionary Jean Marc Olivera Montiero, who joined CMM. Jean Marc has traveled to Nigeria to do healing crusades. While in Nigeria his team visited the norther regions where Christian churches and people were being burned. Jean Marc and the team had to sleep with armed guards in their rooms.
We were in Rio and the Lord had me share on Mark 8:34 & 35 and also on Phil 2:1-8, and then share on how Jesus had compassion on the people, sick, multitudes before he fed them and compassion came before the miracles took place and that is what he is calling us to do as the church. After the service, the senior pastor asked Jean Marc and I to pray for him and after we did, he begin to weep. He was obviously touched by the word broughtÂ forthÂ and the prayer. Praise God!
One thing I want to note, this is the church where Jean Marc came to know Jesus and the same pastor, who is his spiritual father. It was an HONOR FOR ME to preach there,because they are usually very traditional there and I wasnt supposed to originally preach but one of the other men that came today. Jean just got his days mixed up, but God knew. smile. Praise Him.
Continue to pray for us and the rest of the team that arrived today, Reggie, Shannon (male) and David. God is going to do powerful things this weekend in Rio de Janeiro, for His Glory.
THANKS FOR ALL WHO HAVE WRITTEN, AND FOR ALL THE PRAYERS.
LOVE AND BLESSINGS, DIANA, SUSSANA, RAY EMMANUEL
Greetings brothers and sisters,
I pray that you and the family are doing well. We have had a very enjoyable first week here! Today we will be leaving to Rio to meet up with Pastor Jean Marc and his family and that’s where the missions will be starting for the kids. Brasilia is a very rich and well developed place and we have almost all the luxuries here as we do at home. Cristiane Santana is a Brazilian missionary that is also a dentist and we have been staying at her home and it has been a retreat for us and it’s been a great blessing. I call it Resort Santana. All we need is a pool! The kids love Brasilia and have greatly enjoyed their time with Cristiane and a new family that we have become friends with here. The Sales family will actually be going to Miami to pastor a church there that will be filled with Brazilians, Hispanics and Americans. Praise God!
I have preached at three different places, and God has really touched so many people’s lives that I am really shocked. Many people here are open to missions! Many came to the front to surrender their lives to missions (About 40 of them the first night). There were also two salvations at a business meeting Bible study on Tuesday where I preached and some that night at a church in another state in Goias. Those days of ministry have been very rewarding, especially when you see so many people hungry and thirsty for MORE!
Yesterday was a very rewarding day. We went to the Brasilia Zoo and right before leaving at closing time we found two zoo keepers that tend to the lions and tigers. Cristiane knew one of them, who is the trainer to the felines. After talking a bit, he invited us to go behind the scenes and go into the actual cages where the lions and tigers are kept.Â We were so thrilled! We go so up close to these animals that when they began to growl and attack because of our presence, it became SO INTENSE, that my kids ran out! Ha ha! Crazy me shook to pieces and said, This is an experience of a lifetime, I’m not going anywhere! I took several pictures and Cristiane videotaped me less than two feet away from my favorite animal in the world, the Male Lion! Later they took us to see the jaguars and they opened up the door for us to look into the actual holding bin with two 9 month old jaguars that could’ve had us for a chew toy! Ha Ha! It was wonderful!!
We later on went to two homes where we prayed for Cristianes aunt and uncle who the Lord touched beautifully and God healed her aunt’s shoulder. She had fallen a year and a half ago and was experiencing excruciating pain. God’s love and mercy touched her shoulder and all pain was gone. I felt such heat coming out of my hands. She later said my hands felt like fire on her shoulder. Praise the Lord. We then went and ministered God’s love and peace to a group of women in another home and they cried and felt so touched and encouraged as God released words of healing and hope.
We are looking forward for two more weeks of God’s love and grace to shine upon us and for His Glory to be manifested so many more will be touched and healed ! Continue to pray for us, and we also for you!
Love and blessings! Diana, Sussana & Ray Emmanuel Ortiz