One week from today, on March 17, I will be boarding an airplane for Maceió. Maceió is the capital and the largest city of the coastal state Alagoas, Brazil, as well as the home for the Lar Batista Marcolina Magalhães orphanage that we support. Known for its beautiful beaches, lively culture, and great food, Maceió has much to offer tourists who are looking for a great tropical vacation. However, if one were to deviate from the normal tourist attractions, it wouldn’t take long to see a darker, less glamorized side of the city. Beautiful beaches with emerald green water would turn to littered dirt roads with streams of open sewage. Beach cabanas and high-rise apartments would be replaced with favelas (slums) and less than moderate homes guarded by high walls and locked gates. Instead of the latest designer wardrobe, dirty bare feet and worn out clothes would be the norm. But this is the Maceió that I have fallen in love with. These are the people that I want to serve.
As I travel to Maceió I would love to go knowing that I have an army of prayer warriors interceding for those whom I will be meeting. Praying that God will prepare the way before me. That He will open hearts to receive the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. That he will redeem these people from their sin and rescue them from poverty. Will you partner with me through prayer?
And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” – Matthew 9:35-38