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From the Ukraine in April… to Peru in July… to all 4 countries just in the state of Texas in August, September and October, to Oklahoma and soon to Faro & Lisbon, Portugal to hold two Three2One Marriage Conferences. Year #26 of Aten Ministries is coming to a close and we are able to say God has done it beyond our expectations…again.

Ukraine was a first for us as we used English Language evangelism to draw over 900 lost Ukrainians to hear the Gospel. For 2 weeks we built trust and credibility with atheists, agnostics, Orthodox, doctors, lawyers, professional Russian circus performers, police and many other professionals of all ages so that we were free to share about Christ in our testimonies and in music. Just under 600 made professions of faith.

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Last Graduating Session #4

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Decision Time for Christ

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One of Our Professional Millennial’s Classes

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Sharing in song “Open up the Heavens” for the 1st time

We first planned to go to Peru 8 years ago and that was when Alyssa Dix was taken home to Heaven, the day before we were to leave. So, God’s timing is always right. We travelled with pastor/evangelist Jonathan Hewett and a team from Carrizo Springs. The first day of door to door, Tammy had shared Christ and 11 had prayed with her. On the way back to our hotel, around midnight, we were travelling about 60 mph and out of the dark, Tammy’s back passenger side window explodes, glass goes everywhere. The driver pulls over and we notice that Tammy’s bag, between her feet in the floorboard, was gone. Everything she owned; bible, phone, ID, credit cards, 2 evangicubes…taken. (passport in hotel!) So that was the ending of our 1st day in Peru. May the Holy Spirit translate the Bible into the heart of the thieves! 2 men on a motorcycle pulled up, (as we’re moving!) struck the window and grabbed her bag without us seeing a thing. That’s a first in 31 years of international travel!

But it was only the first of several attacks on our team and the pastors during this week. On Monday, a pastor was coming to take a team back to his church and the taxi wrecks and sends him to the hospital. On Tuesday a pastor’s daughter was almost the victim of an attempted kidnapping at her school. On Wednesday, a group of Americans began to get physically ill. And the day before the team is to leave for Texas, the airline mis-ticketed over 20 tickets and it took over $3000 to rebook the correct flights.

So… all in a week’s work in sharing the Gospel in Peru! We did have over 600 who came to Christ that week in schools and homes. We also were able to hold a marriage conference at Betania our host church and will return for a large retreat in 2017.

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Shared Christ with this little crew on their way home from school.

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Had freedom to sing & share in classrooms and many prayed with us.

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Tammy leading a mom to Christ on a park bench.

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Leading teens on a basketball court...

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Teaching on Marriage at Betania Church, Lince Peru

And then in July we got all of the Aten Fam together for a Sunday at Travis Avenue in Ft. Worth, right before Brooke was to leave for Washington, DC. God has since brought her back to Texas due to funding issues, but we know He must have a better plan!

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Josh & Brooke @ Travis Ave. Ft. Worth

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Leading Worship @Travis Ave, Ft. Worth

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Brooke's 1st Sunday, leading @Waterfront DC

The revival efforts in churches this year have been above average when it comes to spirit and attendance and giving; I think that reflects on a hunger for God to do something new and to get away from the status quo. There are fewer and fewer churches even scheduling these weeks, but those who do are seeing a great result and effect on their congregations.

Our nation so needs a revival…it will start with us in our churches, if it happens. Please pray with us as we prepare for our first marriage mission to Portugal and then returning to Venezuela, Ukraine and possibly the Philippines in 2017. Aten Ministry’s Year #27 begins this Thanksgiving! May we glorify God more than ever before.

 

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