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“Do you live in a mud hut?”

There is a tremendous fascination among church saints in regard to the missionary and his calling.  Thank God for that!  Was it not for that high level of curiosity, the laborers on foreign fields would have been totally forgotten, long ago!

Furthermore, in spite advances of global village boundaries, there yet remains a gulf between imagination and reality of what missionary work really is like.

Thus the reason for the frequent question: “what is your house like; do you live in a mud hut?

While I have never lived in a mud house, as a missionary kid, I did come close: single wall wood house, water well at the back (with a pump… and a turtle), only one faucet indoors, etc.  Those are sweet memories that no one will ever steal from me.  I am sure that most missionaries can identify and recall a similar early history of their calling.

Today, I live in a nice home, very comfortable and cozy.  How did I progress from a single bedroom unpainted wood house up to a three bedroom brick home?  Aren’t missionaries sent out to “suffer” for the cross? Not so fast; let’s take a question at a time…

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Our Dilemma

I am in the city of Campinas visiting mother in ICU. To me, she does not look well at all. As a matter a fact I really don’t understand how she has the strength to continue alive. Needless to say, Mom has ALWAYS been a fighter! She has wrestled many souls out of the Devil’s hands over the last fifty years and tonight she continues to fight… perhaps for her RIGHT (YEARNING) to go to heaven!

Cleveland (her primary caretaker) and I are in a dilemma. Concerned about how people will perceive us at this difficult time, we wonder whether to “publish” updates about her life-threatening or not. You see, we really don’t feel she can hold up much longer at the low level of life she is at. So much so, she still remains in serious condition in the ICU of the local hospital. Yet, on the other hand… that may be what will happen… she may linger for weeks (months?) at a VERY LOW LEVEL of life quality.

So, we ask for your prayers that God’s perfect will be done. While we never thought her last chapter(s) of life would be written in such a painful way, we certainly don’t want to stand in God’s way to use the remaining days of her life as He wishes.

Please understand, we are in the dead center of the fray and (at times) do not always sees things clearly. In reality we do not fully know what to expect tomorrow, next week, next month.  Just pray with us… that is all we ask.

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We actively encourage friends and supporters to visit us here in Brazil, South America, to see firsthand what is being accomplished for the Glory of the Lord. You are invited too!

Before coming however, I strongly suggest you check out our website for details on how to proceed: http://www.jblambeth.com/

Meanwhile, enjoy a recent letter I received from an Apostolc Churches of Brazil supporter:

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Mom’s Mind

Mother arrived today to stay a week in our home. We are honored. Yet… so appalled by her fragile mental state. Her mind and memory hang by a bare thread of primitive sanity.

All the other threads that connected her to early memories are snapped and shredded. Gone! Forever gone. Now I will never know names of early Brazilian saints that befriended Mom and Dad when they were isolated by language and long miles in a foreign country called Brazil. Never again will I hear of those first revivals as we three walked down dark muddy paths toward sad villages. Worse of all… it is my fault.

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A Special Request

No one likes whining missionaries… neither do we. So, this is not a letter to complain, but rather to ask for your prayers on our behalf.

This special letter concerns our dear mother, Missionary Louise Lambeth, the wonderful wife of Bishop J.B. Lambeth (now shouting on the heavenly shores). After father passed on, Sister Louise Lambeth’s help has deteriorated tremendously (mentally and physically), especially these last few months.

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Kindly considering those that do not know me well, please allow me to introduce myself. I am a long-term, life-term missionary to Brazil. That means that missionary work is my life calling!   I started as a MK (missionary Kid) of the legendary Bishop J.B.Lambeth, now deceased, in 1959 (I was only 18 months of age). With the exception of about 5 years of residence in the USA, I have lived my life with the exclusive goal of reaching Brazil with the Apostolic doctrine of salvation. I feel another passion rising in my heart: helping other ministers prepare for their calling, especially those inclined toward missionary work.

These are exciting times here in Brazil.

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