Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Picking up where we left off at...


So, after so long here I am again. Since my last post much has happened. We are still at Victoria Ministries and have survived 2020. The family is doing well. Telma is still very patient with me and the boys are growing as fast as ever. This year as we slowly start to push start the ministry many challenges are set before us. 2020 really scrambled a lot of stuff up. An entire world to be rediscovered ministry wise. How will Camp Ministry continue to be relevant to the current need of the world around us? We will be trying to find out in the months and years to come.

Monday, May 15, 2017

May 2017 – Brazil – Marcos & Telma Pereira 

Dear friends and family,  In the month of April, we had the opportunity to participate in a Missionary Retreat our Mission (UWM) organized in Peru. The theme was, “Rest and Rejoice”. It was a great time of taking our minds off ministry for a week and for being encouraged with the Bible studies and times of sharing with other missionaries. For the teens and kids, they had special speakers that were very good. Our entire family had a good time and finished this retreat refreshed and encouraged.  One of the Bible studies that was given spoke a lot to my heart. The verse that stuck out was,

‘And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.”’ Exodus 33:14

 What caught my attention was the fact that what would bring rest for the Israelites was the presence of God. So many times, I find myself trying to rest and end up frustrated as I wake up tired out the next day. Rest for the world means one thing, for God it means His presence. We often surround ourselves with entertainment thinking it will bring rest but it rarely does. The rest God has for us will be found in the middle of a busy weekday at work, mowing the lawn, doing chores and yes even while sitting in a hammock. It is a rest that will come from within and not from outward circumstances. His presence brings rest in the middle of the storm.

 I found myself realizing that I do not seek the presence of God as much as I ought to since I do need rest. I am now not seeking to rest as much as I am seeking His presence and asking Him to go with me as I seek to live out His will for my life. It is in His presence that we will find true rest.

Trip to Machu Picchu  Since we were already in Peru we could take a couple of days off and make our way to the Archeological Park of Machu Picchu. My mom and dad also went with us. It was a fun time admiring the huge mountains and visiting the many ancient ruins. The boys really enjoyed visiting another culture, and many of the places we visited made us feel as if we were in Tibet.  Telma even had a chance to share the gospel with a young girl from Holland who we met at some ruins on a mountain top one afternoon. She told us she was going to an expensive meditation seminar in that area as she sought to get to know herself better. Telma listened kindly and patiently to her story and then she asked Telma what her spiritual views were. Telma was able to tell her about Jesus and how He had changed our lives and helped us understand ourselves, not religion but Jesus. The seed of the Gospel was planted and who knows what fruit we will see in eternity from this tiny moment.

Online Training   I spent much of March and the first half of April making 8 more video classes for our online camp leadership training program. Dionisio the Mozambican CEF missionary that is doing an internship with us helped me with the recordings. Andrew is now working on getting the classes uploaded along with the study guides and tests. We already have two different online course up and running.

Furlough in U.S.A. end of 2017  Our new furlough dates are now from the beginning of November till the end of January 2018. The kids school made this schedule the one we will have to abide by… We’ll just have to pray for good weather 😊.

We will need places to stay in the following areas;
-Winlock / Toledo /Chehalis
-Colfax / Pullman

Also looking for a reliable and safe vehicle for 5 people to use during our time on furlough.

Matheus College Exam As many of you know Matheus will not be coming to the USA with us due to his Government College exams at the end of the year. If he is able to pass these test, all college tuition is covered by the Brazilian Government. He is considering studying Psychology or Foreign Relations. There are 3 different Government Colleges that offer these courses within a 4-hour drive radius.

Monday, February 13, 2017

2017 Summer at Victoria Ministries
                  Our summer kids and teen camps were great. We had over fifty kids for each week, most of them from non-Christian homes and many who had never come before. This made for an awesome opportunity for many to come to better understand the Gospel and others to decide to ask Jesus to come into their lives. Matheus was one of the counselors in the first week and had an entire cabin of non-Christian boys which were full of questions about God for him. The Bible teachers for the kids and teens did an awesome job along with the entire staff. The number of participants was a blessing as Brazil struggles with one of its worse years financially amid numerous political scandals involving billions of dollars and unemployment at 11.5%.

            Our Christian camp leadership training programs were also a success. As we are currently switching to part of the teaching being done through the internet and the hands-on training at Camp Victoria. We had fifteen students take our Outdoor Adventures Leadership Training and eleven take our online Camp Leadership Course. One of our students “Dionisio” came from the African country of Mozambique where he is a missionary with Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF). They want to start using camp ministry as a way of evangelism. As Mozambique is one of six Portuguese speaking countries in Africa all our training material can be used by them.

Online Training Programs
We are starting February off with much work on improving the training website. With the first batch of students that went through the training we could hear from them areas that need improvement and see things that could be done in a more practical and dynamic way.

            One thing is for certain, the online training will broaden the reach of people that can take the courses Victoria offers tremendously.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Fun Saturday.

Fun Saturday
Our staff has started the Fun Saturday Bible Club program in Tres Ranchos again as a way to evangelize and do some follow-up with the children that come to camp in January and July. The results have been great and 50 to 70 kids have participated in this once a month program.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Intense second semester.

This second semester has been full of work as we further develop the training department of Victoria Ministries. We are putting the on-line studies website up and preparing to start recording the basic classes to put them on this new website. This will be a big blessing as it will make it possible for people interested in Camp Ministry to get training from a distance and then only come for the hands on segment. My dad has also re-edited his book on Camp ministry and will be launching it at a Christian Book Fair in São Paulo the end of this month.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Great July Camps.

Our July camp season was great. We had over 130 kids and teens in the two weeks of camp. Many campers on the second week received scholarships to be able to participate. It is always great to see how much fun these campers have and to see many of them hearing the gospel for the first time. 
 The story of Amanda was one that shows us the impact Camp Ministry can have in the life of a child. She came to camp for at the age of 7 (under our camp scholarship program) and accepted the Lord as her Savior. After that she started attending a church in Tres Ranchos. This was not easy for her as the rest of her family were not Christian and were very abusive. When she was 12 years old her mother accepted her invitation and went to church with her also becoming a Christian. Now at 14 she is praying for others in her family to come to know the Lord and plans on becoming a missionary. 
Thanks for all your prayers!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Our theme for July 2016 winter camps for kids and teens will be, "On The Path To Victory". We are going to use this theme as the Olympics are to be held in Brazil this year in August. Not much to celebrate since Brazil just impeached its president and is dealing with the fact that it's budget for 2016 is over 50 Billion Dollars negative! The country has gone into a terrible recession and many have lost their jobs. Odd enough though we expect a good number of campers as families abandone expensive vacations and seek out more price friendly solutions.
We are planning on having two weeks of camps and also our one month Camp Leadership Training Program and our 5 day Adventure Sport Training Program. 
Please pray for all these programs, for God to send the kids and teens that need to hear the Gospel message, for those leaders taking our training programs and for our staff to have the strength they need.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A time you will never forget!

"Life is precarious, and life is precious. Don’t presume you will have it tomorrow, and don’t waste it today."
- John Piper
How about coming to Brazil for two weeks or more to help us in our
busy month of July?
Our "winter" Camps in July 2016 for kids and teens will be;
11-16 and 18-22
We also have Church retreat rentals on weekends and the 1 month training program for Brazilian Camp leadership going on in July.
There is also the year around opportunity to help in the construction of the Couples and Family Camp.
It is a once in a life opportunity!
Any questions please write:
Alex Rose - Australia

 Holly Rimbey - USA
 Kari Rimbey - USA
Jenny Kallak - Norway

Monday, April 25, 2016

Dear friends and family,
Switching Missions… Yep, we have switched missions. We are still with Victoria Ministries serving as Executive Director, yet now have a different sending mission agency. We were with Pioneers Brazil and have now switched and joined United World Mission (UWM).  

Long story made short… All this started in August last year when the head of finances at Pioneers Mission Brazil contacted me and said that we were going to face new tax law problems in 2016. According to their accountant an extra 27% would have to be removed from the total of our support. Because of this the board of Pioneers Mission Brazil suggested I become member of a Mission in the USA, this way becoming exempt from this new tax law.   
So after praying about this, United World Mission (UWM) was our choice for three reasons: - My parents and brother are serving through United World Mission (UWM). 
- Victoria Ministries has a firm partnership with United World Mission(UWM). 
- United World Mission (UWM) has more than 350 missionaries serving in 45 nations.  

Last week Telma and I took part in the orientation meetings in Charlotte, NC, at the headquarters of United World Mission. We were accepted to serve as missionaries through UWM at Victoria Ministries.   

With that being said, there are some changes in the way support is sent in to us. No more support for us can be sent to Pioneers Mission, but instead to United World Mission with our names and account number attached (Marcos and Telma Pereira #31516). We have attached a form that explains how you can continue to send in your personal monthly support. 

We also have to raise our monthly support level by $300.00 to be fully funded. 

Would you consider joining our monthly support team? 

If you have any questions whatsoever about this switch, 
please be sure to contact us with them.

To participate Financially please fill in the commitment form on the link below

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

February Prayer Letter

Dear friends and family,
“…Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.” Psalm 81:10 NASB

         This past week I have been reading the biography of George Muller again. It never ceases to amaze me the courage this man of God had to face such huge obstacles with prayer. The verse above is one that is quoted as being an inspiration for him as he started off on the quest to build the first of many orphanages started by him. The question remains, “Are we opening our mouths wide to be fed by God or are we trying to feed ourselves with our own hands?” Too many times even in ministry, I have found myself trying to “feed myself and ministry” in my own strength. That only leads to eventual starvation. Only when we take steps of faith centered on what God desires for us, can we have the refreshing, nourishing, wonderful and fulfilling experience of being feed by His hand.

Our January Camps were very blessed. We had around 45 kids and teens each week. It was one of the rainiest Januaries we ever had here which made activities extra challenging to manage, yet God blessed us with new ideas and with nice weather at the right moments. We also had eleven Students for our five day Adventure Program Training and six students for our one month Camp Retreat Leadership Program.
The road for Campsite #2 is opened! What a big blessing and an exciting happening for us. First we bushwhacked through the brush to pen a trail then we were able to rent a bulldozer to do the initial clearing and then a scraper from the City Hall came to do the finishing. The new road is about 400 yards long. We wanted to be a little ahead on the construction but we had many weekend church retreats on the last months of 2015 which were wonderful. The next step is to begin construction of our first building and take electricity and water to this new facility.

During their summer vacation the boys did a lot of work around the house. I would like to say they offered their services voluntarily but a little persuasion was needed to get them going… They got a cemented area done for our picnic table and one to park the car. Telma did an awesome job keeping them busy. I told her that if she was in charge of building the pyramids, I bet we would have twice as many of them today! HAHAHA!

My father, who is in charge of the training department of Victoria Ministries and a big chunk of the financial and reservation departments had to do radiation treatment for prostate cancer for two months (November and December) in a town 4 hours away. He is all done with that and is now waiting to do further testing in two months to see how his PSA levels are doing.

 For February we will be having our Carnival Camp for a Church in Uberlandia. One hundred and twenty young people are expected to come.

Please pray for:
-the clearing of the first construction site of Camp #2.
-more staff.
-for my dad, that God may heal him.
-thanks for all the blessings during January Camps
 and training.

God bless you!
Your Friends,
Marcos, Telma and the boys!