Monday, August 10, 2015

Home Sweet Home

To all of our Family and Friends,

After ten days in the hospital, fighting a vicious bacterial infection, Pascal was able to come home late Friday afternoon. Even though he is here with us, he is far from being completely healed. This whole situation occurred so unexpectedly, and it will probably forever be a mystery as to where he came in contact with what made him so sick. However,  we praise Jesus that he is getting better!!

Our family wanted to take a minute to thank all of you who have prayed for Pascal. It was through your prayers, support, and encouragement that we all made it through some pretty scary days. I personally want to thank my precious friends here in Brazil who gave of their time to help me out, making sure the boys and I had everything we needed (you know who you are)!

Please continue to pray for Pascal as he regains strength, continues to heal, and works hard to get back to normal life here in Sao Paulo. We love all of you and appreciate everything you do for us.

Pascal, Amy, Micah, Matthew, and Miles

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Thanks to Bob and Denise Griffin!

The Stowell Family would like to thank Bob and Denise for coming to Brasil and visiting us!  We also want to thank them for helping us in getting more people to pray for the ministry that God has opened up to us here in Brasil!  We love you guys!

Here are a couple of videos that Bob has made about where we live and the work that is going on here.  We would greatly appreciate your prayers!!

Pascal, Amy, Micah, Matthew and Miles

Click on the links below to go to the videos:

Ministry in Sao Paulo

The city of Sao Paulo

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What a Night!

Death...It is real!

Last night, the cutest and spunkiest little dog showed up at our gate.  In no time flat, the boys and I fell in love with her and wanted to take her in.  For various reasons, we just couldn’t do that.  It was obvious she was abandoned and trying to find her way in the streets.  We left for our nightly walk and she followed us.

Death…It can happen in a flash!

In less than five minutes, you probably guessed, the dog was gone.  It was ugly.  It was extremely difficult to watch.  It was even more difficult to hold the young girl (the driver of the car) in my arms and listen to her gut wrenched cry.  Again, God gently reminded me of a few things.

Death…It is real…It can happen in a flash…but more important than these...

Death…Are you ready?

As we walked back home, God led us to the conversation of being ready at all times and keeping our “house” in order because it could happen to us, too, in a flash!

Are you ready?  Do you know that those around you are ready?  So many people, just like that little dog, are abandoned and trying to find their way.  What are you doing about it?  What am I doing about it?

Oh God, shake us, move us, use us.  People are dying!

Are they ready?!

We love y’all!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Amazing Country....Amazing People

We hope this video touches your hearts the way these people and this country touched ours!  They need our prayers!  They need Jesus!!

Japan One Year Later - Watch More Funny Videos

Monday, March 5, 2012

Are you listening or just hearing?

I'm learning to find Jesus in ALL things.  If you asked me if I would find Him while helping my son with his homework I would, no doubt, tell you no... seriously?!  Well, I did!

Matthew, our middle son, had to do a little research on the difference between hearing and listening.  Quite honestly, I had never really given any thought to this myself, just passing it off as meaning pretty much the same thing.  Maybe I did know at one point, but right then it didn't ring a bell!  Here is what we found....

                    Hearing - the sense by which sound is perceived
                    Listening - take notice of and act on what someone says

When I ponder these two words, I feel as though someone is tapping me on the shoulder saying, "What about Me?  Are you listening to Me, or just hearing Me?"  So many times in my life, God has spoken to me.  He gently tells me to pray for a certain person, reach out to a certain person, share my faith with a certain person, give to a certain person, and all along I'm just hearing Him.

I know I'm not in this boat alone.  I don't know about you, but I want to be a better listener.  That's why I want to encourage all of us to be on the lookout for Jesus.  You never know where or how He might choose to speak to you.

I promise you if you look for Him, and sometimes even when you're not, you will find ALL things.

Happy findings!
When you come looking for me, you'll find me.  "Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I 'll make sure you won't be disappointed." Jeremiah 29:13

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Encounter with Reality

Over jetlag, bags unpacked, boys back in school, and life back to normal, but daily I find myself thanking God for our recent trip to Japan.  It truly was a gift from Him.  One specifically ordained, I believe, for our family at this particular point in time.  It moved us.  It encouraged us.  It changed us.  More than anything else, it opened wide our eyes and hearts to the peoples with whom God has called us to work…Japanese descendants in Brazil.  For me, I will forever have places and faces etched upon my heart.  I want to share with you about a place where God led us, if for no other reason, to break my heart all over again for the deep, complete loss and emptiness of precious souls.

Our new team leader, Gary Fujino, took us to the Buddhist temple in Tokyo.  The darkness and desperation one (follower of Christ) feels as you see and enter a place such as this is overwhelming.  As you approach the temple, there is a well overflowing with incense smoke which quite frankly, was stifling!  It was at this spot my heart was first stirred as I watched a woman desperately attempt to bathe her husband’s body in this smoke to cleanse him in order for him to be able to enter the temple to worship.  My God gently reminded me that He takes people just the way they are.  No cleansing necessary beforehand. 

 As we entered the temple, I was amazed as I watched people scuffling to the front to throw their offering, get close to the priest, and worship idols placed so strategically.  What caught my eye and forever will be on my mind, were the children that we saw taking part along with the elderly who with no doubt have been doing this for years. 

Our three boys accompanied us on this day.  I wasn’t so much worried about the two older ones.  Although intrigued by it all, they both stand firm in their faith and will be the first to tell you so.  However, our youngest is at the point where his heart is tender and he is full of questions.  As an onlooker, I knew he was observing everything.  I gently put my arms around him and whispered in his ear, “Sweet boy, this is not the true way.”  What I heard next, I will never forget.  Miles looked up at me and said, “I know, Mom.  I love Jesus.”  Now that, my friends, brought peace to this momma’s heart!

Stories of our trip to Japan will be the topic at our dinner table for a long time.  We have a lot of work to do.  We face it knowing that it won’t be easy.  At the same time, we face it knowing that it is possible with God and through the prayers of His people.  To those who have partnered with us in prayer, we are grateful for your willingness and faithfulness to lift us up.  For those who haven’t partnered, we invite you to join us in praying for and reaching the Japanese.  The reality of the lost is HUGE!  God, bring us to our knees for these precious people.

Here are more pictures of this day that might be interesting to you.

Written by Amy Stowell

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Virtual Prayer Walk

Thank you for taking the time to watch this video.  It is our prayer that you will join us in praying for our ministry.  We want you to pray for the people with whom we will come in contact.  Many of you know about the darkness that is found in the country of Japan.   There is a great little book by Keith Webb titled, "Overcoming Spiritual Barriers in Japan."  You can find it on   Gary, our team leader, gave it to me when he was here in Brazil.  I recommend this little book.   It will help you to be better informed about what is taking place spiritually in Japan.  Keith Webb said, "More workers, more money or better methods will not help a situation that is the result of spiritual strongholds."  Please join us in praying for Japan, the Japanese descendants and New Generations Church in Sao Paulo (Steve & Salva Marlin).  In the coming days, Amy and I will be putting more videos out for you to watch.  Why?  We believe that by seeing the areas and people who are in desperate need of the gospel, you will be more informed and hopefully can focus more intently on the areas you would be willing to lift in prayer.   Our Lord Jesus Christ wants us to be joined together.   Ephesians 5: 15-18 says, "Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk-not as unwise people, but as wise-making the most of the time, because the days are evil.  So don't be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.  And don't get drunk with wine, which leads to reckless actions, but be filled with the Spirit."  Let us come together and pray! 
Pascal and Amy
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