Ron and Debby McKeon

In this very dangerous time as indicated in the announcement below, we are so very thankful for our car made possible by financial gifts from our supporters and partners in mission.  Please pray for the people here in Northeast Brazil who must rely on public transportation every day to get to work, church and receive social services.  The buses here are always packed with people standing in the aisle of the bus. Here  is the Security Alert:

U.S. Consulate General Recife, Brazil Security Message for U.S. Citizens:

Increased Violence in Public Transportation

              br.usembassy.gov

              March 30, 2017

The U.S. Consulate General in Recife alerts U.S. citizens of an increase in criminal activity in public transportation in all northeastern states.  According to the media, in Pernambuco specifically, criminal activity in public transportation is 97.2 percent higher than last year. Criminals have typically targeted bus drivers and passengers to steal cellphones, wallets, jewelry, and purses.

Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.  Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

The Consulate will continue to monitor the situation. If you require assistance, contact the Consulate using the contact information below:

U.S. Consulate General Recife
Rua Gonçalves Maia, 163
Boa Vista, PE — 50070-125
Phone: (81) 3416-3050 After-Hours Emergencies:(81) 3416-3060
Email:
recifeacs@state.gov

Our congregation at Cristo Libertador giving thanks to God and our financial supporters for this wonderful gift of a car.

Ron and Debby McKeon

We believe we are in the place God has called us to be. Ron is now discipling some of the men in our home parish as well as his regular ministry duties, all in Portuguese. Debby is currently teaching several classes on intercessory prayer, a new ministry that began in February, written in both English and Portuguese, but still using a translator for pronunciation purposes. Debby continues with the soup ministry twice monthly, which is also good practice for her Portuguese, during all the soup preparation and serving with the team of ladies.

In addition Ron has been called to assist our Suffragan Bishop in his new role as the Diocesan Missionary Bishop to reach the unchurched and underserved with the Gospel across Brazil. Ron will assist the Diocesan Missionary Bishop Flávio Soares to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and God’s immeasurable love through planting new communities of faith throughout Brazil. More details on this new startup ministry to follow after the special Diocesan Synod in May.

Ron and Debby McKeon

We hope as Spring approaches that any lingering snow has become a memory, and that you are being blessed by God.  We are thinking of our many wonderful friends today and are praying for your work, ministry, health, family and church congregation.

We have had good reports regarding Ron’s health. First it was evident from his improved energy level, and then confirmed by the bone scan in December that showed no evidence of infection and also an ultrasound of the soft tissue in January that was also clear. He remained on a once a day antibiotic until the first week in March, and thus far none of the previous symptoms have returned. We are so thankful and give the glory to God.