John and Ruby Able travel to Brazil annually to hold evangelistic meetings. Most of our churches in Brazil have been started or strengthened through these meetings. This March John became ill and was taken to the doctor. The doctor diagnosed him with congestive heart failure. This illness cut short his trip to Brazil. It is questionable if John will be able to hold evangelistic meetings in Brazil in the years to come.
The Church in Brazil honored John and Ruby for their lifelong service in Brazil on Sunday, March 27th. It was a wonderful service with a ladies choir from Arlington, WA singing. There were many from the AFLC in the US who spoke, World Missions Director Del Palmer, Missionaries Connely Dyrud, Jonathan Abel and Paul Abel, Lutheran Ambassador Editor Craig Johnson and World Missions Committee members Glenn Mork and Paul Handsaker. There were also many from the AILLB (Brazilian AFLC) that spoke, President Joel Mendez, the chairman of SETELL (Seminary) and Miriam Infant Home Silvio Santos Paes and the Dean of SETELL Natanael Camarg. John Abel was helped up to the pulpit and he addressed the group at the close of the service.
Please praise God for the ministry of John and Ruby and pray for John’s health in the days ahead.