Global Woman Highlight | Brenda Matthews

Posted on: September 12, 2013 Written by
Global Woman Highlight | Brenda Matthews
           

Hi!  My name is Brenda Matthews.  I’m Canadian and I’ve served with TEAM since 1984 starting in Venezuela.  The last 3 ¾ years I’ve been in Piura, Peru.  To relax in Venezuela, I loved skin diving and sometimes photographing the tropical fish, coral and other underwater life.  In Piura I’ve moved above water to photographing the birds of the park onto which my apartment opens.  In the last month or so I’ve photographed and identified about 35 different species just from my apartment!  I’ve got some great iguana shots as well…and a squirrel doing a somersault.

I’m involved in church planting.  My favorite ministry responsibilities are guiding small groups, Bible studies with individuals, teaching children’s classes, leading worship, and sharing my faith.

Piura is in the desert of northern Peru about 45 minutes from the coast.  It’s a growing city of almost 1 million people and the department (province/state) of Piura is the least evangelized of Peru.

Please pray for wisdom, insight and discernment as I counsel people, and in decision-making, and in dealing with problems in the church.  Also, I’m trying to encourage the believers to be evangelizing.  Please pray that I don’t get discouraged by the apparent apathy in those who have been believers for a while and that the Lord guide me in my part in this endeavor and that the Holy Spirit changes hearts (of the believers and in conversions).

 

@2013 Thrive



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  • Claudia

    You mention the “apparent apathy of those who have been believers for a while.” It is always sad when this is the case. May you be encouraged as you do your part to strengthen the believers as well as to reach out to the unsaved! God bless you as you serve Him in that remote (to me) place!

  • Kandake

    Wow Brenda. Going from skin diving to a desert had to be one tough transition. Glad you are finding joy in your photography of so many birds! Father, I pray that Brenda’s passion for the lost and for you would be contagious to other believers. I ask that your Holy Spirit will spark the desire for change in their lives.