This was written by Allen Dutton, a missionary in Campinas, Brazil where I have gone and worked three summers. The Duttons are some of my favorite people in the world, and maybe this will give you a little glimpse as to why. Please keep the Duttons and their teammates, the Graves, in your prayers as they continue to work for the Lord in Brazil.

I want to share with you two things that happened with our children in the last few days. Needless to say, Robin and I are very proud of our kids.

Yesterday we took them to a shopping center to see Santa Claus. Tyler is seven and Laura is five, so they still enjoy and are marveled by Santa. When it was their time, Robin went with them and told Santa how good the children have been and how they obey their parents. She told Santa the reason they did this was because they wanted to obey God. Santa’s reply: “I am so happy to hear this. Most parents ask me to tell their kids to obey or I will not give them presents. Very seldom I hear that they are obeying.” He then looked at Tyler and asked him if he spoke to God. Tyler immediately said he did everyday. Santa looked at Tyler and said, “Will you please ask God to heal Mrs. Santa? She just had surgery and is not doing very well.” He had tears in his eyes. Today for lunch Tyler prayed asking God to heal Mrs. Santa.

Today when picking the kids up from school Robin was met by Laura’s teacher who told her that Laura made everyone in class very emotional. Robin asked her what had happened, and this is the teacher’s story.

“Today during class, Mrs. Daniela (teacher’s aid) was telling me that her head was hurting so much she was going to the doctor after school. Laura heard this and came up from her desk, held Daniela’s hand and said she was going to pray. She prayed like this: ‘Dear God, please ask your son Jesus to help Mrs. Daniela get rid of her headache. In Jesus name, Amen.’ She did this in front of the whole class. After some time, Mrs. Daniela told me that her head was not hurting anymore. She said it was because of Laura’s prayer.”

When Robin was leaving the school, another teacher came to her and said she had heard what had happened and was just amazed at our Laura. She said she has never met anyone so loving and caring as Laura.

I thank God every day for my family. Please continue to pray for us as we work in Brazil.
-Allen Dutton


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