Dan & Hope Owsley

Brazil

Dan and Hope have served in three regions of Brazil over the past 31 years starting churches and organizing conferences. Their ministry has included teaching Bible and Christian doctrine to church leaders, mentoring men and women in ministry, sharing the gospel, and discipling new believers. Over the last seven years, Dan and Hope have served in Brasilia, the nation's capital and fourth-largest metropolitan area in Brazil. During this period Hope edited a book of John Wesley writings in Portuguese. Dan engaged in reaching people for Christ through weekly visits to small businesses and through home meetings. They were also a part of a church planting team, mentored pastors in the region and teaching seminary courses to church leaders. The Brazilian church is calling Dan and Hope to a new opportunity. In February of 2020, they will move to Sao Paulo to help revitalize the main campus of the Free Methodist Bible seminary and to encourage a church planting movement throughout the country.
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Pray for:

  • their adjustment to a new location and work assignment
  • wisdom and effectiveness in this next term of service
  • many new churches to be planted throughout Brazil
  • the FM seminary to move forward in training many leaders
  • take root, grow and multiply
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      The first time I taught Theology of John Wesley I had been in Brazil for only a year. My Portuguese was barely intelligible, but Wesley’s sermons made up for whatever I lacked in clarity. Time and again, my students would tell me that their reading assignments had turned their hearts toward God in a new …