Vitor Berti is the first of two boys that we sponsor at the Holy Trinity Institute in Moreira, Brazil. Vitor is five years old and loves drawing, writing, riding his bike, and playing with toy cars. He also enjoys going on walks with his mom and has a dream to be a bus driver when he grows up! He asks for prayers to continue to build on the faith that he has and is thankful to God for the help they are currently receiving!
Joao Paulo, Vitor's brother, is the second child we sponsor at the Holy Trinity Institute. Joao Paulo is eleven years old and is now in his fifth year of school. He enjoys playing soccer, watching TV, and his favorite color is red. He has a dream to be a veterinarian and is thankful to God for his family. He also asks for prayers for continued help for him and his family.
Rev. Dr. Jonathan and Deaconess Cheryl Naumann serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as missionaries based in the Dominican Republic. As the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) regional chaplain, Jonathan provides pastoral care to LCMS missionaries and their families in over 10 countries. He also teaches future Latin American pastors at the LCMS seminaries in this region.
Cheryl administers the Dominican Republic Mercy Center, teaching women to share the Gospel and to carry out acts of mercy with their neighbors. She also assists with the diaconal work in mission congregations and facilitates the Spanish translation and distribution of Lutheran biblical resources to LCMS missionaries, mission churches and partner churches in this region. Both Jonathan and Cheryl love to speak about Jesus with the people they meet each day.
Jonathan was born in Springfield, Ill., but also considers London, England, to be home. He received a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Mich., and his Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. He earned his Ph.D. from Glasgow University, Scotland. Jonathan has served as a missionary pastor in East Kilbride, Scotland and Ruislip, England. He most recently served as pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church and School, Oakmont, Pa. He has worked extensively with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England and has theologically educated students in the United States and abroad.
Cheryl’s hometown is Bremerton, Wash. She received a bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind., on May 20, 1979, and was consecrated as a Lutheran deaconess that same day. She earned a master’s degree in theology and church history from Glasgow University, Scotland. Cheryl has served as a deaconess at the Lutheran Home for the Aged, Kendallville, Ind.; by her husband’s side at congregations in Scotland and England; and, most recently, at Redeemer Lutheran Church and School, Oakmont, Pa. Over the years, Cheryl has worked as a freelance writer and editor, authoring three of her own books, and has taught deaconess students in Latin America and Africa. Jonathan and Cheryl have six adult children and 18 grandchildren.
Pray for Jonathan and Cheryl as they serve in the Dominican Republic. Ask God to protect them as they travel and do the work He has created for them to do. Pray that God will increase the faith of those whom they serve in Latin America. Ask God to provide people here in the United States who will partner with Jonathan and Cheryl in prayer and financial support.