Monday, October 12, 2009

New Mercies Every Morning

Myla, Ellie and I went around our neighborhood
getting pictures of Children's Day here in Rio.
There were fireworks and parties in the street
all day long. As we were walking, people handed
bags full of candy to Myla and Ellie which
they gladly accepted!

Below is a recent picture of Daniel. Nobody can
believe how big he is for his age of 1 1/2. Please
notice that he is wearing my camouflage Detroit
Tigers hat (the team that played valiantly this
year but sadly fell one game short.)

We had the opportunity to take Melissa's Aunt
and Uncle to a scenic overlook of downtown Rio
while they visited us. We live about 35 minutes
inland from the location in this picture, but still
within the city limits. It was a beautiful, clear day.
We thank the Lord for His calling to this great
city. It is a beautiful city but a city of great
spiritual darkness and confusion. Pray that God
would cause the light of the Gospel of Christ to
shine in people's hearts (II Cor. 4:3-6).

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

July and August

The following pictures tell the story of some of the things that have happened here in Rio over the past couple of months.

It's been a huge privilege to work with the youth group in Sunday School and with special activities. Many have taken steps to deepen their relationship with Jesus. Pray for their continued growth in Christ and involvement in the work of the ministry.

The church organized a Vacation Bible School last month during the kid's winter break. The threat of the flu and the cold, wet weather didn't dampen these kid's spirits! Some have come to church regularly since VBS and the church is following up with the families of the kids.

Ellie celebrated 3 years!!! She's brought us a lot of joy.

This picture was taken on a helicopter pad with the Tijuca National forest of Rio in the background. There were several cameras clicking between our colleagues so we didn't know where to look! On the right is our good friend Carlos who joined the church with his family recently. Thanks for your prayers for the ministry here!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Two Years in Brazil!

Two Year Recap:
We arrived in the huge city of São Paulo, Brazil in May of 2007. At that time we started language school in the center of the city. Upon completion of our studies, in August of 2008, we moved to Rio. In December of 2008, we were able to find a house to rent in the neighborhood of Rocha Miranda. Since that time we've been working in a church on the Governor's Island in Rio and making contact with people in our neighborhood for the purpose of planting a church here. We give thanks to God for His calling and enabling. We thank all of you for your friendship.
In June, there is a series of holidays Festa Juninha which celebrate various Spiritist and Catholic saints. This inevitably means thousands of loud fireworks exploding throughout the day and night (it literally sounds like a war zone and Daniel is terrified of these), countless drunken parties, and the launching of homemade hot air balloons that crash throughout the city and often cause fires. Many in our neighborhood pray to St. George (his holiday was celebrated recently) and have stickers of him on their cars hoping that he will protect them. Pray that their eyes would be open to Jesus, the one true God and giver of eternal life.

Here are some photo highlights of the last several months in Rio:

The teens at camp during a game time and Daniel's first birthday.

The baptism of a teenage girl and Easter morning breakfast.

Ellie helping in the kitchen. Ellie - 2, Myla - 5, Daniel - 1

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Summer's Here!

It has been in the 90's a lot lately and the kids are spending a lot of time in an inflatable pool on our front porch these days. The pictures below are from December to the present.

Myla had fun participating in bell choir for the Christmas program.
Daniel likes to ride piggyback with friends.

Myla and Ellie don't look too unhappy to be behind bars.
For for the New Year, Myla and Ellie rode their first roller-coaster together.

We had this incredible Brazilian feast at our friend's house for New Year's.
This is our friend Italo who has been coming to our church and his parents.

Close to our house we saw this sacrifice of flowers and food to appease
the spirits and bring luck for the year.