Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Blessings upon our arrival

As most of you know, we were blessed to travel to the states for a month over Christmas/Summer break.  I wanted to share some of the blessings of the Lord that we experienced. 

1 – We praise the Lord for three core families that committed to stay in town and care for the church while we traveled. 
·         They took care of the preaching, song leading, children’s church, nursery, weekly Bible studies and more!
·         They took care of the body.  One of our elderly women fell and broke her knee while we were gone.  They stepped up and cared for her needs both physical and spiritual.
·         They took care of taking our young people to camp (a trip of 3 ½ hours each way!)
·         They took care of our home.  One of our men stayed at our house for us, taking care of our dogs and fish, as well as just being a presence against thieves.

2.  Upon our arrival back at the airport, we were picked up by two of our men.  From there we experienced more blessings!
·         Our car was cleaned inside and out and smelled wonderful!
·         At home two of our women welcomed us with hugs!
o   They had cleaned our house from top to bottom, even the refrigerator!
o   Opened all the windows
o   Washed all the bedding
o   Lit candles to give a warm welcome

3.  Our first night back three families stopped by to greet and welcome us home.

4.  The next evening we heard singing in the street and looked out the window to find most of our church family standing in front of our house, singing a welcome and carrying food and drinks for a welcome reception!

We feel so blessed by the church family that God has given us! 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Celebrating His Coming - the 4 weeks of Advent

Week 4
 This week our men shared a wonderful presentation focusing on the Person of Jesus Christ.
Using passages from I John 1, John 1, as well as Philippians 2;  the men reminded us of how Worthy our Savior is of our worship, our confidence and our love.  
It was a powerful end to our programs being led by our men to reflect on our Savior.

James ended our Advent Sunday by looking at Matthew 2 and studying how the Wisemen received Jesus as King. 

After the service our ladies presented a box of special christmas goodies to one of the families in our church. 

We praise God for the generosity and love the people of Redemption Baptist have for one another!

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Celebrating His Coming - The 4 weeks of Advent

Week 3 
Ladies Presentation
 This week we celebrated how Christ's coming at Christmas led the way to Redemption for those who believe in Him.  We looked at Ephesians 2 which reminds us of our condition without Christ...Dead in our sins, slaves to the prince of this earth.  Then Jesus came, and by His grace called us to new life, and freedom in HIM!
We ended our program by doing Cardboard testimonies.  It was challenging as none of our ladies had ever seen it done. In the end everyone was moved to see evidences of God's transforming grace in the lives of their sisters in Christ. 

Dn. Lore shared in her testimony:
My son died,
I blasphemed God.
Then God is His great mercy comforted me, consoled me and today I am happy to serve Him!

Another lady shared:
I was a Liar.
Today I speak the truth because I have come to KNOW Him who is the TRUTH.

 I am so thankful for each of these ladies and their commitment to the Lord.  Their willingness to openly share what God is doing in their lives not only encourages us all, it binds us together in new and more meaningful ways. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Celebrating His Coming - the 4-weeks of Advent

Week 2

 This week we celebrated His coming with the young people at IBR.
Alex, one of the older teens in our church has been giving guitar lessons to four teens and one child for about  6 months.  Sunday they started out our service leading the congregation in song.  
What a blessing to hear a choir of guitars praising our Savior!
 The teens did an excellent job of exalting Emmanuel, God with us.
They challenged us to receive Christ in the same spirit as the shepherds, Simeon and Mary...
with Joy, Gratitude and Obedience.   
 We are so thankful for Sandro and Gilmara as they have led the teen group this year. 
 Rachel has also been very involved in discipling of our two young ladies. 
Pray with us for these young people as they have a huge opportunity to be used by God here in Florianópolis to exalt our King of Kings!

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Celebrating His Coming - the 4-weeks of Advent

 This year our church is celebrating Christmas with four short programs; 
one each Sunday of Advent.  
Sunday was the first program and the children of the world called us to 
Come and Worship God in a manger! 
 After a year of piano lessons with Aunt Rachel, all three of our kids played Christmas songs as part of the program.  Hannah, who was dressed as a dutch girl, did a wonderful joy playing  
O Come, O Come Emmanuel.
 Jeremiah, one of our wise men, played Go Tell it on the Mountain!
Daniel played during the lighting of the first advent candle.  He played several duets with Aunt Rachel.  They each did a wonderful job and James and I are very proud of their hard work and their joy in serving the Lord through music.  

Pray for us and the next three presentations.  We are using each of these Sundays as special days to invite loved one and neighbors to hear the Good News of the Gospel -- God´s gift to us this Christmas!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Enjoying our first Church retreat!

 This past weekend our church got together with a sister church for a weekend retreat. 
 James was the main preacher and he preached three messages on Sanctification in the Christian life. 
We also had times where the men and woman broke into groups and had practical discussions on how to be more like Christ in our daily lives.   It was a good opportunity to be reminded to get into the battle and live as who we really are in Christ! 
 One of the biggest blessings of this retreat was the good times of conversations. 
 Being the body...a family...
 Playing together...
 Laughing together...
Learning to love one another as Christ has loved us!
 One night we had a dress-up night that turned out to be full of fun and laughter.
 If I were to translate the theme I think it would be Nerdy-Fancy,
but I still don´t think that exactly fits!!!
Well, we hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!  
With love, the Taylor´s

Monday, November 10, 2014

Praise in the Park!

 Saturday our youth planned a time of praise in one of our local parks.  
Although it was forecasted to rain the whole day, 
God blessed us with an incredibly beautiful spring day!
 It was fun to see little children stop by and listen, causing their parents to stop as well.  
One little boy so loved the guitar that he climbed up on the rocks to get as close as possible to the music.
 We had a couple of monkeys up in the tree praising God along with us!
 Even a few dogs stopped by to listen!
After a good time of singing and testimonies, 
everyone spread out to pass out some 2 ways to live tracts. 

It was a great opportunity to reflect on all the blessings that God has given to us in salvation and in our daily lives; as well as a great opportunity to be a witness to the community.