Saturday, June 30, 2007
God provided so many blessings on our trip here. We were only able to get 3 seats together on the plane and right away a man traded his seat for Daniel´s so we could be together. We were able to have a bassinette for Jeremiah and he slept a good amount on the first flight. Once in San Paulo we were escorted to the front of the customs line because of our cute kids!! Everything just went so smoothly! We arrived in Curitiba on time and were greated by all the BMM Missionaries as well as a Brazilian Missionary.
We have spent our time this week looking for houses to rent. I think you will find it intersting to know that houses DO NOT come with kitchen counters, cabinets, or closets. \When looking for a house the realtor gives you the keys to the house and then you have to go find the house. So far at 2 of the houses our keys haven´t worked, so once we found the house we weren´t able to get in!!
We are all adjusting well so far. The kids have made friends and seem happy. Please pray for the right house, (maybe one with cabinets!) and the right car.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Sunday, James was able to preach a farewell message and challenged the people to live lives that are distinct. We are saying lots of good-bye's now and reality is beginning to set in. We really are going to Brazil.Our home church had a going away dinner for us, Jeremiah enjoyed rolling around in his walker while we ate & fellowshipped. We have been so blessed by such a supportive, encouraging sending church. We will miss them all dearly. Many are coming to the airport tomorrow to send us off.
Well, the next time you hear from us we will be in Brazil. Thank you - We wouldn't be going if it weren't for your faithful prayers and support.
Friday, June 15, 2007
From Houston, they go to Miami and finally on to Paranagua, Brazil. They are scheduled to arrive on July 14th. We are already in contact with a Enrique, who will help us clear our boxes through customs and deliver them to Curitiba. Pray that things arrive in working order.
48 Boxes, ready for pick-up! Whew! We're finally done!
We have purchased our plane tickets and are scheduled to leave the USA on Monday, June 25th at 9:10 p.m. We fly directly from Houston to Sao Paulo, Brazil and arrive at 8:55 a.m. We were able to get a bassinet for Jeremiah to sleep in on the plane. Pray that the kids sleep through most of the night. From Sao Paulo, we have one more flight to Curitiba. We will stay with James parents until we find a house.
Our first big needs are to purchase a reliable vehicle and to find a house to rent. Pray with us in this regard.
We are praising the Lord for His provision. I am amazed at how perfectly His timing works.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Friday, June 01, 2007
My sister Laura and I were on the way to a baby shower at her church. Our exit for the freeway appeared to be closed so we quickly took an alternate exit, making a detour to get to the church. Once we were turned around, we realized our exit wasn't closed at all, giving us an unnecessary delay.
As we pulled in the church parking lot another lady was just getting out of her car and she walked in with us. We ended up sitting together during the shower. She was lots of fun as we played shower games and talked about life experiences, families and even shared testimonies of salvation and spiritual growth. I never knew a baby shower could be so fun and edifying. If we hadn't had the unnecessary detour and taken longer to get to the church we may have never had time with this amazing woman. Praise the Lord for unnecessary delays!
Our next example of God's sovereignty has to do with our support.
The day after we announced we were at 100% of our support we received word that one of our supporters had to lower their monthly support by $16.67 per month. We have to be at 100% to be cleared by our mission to go to the field. We knew we would just have to trust God. Just this week we received an increase in support from another supporter. When James received our new report, the increase was $16.67 per month! Isn't God amazing???
God is always working in our lives. Are we trusting Him, that His plan really is best? "And we know that ALL things work together for good, to them that love God to them that are the called according to His purpose."