For almost 4 weeks, I have been fighting one sickness after another. It was never anything serious but just enough to slow me down, and annoy my family with a horribly loud cough! Usually I would slow down for a few days and try to recuperate. But in the midst of all this, we have been so busy!
We started out attending a music conference here at our seminary. This is the main speaker and his family. They were such a huge blessing and encouragement
to both James and me.
I was most excited about a seminar on starting a children's choir. We have a big problem with people not knowing how to sing on key. If we get them while they're young and train them, they will be able to sing on key as young people and adults!
The week following the conference, our church did a 5 day club. We met at our pastor's house and it was neat to see two women at our church really reach out. Each day between the two of them, they brought from 8-13 kids. They live more than 11 blocks from the pastor's house and if we didn't get them picked up, they were walking with all those kids in tow!
It was a blessing to see Rachel teach the missionary story at the 5 day club each day. It is so neat that she can be here and have such an effective ministry with the people. It is not just that she speaks the language; she has such a heart to love people and is always willing to serve in any way the Lord leads.
We had one of our church members get married this month. I was so excited to attend my first Brazilian wedding. It was a 5 hour trip north to Sao Paulo. Unfortunately, I got very sick right before the trip and was unable to go. James and his parents went and took lots of pictures for me. The husband, Eder, works with us in the youth group so we are excited to work with his wife Jessica as well.
The next day we celebrated Gran's 25th birthday with some yummy cake!
We finally ended the month with a city wide evangelistic outreach. Lyn Croxton came again this year and preached. He does an excellent job in choosing passages that are exciting as well as presenting the gospel so clearly.
It was a busy month but full of blessings.
Pray for me as I finish up my Portuguese this month. On the 16th I will be giving a devotional at a wedding shower for Jessica and Eder. I have taught 2 & 3 year olds but this will be the biggest challenge for me yet!
Saturday was a big blessing, I was able to share the gospel with a visitor at our youth meeting. This was my first time to do it by myself and completely in Portuguese!