Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Club 1 - Day 3 & 4

Sunday 10:00 a.m. : Bible Study at David & Sharon's House
Weather Forecast: Rain

We held our normal Sunday Bible study on Sunday but the group taught the children's classes and Pr. Ben taught the adults. It was wonderful to just sit and listen to a message. Pr. Ben did a wonderful job reemphasizing the Gospel message. We were so thankful for the first time visit to this study by one of David & Sharon's contacts.

Sunday 2:00 p.m.: Head out to the park to clean off as much water as possible and be ready for the kids.We had around 30 kids again, and what a surprise to find them waiting for us when we got there!

James taught an important lesson on God's wrath and how we deserve His wrath and judgment because of our sinfulness.

We had decided not to provide a snack for this week of club. We were try to keep it simple and keep costs down. But, if you recall, on Saturday one of the men from our Sunday Study bought a snack so it started a trend. We all kind of wondered, "what will we do today for snack today?"
Just before ending our study, a man walks down the street, blowing his horn and trying to sell cotton candy (in the rain.) David went to ask how many he had and what they cost. We bought out his entire supply and God had provided a great treat for all the kids for R$1 per kid. The Cotton Candy man was HAPPY! The kids were HAPPY! and we were HAPPY too!

Monday 7:30 a.m.: Sight-seeing excursion

Weather Forecast: Rain
We visited one of the many forts that are on the island as well as a Sea Turtle exhibit.

Monday: 2:00 p.m.: Head over for the last day of club!

Our last lesson was on God's Mercy. David did a great job of entering laden down with sin and the loves of this world. He shared how the Old Testament blood sacrifices only covered the sin temporarily and had to be re-offered regularly.
Then he brought out the cross and demonstrated how Christ came and nailed our sins to the cross when He died in our place. What a powerful ending to our time with these children.

Pray for these young people as we follow up with them in their homes. Pray that the Power of Christ's Life, Death and Resurrection will penetrate and break the hold of satan in their hearts.

Club 1 - Day 2

Saturday 10:00 a.m. : Girls go to do a door-to-door survey; guys go to try and clean up the park. Weather update: RAINY

The girls went out in groups of two and did a religious survey. They asked general questions like if they regularly attended church; then more specific questions, like do they know where they will go when they died. The last question asked if they would be interested in doing a Bible study to learn more. They spent about an hour out and came back with 8 homes that were interested in having someone come and visit and do a Bible Study.

They guys attacked the water problem at the park. They tried digging trenches to try and drain the water off the field so that we could add a load of sand. After working for a while and seeing it was a losing battle, they decided to not use the sand field and just use the concrete area for games, and the hot dog stand for the bible story time. Saturday Noon: Back home to get the final details ready for the first day of club this afternoon.

Change the dates on last years sign & reuse...

Blow up balloons for games, get name tags ready...

Cook Lunch...

Saturday 2:30 p.m.: Get set up for club and round up some some kids!

We set everything up and then went looking for kids. After 30-45 minutes, we were still without any kids. Then God open some doors for David and he was able to bring 3 or 4 car loads of kids. I think we had about 24 kids our first rainy, cold day of club.

We sang some the rain

Played some the rain

Learned about the righteousness of the hot dog the rain!

I am not sure if this is really how we imagined this club working but we were learning once again that God knows what He is doing.

1. Than ANY kids came out in the rain for the club!
2. That one of the ladies from Sao Paulo was able to get a cute little puppy to take home, while she was out inviting kids to come!
3. That one of the men who had been coming to church and doing Bible studies with David, came by the club. After seeing how many kids there were, ran off to quickly buy a snack for everyone! It was really neat to see him get involved and take the initiative in this area.
4. Celebrating 6 years of Marriage with David & Sharon

More to come soon! Keep praying for our next club which begins next Monday!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Club 1 - Day 1

Friday Morning: 2:45 a.m. 7 girls and 4 guys arrive from Sorocaba, Sao Paulo.

Friday: 10:00 a.m. - Off to a local school to do a gospel presentation for the elementary students.
After presenting the gospel and explaining the meaning of the colors, the group passed out gospel bracelets to anyone who could remember what the colors represented. It was a very difficult experience as the kids were free to watch the presentation or run around and do what they wanted; the microphone worked sporadically, and everything just seemed chaotic.

Lesson: Be flexible and work with what you have, trusting God that He would work His will.

Friday Noon: Arrived home to grab a quick lunch, evaluate and make changes for the
afternoon presentation for the Jr. High students.

Friday 3:30 p.m.: Return to school for Jr. High Presentation
When we arrived the group was very intimidating looking. They were having a party as it was the last day of school before a 3 week break. The music was LOUD and we seemed to be an interruption to their fun.
The group did a wonderful drama that was wordless and used a soundtrack as background music. This did a wonderful job of drawing all the attention towards what we were doing.

Then one of the older girls shared her testimony of salvation. It took a lot of courage for her to share in front of this group.
David closed things off with a gospel presentation while some of the boys mocked almost every thing he said. We went around to the kids offering the gospel bracelets and were able to give some away. I talked to one girl who was 17 , she said, "Oh, I know all this stuff, I am from the church." I asked her what church. She told me she had graduated from the programs of the Adventist church, the Assembly of God and the Save our Earth church. I then asked her if she knew where she would go when she died and she told me, "No, no one can know that, but I am doing my part." I tried to share that she could know TODAY, but the music was super loud again and even yelling into her ear we were struggling to communicate. Pray for Rachel, that we would meet again and have another opportunity to talk about salvation.

Lesson: We are accepted by Christ even though our peers or the world rejects and mocks us.

Friday 6:30 p.m.: Home to eat a brazilian style Hamburger! (where's the beef??:)

Friday 7:30 p.m.: Our nightly bible study on Biblical Ambition.
1. Safe arrival of group
2. Opportunity to present the gospel to more than 200 kids
3. The courage of the teens to be a light for Christ in very difficult circumstances.
4. Gave the book, 50 Reasons Christ had to Die to all the teachers at the school

More updates to come soon! Thanks for praying.

Monday, July 12, 2010

We're Reading!

Hannah is now a reader! She has finished 3 books, all by herself this year. We are all so proud of our new little bookworm!

This is the stack of 14 short chapter books that Daniel has read for school this year (which started in January!) This does not include the 10 Magic Tree House books that Aunt Rachel sent him, some of them he has read more than once.

We have a little monkey who loves books too...should we put him in the zoo?

This is the stack of books we have read aloud during our school days. It has been a fun mix of historical fiction, classic fiction and just fun reads!

And all of this doesn't include the incredible books that have been a part of our history curriculum such as this book that introduces people groups around the world that do not have the Bible in their language.

We praise the Lord for the privilege of reading.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

4th of July in Brazil

The Curtiba Station celebrated the 4th of July on Monday the 5th. God blessed us with a beautiful WARM sunny day. James got the grill going for traditional hamburgers and hotdogs, I organized the decorations and a typical American cook-out menu.

We decided to decorate using a beach theme, throwing beach towels over chairs, using them as table runners and setting them out in the yard under the beach umbrellas for the kids. It wasn't your typical red,white & blue, but is was summery and simple.

It was such a refreshing and restful day. The fellowship was as warm as the weather.

After lunch we had the priviledge of giving a baby shower for one of our coworkers who is expecting her first child. As we were all given an opportunites to share godly character traits that God has challenged us teach our children, it was so edifying to hear how God has challenged the hearts of other women of faith in the area of childrearing.

We are just so thankful for these opportunities to come together with people who love the Lord and be edified.