Sunday morning we attended out first prayer meeting since our return. It was so wonderful to praise God for His attributes, pray for transformation in our lives, and intercede for the lost around us. I left more in awe of our Awesome God, and encouraged by the openness of our new group to share their struggles spiritually so that we could pray for each other more effectively.
After church we all went out to lunch together to celebrate the birthday of one of the men. I SO enjoyed some authentic Brazilian churrasco! It was also another great opportunity to get to know some of the new families that have started coming to our church while we were gone.
Sunday night we had a full house! It was great singing with so many people to the GLORY of God! David brought a great message on God being glorified in Jesus, specifically His death on the cross. We were challenged to live as if Christ is truly glorious and not allow other smaller glories to replace Him in our lives.
Tuesday James and I were able to decide on a car. It is so stressful to try and decide since we are not mechanics:) so we continued in prayer, did everything we could to be wise, (ie taking it to a mechanic for a quick look,) and then we gave them a low offer on the car. They accepted it and so we are now the proud owners of a Renault Scenic. Although it called a "minivan" it is really just a bigger car. It has a nice sized back seat that will allow us to squeeze in more people for church and a great sized trunk for trips. We are very thankful for God's provision for us in this regard.
This is our new puppy. He is the son of our dog and David's dog.
We call him Tiger and the cat is Patch