Monday, September 30, 2013

Brazil in Pictures

I  have been wanting to start a series of posts that are pictures depicting different aspects of Brazil.
 My first picture post is of Ostra or Oysters. 

 This is one of the main "crops" raised here in the greater Florianopolis area.  
While my grandpa was here we finally took the time to taste some very typical local cuisine!

This is an oyster farm right out in front of our house (about 1 km away:)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Church Outing

This weekend we had our anual church spring outing.  It was so nice to spend a day together as a church and just relax, play, and be the body of Christ. 
The following pictures are just some snapshots of our time together.    

The ladies took their anual hike to the waterfall.  We had a great time talking and laughting as we literally went over the river and through the woods...  As we hiked we found a nice pair of sunglasses, R$4 and some change, and a guitar pick:) 

Our people love volleyball and it was a perfect day for some competitive sand volleyball!  
Lots of fun play time for the kids.

Bonding time for the boys.
A great time in the Word and singing praises to our God. 

And thanks to the unseasonably warm weather God gave us, we even enjoyed some pool time! 
We are so thankful for the families that God has brought to Redemption Baptist church.  We praise God for the work He is doing, drawing each of us closer to his heart and thus to each other. 
Thank you for your prayers for us.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Take Up your Cross...

 We are doing a series of discipleship studies with one of the couples from the Neb's.
 Last night as James went over their homework from the week before, he asked,

"What do you think it means to take up your cross and follow Jesus?"

The wife, who made a profession of Salvation during the Neb's, replied,
"It means to admit you are a sinner, repent of your sin, put your faith in Jesus' death and resurrection as the only way of salvation, deny yourself and walk in His way." 

I sat there in amazement thinking only the Holy Spirit working in her heart could have convinced her of these truths. 

God is SO good. 

We praise Him for the work He is doing in the hearts of this dear family. 
Will you pray with us for the seed of faith to be sown in good soil, that it would be protected from the cares of this world that will seek to choke it out?

(I want to add that we are especially thankful for Hannah's help during our studies.  She is so good at helping by playing with their young daughter.  Hannah definitely has the gift of entertaining younger children and we are blessed to have her help.)