Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Update on the Nebs

We are half way through the 4 weeks of NEBs.  
We are excited to see how God is working.  
 Our two Friday night studies have been going really well. 
 So far in these studies 11 unsaved adults have had several opportunities to hear the Gospel. 
Our Saturday night study has not had any unsaved adults attend but a couple of young people are hearing the Gospel again and we are praying that they will be saved. 

Please pray as the next two lessons are key.  The focus is on Sin this week and the Cross next week. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Brazil in Pictures

This week I am sharing a picture of Chimarrão, the traditional loose tea drink of the south. 
Natives to Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul are big drinkers of this hot tea.  Recently we were talking with some friends from Rio Grande do Sul and they shared that even during the church service the drink is passed around! 

The cup is made from a dried fruit from tree called Crescentia cujete L. (It belongs to the family Bignoniaceae.)   

The straw is called a "bomba" that has a filter at the bottom to strain out the loose tea particles. 

You fill the cup with the loose tea and pack it to one side of the cup,  inserting the straw on the oposite side and adding hot water to the side with no tea.

It is a social drink.  Everyone drinks from the same cup/straw. You drink your cup full and then pass it on.   I asked how no one gets sick and they say it is either the hot water that kills the germs or the fact that the straw is generally stainless steel.  Nevertheless, sickness it not a preoccupation with this drink.  

Sharing Chimarrão is a sign of hospitality and friendship in the south.  Tuesday night a new friend from Rio Grande came over and so we shared some Chimarrão.  It was the first time Rachel had drank it.  While the three of us were studying Lies Women Believe and the Truth that sets them Free (Nancy Leigh DeMoss), we each drank about 3 cups full.   Drinking, refilling and passing it on. 

Mentiras em que as mulheres acreditam e a verdade que as liberta

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Celebrating Children's Day

This year  we celebrated Children's day a little different.  We celebrated Friday night with our adolescents and teens by going bowling and out for hot dogs. 

 We are so thankful for the young people has brought to our church and the seeds of the Word that are being sown into their hearts.  
Last night on the way to church with a bunch of our adolescents, they began quoting their memory verse.  We had an incredible discussion on what was the meaning of this verse: 
 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— Romans 5.12
I am amazed to hear their interest in the Word, the understanding that is coming through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.  Please keep praying for the salvation of many of these young people and their families.  

Sunday afternoon we had a picnic for the families of the younger children.  We brought their bikes along and they had a wonderful time playing at the park, doing some organized games and racing around the track. 

It was a wonderful weekend full of fellowship and fun. 
 I am so thankful for the church that God is building here in greater Florianopolis!

Monday, October 07, 2013

Brazil in Pictures

Brazilians have the CLEANEST shoes.  
You almost never see kids in dirty, scuffed up tennis shoes. (unless you see my kids :)

So this is a very common sight here... 
Clean shoes hanging out in the sun drying.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Family Blessings

We are so thankful for the trip my parents and grandpa were able to make to Brazil in September.   God was so generous to us in allowing these special times with our family.  Times that allow my children to really know and have special memories with their grandparents and great grandpa.  
Here are just a few snap shots of those special days.

 Playing paddle ball on the beach

 It doesn't get better than this...

 Special girl times!!!

 Strolls along the sea wall.

 Shopping for flip-flops or as we say here "Chinelos"

 Impromptu picnic looking out toward the beach.   

 TONS of photos of God's amazing power as demonstrated in nature.  

 Brazilian hotdogs after church - 
(2 dogs, in tomatoe sauce, ketchup, mayo, coleslaw, corn, tomatoes, 
onions, cheese, and potatoe chips.)

 Grandpa joining us in the back while we planted our garden.  

 Planting an herb & veggie garden with my dad and mom.

 One last picture before heading out to the airport.