Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Natal at Igreja Batista Redenção - 2013

 Sunday night we celebrated Christ's birth at Redemption Baptist Church.

 We praise the Lord for the full house that we experienced. 
 We even  had visitors all the way from Ireland!  

 Our ladies worked very hard and we presented a mini cantata.  
Jesus, our Treasure!
Rachel was part of the group as well but she was at the Piano during this photo. 
 Sandro did an excellent job narrarating the cantata.  

This last picture is of our children's church.  I wanted you to see the awesome Jesse Tree that Rachel put together with the kids.  They really enjoyed the look through the Bible and seeing how God's plan for Christmas and the Birth of our Savior was the plan from the beginning.  

Merry Christmas to you from all of us here at IBR.  We praise the Lord for you and your faithful prayers on our behalf this year.  You are an intergral part of the ministry here! 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Summer Fun...

Sugar cookies!!!!  (Can you tell these are Jeremiah's favorite??)
It's time for some Soccer! 
Relaxing with friends!
Traditional Christmas Puzzle
Fun summer books and crafts....O the Joys of summer!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

We have a Constitution!

Sunday morning we were able to offically vote in our constituion!  We praise God for these faithful servants and the vision they have to plant a church in São José.  We have several steps still to go to be offical before the government but we are very excited to have taken this step.  

Continue to pray for us in the coming year that God will guide and direct the future of 
Redemption Baptist Church.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

It's Christmas Time around here!

 I wanted to share some pictures from around our house, the school and church from this month...

 Fun little projects to decorate the house...
 Smiling faces...
 End of School year programs!
School presentations...
 Lighting the Advent Candles with the adolesents as we celebrate Christ's first coming and look forward to His second coming!
 Fun art projects at church...

With all the business and fun we fight to keep our focus on HIM who did not spare His own son, but gave him up for us all.  (Romans 8.32)

Monday, December 09, 2013

Sad good-byes and Joyous Celebrations

Last weekend we said goodbye to a sweet young lady.  We have gotten to know Bruna over the past two years and are so thankful for her sweet spirit and love for the Lord.   From the moment we met her she was willing to help out in any area.  She planned games with the children, cleaned the church, shared the gospel with people on the street, played the keyboard and more.  At the beginning of the year she started helping me with Children's church on Sunday nights, which was a huge blessing! So on her last night with us, we held a little going away party for her... and we took lots of pictures! 
 Bruna and the group that serves in the area of music.

 Bruna and some of the kids that she has worked with over the past two years.

You might be wondering why she is leaving.  Well, now you know!  Last Saturday she and Jonathan were marreid.  He lives 12 hours from here and so although it was a joyous celebration,  it led to a sad good-bye.  We are so thankful that God is sovereign and we know that it is His timing that she go.  We also know that she will be a big blessing to the little church plant there in the town where they will be living. 

Monday, December 02, 2013

And there were added to the Body...

Igreja Batista Redenção (Redemption Bapist)
 gladly welcomed three people into the body last weekend.

 Three of our young people have professed Christ Jesus as their Savior. 
They desired to obey the Lord in Baptism,
 and declared publically their confidence in Christ's completed work on the Cross 
and His ressurrection from the dead.  

What a joy to hear their testimonies and witness their confidence in their Lord and Savior!
Please pray for these three that they would stand firm in the truths of God's Word.