Thursday, July 31, 2014

Wrapping up the Month

We had a very full and fun weekend!  
I wanted to spend a few minutes catching you all up...

On Saturday we welcomed some fellow missionaries for a visit.
Evandro and Erica are here in the south for a few more months and so they thoughtfully came down for one last visit before their move back to the north of Brazil where they are planting a church.  


 Not long after they arrived, we held our bi-monthly men's and women's bible studies.  
The ladies met at our house while the men met at our neighbor's house.   

After the study we met up for a soup buffet!  It was perfect for a cool evening.  

 Sunday morning we officially welcomed our new members into the body!
We praise the Lord for this family and the work that He is doing in and through them.


 Sunday night we had our first missionary presentaion as Evandro shared about their ministry in the north.  We pray that this is the first of many missionaries to share with our church.
 We also had the priviledge of celebrating Dn. Lore's 75th birthday. 
I think she was overwhelmed with the church's response to her and the love they poured out on her.
We praise the Lord for her.  She has a hunger for the Word of God and studies constantly.
She is leading a weekly bible study with her unsaved neighbors and is boldly confronting the lies of satan.  She is fighting to trust God daily to meet her needs physically and spiritually.  
We are so thankful to have her here at IBR!
 After the service we celebrated all the July birthdays. 
 Usually Dn. Lore organizes these but we gave her the month off so she could enjoy the festivities. 
 Monday morning we headed off for a day of fishing.  Daniel spent some time on Nathaniel duty...
This entailed keeping Nathaniel out of the water and distracting him with little treasures in the sand!  
He did a great job.
 James and Evandro spent a good amount of time getting the kids fishing gear set up...
But did eventually find time to fish themselves.

Even the girls had fun with Lana's little pole!

 Jeremiah was super excited to fish and actually caught 4 blow fish!  
You can't eat blow fish but they sure are fun to catch and then kick back into the water all blown up like balloons!
 James had the catch of the day, landing the the biggest fish he has caught since we moved here.  We brought it home and grilled it up!  YUMMY!!!!    We are sure proud of our fisherman!
As I said, it was full but fun weekend.  
 Tuesday our friends went back to Curitiba and took Daniel with them
 so he could visit his grandparents.  
 So, we are down to only two kids and our home does feel empty! 
We are so thankful for the encouragment of having Evandro and Erica with us for a few days.  
God does know our needs and always meets them!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

We've Got LAND!!!!!

 Today we met at our new piece of property to Praise God for His abundant blessing to us.  
After several months of waiting the purchase of the land was finalized and we have the title in our hands!    Our deacons and James are meeting tomorrow night to put together a plan for the building that they will bring before the church at a business meeting next Sunday.  Pray for us to be of one mind as we plan out the building. 

 What a blessing to hear our people pray and praise God for His goodness to us.  

At the end of our time at the property one of the men shared how God had laid it on his heart to donate an electronic piano to the church.  (Our keyboard was recently stolen).  
We continue to be in awe of God's provision for our every need!  
Continue to pray for us here at Redemption Baptist that we would 
be lights in this place that God has given us. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Missionary Culture

We are American Missionaries living in Brazil.
Our lives are full of constant contrasts and divided affections

We wanted Brazil to win the World Cup
We wanted America to do well

 On the way to our 4th of July celebration with some fellow missionaries we stopped to buy Brazil flags to put on the side mirrors of our car. 
 We get to Grandma's house and make US flags out of Playdough, 4th of July sugar cookies and
 US colored jello.
 Over breakfast we hear a report from Daniel on American History.

We put on our most Red, White and Blue clothes, (All our Old Navy Flag shirts have grown too small:) and head off to our 4th of July cook-out with Hot dogs and Hamburgers and baked beans. 

But at 5 o'clock Brazil is playing so we quickly switch to our Blue, Green and Yellow clothes and cheer for Brazil.  Finishing off the night with a Brazilian style cook out!

Missionaries have a culture all their own.  Their home country is always in their hearts but while they are gone that culture grows and changes without them and they are left feeling out of place or like they don't quite fit in like they used to.   Their ministry country is in their hearts as well but no matter how hard they try they will never quite fit in there either.  One of the greatest lessons I have learned as a missionary is that we are Strangers and Foreigners...PILGRIMS in this land.  And the longing that I have for a home is really a longing for heaven. 

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Just a quick update

I wanted to give you a quick update on what we are up to here in wintry, Santa Catarina Brazil.

 We have enjoyed reading through the book of Mark with this dear lady. 
 Pray with us that God would complete the good work He has begun in her.
We have begun a new discipleship study with our people on Wednesday nights and Friday nights going through the book, How People Change by Paul Tripp.
Pray with us that God would change us; that we would be transformed more into his image in order to show forth is glory in our lives. 

 Two of our young men have started taking guitar lessons from one of older teens.
(Training up future music leaders!!)
 New member class!
 Great Gospel opportunities with the children in our Children's Church.
This older girl has been in and out of our lives for 5 years now.  Sunday night I got to share again the only true way of Salvation.  She shared with me that she had recently done a bible study with the Jehovah's Witnesses.  We are praying that her eyes would be opened to salvation by Grace through faith ALONE!
 We praise God for our thriving children's ministry...
 For a bustling nursery...
 And the opportunity to celebrate the June birthdays!
Last night we completed a 4-week Bible study that focuses on the Gospel and how we can be saved.    Please pray for this couple, that the seed that was sown, would bear fruit for the glory of God!