Thursday, February 26, 2015

Mid-week study on the south side of town

The greater Florianópolis area has been growing VERY fast since we moved here in 2009.
A southern suburb of the city, Palhoça, is the fastest growing city in the state, in part because its property values are lower than anywhere nearby.  In the past two years we have had two families from our church buy homes there and a new family that has been attending our church since January is living there as well.  Because of traffic problems these families cannot get to church on Wednesday evenings and so in February we began having a mid-week study there on Thursdays to minister to these families as well as reach into the community.

 We praise the Lord for an incredible group of people each Thursday night.  We have had between 8-11 adults participating in the study as well as 3 adolescents.  We have also had to have a nursery and a children´s class to serve the seven younger children who attend as well!

We recently met with a missionary couple from Rio Grande de Sul who are planning to move up here sometime this year.  Maybe they will be a part of planting a church in this growing city.  Who knows what God has in store for us here in the city of Palhoça but we are thankful to be able to have a Gospel witness here for now.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Blessings upon our arrival

As most of you know, we were blessed to travel to the states for a month over Christmas/Summer break.  I wanted to share some of the blessings of the Lord that we experienced. 

1 – We praise the Lord for three core families that committed to stay in town and care for the church while we traveled. 
·         They took care of the preaching, song leading, children’s church, nursery, weekly Bible studies and more!
·         They took care of the body.  One of our elderly women fell and broke her knee while we were gone.  They stepped up and cared for her needs both physical and spiritual.
·         They took care of taking our young people to camp (a trip of 3 ½ hours each way!)
·         They took care of our home.  One of our men stayed at our house for us, taking care of our dogs and fish, as well as just being a presence against thieves.

2.  Upon our arrival back at the airport, we were picked up by two of our men.  From there we experienced more blessings!
·         Our car was cleaned inside and out and smelled wonderful!
·         At home two of our women welcomed us with hugs!
o   They had cleaned our house from top to bottom, even the refrigerator!
o   Opened all the windows
o   Washed all the bedding
o   Lit candles to give a warm welcome

3.  Our first night back three families stopped by to greet and welcome us home.

4.  The next evening we heard singing in the street and looked out the window to find most of our church family standing in front of our house, singing a welcome and carrying food and drinks for a welcome reception!

We feel so blessed by the church family that God has given us!