Monday, June 29, 2015

Women of the Word

The women at Redemption Baptist are just finishing up an excellent study called 

It just came out in Portuguese this year and we were so excited to use this resource to equip our women in how the study the Bible inductively.

As we went through the book, we put the steps into practice in our personal devotions.  Half of the class we spent studying the book and half the class was spent discussing what we were learning from the Word.  We began by studying the book of Jude.  In each class I would give the ladies their homework for the week, (steps taken from the book) and then in our next class we would discuss what we learned in Jude.  After finishing up Jude we decided to start on James.  

By the time we got to Chapter 8 in the book where she does a sample study in James, we were excited to see we were right on track.  The book is done but the Ladies of IBR are just getting started.  We are studying and digging into the Word like never before.  
More than just filling our heads with knowledge, we are informing our hearts and our minds.  We are being transformed as we come to know our God more intimately.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Pastor Appreciation Day

Sunday was Dia do Pastor here in Brazil.  
(Pastor's day)

Our church here is precious to us.  We are often amazed by the evidences of Grace in their lives. To be part of a church body where people are learning to live humbly, repenting of sin, seeking the Lord, and loving generously is an untold blessing. 

James would be the first to tell you that he is not a perfect pastor but he really wants to see his people and himself come to know and love God more.  We praise God for his mercy extended to us daily and the we thank him for entrusting us with these precious brothers and sisters.  

 Last night during the service we were presented with these really cool gifts in honor of Pastor appreciation day!  
Thank you God for your generosity to us through the people at IBR. 
We really do feel appreciated! 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Happy Valentines Day from Brazil

Friday was Valentines day here in Brazil.  
It is celebrated very differently from what is done in the US.  
Here in Brazil it only for couples, dating or married, children don't participate.  
So our church had a special couples dinner, hosted by the young people!

 Our special menu for the night was chili!  Now chili is not traditionally used seasoning so it was a bit of risk.  But one of our women loves to cook and she had a great recipe.  As you can see from the picture, we cleaned up the chili, so I guess it was a hit!    
 We had a study from the Word and at time of games led by the teens.  It was a great night of fellowship and lots of laughter.  One of the games was hearing the stories of how our husbands proposed to us.  It was lots of fun guessing who's story it was!  
 Happy valentines day from us down here in Brazil. 

And by the way, me and my valentine just celebrated 17 years of marriage this month!