Gary and I arrived on December 17th and have not slowed down since arriving. Kevin and Benay did not let the children know we were coming and it was wonderful seeing them so surprised and happy to see us (see December 25th blog). I wonder why it is so easy for our grandchildren’s happy smile to bring tears. Gary did the devotional one week during house church, with Ansley being the translator.Last week Bronwyn interpreted for a gentleman that was here from Huntsville that is originally from South Africa. It is wonderful seeing our grandchildren and the way they are also missionaries. We spent this week with everyone, all of their team and a lot of missionaries from South America, for a retreat. This was a blessing for us and fun to meet everyone. We will be leaving for home next week but I am trying not to think about it, at least for a few more days. I wish everyone who has a part of this work could come and see how God is blessing this work with the help of your prayers and support.
We originally planned to stay the extended period of time so we could look after the children while Kevin and Benay attended the missionary conference. We were blessed that it turned out the children went and so we went as well. Seeing all the families dedicated to serving the people of South America with the gospel was, for us, a great experience. We also had an opportunity to listen to men and women well schooled in the scriptures, sharing their knowledge of the Lord’s word with all of us.Our visits remind us to be appreciative for all of you who make it possible for our children and grandchildren to be involved in this work with your money, prayers and words of encouragement. It is very inspiring to see the faces of the Brazilians we have heard about and read about who have also committed their lives to serving our Savior. Please pray for Kevin, Benay, Bronwyn, Ansley, Garrett, Carys, and Anderson that they will be kept safe, healthy and empowered to serve the people of Porto Alegre in His name.
And pray that their grandmother will be able to make it to the airport on the 20th without crying too much.