Monday, March 31, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
So, last weekend we enjoyed spending time together remembering Christ's suffering and the victory he gave us through his resurrection. We had a really good time together.
There were 70 people that were part of the weekend. There were families from 6 different house churches that participated. Around 10 of those that participated were either visitors and/or people who aren't yet Christians. God really blessed our time together.
We enjoyed our times of fellowship together........
.....as well as studying and learning biblical truths together.
We encouraged each other (this is one of my favorite pictures because it is one Christian and two not yet Christian men praying together on our first night).................and of course we had fun (these are the teenage boys allowing Anderson to get in the soccer circle with them).Garrett and one of his best buddies Kjeld (pronounced Kel-jee). On Sunday we praised God together at sunrise. We wanted to worship together around the pool but it was raining so we stuffed almost 70 people in this little gazebo. Everyone enjoyed our time together as we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus.We had a great weekend. I think the highlight is that one young man gave his life to Christ and wants to be baptized in the near future. We will blog about him soon. He is an amazing guy.
Too many good things happened during this retreat. We could never do them justice by trying to write about and show each photo. So, we've made this slide show from photos taken last weekend.
It was a good, but tiring weekend.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
He then started telling me that Bronwyn had given a speech that day after she received the official transfer of power in her presidency. Pretty cool stuff. Since she would never tell you anything about this we decided to toot her horn for her.
Her school's website (it won't mean much to you but you can see it here) had an article about her day last week and here's what it said:
A presidente da atual gestão, Bronwyn Blume, demonstrou otimismo no discurso de posse. “Esperamos que este seja um ano bem produtivo e que nossa equipe consiga superar todas as expectativas”, comentou a estudante do 3º ano. Para 2008, Bronwyn destaca como principais projetos os eventos musicais Bio in Concert e Brasil em Cena, além de gincanas e atividades de voluntariado.
Okay, we'll translate:
This year's president, Bronwyn Blume, demonstrated optimism in her speech to the group. "We hope that that this year will be really productive and that our group will be able to do exceed all expectations," said the senior student. For 2008, Bronwyn highlighted as prinicipal projects the musical events Bio in Concert and Brasil em Cena, as well as carnivals and volunteer activities.
This is Bronwyn with Jussara (the director of the entire school....she's in the middle) and Angela (who is the prinicipal of the High School) as they commemorate the "transfer of power" (sounds cool) for the new president.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Here is our group heading out to the game:I'm sure you are wondering "Where is Carys?" About 1 minute before this picture was taken of us leaving the house for the game, she informed us that she was too tired to go. We still went anyway and had a great time.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
We invited another house church to join us. As we got closer to the day, some people were unable to go because of different reasons. That is another cool thing about house church, we can encourage the people that come to our house to go and visit another house church. One thing God has taught us since we moved here is that His quality is always more important than our quantity. We (humans) want to base success on "how many" people there were at any given "church" event. God is radically turning our world upside down on what is and is not important in how He wants to grow His family.
We still ended up with 4 cars in the caravan (one was our bus and it was full with 12 people) and had a great time together. Three of Bronwyn's high school friends (who haven't yet claimed Christ as Savior) came with us as well as three adults who also haven't yet given their lives to Jesus. It was really an exciting time to "be church" to these people.
We are so proud! We are praying there is a college who will give a full scholarship for something like this. She's very gifted. After we worshipped and praised God together, we kept the theme going as we went out and played in His playground together.
We swam through waterfalls. We sat under waterfalls.We walked on waterfalls.
We also had the crouching spider jump by Carys. We had dads(João) who jumped off the big rock with their sons (Joca)......... .....and dads (Garigran) who took the plunge off the smaller rocks with their sons(Arthur). Throughout the day we took a break from fast paced city life and enjoyed what God has put around us for us to enjoy.............. ......and those He has given us to enjoy it with.During the day two people had bouts with sickness and there was a car that briefly broke down on the way home but we let nothing deter us from praising God as a family. Sometimes we just have to be intentional in making time for the good things and good people He has already surrounded us with.