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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

We're Mobile Again

Our house church went to their house a couple of weeks ago to help them celebrate the one year anniversary of the signing the papers on this house. What an incredible blessing for them, and for their church family, to see the way God moved to make it possible for them to buy a house. It was an impossibility with man but we all saw the way God worked in His way and His timing. It was only through Him that it was possible.

Our teammates, Sascha and Jennifer Terry, were there as well. Because Claudio and Rute's house is in a suburb of Porto Alegre, 30-40 minutes away, the Terrys have been consistently going to Claudio and Rute's house weekly to worship with and encourage them. The Terrys then come home and are part of another house church that meets in their home in the afternoon.

The Sunday we shared together was truly a celebration. Claudio works all night on Saturday night but still takes part in house church on Sunday morning. I honestly don't know how he does all he does. He is on a bus 4 hours a day, 6 days a week, and works 8-10 hours per day. His only off day is Sunday but he faithfully opens his house and celebrates worshipping God with his family.

We had a great time at their house.

We enjoyed a time of praise together and we then shared a meal.
Benay and Claudio.

The kids had a great time hanging out. Garrett brought two of his classmates to experience house church.

Rute, Rosana and Benay.Me and Jennifer. This verse from Joshua 24:15 says it all about the way they live and the way they use their house.
Claudio, Rute and their girls were literally some of the first people we met 6 years ago when we moved here. We lived in the same apartment building for almost 2 years. They reached out to us and cared for us. Their girls are all about the same age as our girls. God blessed us in allowing us to see them get married and baptized on the same day as well as seeing one of their girls give her life to Christ. We have been blessed to have them in our lives. Please pray for them to continue to be a light in their new neighborhood and that God will bring many people to the church that meets in their house.

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