Saturday, January 30, 2010
First is Jesse and Kacy. Here they are with their two boys.They are some of our best buddies from the states. They are also an amazing part of our ministry and our lives. How God brought our families together is really cool. That's a blog for another day.
Jesse leaves today for Haiti. He is part of a group that is going (for a week) to help an orphanage.
Please pray for his, and the group's, safety and that as they help, in any way possible, that they can share, show and be the love of Christ to every person they come in contact with.
We also would ask for prayers for my cousin Andy and his wife Jeanne. Wish I had a current picture of these guys so you could put a face with your prayers but I don't have one. They too have been an incredible part of this ministry. They have been with our family from the first day we felt a calling to come to Brasil. We feel very close to them even though we don't get to see them very much. I could also do a blog about them and how God has intertwined our lives over the years and through thousands of miles. Another blog for another day.
For the last few years they have been sponsoring a couple of kids at an orphanage in Haiti. The kids' names are James and Pharah.
We emailed them after the earthquake hit and found out that both of the kids were fine.
After years of praying and asking God if adopting them would be the right thing to do, God gave, through this disaster, a confirmation to both of them that they needed to adopt James and Pharah. God has given them peace about this big decision.
Because of the way things are happening right now it looks like this process will be greatly speeded up and there is a possibility that the kids can by with Andy and Jeanne within a few weeks.
Yesterday Jeanne sent out an email that shared what the day to day life is like for James and Pharah. She said, "Andy and I have been grieving the losses in Haiti. The World Relief building we went to each visit was destroyed...but the Morquette's home and the orphanage and new hospital had little damage. James and Pharah are ok...but the hospital is on the property and the children are being exposed to horrific scenes as so many injured flow in the hospital and the overflow is being treated outside in plain view of the kids."
We ask that you pray that all the paperwork for the adoption can be speeded up and that James and Pharah can be in their new, loving, Christian home soon. No child needs to see the things they are seeing on a daily basis.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Giovanni sure is enjoying his new buddies.
So far so good. Benay and I are hoping that this new maturity and responsibility with the three new dog owners will be the norm and not just a "we want a new dog phase".
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Okay, all the above was a lie. Joyce actually had the nerve to tell me that the only time she didn't read the blog was when I posted soccer videos. Can you imagine? Doesn't like soccer? Unbelievable. This video is still for her.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
You may remember a couple of posts we did about a year ago about a sister who is part of the house church that meets in our house. Her sister died, and we shared how this house church ministered to her during that time. Her name is Leni. If you never read those posts then you can check them out here and here.
We have known Leni for a few years. She and her son Jorge have been a part of the house church that meets in our house now for a couple of years.
She is a special sister in Christ and it's been amazing to see how much she has grown spiritually over the last few years.
Leni and house church are a great fit. She is really using her gifts for the Lord and seems to have really blossomed in her faith since we left the more traditional church type setting. God is using her to grow His kingdom here in Porto Alegre. We feel blessed to have her and her son in our lives. They both continue to grow in their faith.
They are also a lot of fun to be around. Many Sundays they stay in our house well after house church is over. They eat lunch with us, hang out and even take naps here. Well, Jorge takes naps here.