"Preach the gospel at all times; if necessary, use words." Saint Francis of Assisi

Monday, July 25, 2011

God Roll

You know when you can sense, I mean really sense, God doing some amazing things around you? Like He's on an awesome roll?

Okay, I know that God is always on a roll and He's just waiting for us to see where He is working and join Him. He's waiting for us to join Him and roll with Him. But he's definitely been on a pretty cool roll lately here in Porto Alegre.

A couple of weeks ago my girlfriend did a blog about a new house church in Leni's sister's house. You can read about it here. 

Last week we did a blog about a couple of new house churches that are getting started from the house church that meets in our house. If you didn't read about that then you can just scroll down one post to read it. More very cool God stuff. 

Yesterday God blew us away again. 

Leni couldn't go to her sister's house so she asked if we would be able to go. So Benay, Giovanni and myself went there to do whatever God asked us to do. We had no idea what was going to happen or what it was going to look like. We are trying to be more and more open and less and less "planned" when we are church with a group of people. 

Our time with Leni's sister couldn't have been more of a blessing to us. 

We showed up and Isa (Leni's sister) and her husband Marcelo were waiting for us. There was also another couple (José and Ines) who were there. We spent some time sharing and reading from God's word and it was awesome. In the middle of our study another couple showed up. There names were Americo and Nara. We finished our time together with a prayer. 

They joyfully invited us to stay for lunch. Unfortunately we weren't able to stay but we will definitely be going back and plan on sharing a meal together. Benay overheard Americo telling Isa that we need to be added to their couples suppers. We are looking forward to spending more time together with our new friends and seeing what God wants to do with this new group. 

You might have noticed that I only mentioned Giovanni going with us yesterday. Why? Because the rest of our kids along with our summer/winter interns (Stephen/Weston) went back to Everton and Daiana's house. 

They also had a great time, had a good worship time together and Stephen even blessed them with some much needed groceries. Family taking care of family in all ways. 

Later Bronwyn told Benay that Daiana asked us to come back to go and have a worship time together with their neighbors who used to be a part of God's family but have since moved away from God and His people. 

The stuff that is going on reminds me of the last few verses of Acts 2: "And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved."

Keep praying for us and for our church family to stay strong and continue moving on wherever and to whomever God leads us. 

And He keeps rolling on in Porto Alegre. 

24 comments:

Laura Ratliff said...

Isn't God good? I'm helping teach the women's class at church this summer and my lesson tonight centers around this same passage from Acts! It is so fitting that I read this today. Keep the posts coming!

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