So here we go. This will be my attempt to reactivate this blog, if you’re reading this and you find this exciting news, give me a shout out of encouragement! Please!
First, to my defense, let me just say I am now 7 months pregnant of our third child. This one is a girl! We can’t wait to meet here in less than 2 months!
November 20th was a huge day for me as I graduated from a 3 month intensive Bible study course which YWAM offers, and now is happening in our base thanks to volunteers from Mario's Bible school which he did in Curitiba. Three people came to plant the school here in Goiania and I had the privilege of being part of the first group of students. It is a condensed version of the 10 month school Mario did, but that makes it actually more intense because besides studying 12 books we also had to read the entire Bible during the 3 months! At one point I thought I was not going to make it, being pregnant and having to sit and study most of the day, I began having a severe pain in my lower back, which I thought was sciatic nerve, but turned out to be a problem with my hip joint. The walk from our house to the classroom seemed at times impossible, but I made it and with time and a couple sessions of physical therapy, the pain subsided and I was able to finish! It was a victory in many ways for me and so important for my spiritual renovation! There is no better way to reignite the spiritual flame in our hearts and time in the word!
I am so thankful for my husband who had to work extra hard to keep up with our kids while still managing everything on the base.
We feel we are somehow doing our part by having the Bible course here in our base, which now will happen at least once a year! But we are still praying for we can maximize our efforts both as a family and as a mission.
Mario also held one of the workshops available during the conference where he spoke about our work with drug-addiction recovery and our after-school program for children at risk. The workshop was a success and many people saw the value and great need for this ministry and hope to begin their own efforts in this work in their countries (sorry, no pictures of the workshop available).
So since I mentioned our work here in Goiania, here are some pictures of our ongoing ministry here:
Bible Study time...
With many conversions and re-dedications we also have baptisms every semester. The young man doing the baptism, Roney, was a former drug addict many years ago. Today he and his family (with two kids) serve with us as missionaries. Roney was actually one of the tutors for the Bible school I did and helped tutor me in the word. That's the kind of transforming God we serve! Detail, his 5 year old daughter is Lucas' best friend!
DTS (Discipleship Training School). This semeser the students are doing their outreach in Chile and Uruguai. Two of the students recovered from drugs with us and are completing the school!
Every semester we have a camp where the entire base stops for a weekend of competitions and events ending in a service and sharing communion.Womens breakfast
Besides that I am responsible for the guest house and Mario also preaches in conferences and churches many times a semester.
Daniel (Danny) also started to go to day care in October. I thought it would be hard on him since he is so attached to me, but he surprised us with a very quick adaptation. I guess they are just ready before us!
It’s hard to see him gone most of the day, but he is loving it and has already made some buddies there and it sure is a nice break for me so I can get some other things done (like this blog) and prepare for our little Evelyn.
Life on a farm is surely part of their schooling!
Huge flying insect (beetle?) with a beautiful shinny green shell...
Hopefully that gives you a little feeling of what our ministry involves on a day to day basis. We are always busy and on the go, although sometimes things can get overwhelming and we are often tired, we are so grateful to be able to be a part of all this and be used to expand the kingdom of God and see lives transformed as we are also transformed!