Blessed is how we feel after this month. Sarah had a good visit with her family to see Judah, her sister’s new baby. The same morning I picked her up from the airport, I picked up Zach, a Liberty University missions student who is doing a 5 week internship with us. He has been a help for us, especially as we received a team of 11 from West Huntsville Baptist Church and Ashley Hancock, our new team member here in Arcoverde.
Ashley has transferred from São Paulo in South Brazil and will work with youth and women’s ministries in our church. She arrived with the missions team and helped out translating during the week. We are now helping her get settled here in her new home. Pray for her transition.
The missions team was a huge help in making contacts. The football team was excited to have an ex NFL player to coach them for the week. We just happened to have a training camp with another team from Recife and Hoss Johnson and Don Eade were able to coach them as well as speak into their lives spiritually. They showed their appreciation by showing up to our Sunday night Bible study where we had to rent the hotel auditorium to fit everyone. The team shared some testimonies and people showed up whom I never would have imagined and others who had promised to come for a long time. On Monday through Thursday the team taught VBS, ran football practices and ran a time of English conversation. All went better than expected and we made many new contacts.
I have had a couple conversations with Danilo, one of my English students, before and he has always been closed to anything with church. At the English conversation at night he cornered Scott, who does teaching on dinosaurs all over the world and wanted to ask him questions about dinosaurs. Danilo had always believed all the teaching on evolution done in the schools and had never heard how dinosaurs lived with man. He went away with a new perspective on dinosaurs and the church!
Marcelo has had some relationship problems and sought out the football coaches for advice. He ended up going to anything he could while the group was here and showed up for our Sunday and Wednesday night Bible studies (where Sunday we more than doubled what we normally have).
In October we will start a 4 month furlough. We have a conference with ABWE in Orlando from October 19-25, so we decided it would be beneficial to go home for a few months to see our families and so later we aren’t gone for a year from Brazil. If you are a supporting church and would like us to visit, speak now or forever hold your peace. Well, at least speak soon… So far our plans are to arrive October 12 (in the Chattanooga area where we will be based during those few months), go to the conference in Orlando, be with my family during Thanksgiving week and Sarah’s family during Christmas and then head up to Michigan for New Year’s. (And of course plans change sometimes).
Much love to you all! All for HIS glory,
David, Sarah, my motivated 1st grader who is into crafts and helping out, and my energetic little bunny that enjoys going for walks, playing in mud and making messes. (clicking on the link will take you to yesterday's photo shoot with the girls