June started with football camp. We had a great time and I wrote in detail about it here along with talking about the following week when we had Jonathan and Michelle Watson here helping out. We had a great couple of weeks!
After resting a couple days…. we got back to some rhythm here in Arcoverde. I always enjoy working on the construction site, although it is only a few hours a week. It is really coming along! God continues to provide funds. In May there was a matching gift where 1200 dollars came in. Another church gave a couple thousand dollars and the mission team over 1000. In the last few days we prayed a little harder as funds were running low again and then another gift came in to keep us going! God seems to provide at just the right time. Although we would love a huge gift where we really know we will have what we need for the whole project, we know that this is helping us continue to trust God and see His constant provision.
Today Sarah started a three day cheerleading clinic during the afternoon for 6-8 year old girls. She has spent a lot of time organizing and researching to put on this event and now it is coming all together. Evelyn had a great time with her friends and there have been several outreach benefits already through this ministry! Add this to the list of things we did not think we would be doing on the mission field!
For a while I have thought and looked into getting my master’s degree. I always seem to come up with an excuse. Recently a program was brought to my attention that peaked my interest. I looked a little deeper into it and it looks like I can get a Master’s in Organizational Leadership all online as I work on the Servant Leader’s project in Portuguese. This would be great as it would both keep me motivated in developing Servant Leaders as well as accomplish another purpose educationally. Pray for wisdom as I look into details.
This month has started the winter season here and has brought big temperature changes during the day. We have all fought some sort of cold/bacteria/allergies. Please pray that we would be able to stay healthy!
We did have a football game this month and lost a close one. The team has improved so much though. We have now contracted two Americans to play for us. One ex-military guy named Quintin played at the University of Tulsa and the other, Tyler played D3 college ball at Northwestern in Minnesota. Tyler will help with the church as well. But I hope to be able to invest in the lives of both these guys as they are here helping our team out! They both seem like solid guys and I am excited about having them arrive July 14.
Our Sunday nights continue to be a blessing. We seem to have good groups and to have gained some families that are more faithful. Tonight I will be giving a lecture on leadership to the football team before practice. We are also going through “Proactive Parenting” material with some couples. Also we are looking to travel more often to see Chico and Bia in Tupanatinga (50 minutes away) and do Bible studies there.
Thanks so much for your sustaining prayers! God bless!
All for HIS glory,
David, Sarah (my birthday girl this month!), my cute little loud cheerleader Evelyn, and our energetic cat loving(we are on our second cat after the first one disappeared) Anna Claire