Our kid’s club is back up and running full speed. As in the States, things slow down over the summer months. Vacation is over, and the kids are coming back to our Saturday morning kids program. This is exciting as the people Wayne has trained over the past few years are moving full steam ahead without him. We still provide funding for transportation of teams that operate the kids club. Wayne still has a hand in some aspects of the ministry but this is small. Pray for our the kids club on Saturday mornings.
In the small group that meets Wednesday night, we love to tell the stories of the Bible. It is a fun time, and it the involves the entire group. There is no sermon, but the Bible Story we tell is the focus of the church service. There is singing and praying, but we talk about the story and have a game the revolves around one aspect of the story.
The game this week was a charade, where we used terms from the story. A box was passed around with slips of paper. Each person acted out the word that came from the story. It was a good time with the story being reinforced. Pray for our Wednesday night group.
This is a picture of the men that make up the leadership of our church plant. This group of men meets Monday night for Bible Study on the topic of church leadership. We have also dedicated as a group to use Friday night as our outreach night. The men will break up into teams and make visits to houses telling the Stories of Jesus.
Last night we started developing a names list of people to begin praying about. I need you to pray for these men as they step into a new ministry role, reaching the lost for Christ. Pray that the Holy Spirit will prompt them as to who to put on their list to pray about.
For me, it is quite sad that Ellen did not return to Brazil as expected. Ellen was attending a conference in Dayton, Ohio where she was a keynote speaker in a workshop presentation. Everything went very well. She had over twenty people attend her workshop. Along with the workshop, she is working on a Bible Storytelling Certification Program. She has been working on this for the past year.
It was near the end of her time there when she slipped on a freshly cleaned floor at the hotel where the conference was held. It was a hard and painful fall. The emergency room visit at the hospital evaluated her situation and decided that there were no broken bones. They also recommended that she see her physician if the pain continued. Tuesday she consulted with a doctor whom she knows. The news was not good. She does have a bruised bone along with a few joints that are no longer aligned. This means some meds to reduce the inflammation and physical therapy to re-align her body. Pray as we walk this new challenge.
The summer break is over for the kids here. July is vacation month, and August traditional brings the start of the new school year. Our first kid’s club was small but full of spirit. We have only one new kid; the rest are the same kids that have been with us sometime.
The leadership has changed since Wayne has been in the states. Three teams work together. Jeremias and Gena are from the Monkey Island church, and Pastor Luiz is from the city working with a Baptist church. Pray for these teams and the leadership of this ministry outreach.
As we settle back into the place, there is some work to be done. My office is down for a few days as we work on the elect systems. Wayne brought some equipment down from the States to help with our poor electricity. One of the problems with the remote location is that our power is not consistent.
At night our LED lights will flash like a disco-tech, only not in sync. It is difficult to live in a home where the electricity is up and down all day long. Somedays it is fine while others we turn the lights off and have it dimly lit. My office will be out of commission for a few days while we wire things up.
It is inspiring to return to the field this time and have all of the ministries still active as we spent time in the States for our USA ministries. There is a dynamic Bible Study of one type or another Monday through Friday and active kids clubs on the weekends. During our absence, we lost two of our kid’s club leaders, and some of the people in our small groups have drifted or moved off the island, but for the most part, the ministry has held. We are praising God for such a blessing. At the moment most of this ministry is a pause and will start up again in the second week of August. Pray that as we integrate back into these ministries they will grow with God’s blessings.
Ellen did not stay in Brazil long but has a conference to attend, The Network of Biblical Story Tellers Conference in Dayton, Ohio. The visit is all part of certification training she is participating in and requires her to teach a workshop at this convention. Nothing to do with the dog in the picture. The dog is just a new friend Ellen found in Alaska
As a side note, before we returned to Brazil, we took some vacation time and visited a few friends in Alaska. It was a nice vacation and an opportunity to meet some new friends that put us up while we took in some Alaskan Wild Life.
Ellen will fly back August 14, and she will not be returning alone. There is a young lady who is the daughter of one of our long-time supporters who has a desire to go on a mission trip. While we were making our USA ministry visits, she asked if she could participate in a team to visit us in Brazil. Now we do not have any groups planned for this year, but there is no reason she could not be a team of one person. A plan was conceived, and after many hours of planning and work, she will be returning with Ellen to spend two weeks working with Ellen in the women’s ministry on our island. Pray for this endeavor.
Ellen and I flew back to Brazil on the last days of June. It was just in time to attend our small group that meets Friday nights as they were closing out their semester for July vacation time.
The country closed down for July as everyone goes on vacation. By law employees are granted four weeks of vacation, they all take it in July. This means two things; the ministry here is on pause, and our island has been invaded by vacationers who are looking to get out of the city. It is this month of July cell phones, Internet and electricity all have problems.
All this means computers do not work, we can not send or receive phone calls or Internet chats and a few candlelight dinners. After being gone for six months, there is a lot of work to be done in unpacking the house and cleaning up things that have sat for a long time. Much of my electronic gear has failed as it sat in the humid climate without use. Wayne turned it on, and it just goes puff. That magic white smoke is let out.
No problem because there is a World Cup Soccer Competition to watch with our Brazilian friends. The World Cup Games are important here and give us the opportunity to rekindle relationships that have waned over time. It is an opportunity to sit with our new believers and visit with them for the two-hour event. Pray as we re-integrate into our life here.
Please pray for Jeremias this weekend as he serves the Lord as our Kid’s Club leader. He is also our boat driver who moves teams and kids around the different islands. He is one of the many volunteers that make the river ministry we have developed work. He has a family of his own and brings his kids along to participate in the ministry. It is common that he will have his son tell the Biblle story to kids at story time. It is exciting to us that our Lord has brought men like Jeremias for us to work with.