It’s been a busy two weeks! Thank goodness! We love being busy. We’re so happy to have a building and ready to labor in this city! Our new church building needed some walls to come down and that made it filthy with dust everywhere! I think we swept 10 times before finally mopping…. 4 times! The Brazilians thought we were weird because we didn’t hire anybody to paint and clean for us but as most of you pioneer’s know, if we can do it ourselves… We will! I love the end result but much still needs to be decorated so I’ll post some prettier pics later.
As soon as the workers were out of the way the kids and I went to help paint, clean, etc. They were a great help and they were happy to work especially if it meant a day off from school.
We had a good time together. Each day we’d break and have lunch at a small restaurant up the street. We’d walk up, up, up hill to the restaurant that would serve you a massive plate for only R$9 (US$4)! Then back down the street to get back to work.
Here’s a pic of our massive lunch! It’s delicious too! Jason didn’t like the way all the food was piled on top of each other. Rice is a side dish with everything here, even spaghetti but I’m used to it now.
We had our first church service this past Sunday. We had a great time. The kids woke up running through the apartment yelling, “Today’s our first service! I’m so happy! We’re gonna have SO many people in church!” Amen to that! Lol! I’m glad our kids love pioneering. They really do. Julia asked us just last week if we could pioneer forever.
After our service Jason grabbed some flyers to go pass them out outside the church because, “more people need to come!” He convicted the guys that were there and they all grabbed flyers and said they’re going to bring people. The kids don’t realize that God is using their lives even though they’re only 12 & 9. I’m very proud of them.
This Sunday is our first revival so we got to outreaching! It’s a lot different outreaching here than South Texas. Everything is gated in with lots of security. We can’t put flyers on doors so we ring the bell until someone comes or leave a flyer in the mail slot. However, there’s so many people in this city it’s easy to find a crowd. Help us pray for visitors!
This is Roberta, I just love her! She so sweet and helpful. We gave her some flyers and I think we learned from watching her how to get people out of their homes and gates so we can personally invite them to church. We’re praying her family comes to the revival.
Afterwards we went to her mom’s and she always has coffee and food for us to snack on. Brazilians are very hospitable.
Keep Brazil in your prayers! The land is ready for the true gospel. Today I was reading Matthew and this made me think of Brazil. Read the part in the blue box.
We see a lot of that here. People want to feel religious but without being committed. They seek crowds and not authentic conversion. The newest thing, instead of the true gospel. However, they’re hungry for the truth. They just need direction and gospel preaching. So hear we are… Ready and set to go!
Thank you to McAllen and everyone who emails, keeps in touch and sends encouraging messages! We feel your prayers and Brazil will be won because of them! Agradecemos a você!!!
On a side note: I’m learning Portuguese well and fast! Total immersion is the way to go! Haha!