After 3 weeks of not being able to do the Saturday children's class because of weather and other reasons, we were finally able to do it again yesterday! The weather was mild and we had several kids, although not quite as many as the previous times.
The new banner sign in front of the house, made especially for the class.
Well-behaved and good listeners!
These actions songs wear me out faster than they used to!
This afternoon (Sunday) a class was done in another different location, about 2 miles away from the other one. Here 3 of the Bible College students are helping out.
Another student sits with the few children who came.
CONJOB is the organized group of young people from Curitiba's area Baptist churches. About 90-100 people, the large majority of which were these young people, met today at the Bible College for an all-day event. There was a service during the morning at which Missionary Ed Alexander spoke, a lunch together, then a few hours of fun and games. In spite of the drizzly day, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves...something which young people are good at doing!
The Bible College chapel building was used for this event.
Our "Eight Singing Men" (mini-chorale) provided the special music. Beautiful!
You can hear them here: http://edbrazil.blogspot.com/2010_05_04_archive.html (scroll down to "Clips do Octeto")
We set up the Lojinha (little store) to have goodies available to buy. These are my assistants-Kátia, Barbara and Gledson.
These are the 4 Bible College students who help at Victory Baptist. Bruno, Adriano and Diego are freshmen and Débora is a sophmore.
Last month we began going every 3rd Sunday night to a sister church, Faith in Christ Baptist on the other side of town. It takes about 45 minutes to get there.
Some special music was presented last night, a children's flute "orchestra". A couple of young people head it up and also join them, playing a flute and violin. Very pretty music!
(Sorry about the dark pictures. My camera doesn't do well at taking low-light ones.)
I just HAVE to post a picture of this cute baby, Jennifer, that was there with her mother who is a new Christian of just a few months. So...I guess they are both babes.
Oh, and please, I also must post this photo of an iris. It surprised me with its appearance in my front yard yesterday morning. SO beautiful!
Our daughter, Sharon, and her family arrived here late Sunday afternoon and stayed for almost 3 days. It was a lovely Mother's day gift for me, a blessing from the Lord, a bright spot in the middle of some busy days. It isn't every missionary that gets to have a daughter, son-in-law and 2 grandchildren nearby! Although they live 4 hours to the south of us, that's pretty close in comparison to our other children who live on another continent and thousands of miles away! This is just part of missionary life.
Since the weather stayed cold the whole time they were here, we enjoyed sitting by the fireplace a few times to enjoy its warmth as well as the warmth of fellowship and sharing. Yum, sharing included eating donuts that Sharon made one evening!
Here's little Juliana who turned 2 months old while she was here. The cold weather motivated mommy Sharon to go out and buy her a new winter cap...
I was awakened early this morning at 6 a.m. by bombs. Firecracker bombs, that is-being set off by our "neighborhood church" only 2 blocks away. Today is their anniversary so they want to make sure everyone wakes up, I guess, to celebrate it...whether they belong to that church or not, whether they are elderly, sick or babies...who might be needing to sleep a bit more.
It's very sad to see how their emphasis is on "the here and now", as someone aptly described. Entertainment, parties, bingo, selling things...alot of emphasis on making money, it seems, with little emphasis on the spiritual and what is truly important. For example, knowing where they will spend eternity...
These ladies are carrying boxes with images of various forms of Mary. Someone on each street in the neighborhood is responsible for one of these. It will be kept at their house and a little "novena" (service) will be held each week during this "month of Mary".
Perhaps only a rude awakening is what it will take for them to desire to know the truths of God's Word. Pray for us as we try to spread the Gospel here where this religion prevails.
We are SO thankful for the Lord's protection. Our car could very well have exploded or caught on fire as it did one time a few years ago. The car has been "fixed" for 4 days but we had been detecting a smell of gas off and on since then. Only today did Johnny discover that there was a serious leak of the gas up under the hood! The tightening up of a loose screw resolved the problem...we hope!
(For the other half of this story, see this.
This is Victory Baptist Church (on a foggy Sunday morning) where we are helping missionaries Ed and Jan Alexander (will post their photos later). We are enjoying getting to know this church and are also liking the fact that it only takes 5 minutes to get there!
"Captain Guto" stepped in for Johnny today and taught the Sunday School lesson since Johnny's voice was about to give out! We are thankful to have such a fine group of people to work with and minister to.
Here is Adelson and Noeli and their 2 children, Raquel and Mateus. They ride to and from church at least 3 times a week on their bicycles. They live about 5 miles away. It is at their house that we have the Saturday afternoon children's class.
Our foggy street.
We woke this morning to heavy fog outside, with visibility of only one block away. The warm days followed by the cold nights bring about this common weather event. But we both kind of like it, it has a cozy, quiet feel to it...
However, we had a good day at church, the sky cleared up beautifully and we were blessed with lots of sunshine. Look at this lovely flower against the clear blue sky! The Lord is good to bless us so.
Our backyard turning into a pool.
PINHAIS-For the 4th day in a row we have been having rain. That's RAIN, as in, pouring cats and dogs, if you know what I mean. After eleven days with zero rain-which, for this area, spells drought-all of a sudden during 3 days we had at least 7 inches of the good, wet stuff poured on us. That's not counting today so I'm imagining that another inch was added. (4/27-Make that 2.7 in!)...(4/28-We got a total of a10 in. by the time the rain stopped!)
Rain often means electrical storms and we have had those several times during these 4 days, including during the night, startling us to the point of making us jump up in our bed!
Many areas of the city and outlying areas have been flooded and this has affected the lives of some members of our area churches. We have heard reports of water being waist-deep in their homes so we know that alot of damage has been done.
However, the farmers are happy...and so are the plants in our yard. The rain seems to act like green paint for the grass and a strong cup of coffee for the other plants as they lift their little perky heads from the depths of despair.