It began at midnight, right? After a service at church which finished around 10 p.m., Johnny and I went to a high spot nearby to see the fireworks "down below". Photos do not do justice to such a scene of having fireworks going off in front of, behind and beside us. I was a tad worried about the latter one...
Back home for a good 6 hours of sleep and then we joined some others at the house of one of our church families, Jacir and Lia, who invited several people to their home for almoço (noon meal).
We were invited to go there at 11:00 but we didn't sit down to eat until about 2. However, while we waited we enjoyed the fellowship and conversation. Johnny was challenged to a game of xadréz (Chess) by Lucas, the hosts' son. Can you guess who won? :)
Okay, now we're pretty hungry after waiting around for 3 hours. Let's eat!
After almoço the young people played Monopoly or, in Portuguese, translated as "millionaire bank".
Here are the 6 ladies that were there, most of whom have been my friends for several years...Evelyn, Patrícia, Ana, Lica, Lia and Lucimara with yours truly. This photo and the next are from Patrícia's camera.
Around 4:00 Max & Patrícia and their 3 children went with us to hold a short service in the nursing home. Lucas & Evelyn accompanied with their flute and clarinet. The residents always appreciate the people we bring to sing, play instruments or give testimonies.
Ten-yr-old Ana cheered the residents with her smile. Not as many attended this service since we went at a different hour of the day than usual but we trust that His Word will not return void.
But our day isn't done yet! When we returned home we continued working on making some Bible reading schedules which we're making to give to the church folk. On Sunday (today) 40 of these were given. We do pray that they will be used to encourage an increased reading of the Bible this year.
Once again, Johnny used his paints to present the simple and beautiful message of the Gospel. Young or old always seem to enjoy this method! Bible College student Bruno, seated between these 2 ladies, went with us to help. It was in fact through him that we had the initial contact with this nursing home.
Pray for this new ministry which we plan on doing every 2 weeks. We know that not usually many results are seen with this age group but we cannot underestimate the power of His Word and Spirit!
"For the Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing assunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints nad marrow, and is a discerner of the thougts and intents of the heart."-Hebrews 4:12