Monday, November 11, 2013

For the sake of the Gospel

Our Family
We are so thankful to the Lord for the opportunity we have to serve Him.  I am reminded often how important it is to stop for a moment in our crazy schedules and remember that He chooses us to carry out His mission here on earth. That is such a humbling truth, when we think about how weak, fragile, and broken we are.  It also is such a joy to watch our children grow in their knowledge of the Lord Jesus, and to see them begin to affect those around them for the Gospel.  Anadia and Cora continue to do well in school, and Isabel and Soraia are also doing great at home. Cora is even beginning to correct us in our knowledge of the Portuguese language! Caryne is also doing well, and is impressively learning the language without any organized teaching.  Thank you for your continued prayer for our family.

Family Visit
My sister Jen and her youngest child Ivy just left today to return to the US.  They visited us for almost 2 weeks, and we had a great time.  Jen and her family have always been a great encouragement to us, and it was a true joy to have her with us for a little while.  We praise the Lord for the blessings He brings us through our families!

Pastor Antonio's Trip to the US
Pastor Antonio left for his annual trip to the US last Thursday.  His itinerary there includes visits with ministry partners, attending meetings at BILD International headquarters in Iowa, and conducting leadership workshops in several Portuguese-speaking churches.  Please pray that his time there will be fruitful, and for health and safety.

The Youth of our Church
Praise the Lord our youth group here is growing spiritually and numerically!  We have had several new young people begin to spend more time with us, and we are really beginning to see the Lord use this group for the furtherance of the Gospel.  Please continue to pray for this group of kids, as they are the future of the church here in Portugal!

Thank You as always for your Partnership!