Monday, September 2, 2019

Prayer & Photos - July & August 2019

The past two months have been intense, but oh so wonderful! 
 Enjoy seeing these photos of our August and July, and please read our prayer requests below.
If you did not read our most recent online newsletter, Annabelle Joy was born on June 27th at 9:27 p.m., weighing exactly 7 pounds (3.165 kilograms) and measuring 19.09 inches (48.5 cm). 

 Although Felipe and I are a little sleep deprived, we feel extrememly blessed to be a family of six now. Having a new life in our home is such a joy!
 The past two months have been so sweet getting to know our Annabelle. She is definitely the calmest and easiest baby of our four kids.  We are thankful for her easy-going disposition.

We are still adapting to life with a baby, a toddler, and two elementary age kiddos. We are looking to and leaning on the Lord for His much-needed wisdom, strength and grace for this season.  Our two girls adore their baby sister, and big brother is still adjusting to all the changes.
First day of school photo! Jessie is in 1st grade and Sophia is in 3rd grade.
Family dance party!
My mom came to visit us in July and stayed for a month.  It was a great help to have her here!  We made sweet memories and she was such a blessing - helping our girls with homework and serving our family by doing practical tasks around our home.
We scheduled for my mom to come during Felipe’s travels in August.  Felipe spent a week away from home at his seminary’s campus.  Each semester he participates in one week of intense classes, with class starting early morning and going until late evening.
Felipe always thoroughly enjoys these special class times.
Felipe together with his seminary professor Franklin Ferreira.

Every August we always have lots of celebrations!  Felipe and I both celebrate birthdays and our wedding anniversary.  This year we celebrated 10 years of marriage!
 We even had a date night, with baby Annabelle in tow! 

Here are a few recent photos of time spent serving at Casa Semear!
 The children who participate in the ministry all come from a slum community located near the ministry center. Through time spent with these kids and teens, the Casa Semear team is consistently sharing the Word of God, praying for, and loving these precious ones. 

Passing out clothing that came from donations given to Casa Semear. Practical needs such as these are often met through the ministry to bless the children and their families.

Felipe goofing off with some of the girls!

Felipe is always helping with various renovation projects to improve the ministry center.
Our friend Jai, a former Casa Semear missionary, recently got married.  Felipe was her wedding photographer. She was a beautiful bride!

For you photography lovers out there, Felipe did some night photography recently and this is one of his best photos from the evening. 

Please continue to pray for our family as we adapt to having four children.  We need God’s strength, wisdom, and grace in this sweet season as parents.  Pray for us as we work on practical things such as developing good sleep habits/schedules, potty training, helping our girls with homework, Felipe's seminary studies, and managing our time as a family - all for the glory of God!

Pray for the daily work of Casa Semear as Felipe and the other missionaries work with children and teens coming from at-risk situations.  Felipe is now independently teaching a group of kids ages 9-12, since our missionary friend who got married moved away.  He faithfully leads Bible study and worship times each week at Casa Semear.

Please pray for us as we serve at our local church, Calvary International Church.  Felipe is facilitating a weekly Sunday School class about Systematic Theology that runs until December.   We also are leading a community group that meets once a month. We see our involvement and service in our local church as an important part of our ministry here in Brazil. We desire to be a blessing to this country and the people God places in our lives here.
From our family to yours, thank you for being a part of our lives and our journey in missions. We deeply appreciate your love, support, and prayers for our family and work.  Obrigado!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Prayer & Photos - June 2019

 We had a busy June!  
Here are some photos of all the festivities and activities going on during the month. Please also see our prayer requests below.  We appreciate your prayers, love, and support of our family in missions!

Jessie's Kindergarten graduation!  She was extremely proud on this special day!
Jessie and her sweet Senior buddy!

Felipe is one of the photographers for various events at the school our daughters attend.  June was a super busy photography month for him with all the end of the school year events.  Here are a few shots he captured! 

Presenting PACA's Senior Class of 2019!

8th Grade Graduation

The Elementary Talent Show! 
We were so proud of Sophia. She sang a Jamie Grace song!   
Check out the video!

PACA's Field day!

The ladies in our church community group gave me a sweet baby shower!  This is the community group we were formerly a part of.  I felt so loved by them on this day!!!  God blessed us with diapers and beautiful baby clothes.  I am thankful for God's provision for our needs. 
I love these dear friends!

Jessie and Sophia loved this baby shower game of guessing how big my belly was!

Then 2 weeks later our new community group at church, that we recently began leading, surprised us with baby gifts too!   I am so thankful for the body of Christ God has blessed us with here in São Paulo.  Our local church is amazing and truly family for us here!

Felipe took me to have a gestational diabetes test (which came back normal).  We sat reading during the wait.

Also during June, Casa Semear received a short -term mission team from Ohio.  Teens and young adults from the team worked hard to bless the ministry and also our local mission organization (ABBA).  Here are a few photos of the team serving our Lord and being a blessing!  We are thankful for them and pray God will use this experience in their lives in BIG ways!

Felipe leads worship on Mondays and Thursdays at Casa Semear! 
The team blessed all the ABBA missionaries by making us an American breakfast!  It was yummy!

After breakfast the ABBA missionaries and the team met for the ABBA weekly meeting. 
It was a full house! 

One of the projects the Ohio team worked on at Casa Semear was installing this outdoor flooring.  Felipe helped a LOT with this project and returned home each day covered in cement.  It turned out so nice in the end though!

Felipe is still plugging away at his seminary studies.  He is constantly reading, completing assignments (late at night when the family sleeps), and attends class at least one Saturday a month in a city about 2 hours away.
Felipe's class at Martin Bucer Seminary.
Fun times as a family!
Yes! We have Pizza Hut in Brazil!
Our little Superman!!!

Please Pray...
As I (Laura) am finishing up this update, I am having some contractions. I am not sure if baby girl is coming soon or it is a false alarm, so I will make these prayer requests quick.  

Pray for Laura as she gives birth and pray for a healthy girl.  Laura is 38 weeks pregnant.
Pray for strong health for our family overall, especially Josiah. 
Pray for a good recovery physically for Laura and this transition time for our family. Felipe will take a week off from work when baby is born.

Please pray for the team from the USA that is visiting now.  May God be glorified through all they have learned here and use the seeds they have sown in the lives they impacted. 

Continue to pray for Felipe's seminary studies.  May he grow in the Word and be better equipped to serve the Lord through his studies.

THANK YOU for praying for our family!!!