Sunday, July 8, 2007

Pedreira

PSALM 22:24, 27-28

For He has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one;
He has not hidden His face from him but has listened to his cry for help...

All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD,
and all the families of the nations will bow down before Him,
for dominion belongs to the LORD and He rules over the nations.


Last Sunday the Rescue House team went to a worship and prayer event that took place in a very hurting and needy fevela here in Belo Horizonte called Pedreira. This fevela is known as one of the worst fevelas in the city and is also the 2nd largest crack producing slum in Brazil. It was sad to see the lives of so many who feel trapped in this lifestyle and in a culture of povery and destruction. I saw that so many desire to know the Lord and to change their life situation, but they don´t really know how to change or feel hopeless to change. We shared the LOVE and GRACE of the Lord this last Sunday and how He can help bring change and true life.

Also, YWAM will soon be starting a project in this fevela to help this community. YWAM Belo Horizonte will be opening a community center in Pedreira that will offer programs to encourage adults and children to better their lives in practical ways and also point them to the One who brings LIFE more abundantly- JESUS!

Here is our worship team of three nations- Brazil, United States, and Holland. We spent over an hour worshipping the Lord and proclaiming His LOVE and TRUTH over the lives of the people living in this fevela. Thank you for praying for us! As the Word says in Isaiah 55:11-- I know that HIS words will not return void, but they go forth and accomplish all that He desires! We saw transformation before our eyes on Sunday and hearts were being touched and changed as we sang of the LOVE and FAITHFULNESS of God!

After our time of worship children and different people continually came up to us to talk and to ask for prayer. We were not going to them, but they were coming to us asking for prayer. Desperate hearts... many people were in broken places too... many people wept as we prayed for them. I know they sensed the LOVE and PRESENCE of the Lord.

Here is a beautiful girl that lives in this fevela. Pray for this young one. May she know the love and mercy of God and have a life of HOPE and LOVE! She has already experienced much trauma.

More beautiful children! There were SO many children at the worship and prayer event on Sunday. We spent time playing, talking, holding and loving on them throughout the day. It was such a sweet time. I truly felt the LOVE of our Father as I held the little ones in my arms. They were so needy to be held and loved. Pray for these children of the slums, that they would find a way to escape the cycle of poverty and destruction that is so prevelant through living in the fevela.

3 comments:

  1. I am so glad to see it went great. I know God is using you more than you even know!! Great pics too :) Love you!!
    Jess

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  2. Laura,
    May God be glorified through the prayers and work that is being done in this area. Many are praying for your ministry to bring the Lord to so many that are lost. Be encouraged that in God's time you will see the dreams and visions fulfilled that God has given you.

    Where God guides, He provides.

    God has filled your team with His Spirit so you can do impossible things!

    I will continue to pray that all these people will accept the fact that God loves them and sent His Son to die on the Cross for all of our sins.

    May God continue to be glorified through your words, actions, and deeds.

    GOD IS ABLE!
    Bettie

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  3. I love all your pictures! Thanks for keeping us in touch...

    I am still confident of this:
    I will see the goodness of the LORD
    in the land of the living.

    Wait for the LORD;
    be strong and take heart
    and wait for the LORD.

    Psalm 27:13,14 NIV

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