Thursday, December 10, 2009


It was a rainy Sunday afternoon in the slum of Cafezal, but that did not keep the kids away from...

The Light House's 2009 YEAR END celebration!

The children were arriving and everyone was trying to squeeze inside one of the Light House classrooms. Felipe started the afternoon with prayer and a special word for the kids about having a grateful heart to the LORD!

It was a GREAT word because the kids were very disappointed that it was a rainy day and were complaining quite a bit because they could not play outside or swim. All throughout the afternoon we had to remind them to have a thankful heart and to enjoy all the other fun rainy day activities.
Listening to the word...
All throughout the Light House we created spaces with various activities for the children to enjoy during our rainy afternoon of free play time!

Great artists at work, thoughtfully creating ...
One staff member's artwork which shows the Light House Community Center in the rain!
Beautiful and happy artists!
In the Art Area we also made lots of bead jewelry with the kids!
Check out our pretty necklaces and bracelets! Many of the children were making jewelry as gifts for someone else. As soon as they would finish making a piece of jewelry they would give it away. Sweet generosity was displayed!

Due to the rain, we had an idea to have a MOVIE room! Since Felipe loves movies he volunteered to be in charge of this room. Here is a photo of some boys are chilling with Felipe watching ICE AGE 3 - which is an amazingly creative and fun animated movie!

The kids also had fun playing card games and board games!

Back at the ART AREA we also made the ever so popular PLAY DOH table!
I thought this PLAY DOH creation was so creative and cute. She even has a teddy bear!

SOCCER - A Passion in BRAZIL!
The boys were a little disappointed they could not play soccer in our nice, big soccer court area due to the rain, but at least they were able to play in the small court area. Here is a short clip of a soccer game. See which team scores a goal in the end!

We ended the chilly and rainy afternoon with the perfect snack -hot chocolate and warm popcorn! The kids really enjoyed it!

Not only did we have a celebration together as a ministry, with ALL the kids who participate here in YWAM, but we also held special activities to celebrate the end of the year with our individual children's groups.

Ending the Year with

On our last day of group, a volunteer from Holland named Wieke, led the children in a special cake decorating activity! The children enjoyed tasting the whipped cream and special edible cake decorations in the process of decorating their cakes.

As you can see, the kids had lots of fun with the whipped cream!

After the cake decorating session, all the children returned to our classroom to watch a slideshow of photos and video clips of our group activities during the year of 2009 at the Light House.
The kids LOVED the video clip I showed them of their dancing/singing performance in the recent parents meeting we held here at the Light House. They laughed SO HARD! This photo catches a bit of their joy in action!

Finally it was time to EAT the beautiful edible ART!

The children's cakes really turned out so pretty and colorful. It reminded me of when I would always make Gingerbread houses at Christmas with my 1st grade students in the USA.
Gathering around getting ready to enjoy!
Happily eating!

In the last weeks, here at the Light House we have enjoyed CELEBRATING!
We have celebrated the lives of all the precious children who participated here at the Light House during 2009. We see how God has brought transformation to so many lives, sometimes the change is in small ways, but we are thankful to be a part of planting seeds and bringing God's LOVE to many children living in at risk situations.

1 comment:

  1. I love your posts! I am working with YWAM in Romania with children at risk and have been looking at Belo Horizonte's Children at Risk school. its great to see some pictures of the ministries there and to see your love for the kids through your pics and posts. thanks so much!