Friday, April 30, 2010

GREAT News about My Pregnancy!

At a recent doctor’s appointment we got some GREAT news!

All throughout my pregnancy our doctor has warned us that I will most likely need to have a cesarean section, (due to several fibroid tumors that I have with the pregnancy). Fibroid tumors often weaken the strength of the uterus to contract and push the baby out during labor.

At a recent appointment, my doctor informed us that one fibroid tumor (that was most concerning him) has decreased in size and moved!

We praise the LORD for this!

Our baby is already in great position (head down) and I have many things working in my favor. My doctor is suddenly saying that he now wants me to try to have a normal delivery! I am very happy about this! However, if there are any major problems that arise I may need to have a c-section.

Please pray for my body to continue to do so well and that my uterus will be strong enough to push our Sophia out, without resorting to a c-section. Ultimately I want what is best for our baby, so whether I have a c-section or normal delivery, I am trusting the Lord to be with us and placing it in His hands.

Please pray with us!

As of now, I have stopped working, I am resting LOTS, and preparing more and more for the arrival of Sophia. Her due date is MAY 11th, so just a few more days and she will be here.

We are excited about meeting our precious Sophia Grace face to face!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Felipe Translating!

Just wanted to post a recent video of Felipe translating in our weekly YWAM service - from Portugeuse into ENGLISH! I am proud of Felipe's English skills. He is getting better and I just need to improve my Portuguese.

It was Felipe's first time translating a sermon and he had the honor of translating Tijs Van de Brink, who was the former leader here at the Lighthouse Community Center for many years.

Enjoy a clip of Tijs's preaching!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


This week we have been hosting a short-term missions team from Switzerland. This amazing team has been giving us training on how to play FLOORBALL!

FLOORBALL is a popular game in Europe and is much like hockey, but with stricter rules and without skates. This FLOORBALL missions team has been traveling the world, teaching about the sport of FLOORBALL and using it as an evangelism tool to share the message of Jesus Christ.

The Lighthouse team of missionaries (and other YWAM missionaries from the Belo Horizonte YWAM base) took part in special FLOORBALL training sessions this week. We hope to use this sport with the children at risk we work with here in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Here is a mix of the FLOORBALL team and the Lighthouse team, listening to instructions about the game.

Everyone started out doing basic training skills to learn how to move the ball with the stick...
AND some people were just having fun fooling around. Look at the ball in the air in this shot!

Felipe was intensely FOCUSED during all the games. He really enjoyed FLOORBALL and is already teaching the kids here at the Lighthouse how to play!

Here is Felipe in ACTION! He is already beginning to teach the kids some of the basic skills of FLOORBALL!

Check out a short video clip of the kid's training...

We are thankful God has placed us here in this slum and is giving us various tools to reach the community. Learning about FLOORBALL has been a blessing and we hope to use this cool sport with the kids we work with!

Monday, April 5, 2010

The Journey of Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a journey of changes in MANY aspects!

It is not only the body of a woman that changes, as a baby grows miraculously inside her belly, but also many other changes are taking place....

People are often saying to Felipe and I, "WOW! So many changes are happening to you. First you get married and then Laura gets pregnant right away. That's a lot of changes!"

We welcome the changes and praise God for them! We both want to live a life of following God's leading and voice speaking to us... Even if sometimes that means we are stepping out in faith and doing things that may not make sense. We want to follow Jesus and walk where He is calling us to go!

As we talked and prayed about when to start our family we sensed His joy, peace, and blessing to try to have kids right away. We were surprised and thankful I got pregnant so fast, since the doctors were concerned about me having 3 uterine fibroids and warned that I could have difficulty getting pregnant. Even though this pregnancy has been very challenging physically for me at times, I am seeing God's faithfulness at work in our lives and ordering our steps. I am thankful.
I am growing in more ways than just my belly growing BIGGER... I am growing in faith and growing to depend more and more on my faithful Father who knows me best and loves me unconditionally (even when I am not feeling like myself both physically and emotionally). He knows my heart and sees my desire to worship Him, even in my weakness.

I have had many moments of complete brokenness and crying out to God during this pregnancy as we have faced several challenges throughout. I am thankful that God is such a personal and loving Father who meets us where we are at and accepts us as we are with OPEN arms of LOVE!
Oh how He LOVES US!

I wanted to post a few photos of my pregnancy journey...
Watch Sophia Grace as she is growing inside my belly!

This photo was taken the 2nd week in September, just two weeks after returning home from our honeymoon. A home pregnancy test gave us positive results so we excitedly captured our happy moment with this photo!

As my best friend's daughter Ella often said to me while pointing to my belly,
"There is a baby in there!"

This photo was taken sometime in October. I had recently told the children I worked with that I was pregnant and every day they would arrive touching my tummy and talking to the baby. I wasn't really showing at all, but they would love to interact with my baby. It was so sweet!

In November my tummy was starting to show just a bit. You can kind of see it in this photo...
I had just given a birthday present to a special 2 year old that lives here at the Light House with his missionary family.

By Christmas I was really just beggining to show...
And then SUDDENLY, in January, Sophia started growing like crazy and has been growing LOTS ever since! It also could have been all the rich and delicious food I was enjoying in the USA.

At Miami beach in the beginning of February. We had a layover in Miami on our way home to Brazil, so we took a city bus to see the beautiful clear ocean water.

If you would like to see an ultrasound of Sophia taken on March 31st just click on this link!
There is a cool part where she is opening her mouth really wide, like she is yawning really big and then she sticks her tongue out. Very funny!

Easter Sunday morning. At this point in my pregnancy Sophia is weighing about 5.5 pounds or 2.5 kilos! She is a healthy girl! We are thankful!

Our girl, Sophia Grace Matias, is due to arrive on May 11th!
Please pray with us during the last weeks of my pregnancy.

Please be in prayer for the following:
- Our home repairs to be completed SOON so we can organize and prepare for Sophia's arrival.

- A healthy and successful birth
- Our adaptation of caring for a new born

- God's wisdom, grace, and love as we continue to lead the team here at the Lighthouse, at the same time as becoming new parents!

We are so thankful for all of you who are walking with us, encouraging us, praying for us, and supporting us financially. May God bless you richly!