Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sounds of Soccer

As many of you know, Brazil is known for it's love for soccer! 
Great, internationally acclaimed soccer players have come from the nation of Brazil and most Brazilian men are crazy about cheering on their favorite soccer team and watching the games.  Many Brazilians play soccer well and have a passion for the sport!

Since Felipe was a boy, his favorite soccer team has been Sao Paulo Futebol Clube, a team that is from the city of Sao Paulo.  Here is an old photo of a game that Felipe watched when he was young.  He still remembers this game...

Recently there was a big championship game between the two most popular soccer teams here in the city where we live. At the end of the game, people were cheering across the mountainside, where all the homes of the slum are situated.  

This video shows what is "normal" here in Brazil. These are the sounds of passionate soccer fans cheering and setting off fireworks to celebrate the victory of their favorite soccer team.  When I hear these sounds coming from the slum, I know without a doubt, a soccer game is going on...

 Here at the Lighthouse Community Center we have soccer schools available for the boys from the community.  Check out our friend Marcelo's blog to see photos and read about his work with the boys.
Marcelo's Blog
Marcelo is an excellent soccer player and coach, and he has a heart to teach and instill godly principles and character in the boys he works with.  God is using Marcelo and the sport of soccer to impact the lives of many boys who are living in at risk situations here in the slum.  Please pray for Marcelo and the boys he works with!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Wedding of Luiza and Jonas

"God is now fulfilling a life dream that I have had for many years, " said Luiza (the bride) as she asked me to photograph her wedding.   Luiza is already a mother to three grown children. The groom, Jonas, also has a history of his own.  The couple was married this past Saturday, May 21st. 

Here in the slum (where the couple live), it is extremely common for people to just live together and call themselves "married".  Luiza and Jonas decided to not just live together, but to follow the Word of God and get officially married in a church.

The wedding started quite later than expected (like most weddings do here in Brazil) and it was held in a simple, small church called Acts II.  Although the church was small, a great number of people were present to honor and support both Luiza and Jonas in their celebration of marriage.