This is a post asking for prayer...
I along with another missionary (Alynena from the USA) will be leading a girls group for about 6 months here at the Lighthouse Community Center.
We are now in search of girls to be in our group. As everyone says here in Brazil, "Life begins after Carnival." Now that the Carnival holiday has come and gone, we can move forward and begin our group. Very exciting!
During our recent trip to the United States I was really praying and bringing before the Lord if I should work with children during this year, 2012. As I prayed over this I was reminded of all the girls I have worked with in the past, girls I know personally and love dearly... Girls who live in the harsh reality of life in a slum. I felt a deep conviction to work with girls, in my little amount of spare time. It will be challenging on many levels (juggling this along with being a wife and mommy) but I sensed the Lord calling me to this...
Even though my favorite age group to work with is 5 to 7 year old children, the Lord really burdened my heart for girls from 9 to 12 years old. I feel specifically this is the age I am to work with in 2012. Girls in this age range, of 9 to 12 years old, are extremely formative and influential. These are the years that lead up to the teen years.
School only runs half-day here in Brazil, so we will have our group in the mornings, two days a week, while Felipe will take care of Sophia. What a great Daddy and supportive husband he is!
Only the girls who go to school in the afternoon can participate in our group. Some of the girls we had really hoped could be in our morning girls’ group actually cannot be in it because they are in school in the morning, but hopefully many of them will have an opportunity to be in another afternoon group here at the Lighthouse.
All this being said, please PRAY! We are in search of girls who can participate in our morning group. Please pray that the Lord would direct our steps and lead us to the specific girls HE DESIRES to be in our group.
Also, just so you know, all the photos you see in this post are of girls I have had the honor of working with in the past here at the Lighthouse Community Center. Last year I helped out every once in a while in a girls' group, but many of the girls I already know from working with them in previous years.
These are precious girls, full of GREAT worth and value! Many of then desperately need a revelation of God's beautiful truths of who Jesus says they are. I am excited about sharing this with them and I am already praying that God will give us a fruitful and fulfilling time together in our girls' group.
As I am in search for the girls that are to be in our group, I am sensing that the Lord is also in search of His daughters as well. In 2 Chronicles 16:9 it says,
"The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him..."
It is my prayer that God will find girls who are fully commited to Him here in the slum of Cafezal. I pray they will be strengthen in the Lord through the power of His might, that they will dream dreams and live lives that bring honor and glory to His mighty name!