Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Camping Out at the Lighthouse

This past weekend we had a camp-out at the Lighthouse with the girls from our girls group. 
 We had LOTS of FUN!!
Enjoy seeing the MANY photos of our special time together!

The girls arrived here early Saturday morning, we went over the rules and then spent the next 24 hours at the Lighthouse Community Center enjoying quality time together.

The girls went rollerblading with the Lighthouse roller skates!

Even Sophia joined in on the fun!

Andreia, one of the missionary's who serves here at the Lighthouse, shared her life story and how she came to know and follow Jesus Christ.  This was a powerful and meaningful moment during the camp.  Several of the girls even cried as Andreia spoke because they identified with Andreia's life and the hard things she has been through.  Andreia reminded the girls of the importance of our family and the hope we can find in Christ.

Andreia also led a special sports activity with the girls after sharing her testimony. 

 Brazilian lunch - rice, beans, lettuce and pasta!


Luciana, a missionary who is the leader of the Reborn Hope Project here at YWAM Belo Horizonte,  was also a guest speaker at our camp.   She led various activities with the girls during the afternoon period.

Luciana talked about how each and every day of our life is like a candle.  We burn (in a sense) every day, and by the end of the day we are completely spent.  It is important to make the most of every opportunity and every day God has given us.  Our life is a gift from God.  She left the candle burning during the whole afternoon as an object lesson to the girls...

 Moments of creativity!

Fun memories being made...

 Celebrating sweet Ludmila's Birthday!  She turned 11 years old on Saturday.
We prayed for her, blessing her next year of life, sang Happy Birthday and enjoyed yummy birthday cake!

What is a camp without a good CAMPFIRE?  The girls loved helping Felipe build the fire and sitting fireside while sipping hot chocolate.  It was a chilly night here, so it was perfect for a campfire!

After the campfire, we had a late night...  We watched a bit of a Narnia movie, but almost all the girls fell asleep - so off to bed we went.  We "camped out" inside of our classroom here at the Lighthouse.

Sunday morning we had a typical Brazilian breakfast - coffee, hot tea, fruit and bread.

 We had a wonderful weekend just being together, playing, talking and of course eating! 

During the camp-out, we were able to have some really meaningful and deep conversations with a few of the girls.  I always enjoy these moments of just "being" with the girls in my group.  Moments of just hanging out and talking about life...
   As we have prayed for our group, God has shown us over and over again that He wants us to just "be" with the girls, to spend quality time with them and be there for them.  This weekend was a great time of just "being" together and having fun!

Beautiful Girls... 

These girls have such great value and worth!
   This is a message God has given me over and over to share with these precious girls.   Many of them live in harsh realities and already are facing great challenges and obstacles to overcome in this life.  These girls are growing up in a slum in Brazil, yet God has a great future for each one.

Please pray with us for these special girls... 
 It is our prayer that they will really know the Lord in a deep and personal way, walk in His ways and make good choices in life that will set them on a path with a great hope and future.  We want them to experience a full, happy and joyful LIFE!  The abundant life Jesus wants for all of us to have.

With God, all things are possible!
Matt. 19:26

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