Monday, October 22, 2012

A Weekend at New Destiny Camp

This past weekend the Kids With A Camera photography group went to a Christian adventure camp called New Destiny.  The kids had a great weekend doing all kinds of adventurous activities. 

Check out these fun photos of the weekend!



The ropes course was a good challenge...







There was much joy and many smiles during the whole camp experience!




The kids participated in many teamwork themed activities.




During the forest activities me and my girls enjoyed walking a bit. It felt so good to spend some time outside in nature.  I hadn't realized how much I had missed it!



It was so awesome to see friendships strengthened...



...and teamwork and trust developing more in the group.



Zip-lining over the water!




Felipe filmed some with this video camera on the zip-line!



The children also took photos with their cameras during the camp!




Canoeing in the lake!





The kids loved swimming between adventure activities.  Sophia and I even got in the water!



It was also nice to relax at the main house where we were staying.  Everyone loved the hammocks!





The staff leading the activities at New Destiny were amazing with the kids.  They shared Christ continually through their actions and attitudes and were teaching many Christian principles during the whole camp experience.  The kids even participated in a worship service led by the camp staff on Saturday night and also received special certificates upon the completion of the adventure camp.



Here are some proud kids! 
During this camp the children overcame many challenges and worked together as a team.  They absolutely LOVED New Destiny Camp and were very blessed to have had this experience. 



On the drive back home to Belo Horizonte, Felipe made a quick 30 minute stop at a quaint little shop on the side of the road.  It was an excellent spot to take some photos. 



It's great to see these kids with a camera using their photography skills!








THANKFUL

The kids were truly thankful for the past weekend at New Destiny Camp.

  We know that many people have given of themselves financially and through prayer to help make this experience possible, and for this we say thank you...  So many members of the body of Christ together contributed to make an impact in the lives of underprivileged children living in a slums of Brazil. 

 Personally, I loved seeing these children blessed and experiencing such a great weekend.  When we actually arrived at the camp Friday night, the children were amazed and could not believe their eyes. 
 "We are going to stay here?  Really?"  They asked.
 It was like they could not believe that the place was for them.  They all cheered in excitement as we arrived at the camp!

Meditating on this I think about how the Lord longs to bless us, yet many times it is hard for us to believe.  We may even respond in the same ways as these kids saying, 
"Really Lord?  You want to bless me?"

We don't deserve His blessings, but because of His great LOVE and amazing GRACE He pours it out anyway... 
I loved seeing God pour out His LOVE and GRACE over these precious kids over the weekend. 
May they always remember the memories they made and the great LOVE and JOY of the Lord that they experienced during their special weekend at New Destiny Camp.



Wednesday, October 17, 2012

October 17th - Our Day in Photos


7:45 -  I woke up to this beautiful little girl sleeping peacefully beside me... 



7:55-  Felipe is preparing our breakfast these days, making coffee and getting breakfast on the table.  After dragging myself out of bed (I had a long night with many wake-ups from sweet Jessie), I was super surprised to see this yummy banana bread waiting for me.  The Lighthouse cook made it yesterday for a ladies group, but there was a little bit leftover! This made me happy!  It's the little things... 



8:15 -  Sophia having fun in the shower!



9:15 - Felipe working with his photography group, Kids With A Camera! Check out the website here.   
There are now 10 kids in this special group, 5 boys and 5 girls. This weekend we will be taking the group to a Christian Adventure Camp called New Destiny for the weekend.  We are excited! Please pray that the children will have a great weekend and that God will move in new ways in their lives. 



9:45 - Soothing Jessie down to sleep. This little one loves to be held.  We spend a lot of time holding her.



10:00 - Got Jessie settled down in her little bed now... Yay!



I pulled out a fun activity for Sophia, the Aquadoodle, a hand-me-down from her cousins.  



Both girls were busy so I attempted to get a little cleaning done...
In the meantime, look who found mommy's camera?




 11:00 -  We went outside to play with the kids in the Lighthouse park!




Sophia then went to play with Sara Joy, another missionary kid who lives here at the Lighthouse!



 11:30 - Felipe watched both girls for me so I could work for a few minutes translating some documents into English for the Lighthouse.



12:00 -  Jessie is being passed around and enjoying all the snuggles.



Our yummy lunch! 



1:00 - Look at all the dishes! Didn't get too far with washing up before being interrupted by my two precious daughters.



2:00 -  Sophia is down for her nap and Felipe is wearing Jessie so I can have some time to get a few things done.  It is such a blessing to live where we work.  Felipe can help out with the kids at various times which is such a relief and help to me.  Thankful...



 2:15 - Finally finished washing the dishes. Much better!


Felipe is overseeing the students from the Children At Risk course, who are serving a few afternoons here at the Lighthouse.  The students are working hard to prepare for a children's program they run on Monday afternoons.



2:30 - Had some quiet time... It is so good just to stop and be still before the Lord, which is more challenging now with two little ones.   Thankful for some alone time today with the word of God, worship music and a nice cup of tea.  It is been on my heart for a while to memorize 1 Corinthians 13, so I finally got it written out and posted up in our bedroom.



3:45 - Eating a banana bread snack after nap time!  I love my girlies!


4:45 - The Lighthouse leaders meeting together.



6:30 - An after dinner chat with a few people here at the Lighthouse.



Jessie is fast asleep... again...  She spends most of the day just sleeping and eating.  
She is so sweet! 



7:00 - Daddy playing around with Sophia before bedtime.



7:30 - Felipe put Sophia to bed, and then we gave Jessie a quick bath.  She does not like baths... Can you tell?




  Time to settle down for the night and hopefully sleep soon.  I am one sleepy momma, but oh so thankful...  I love my family and I am thankful to the Lord for His constant care, love, and faithfulness to us.  
To Him be all the glory, honor and praise!