Monday, June 10, 2013

New Opportunities, New Responsibilities

Sometimes people wonder about what EXACTLY Felipe and I do as missionaries in Brazil.  (I have written about this HERE as well.)  Now that we are back home in Brazil, we are in a brand new season as missionaries taking on new opportunities and new work responsibilities.  We are excited about this!

Discipleship Training School
Very soon Felipe will be staffing (for the very first time) a Discipleship Training School (DTS).  Read about it on our blog.  This YWAM  missionary course will have an emphasis on training people to work in slums and poor communities.  As the former leader of the Lighthouse Community Center (Felipe led this ministry for 5 years), Felipe has a lot of experience in this area. 

Felipe's Other Work Responsibilities...
Felipe will also continue to serve as the Community Center Coordinator over the four different YWAM Belo Horizonte Community Centers.  This role entails leading bi-monthly meetings, offering support, advice, counsel, and helping to develop vision and ideas among the leaders of these four ministries:
  To read more about each ministry, simply click on the name of the project above.

Felipe is also a part of YWAM Belo Horizonte's base council which is a group of leaders/elders that meet to pray and make important decisions about the ministry of YWAM Belo Horizonte. 
And MOST certainly Felipe will continue to use his photography skills to serve in various ways. He has a few photography/film projects in the making and has plans to mentor two boys from the slum who were a part of Felipe's photography group in 2012.

As you can see,  Felipe has a FULL plate!  He especially has a busy schedule during the teaching phase of the DTS, which runs for three consecutive months (July15 - September 15).  Most likely, Felipe will leave our home before 7:00 am each morning, only to return late afternoon.  So, while Felipe is off working, I (Laura) will be stationed at home taking care of our girls and working a little on the side too.

YWAM Belo Horizonte's Base Newsletter
For the rest of 2013, I will be working for the Communication Department of YWAM Belo Horizonte.  I am in charge of writing (and/or recruiting people to write) and compiling the content for our YWAM base newsletters.  After the content is complete I will oversee the translation of the letters, as they will be sent out in English, Portuguese and Dutch.

Please pray for me - for wisdom, divine inspiration and for the Lord to equip me with all I need to accomplish this GREAT task.  I am thankful I can serve in this way while at home caring for my little ones.  I do love to write and want to use my gifts, so during small pockets of free time I will be brainstorming and working on this new challenge. :-)

The Children At Risk School
In addition to these tasks, in a few months, both Felipe and I will be serving in a training school called Children At Risk (CAR).  This is an amazing school, which I actually completed back in 2007.   People come from all over the world to YWAM Belo Horizonte to receive this special training and to be equiped to work with needy children living in at-risk situations. 


The CAR school runs from September to November and both Felipe and I will take turns serving and staffing this school.  When I work, Felipe will keep the girls and when he works, I will keep the girls.  (We feel SUPER blessed to be able to have this flexibility with our work.)  Our purpose in working in this school is to hopefully one day be able to lead a CAR School ourselves.

Would YOU like to come and do the Children At Risk School?   There is still time if you want to attend this training course from September-November of this year.  Read more about how to apply HERE!  

New Opportunity for Sophia
 We are also seriously praying about putting Sophia in a nearby preschool, but it would only be for two or three mornings a week.  Will you pray with us about this?  We feel placing Sophia in preschool would greatly help her Portuguese skills (at the moment she is mostly speaking English) and it would also be wonderful for her to have frequent social interaction with kids her own age.  When we visited the school she actually cried when we had to go because she did not want to leave.  She wanted to play and stay with the children there.

If you are wondering why Sophia is wearing the "eternal band-aid" (as I like to call it), it is because she had a nasty fall and I am trying to protect this sensitive spot from the strong Brazilian sun. We are hoping for minimal scarring.

If all goes well, we are planning to start Sophia in preschool in July, so please pray this will be a smooth transition and fun opportunity for her. We believe she will thrive there!

Partner with us in Prayer
As the Lord leads you, please pray with us as we take on these new opportunities and new responsibilities.  We want to serve the Lord with integrity, joy, love and wisdom.  We need His guidance and help every step of the way!  We are dependent on Him for everything.

Thank you for your continual support of our family and ministry in Brazil!
We value you!

1 comment:

  1. This new post was great for know about you and to improve my English!
    You are a amazing writter, my dear Laura!
    I miss you all!