Monday, November 25, 2013

November 24th - Our Day in Photos

Our team is currently serving in a church called First Baptist Church in a city just outside of Rio de Janeiro.   We are staying in rooms prepared for us at the church and this is our last ministry location before returning home to Belo Horizonte.  Felipe and I actually visited this church before, almost 4 years ago.  Felipe preached to the youth and I sang.  Now we have returned with a small team!

We got connected with this church through our dear dear friend Rosangela.  You may remember Rosangela, as I have written about her before on our blog.  She worked together with Felipe and I at the Lighthouse Community Center several years ago.  Rosangela was even one of my bridesmaids in our wedding, so seeing her again is extremely special for me. (You can see a few photos of Rosangela and I from years ago here and here.)  It is so refreshing and wonderful to be visiting her and her church, where she serves as a missionary. 

So, now with the introductions out of the way, here is our day in photos at First Baptist Church!

8:00 -  Enjoying breakfast, great company and conversation.

8:30 - Hanging out in the church sanctuary before the Sunday services.

9:30 - Our team member Josie, from South Africa, shared about missions and her experiences of serving 14 years as a missionary.  Felipe translated her message into Portuguese.

10:00 -  Josie ended her message with a special prayer time.   In small groups we all prayed for missionaries on the mission field and the ministries they serve in.

11:30 - After the Sunday morning worship service, Marcia, our team member from Brazil, sold t-shirts to help raise money for some YWAM Belo Horizonte missionaries who are going on a short term missions trip to Tanzania.

 12:30 - Jessie splashing in the water fountain after lunch.

1:30 - We relaxed a bit in our bedroom watching Despicable Me 2 with the girls.

3:00 - While Jessie (and Felipe) napped in our room, Sophia played in a classroom while I worked on a blog post about YWAM Borel.

4:30 - Snack time eating cookies and bananas and yogurt.

My laid-back girl...

5:30 - I am so enjoying catching up with Rosangela!  We have not seen each other in almost 3 years, but it seems like I just saw her yesterday.  I love friendships like this! 

6:30 - Showered and ready to work on the laptop...

7:00 - On our way to the children's church service.

7:30 - Rosangela introduced us to the kids at children's church since we were helping out with their worship service.

Felipe led a few fun songs.

The children enjoyed this funny drama! 

8:15 - When the kid's service was over the children were divided up into their classrooms to do small group activities.  Felipe snuck into the sanctuary to snap a photo of the main service.

8:30 - Sophia in her class showing off her baby Jesus.

9:30 - Back in our bedroom after a busy day.  While Jessie and Sophia were fast asleep, my Superman spent some time saving the day by killing the mosquitoes in our room so we could sleep in peace.  At night the mosquitoes in Rio de Janeiro are fierce!

We have just a few more days of our Discipleship Training School (DTS) missions outreach.  On Saturday we will be arriving HOME in Belo Horizonte!  Yay!!! Please pray for us as we end  this missions trip.  We have had a truly amazing time and God has spoken many things to our hearts.
We are thankful!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

YWAM Borel

Youth With a Mission (YWAM) Borel has an amazing ministry to the people living in a slum (called Borel) located in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  First,  I would like to introduce you to their team of missionaries!

These faithful missionaries (along with many other volunteers and professionals not pictured) are working together to bring a message of hope and transformation to the Borel slum.  Their work is truly inspirational!  Enjoy seeing just glimpses of what they do on a daily basis through these photos.

The YWAM music school offers acoustic and bass guitar lessons, voice lessons, and drum lessons.  It is awesome to see children learning a musical instrument.  Many of the children and adults who take lessons at YWAM Borel would not otherwise have this opportunity since they live in poor conditions. 

Taking his guitar and music folder home...

YWAM Borel also offers a variety of courses including computer classes, English classes and arts and crafts courses.

YWAM Borel also runs a preschool called Seed Space.   What a blessing this preschool is to many families living in the slum.  Sophia even went to the preschool for one day and loved it! 

YWAM Borel runs a ministry to the boys in the community through using the sport of soccer.  Thankfully there is a soccer field nearby where they are able to practice and play soccer games.

YWAM Health Clinic
This was Felipe's favorite aspect of the ministry of YWAM Borel.  He spent hours at the health clinic and saw how serving the community in this way is a tremendous blessing to the people.  There are many problems with the public health services in Brazil and often times you have to wait hours upon hours to be attended.  This YWAM clinic offers free health services in a location right in the middle of the slum.  As you can see in the photos, many needy and sick people are being blessed with the care of this clinic.  Weekly, doctors, nurses and psychologists volunteer their time to serve at the clinic. 

A child psychologist volunteers her time to attend children living in the slum.

As you can see, the clinic waiting room stays quite full!

The YWAM Pharmacy

These photos just reflect a bit of the awesome work of YWAM Borel and their work with the community.

Please be in prayer for the missionaries and volunteers serving at YWAM Borel.  May they continue strong as they share God's love in Borel slum in Rio de Janeiro.