Friday, March 28, 2014

Libertodos!

This past week, missionaries and DTS students from YWAM Belo Horizonte have been presenting in the local city schools to raise awareness about human trafficking and to teach kids how they can avoid being trafficked themselves.















This YWAM program is called "Libertodos" which is a collaboration of this Portuguese phrase, "liberdade para todas."  Translated this means "freedom for all."



Enjoy seeing these photos of the awesome "Libertodos" activities!






There were many times of prayer over the "Libertodos" presentations. Groups of people were even interceeding as teams were presenting in the schools.










May God use the "Libertodos" program and the information being presented for His glory!
May the lives of the children and teens forever be impacted by what they have learned this week.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Sharing on the Streets

This past Wednesday night teams from YWAM Belo Horizonte and local churches went to the streets to evangelize and to raise awareness about human trafficking.  The streets were full of people as it was game night for a local soccer team. 



With the World Cup games right aroung the corner, YWAM Belo Horizonte is working hard to raise awareness about the crime of human trafficking occuring here in Brazil.   YWAM Belo Horizonte has plans to send more teams to the streets during the actual World Cup Games scheduled to take place here. This past Wednesday was the first of many opportunities to share on the streets!

First, everyone met at the Refuge House to organize the outreach time and pray for the evening.





Then everyone went to the streets to present dramas, raise awareness about human trafficking, give out free water, and simply share the love of Jesus.






The DTS students did an absolutely amazing job presenting various dramas to raise awareness about human trafficking and to encourage people to report any form of child abuse or child prostitution.  They presented in pedestrian crossings at several different stoplights.



The banner above reads, "Be a voice for life. Report child sexual abuse."






Some fun photos of a drum circle taken just in front of the soccer stadium.




Please be praying for the teams that will be sharing on the streets during the upcoming World Cup Games here in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Many people from many nations will be coming together for the World Cup Games, and unfortuately there is much human trafficking surrounding this major world sporting event.  Efforts to raise awareness about human trafficking and to inform people in "how to" report this crime is one step in the direction of bringing this terrible form of modern day slavery to an end.

Join together with us in prayer!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

A Mommy Working a DTS

The past few weeks have been super full for me, so our blog has been a little abandoned...

I have been busy being a mommy AND I just began working in a YWAM Discipleship Training School, also known as a DTS. (If you want to read about what a DTS is, click here.)

During the next three months I am working part-time in the bi-lingual (English and Portuguese speaking) DTS running here at YWAM Belo Horizonte.  During this special season Felipe is working less in order to care for our two girls, while I am working much more than usual. We have to carefully coordinate our schedules to make it work, but it is possible!

Opening Ceremony
Last Sunday afternoon we had a special service to welcome the students and dedicate this special season to the Lord.  
Felipe helped with translation.
A special time of prayer over the staff and students of the school.

The students showing off their special DTS notebooks that they received at the service.
Felipe designed the cover.  Didn't it turn out nice?


Meet the Students
Felipe did a little photo shoot with them!

Warly and Angelica from Brazil


Rebecca from Germany


Kelly from Holland


Remon from Holland


Jonathas - Born in Brazil, but he actually lives in Italy


The First Week
This week the students already had classes on subjects such as prayer/intercession, quiet time with God, meditating on the Word of God, and the YWAM foundational values.

One of my jobs during the DTS is to help out with translating.  I will most definitely grow in my translating skills during this DTS!  I have already been VERY busy translating written materials, from Portuguese into English, and I also have been helping with translating a few classes, announcements and prayer times.


We are now living and doing life together with these students during the next 3 months. During this first week of DTS we have enjoyed sharing meals together, praying for one another, singing and worshiping together, and just getting to know each other more.

During this special season I am really looking forward to all God is going to do in my own life and also in the lives of these students!

A Few Prayer Requests
Please pray for me personally.  Pray I will have wisdom with time management and with balancing work with family. My little Jessie has been showing more and more lately that she especially needs mommy. She is in a more needy and challenging phase now, so pray that I will be sensetive to her and also to Sophia. I truly need God's help and grace each day to balance it all.

 Pray I will learn all God wants me to learn during the next 3 months. I am currently staffing the teaching phase of the DTS to learn how to work with this school, so that (in the future) Felipe and I can run a DTS at our new ministry in São Paulo. Exciting stuff! :-)

Also please pray for the DTS students, that they will come to know God more and truly have a wonderful DTS experience!

Thanks for your prayers!