Saturday, May 24, 2014

Our Trip to the South!

Just a few days ago, after a 17 hour road trip (including many stops for our girls), we made it back home to Belo Horizonte. We, the Matias family, were on a little family missions trip to the south of Brazil!  This post shows a few photos from our special time away.

As I wrote here on our blog, we made this trip with the purpose of sharing about our future work in São Paulo, Brazil.  Felipe was able to share at two different YWAM bases that currently have mercy ministries working with children at risk. 

The first YWAM base we went to is called Monte das Aguias (translated into English this means Eagles' Mount).  

Besides sharing a bit with the staff about our future project, Felipe also had the opportunity to share an encouraging word to the mercy ministry department and take photos of the YWAM soccer ministry which reaches out to at risk boys. 

The other YWAM base we visited briefly was YWAM Ponta Grossa.

Felipe spoke with this fine group of young people (who are currently doing a YWAM Discipleship Training School), inviting them to pray about joining our team to reach out to children at risk in São Paulo.

During our trip, we also had the priviledge of sharing in a Presbyterian church.  During the Sunday service, the pastor interviewed us about our experience as a family in missions. 

We also were able to speak about our plans for working in São Paulo and share a video Felipe made about God's heart for children living in slums. 

Here is the video we shared, if you would like to watch it. 

While in the south of Brazil, we were able to see a few tourist sites and also visit with several friends who live in this area of the country.

Sophia made friends everywhere she went!

Sophia and Kayleeana, both American-Brazilian missionary kids, with an American mommy and Brazilian daddy.
Luana, another American-Brazilian buddy!

At a fun park with animals in Curitiba!
Our friend Ricardo petting a friendly toucan!

A very special part of our time in the south was spending the weekend visiting our dear dear friend Kelly (with whom we worked with for many years in YWAM) and meeting her family.  It meant so much to me to see Kelly, as she is soon moving to Europe to make a new home with her husband there.

  Sophia had lots of fun playing with Kelly's niece.

Kelly and her sister's family attend the Presbyterian church where Felipe and I shared. 
We took several photos before the church service began.  As you can see by our clothing, it was COLD there in the south of Brazil! It is almost the winter season there.
Me and my girls with Kelly and her niece and newphew.

Overall we had a great trip! 
Several people are now praying about possibly joining our São Paulo team and more people know about and are praying for our future ministry plans.  We had wonderful moments of catching up with old friends -many of them are not pictured here, as we often forgot to pull out the camera because we were enjoying talking and visiting so much.

We are very thankful that we were able to make this special trip!
Please pray for us as we prepare for our future work in São Paulo and continue to invite people to join our team!

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