Friday, June 27, 2014

USA Bound & Prayer Requests!

We have some exciting news...
The Matias Family is coming to the USA for a more extended visit!

We will arrive this November and stay until the end of March. That's a total of almost 5 months!

After living 7 years in Brazil, I am super thankful for this opportunity to go to the USA for a longer, more quality visit - and the timing is perfect for us!  Sophia and I are especially excited that we will get to celebrate Christmas with family American-style. It will be Sophia and Jessie's first Christmas in the USA, as the last time we were there for Christmas was in 2009 when I was pregnant with Sophia.

 After our USA trip we will make our BIG move to the largest city in Brazil - São Paulo.  Once we are living in São Paulo we will not be able to make extended trips to the USA anymore due to our commitment with establishing a new ministry and because Sophia will be starting elementary school.  In the future all travel will be limited to school vacation time.

We are really looking forward to this special visit already!  We have plans to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas with family, visit several YWAM bases to share about our São Paulo project, speak in various churches about missions, and visit our dear friends in the Raleigh area.

We also hope to rest and be refreshed spiritually, as we know once we return to Brazil there will be MUCH work awaiting us as we move cities and start a new ministry to children at risk.

Will you please pray for us as we prepare to travel to the USA and transition into the next season God has for us? 

 Here are some specific prayer requests:

Felipe's US Visa - This Monday morning Felipe has an interview at the US Embassy offices here in Belo Horizonte to attempt to renew his US visa.  Please pray for favor as we go to this appointment.

Our finances -  We need finances to help pay for our plane tickets, travel documents, and travel/health insurance for our family during our time in the USA. God has provided in miraculous ways in the past for all our travel needs, and we trust Him to provide for us again. In total we need about $6,000.00 USD.

Our last months in Belo Horizonte -  Time is flying and it is starting to hit us that we have just a few more months of actually living in Belo Horizonte. Pray for us that we can end this season well, while also preparing for our future.

Our Family - As you can see there are MANY changes on the horizon. Pray for our girls and for us as we face these changes, new challenges and much traveling. May God protect us and draw us even closer to Him during our upcoming months in the USA.  May His kingdom come and His will be done in us as a family!

    Thanks SO MUCH for your prayers and faithful support!  We appreciate your partnership!

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