Wednesday, August 27, 2014

August 26th ~ Our Day in Photos

During the month of August we are in São Paulo, volunteering at a ministry called the Sower House and preparing for our future move and ministry.  I thought it would be nice to share a little of what we have been doing through posting a "Day in Photos" here on our blog.
We hope you enjoy seeing a glance of what our day was like yesterday!

6:45 - The view outside the window during my early morning quiet time. 

7:15 -  Time to wake up my girls, but Jessie just did not want to wake up. She is such a sleeping beauty!

8:00- Breakfast with our special visitors and future teammates! 

Meet Anna (from Austria), her husband Fabricio (from Brazil), and their super cute son Paolo.  They are currently missionaries at YWAM Belo Horizonte and will be coming to São Paulo in 2016 to work along side us to reach out to children at risk.  They spent a long weekend visiting us here in São Paulo. We are very excited about working together with this sweet family!

9:00 - The girls watching Veggietales while brushing their teeth with their new toothbrushes.  They love their new toothbrushes and want to brush their teeth all the time now!

9:30 - Children from the nearby slum arrive at the Sower House for the morning session.

The kids eat breakfast upon arrival at the Sower House. 

10:00 - A photo with the morning group of preteen and teenage girls I have been working with.
I have been using a special material called Libertodos ( to teach these girls about the dangers of human trafficking, sexual exploitation and modern day slavery.  One of the goals of the program is to teach children how to avoid being exploited themselves.

11:00 -  We watched a documentary called 1 Real - (you can watch it here).
 This documentary shows the reality of how young girls from slums and poor communities in Brazil are being lured into working as prostitutes.  After watching this documentary we were able to have great discussion about how the girls can make wise choices to avoid being lured into a life of slavery.

11:30 - We ended our group session with the girls writing about what they have learned over the last few weeks. 

1:00 - For lunch there was a special Brazilian barbeque with the team at the Sower House.

Felipe and Sophia were out for a few hours taking our friends Anna and Fabricio to the airport to catch a plane back to Belo Horizonte. but I managed to catch this nice shot of the meat cooking on a makeshift grill!

1:30 - Jessie loved the fan!

2:15 - Enjoying good company after lunch!

3:30 - Coffee break!  The Sower House is a part of a missions organization called ABBA. Check out their site in English:

4:30 -  The afternoon session with another group of girls.  
I did the same program in the afternoon as I did in the morning. We had lots of discussion after watching the documentary 1Real.  Silvana, one of the leaders of the project, spent the afternoon with us and her presence and additional input on the subject helped us to have an even richer discussion time. 

5:45 - The girls wrote about what they learned through our discussions about modern day slavery, and then a few girls shared what they wrote. 

6:15 - While I was busy working, Felipe was taking care of Jessie and Sophia while hanging out with the sons of the leaders here at the Sower House.  He had some guy time playing video games! 

7:30 - After a busy day, we were in much need for some family time. We decided to go out for a a quick, spontaneous family ice cream date!

8:00 - It was raining on and off throughout the day, so Sophia decided to draw this picture before getting ready for bed. 

We hope you enjoyed seeing some photos from our day!
This morning Felipe is at a meeting (with several other ministry leaders and pastors) and the girls and I are having a more low key day.  We are also getting ready for Felipe's birthday tomorrow.
Have a great day!

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