Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Just 7 Weeks!

It's starting to hit me, and hit me hard.
Time is short, and many changes are ahead...

We, the Matias family, have just 7 more weeks of living life in the city of Belo Horizonte.
Just 7 weeks!

Can you believe it?
 Our season of living life in Belo Horizonte is coming to an end.

Belo Horizonte at sunset.

On November 4th, our family will board a plane to travel to the USA for an extended visit. After our USA trip we return for a quick visit to our current city (Belo Horizonte, Brazil), but with the challenge and focus of making our move to São Paulo.

Here is a quick run down of our upcoming schedule!

                                 September & October  - Belo Horizonte

                                 November thru March - United States of America

                                 End of March - Return to Belo Horizonte

                                 April - Quick trip to São Paulo to search for housing, then back to BH to get                                                                  our belongings. 

                                 End of April/beginning of MayMake our big move to São Paulo! Yay!

                                 May - Settle in and begin our new life.

So, this is what our next 9 months look like!
These next months are going to be extremely exciting, full of adventure, challenging, encouraging, overwhelming and super stretching at times, but we know above all,
it will be a faith building time for us.

Please pray for us during this transitional season, and especially pray for all the changes ahead for our precious girls.  Oh, the places these little feet will be going!

We want to end our time well in Belo Horizonte, and we have MUCH to do in the next weeks before we travel to the USA, both workwise and personally.  Soon we must begin packing up our belongings to place in storage as we will move out of our current YWAM housing before traveling.  All our stuff will stay inside boxes in storage for about 6 months, just waiting for our move to São Paulo.

We seem crazy don't we?
But you know, it is ALL for His name, His glory and His purposes!
We feel much peace, joy and favor from the Lord over our plans for the future.
He is calling us to "press forward" so that is what we will do!

This verse from The Message expresses well my heart in this season...

I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.
 ~ Phil. 3:12-14 ~

We have decided to follow Jesus...
We will follow Him to serve in the slums of São Paulo and to a life that is radically different.
  We follow Him to know Him more, to make Him known, to love Him, and to bring joy to His heart.
We have decided to follow Jesus, and there's no turning back!

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