Saturday, March 28, 2015

Thank You Body of Christ!

As we are preparing to leave the United States, my heart is extremely full of gratitude for all the Lord has done during this special furlough season!

I want to take a moment to say,
Thank You Body of Christ in the USA!

Thank you for:
loving us,
praying for us,
sharing life with us,
supporting us emotionally,
supporting us financially,  
cooking meals for us,
providing housing for us,
giving us clothing and various donations,
listening to us,
giving us opportunities to share our hearts,
caring about our work in Brazil, 
and caring about us, the Matias Family. 

As I write this, I am reminded of a story Jesus tells in Matthew 25. 

“Then the King will say to those on his right,
 ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.
 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,
 I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
 I was a stranger and you invited me in,
  I needed clothes and you clothed me,
 I was sick and you looked after me,
I was in prison and you came to visit me...

...Truly I tell you, whatever you did
 for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine,
you did for Me.’
 ~Matthew 25:34-36, 40~

I truly feel that all that the body of Christ has been doing for us - the least of these - the body of Christ has been doing as unto Jesus.
Thank you, family of God, for all the ways you have humbly and generously ministered to our lives, and ultimately thank you that in everything you did, you did it for Jesus -for His glory, for His name, and in His love.  From the depths of our hearts, we thank you!

We want to recognize and specifically thank these church families:

Bethesda Presbyterian Church - York, SC
Bethelehem Baptist Church - Knightdale, NC
Covenant Church International - Raleigh, NC
Crabtree Valley Baptist Church - Raleigh, NC
New Path Church - Raleigh, NC
Jordan's Chapel Baptist Church - Mount Olive, NC
Covenant Presbyterian Church - Wendell, NC
Radiant Church - Raleigh, NC
Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church - Lancaster, SC

Thank you for allowing us to share our hearts in your midst and for embracing us with open arms.
We appreciate your continued loving support and prayers!

I also want to honor my parents who put up with having a whole family of four crash in their home for extended periods of time.

And, I must mention that my parents very graciously let us borrow their mini-van for almost 5 months. Mom and Dad, we truly appreciate all the practical ways you bless and support us. Thank you!

I will end with a photo of some cute thank you notes (I recently purchased to send to many of you), as they express my heart so well. Your giving hearts have truly been beautiful to see!

Thank you Body of Christ!
You make it possible for us to go and fulfill what God has placed in our hearts to do.
Thank you for all you have done,
and for doing it as unto Jesus.

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