Monday, October 19, 2015

Hosting a Missions Team!

This past week we were busy hosting a short-term missions team!
An eight member team from Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Belo Horizonte, spent one week with us here in São Paulo as a part of their Discipleship Training School (DTS) practical mission outreach.
Here are some highlights from our week of ministry together!

The team served at the Sower ministry, the community center where we are currently volunteering, leading Bible studies and various creative activities with the kids and teens.

The team also helped us to conduct some research in two nearby slum communities.  We went door to door personally asking families various questions to learn about the specific needs of the area.  This important information will help us as we are still in the process of praying and deciding about exactly where we want to establish a ministry to children at risk.

One slum area we explored together with the team has extremely poor living conditions and many needs both physically and spiritually.

The DTS missions team even helped us hold a Saturday morning kid's program in an extremely poor area of one slum.  Many precious little ones came to participate in the fun.

Our Sophia enjoyed playing with the kids and participating in all the activities!

The missions team also blessed us through songs, dance, drama and a special message at the Saturday night worship service at the Sower ministry.

We prayed for the DTS team at the end of the service for the rest of their missions trip.  Yesterday they flew to the nation of Mozambique to serve for four weeks there.

At the Sower House ministry, everyone who comes to volunteer and serve at the ministry paints their hand print on the Sower House wall. This handprint is a physical testimony of how each person played a part in the beautiful work of the Sower House.  Upon the team's departure they left their mark.

We had a wonderful week with this YWAM team!
God used them to share much joy and love here in the slums of São Paulo.  Please pray for this team as they continue to minister and share God's love in Mozambique, Africa!
A group photo in the little church where we have been working with a few children each Wednesday morning.

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