Friday, December 23, 2016

A Life-Changing Year!

The year of 2016 has been a life-changing year for us as a family! 

A  Beginning
After serving for a combined total of 20 years as missionaries with Youth With A Mission (Laura-8 years and Felipe-12 years), we prayerfully decided to change mission organizations.  In January we began the application process to serve with Action International Ministries, and by April we were on a plane flying to their US office in Seattle, WA to be interviewed by their mission board.  We were approved, and became official ACTION missionaries!   We also joined a local Brazilian mission, called ABBA, that works in partnership with ACTION. 

Although we changed mission organizations, our work continues to be the same.  We work in a ministry with children and teens living in the urban slums of São Paulo.   We love these kids and enjoy investing in their lives.  It is our utmost desire that they would walk intimately with Christ. We feel extremely blessed to be serving in São Paulo, doing what we do.  

Our New Addition
Our lives were also wonderfully changed this year by a little guy named Josiah!  All year long we were anticipating his arrival and praying for his health.  God answered these prayers, and in September Josiah made his grand entrance into the world.  He is healthy and sweet, and although we are sleep deprived at the moment, Josiah brings such joy to our lives!

Our Girls
Our oldest daughter Sophia (our 6-year-old) continues to enthusiastically attend an American Christian school, where she studies both in English and Portuguese.  She adores going to school!  Jessie (our 4-year-old) is super excited that soon she will be starting school herself, at a small Brazilian preschool.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
We pray this letter finds you well and enjoying a meaningful holiday season.  If you are receiving this letter it means that you are connected to us, care about us, and are supporting us in some capacity – thank you!   We are extremely grateful for you, and pray God’s love and presence will bless your life in a special way this Christmas and in the year to come.
  
May we all celebrate the amazing gift of Jesus Christ, Immanuel, who came to save us and give us life!

Christmas blessings from Brazil,
Laura, Felipe, Sophia, Jessie & Josiah

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