Monday, December 26, 2016

Thank You Christmas Sponsors!

This post is to say thank you to those who sponsored children this Christmas!

The body of Christ helped to make this Christmas super special for the kids who participate at Casa Semear (a ministry reaching out to children and families living in the urban slums of Sao Paulo).  For many of the children and teens, the presents from the sponsors are the only nice Christmas gifts they receive. 

We especially want to thank the sponsors from our church here in Brazil, Calvary International Church, and also the women's circle at my mother's church, Bethesda Presbyterian.  

Thank you for blessing the kids beyond measure with clothing, a pair of shoes, and a thoughtful gift!

Just a side note:  Our daughters, Sophia and Jessie had so much fun helping us gather the gifts from the sponsors.   It truly was a fun family Christmas project. 

 Each week at church people would give us their gift donations for the kids at Casa Semear.  On the day of the Christmas party, where we gave out the gifts, the girls helped us take all the Christmas presents downstairs and load them in the car.

Enjoy seeing these photos from the annual Casa Semear Christmas party! 
At the party, we the Semear team, were able to spend time with the kids and families, share about the Lord Jesus - the true meaning of Christmas, provide a yummy Brazilian barbecue lunch and offer a fun-filled, relaxing day to the families.  We held the party at our mission's main headquarters, which is a more spacious green environment, and a little more the 200 people were in attendance.  At the end of the party the kids received their much anticipated Christmas gifts! 

Robert, the leader of Casa Semear, starting the day off with a special message and prayer.

Felipe leading a time of fun worship with the kids!

The kids presenting a special song for their parents!

Fun activities galore!

Felipe was on lifeguard duty!

 The extra special moment that the kids get most excited about - gift time!

Again, THANKS SO MUCH to those who sponsored these precious children (and many more not pictured here) this Christmas!  Thank you also for partnering together with Casa Semear and our ministry.
Your generosity and care is much appreciated!

‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to Me.’
Matthew 25:40 

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