Monday, April 29, 2019

Photos & Prayer - March & April

Be prepared...Here are LOTS of photos from the last two months.
Enjoy seeing a bit of our lives through these pics, and read our prayer requests at the bottom of this post.  

Thank you for walking together with us in our journey as we serve the Lord in São Paulo, Brazil! 


MARCH
Here are some portraits of a few of the beautiful children who participate at Casa Semear.
 
 
 

Engaging in activities at the ministry center.


A snapshot showing a bit of a home of a family we work with.  This is a very typical example of the conditions the kids live in, living life in a slum.

 A new development at Casa Semear is this baby/toddler play room and a weekly playdate gathering for young mothers (every Thursday morning).
I have participated a few mornings already, and I hope to continue.  It is a wonderful opportunity to invest in relationships with moms (often still teenage girls) from the slum community, share truth and encouragement, and pray together.

Felipe taught a 6 week long class at our local church on the book of Esther.

Driving through the mega-city of Sao Paulo!

My American-Brazilian girls at the International Festival at their wonderful school, PACA!

I helped serve American treats at the USA booth, while Felipe was the official photographer of the event. He often photographs school events and sports.

Bring your pet show-and-tell day! Jessie took our sweet guard dog, Princesa Leia.

Our reality... Our superhero life! Just a sample of some of the laundry hanging to dry on our line.

A school project for Sophia's Portuguese class!

Felipe's mom and sister moved down the street from us, and it has been such a BLESSING!  On this day we had some remodeling work being done in our kitchen so we did homework at "Vovo's house."

And here below is a picture of the finished kitchen remodel!  The owners of the house we rent put in all new tiling in the kitchen (on the walls and floor).  It was quite the lengthly, and time consuming ordeal for this home project to be completed, but thankfully it is done, and before baby's arrival.
Yay for a fresh kitchen!


 APRIL
The first weekend in April, Casa Semear held a Bazaar to bless the families in the community.

 Our annual Easter season tradition is to open up these Ressurection eggs during the week leading up to Easter Sunday and explaining the gospel of Christ in detail.

Felipe spent a week away from home at his seminary campus doing a week of intense seminary classes.
Felipe's class!

We sent Felipe lots of photos of us while he was gone!

We also decorated and made cookies to welcome Felipe back home from his seminary week!

Felipe took a few kids from his group at Casa Semear on a special field trip to McDonald's to get icecream! 

Celebrating our Risen Lord at Casa Semear!




A few photos from our local church (Calvary International) here in Sao Paulo.  Felipe and I helped with the Good Friday and Easter flowers and decorations this year!

Our after-church, Easter Sunday photos.  Josiah was unfortunately napping.

A recent photo of the community group we are now leading at our local church! We are so enjoying to get to know everyone in this group. I am so thankful for the body and family of Christ!

A few pics from the Science Fair and Art Show at our girls' school.

Josiah taking our dog on a walk in our neighborhood!

Our March and April were intense and busy months, but full of much joy and God's sustaining grace too!

PRAYER REQUESTS
Please pray for:
The camp with the children from Casa Semear (ages 9-12) that was scheduled for April got unexpectedly postponed.  We will soon be going on this camp during the weekend of May 17th-19th. Please pray that lives would be impacted by the message and love of Christ in transformational ways during this special weekend.

There is a new mom’s morning/play date time at Casa Semear every Thursday morning for mom’s from the slum community. Pray we will get the word out about this new program and that God will bring the moms He wants to attend.

Continue to pray for the community group we just began leading at our local church in Sao Paulo.  We meet the 4th Sunday of each month!

Pray for Josiah’s health.  Overall he has been doing MUCH better, but unfortunately last week he caught a virus and a cough and is now struggling to fully recover. Pray for Josiah’s immunity to strengthen. He is very suspeptible to sickness and seems to easliy catch anything.  

Pray for our girls as they finish the school year, and for the Lord to help all our children in the coming transition of having a new baby sister..

Continue to pray for Felipe as he juggles serving at Casa Semear, his seminary course load which is quite heavy this semester (he has begun Greek), and other various responsibilities.

Pray for our family - to find moments to connect, have fun, and be refreshed together in the midst of life.

Pray for our develping baby girl, for Laura's overall health during the last trimester of pregnancy, and for good rest as she prepares for the coming newborn season. 

A HUGE PRAISE!

Felipe's mother and sister recently moved to a home just down the street from us. This has been a huge help and support to us, and we are thankful to have family so close - especially in this season of life and with Laura's family living so far away.  Felipe's family has especially blessed us recently (while our home has been undergoing a kitchen construction update) with meals, helping with childcare, and letting us crash at their home to get away from the dust and noise. We are thankful for family!

Stay tuned for more photos and prayer requests in the months to come...