Thursday, May 30, 2019

Prayer & Photos - May 2019

Dear Friends,
In this month’s update we are sharing photos from two main events that happened in May: Our eldest daughter's 9th birthday and a weekend camping trip with the kids from Casa Semear (ages 9-12 years old). 

We hope you enjoy seeing these highlights and reading our prayer requests below.   

With love and gratitude for all who support us in our journey in missions,

The Matias Family    

Sophia's 9th Birthday!
May is a special month in our family because it is our firstborn's birthday month.  Sophia Grace was born on May 6th, just a few days before Mother's Day in 2010, so I always say she was the best, first Mother's Day gift. 

Here are a few photos in celebration of Sophia’s precious 9 years of life.  We are extremely thankful for who Sophia is, and we love to see how she is growing and maturing in so many ways each year.  She is a huge blessing to our family, an excellent big sister, and has a kind hearted spirit.

Sophia loves cats so she wanted her birthday to be cat themed! These are a few cat decorations she put together for the birthday table.

 Instead of throwing a big party this year, Sophia invited a friend over and we celebrated by eating out at Sophia's favorite restaurant, Casa da Pizza!

Jessie and her Tia (aunt) Renata (Felipe's sister).

I also wanted to share a photo of Sophia and her friend Rafael.
Please pray for Rafael, as he has been battling Leukemia.  Sophia and Rafael are super good friends, are in the same class at school, and his family is also a part of our local church family.  During this past Christmas break it was discovered that Rafael was once again battling Leukemia.  He had already been diagnosed and recieved treatment as a toddler and was in remission for several years.  Unfortunately it returned.

Rafael misses seeing his friends and going to school, so we try to get these two together on a regular basis to play.  Rafael and his family blessed Sophia with a special birthday trip to the mall to choose a present.  She was so happy!

Rafael is currently responding really well to treatment, and is expected to be able to return to school in August! Please pray for him and his family.

Casa Semear Kids Camp - 2019
Every year we take the kids from Casa Semear to a weekend camp. 

 Many of the kids who particiate at the ministry look forward to this outing all year.  These kids live in slum communities, so to have contact with nature in a camp like this is quite the experience  Later in the year we will take the teens on a camping trip for a few days too, but this was a special time just for the 9 to 12 year olds.

On a personal note, our girls (Sophia & Jessie) absolutely LOVED participating in this camp!  You will see their smiling faces in many of the photos too!
Games and Activities!

Devotional Times to learn from God's Word...

 More fun outside! 


Pray for Felipe and his seminary studies- for grace and for him to be able to find time to complete all his reading , papers, and assignments. His semester will end in July.

Pray for the Casa Semear ministry team.  There has been (and soon will be more) changes in the team, with several team members moving on to new opportunities.  This leaves the ministry with less staff to run the daily programs.  Felipe will continue to serve as much as he can, and is willing to step up to the challenge of working hard to help keep the ministry running together with the team leaders and remaining missionaries.   

Pray for the children who participate at Casa Semear, as the ministry undergoes changes.  May the gospel and love of Christ continue to be shared in boldness and power, and may lives be transformed as a result.

Pray for the new children who have recently started attending Casa Semear's programs (and their families).  May the Lord use their experience at Casa Semear to draw their hearts to the saving knowledge of Himself.

Pray for our daughters (Sophia & Jessie) to have a good end of the school year (only 2 weeks left of school), and for their upcoming vacation to be full of good quality time before/during when baby sister arrives. 

Please pray for Sophia's friend Rafael and his precious family as he undergoes Leukemia treatment.

Also pray for the Lord to prepare Josiah (our 2 year old) for the transition of being a big brother.  He is a true mama's boy and very jealous at times, so we know this transition may be a hard one for him.  Pray for his 2 year old emotions- which are sometimes all over the place as he deals with frustration.  We are praying God will help him in this transition time and also give us wisdom in parenting through all the changes. 

Pray for Josiah´s health as it is turning colder here in Brazil and many people are getting colds.  He has a tendency to catch sickness easy, especially in chilly weather, and this affects his breathing and lungs instantly.  He is continuing to do treatment to help his respiratory system, using inhalers daily.

Lastly, please pray for Laura's pregnancy.  Baby girl is growing and developing well (due July 11th), and we are extremely thankful.  However, in recent weeks Laura has been struggling with more pregnancy related pains and contractions.  She is trying to take it more easy and pace herself physically as she nears the end of the pregnancy. 

Thank you for your prayers!!!

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