Monday, November 4, 2019

Prayer & Photos - September & October 2019

September and October were months full of fun! 
Enjoy seeing recent photos of our life in Brazil, and read our prayer requests below.
Our sweet Jessie turned seven! 

Felipe took Jessie on a special daddy-daughter birthday outing to the circus and captured this shot.

Josiah turned three! The theme of his birthday was his and Felipe's favorite Brazilian soccer team - São Paulo Futebol Clube.

Photos of Felipe at work at Casa Semear.

Felipe has taught the kids a fun game called "ga-ga ball," which we learned exactly two years ago when we went on a fall retreat with Westminster Presbyterian Church of Charleston, SC.   This game has been a hit with the kids! 

Felipe took some kids from his Bible study group to get ice cream.   This is a reward for memorization work they have completed as they are learning the basics of the Christian faith.

Christmas Portraits
See these beautiful portaits below?  Felipe is in the middle of taking photos of each and every child/teen who participates in the ministry programs at Casa Semear.  

Each Christmas season he takes these photos which are then used to help find Christmas sponsors for each child.  We throw a BIG Christmas party, and the sponsors send gifts and much needed clothing.  These special Christmas contributions are some of the main presents these under priveledged kids get for Christmas.  We feel super blessed to be a part of making their Christmas special.  More photos of this event coming in December!

Children's Day at Casa Semear
It was recently Children's day, which is widely celebrated here in Brazil.  Casa Semear held a special afternoon of fun and games for the kids from the nearby slum community.

Discipleship Training
We recently participated in an afternoon of discipleship training at our local church here in São Paulo.  Laura is soon starting a small discipleship group with two ladies, using the discipleship material presented on this day.

Photography at School
Felipe is using his photography skills to take photos of various events at our girls´school, Pan American Christian Academy.

 We are grateful for this opportunity for Felipe to use his photography skills, serve and bless the school with professional photography, and also we receive a tuition discount as payment for his work.  God provides for our needs in creative ways, and this is one of them!

Felipe took photos of the school Walkathon (to raise money for a school building project), capturing our girls participating for the cause!

Our girls enjoyed dressing up as book characters for their annual school reading contest!

Sophia made a cat house for our beloved kitty, Mittens.
Jessie was super sick, actually our whole family got sick (except for Laura & Annabelle) during the last 2 weeks of October. Thankfully everyone is healthy now!

Sophia calls herself a "book worm."  Recently she is really enjoying reading!

Jessie was in a special skit at school.  She was a pink dinosaur. 

Our sweet baby Annabelle Joy is already 4 months old! She brings such joy to our hearts and is a super content baby.  She continues to stay healthy, and is growing and developing well.  We are so thankful for her life!

As we are approaching our Brazilian summer, the tempertures are warming up.  Josiah is enjoying  laying in the hammock reading books, and all the kids are having fun playing with water in our little pool in the backyard. We are extremely thankful for a home with a more spacious backyard area (for the city of Sao Paulo), though humble it may be. 


Pray for continued grace and wisdom in managing our time and finances. 
Please pray for us to make the best decision concerning our next support raising trip to the USA, whether that be sooner in 2020 or later in 2021.

Pray for Felipe as he completes this current semester of seminary, and pray for Laura as she continues to work with our kids in various areas: school work, potty training, discipline, and healthy sleeping routine/habits. 

Casa Semear will be taking the teenagers on a special camp weekend on November 15-17.  Please pray God will prepare the hearts of those attending the camp, and that lives would be forever impacted by the gospel message.  
Also pray for Felipe and the missionaries leading the camp- protection, wisdom, senstivitiy to the Holy Spirit, gospel conversations, and boldness to speak the truth.

Christmas Party
In December, Casa Semear will throw a special Christmas party blessing the kids and teens who attend the ministry programs.  Through local sponsors the kids and families will receive gifts and much needed clothing and shoes. Pray for this annual ministry event and for God to be glorified through it.

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