Thursday, March 24, 2005

The flight is HOW long???




Imagine, if you will, being trapped in a room with 25 of your co-workers and 17 of their children for 20 hours, along with 100 other people you've never met in your life. It'd be, um, interesting, huh?

We leave on a two-day to-the-other-side-of-the-world trip on Monday morning at 8 am...with 25 members of our team and 17 children. The first ever Campus Outreach International Staff Conference ( www.isc.campusoutreach.org ) will take place April 4-9, 2005 in Kohn Kaen, Thailand. We will spend 3 days in Bangkok adjusting to the time difference and then head to Kohn Kaen for the conference. The main objective of the conference is connection among the international Campus Outreach ministries as well as development and strengthening of our common vision. The needs of the international ministries are unique and we will spend time discussing counseling issues, evangelism, church relationships and perseverance in living out the gospel in our respective countries. Pray that it will be a time of renewal but more than that a time of recommitment to laboring in the Kingdom. Pray that our eyes will be drawn to Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith and that we will return to Brazil even more committed to the Great Commission.

The children will be participating in a Vacation Bible School and Sports Camp during the conference. Pray that their hearts will be drawn to God and that they will enjoy fellowship with other missionary children.

We're grateful for each of you. When are you coming to visit us? :)

Friday, March 11, 2005

Community

This week our staff team has met together to study and discuss what a community centered around the gospel looks like. God is always at work in our relationships here but we want to be intentional in working with him to relate to others because of the gospel. Some of the things we are learning are that some of the marks of a true gospel community are transparency (openness and honesty), forgiveness, acceptance, sacrifice and service and encouragement in obedience.

These things can really be transformational in this culture is because of the prevalence of "surface" Christianity. There is often an emphasis on doing the right thing and not on being the right thing. And our being the right thing comes from the transformation that Christ does in our lives and not from ourselves.

Demps' cousin, Lee Cunningham was here last week for a visit. He has posted some pics of us, our home, our kids and our friends (and his friends now!) on his personal website. Click here if you'd like to check out the pics. (3 pages worth! It looks like all we did was eat.)

Many thanks for walking along with us in this journey. We're grateful for each of you.
Demps, Kristy, Meg, Duncan and Kate